UNC Baseball Recruiting
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2015 pitcher/first baseman Rodney Hutchison verbally commits to North Carolina
Mason junior pitcher/first baseman Rodney Hutchison verbally committed to North Carolina on Sunday morning, according to Mason coach Curt Bly. Hutchison, one of the state’s top players in the 2015 class, also had offers from UC, Miami University, Ohio State and Kent State. (Cincinnati.com
UNC Announces Standout Baseball Class For 2014-15
The UNC baseball program continued its strong showing on the recruiting trail by signing 17 of the nation's top prep baseball student-athletes and one junior college standout to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Mike Fox announced Friday. Included in this class are five of the nation's top 100 prospects according to Baseball America and eight of the top 200 prospects according to Perfect Game. (GoHeels.com
UNC tops early baseball recruiting rankings
North Carolina headlines the early signing period recruiting rankings, landing 17 high school commits, six players in the PG Top 100, and averaging an impressive 8.71 points per player with outfielder and PG All-American Braxton Davidson leading the charge. The Tar Heels assembled a sizable recruiting class, with eight of them ranked as top 200 prospects nationally by Perfect Game. Though Davidson leads the way in this class, shortstops Jack Flaherty and Forrest Wall also are talented prospects. (Perfect Game
2015 pitcher Logan Welch commits to UNC baseball
Logan Welch , a junior at Reynolds, made a big jump in baseball from his freshman to his sophomore seasons. And now Welch, a 6-3, 205-pounder, has decided on where he will make his big jump to after high school. Welch committed to play at North Carolina last week, said Doug Welch, Logan’s father and the baseball coach at Reynolds. (Winston-Salem Journal
UNC baseball commitment Braxton Davidson ranked 10th-best high school senior in country
Baseball America has released its list of the country’s top-100 high school seniors and two of them are from Western North Carolina. Roberson’s Braxton Davidson (No. 10) and North Buncombe’s Alex Destino (No. 68) have both signed to play college baseball for major Division I programs. (Asheville Citizen-Times
Pitcher Hansen Butler Signs with UNC Baseball
Hansen Butler has had a dream for years, and it will soon become a reality. On Wednesday, Butler, a senior pitcher at High Point Christian Academy, signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the University of North Carolina — one of the top NCAA Division I programs in the country. "It’s awesome, it’s amazing, it’s a dream come true," he said. "I remember when I was 8, 9, 10 years old, just starting out playing, I had a dream of putting that Tar Heel jersey on." (High Point Enterprise
Kyle Datres to play baseball for North Carolina
Loyalsock (Pa.) junior pitcher Kyle Datres tweeted Sunday night he'll continue his athletic and academic careers at UNC, playing baseball for the Tar Heels. "Today is the day I have been waiting for my entire life, I have committed to play baseball at the University of North Carolina!" Datres said on Twitter. Datres has been a three-year starter on the baseball, basketball and football teams at Loyalsock. He was the winning pitcher for the Lancers in June when Loyalsock won its second PIAA baseball championship. (Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Lumberton sophomore pitcher Evan Odum commits to UNC
Evan Odum can toe the rubber with his mind at ease this spring at Lumberton High School. The rising sophomore’s already made up his mind on where he’ll play college baseball, choosing a nationally-ranked program Odum believes is a few players away from its first national title. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play at the University of North Carolina,” Odum said. (The Robesonian
Brock Deatherage Withdraws UNC Baseball Commitment
Rising senior Brock Deatherage, a two-sport standout at Western Alamance, informed the North Carolina baseball staff Friday that he’s pulling back from a verbal commitment that he gave the Tar Heels more than a year ago. Deatherage said he made a premature decision and he wants to assess opportunities in baseball and football. He said other colleges might be better fits for his academic pursuits. (Burlington Times News
Brandon Riley picks North Carolina for baseball
Brandon Riley, a rising junior outfielder/infielder from Burlington Williams high school, committed Saturday to play baseball at North Carolina. With offers mounting, Riley said he was hoping for one from the Tar Heels. “That was kind of the one I was waiting on,” he said. “After they saw me play some tournaments and then again this weekend, they made the offer Friday night. I accepted it (Saturday) afternoon. That’s where I always kind of dreamed of playing.” (Burlington Times News
Pitcher Ryder Ryan next in the Huntersville to Chapel Hill pipeline
It’s worked out well before, and Ryder Ryan is hoping it will again. When baseball players from northern Mecklenburg County have suited up for the Tar Heels in recent years, they’ve been a part of something pretty special, most notably trips to the College World Series. Ryan, a rising senior at North Meck High, last week committed to Carolina, where former Hopewell High standout Michael Russell is the starting shortstop and where former North Meck Viking Michael Cavasinni enjoyed a successful career as an outfielder, finishing up in 2010. (Lake Norman Citizen
UNC Baseball Recruits Named to 2013 Under Armour All-America Game
Jack Flaherty from Burbank, CA, Cameron Varga from Loveland, OH, and Joe Gatto from Hammonton, NJ, who all have committed to play baseball for UNC, have been named to the roster for the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game
that is being played on Saturday, August 24 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
is a legitimate 2-way talent with an ideal frame and tools across the board. As a position player, he moves his 6’4” frame extremely well in the field with soft, sure hands and plenty of arm strength across the diamond. At the plate, he has a mature approach with good strike zone awareness and a feel for hitting. His swing is clean resulting in consistent hard contact and leverage power that will continue to improve. He has the look of a future middle-of-the-order bat. Jack also is accomplished on the mound with an upper 80s/low 90s fastball and solid secondary stuff.
is a power pitcher with an outstanding three-pitch mix. His fastball regularly hits the mid 90s and gets on hitters in a hurry. He complements that pitch with a breaking ball that has big, late break and a deceptive change. His fastball and curveball both act as out-pitches for him. Cameron is an outstanding athlete who flashes top of the rotation potential.
is a big, physical RHP with the look of a front-of-the-rotation starter. He has an easy, effortless delivery that produces fastballs in the 90-94 mph range. His fastball has good life with late tailing action. He mixes in a breaking ball with 11/5 shape that has tight rotation and depth, as well as a deceptive change. Overall, Joe has an intriguing mix of present stuff with even more upside.
Many thanks to Courtney at Maroon PR for sending us this information.
(UNC Baseball Recruits Named to 2013 Under Armour All-America Game
Baseball commit J.B. Bukauskas to start UNC career early
Right-handed pitcher J.B. Bukauskas (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) will be a Tar Heel a year early. Ranked as the No. 10 player in the 2015 class of rising high school juniors, Bukauskas is fast-tracking his academics so he can reclassify into the class of 2014. (Carolina Blue
N. Meck’s Ryder Ryan commits to UNC baseball
North Mecklenburg baseball star and top prospect Ryder Ryan has committed to North Carolina. The Tar Heels beat out South Carolina and N.C. State for the No. 14 prospect in the class of 2014 rankings by Maxpreps.com. Ryan expects to play third base and pitch for the Tar Heels, though he also can play catcher. “I just loved how they do things (in Chapel Hill). I just loved the coaches – they teach well – the facilities, the field. I just loved the feeling I got there,” Ryder said. (Charlotte Observer
UNC baseball commit Jack Flaherty named MaxPreps national player of the year
Jack Flaherty racked up 112 strikeouts while posting a perfect 13-0 record in leading Harvard-Westlake to the CIF Southern Section Division I title. For his accomplishments, he has been named Maxpreps National Baseball Player of the Year. With a 25-3 record over his first three seasons, Flaherty has committed to play at North Carolina following his senior year. However the 2014 Major League Baseball draft could alter those plans. (Max Preps
Future Tar Heels playing in Tournament of Stars baseball tournament in Cary
Every year, USA Baseball invites 144 of the nation’s top high school players to Cary to participate in the Tournament of Stars and compete for a chance to play for the 18U National Team over the summer. For Braxton Davidson and Jack Flaherty, members of Dixie and AABC teams, respectively, it’s a chance to eventually play together for Team USA before becoming teammates with North Carolina following their senior seasons. (Raleigh News & Observer
Baseball commit Rob Kaminsky signs with St. Louis Cardinals
Top New Jersey pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky has spurned North Carolina to turn pro, signing with the St. Louis Cardinals for $1.78 million on Wednesday, according to Baseball America's Jim Callis. The St. Joseph's Regional ace from Englewood Cliffs was selected with the 28th pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. (Patch.com
Baseball commit AJ Bogucki to choose between UNC, MLB
Boyertown's A.J. Bogucki, a hard-throwing senior righthander and North Carolina commit, was picked by the Minnesota Twins in the 31st round (No. 920 overall) of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft. (Philadelphia Inquirer
Baseball commit Rob Kaminsky selected in first round of MLB Draft
Rob Kaminsky got exactly what he wanted. And, despite a few hours of tension, he didn’t seem surprised. The St. Louis Cardinals made the St. Joseph left-hander from Englewood Cliffs the first Bergen County player taken directly out of high school in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, tabbing him with the 28th pick Thursday night. (NorthJersey.com
Fuquay-Varina's Brett Daniels commits to UNC Baseball
Three days removed from a 4-A state championship appearance, Fuquay-Varina pitcher Brett Daniels committed to playing baseball at the University of North Carolina on Tuesday. Daniels, a rising senior, had a historic 2012-2013 season for the Bengals. On the mound, Daniels was 12-1 in starts, breaking the Fuquay-Varina single-season record for wins. At the plate, Daniels was one of the Bengals' most deadly hitters this past season. Batting .432, he recorded 43 hits, 23 runs and 4 home runs. He also had 47 RBIs, breaking Fuquay-Varina's single-season RBI record. (High School OT