PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- Lake Erie College head baseball coach Brian
McGee has announced his recruiting class for the 2010 spring
season. The class introduces 16 new players, all freshmen, to the
Lake Erie has recently been accepted as an active NCAA Division
II member and will compete as an independent this season before
joining the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)
beginning in the 2010-11 academic year.
Under McGee, who is now entering his third season, the Storm has
rewritten the school record book including a program best 17 wins
in 2007 and 16 last season. Lake Erie will open its 2010
season on Feb. 20 at Virginia State University.
Following are brief capsules of each new member to the baseball
Eric Altman - INF
West Bloomfield, MI
West Bloomfield High School
Altman received All-League and All-County honors in his senior
season and the middle infielder was tabbed as his team's most
improved player in his junior season for the Lakers
Coach's comment: "Eric is a well-rounded and
smart player who can contribute solid defense backed by solid
Tim Birch - RHP
Madison High School
Birch was a two-time varsity letterwinner for the Blue Streaks
under head coach John Dragas as a pitcher and first baseman.
Coach's comment:: "Tim is a big boy with a
heavy fastball. He will have the opportunity to blossom more than
ever as a pitcher as he focuses full time on baseball."
Cody Blood - 3B
Conneaut High School
Blood was a 1st-team All-Northeast Conference and
All-County performer for the Spartans in his junior and senior
seasons. The Spartans advanced to the district finals in his senior
year. Blood also played basketball and football at Conneaut.
Coach's comment: "Offensive production will be
the key to this young talent's game. Cody is a very smart
player who will only get better on both sides of the field."
Mike Brucchieri - OF
Brunswick High School
Brucchieri was tabbed as a two-time All-Northeast Ohio
Conference outfielder and was named to the All-Gazette team three
times. Brucchieri was also a wide receiver for the Blue Devils'
football team that advanced to the state semifinals.
Coach's comment: "Michael is a tremendous
athlete with both speed and strength and lots of plate potential."
Rey Carrion - RHP/C/OF
Lorain Southview High School
Carrion was a four-year player at Lorain Southview and won
All-County honors. He was also tabbed as the Defensive Player of
Coach's comment: "Rey has a big time arm, is a
solid defensive catcher, and hits to all fields. He will see plenty
of time off the bump. He has the necessary tools to play at
the next level."
Doug Fox - LHP
Valley Forge High School
Fox was named the Northeast Ohio Conference's Most Valuable
Player, playing outfield, second base and pitcher for the Patriots,
who advanced to the district finals. The left-hander was also
bowled for three years in high school.
Coach's comment: "He has an explosive arm with
good movement on his fastball."
Patrick Kilway - C/OF
Tallmadge High School
Kilway played on three league championship teams for the Blue
Devils and was named to the Suburban League's second team. The
right-hander also played four years of basketball at Tallmadge.
Coach's comment: "Patrick is a versatile
defensive player who has the ability to plate 40 RBI a
year. He can help the team with major offensive production."
Cale Marker - INF
Greenville High School
Marker was a four-year player on the left side of the infield
for the Green Wave. He also played four years of basketball at
Greenville. His brother, Jordan, is a pitcher at Wright State
Coach's comment: "Cale is an excellent athlete
with quick hands at the plate and soft hands on the field. He
offers a lot of versatility to this year's team philosophies."
Tyler Minnich - LHP
Keystone High School
Minnich was a first-team All-Patriot Athletic Conference in his
senior season for the Wildcats. He was 3-3 with a 2.50 ERA in his
senior season. Minnich also played three positions for the
Wildcats' football team and was a state qualifier in bowling in his
Coach's comment: "Tyler is a very athletic
pitcher with a great deal of upside. He will have a chance to
play a big role in the much-needed left-handed arms on staff."
Zach Mosbarger - LHP/OF
Bellefontaine High School
Mosbarger was a first-team All-Central Buckeye Conference,
first-team All-District, and All-Ohio honorable mention for the
Chiefs. He was also a two-way player on the Bellefontaine football
team as a safety and running back.
Coach's comment: "Zach is as close to a
five-tool, complete player as we have and an exciting player to
LoganNordquist - RHP
Alliance High School
Nordquist was tabbed as a first-team All-Northeastern Buckeye
Conference performer in his senior season, playing all four infield
spots and pitcher. The Aviators won three conference titles in
Nordquist's time at Alliance. He graduated as the Aviators'
all-time winningest pitcher.
Coach's comment: "Logan is going to be an
inning-eater on staff. He throws lots of strikes and has good
command of his pitches with an excellent changeup."
Justin Rebhun - INF/RHP
Columbia High School
Rebhun was named as his area's Defensive Player of the Year and
was tabbed to the All-Area second team playing shortstop and
pitcher for the Blue Devils. He hit .379 with four homers and 20
RBI in his senior year. His summer team won back-to-back state
titles in 2008 and 2009.
Coach's comment: "Justin is a good defensive
infielder with plus range side-to-side. His hard work ethic makes
the sky his limit."
Jimmie Shaw - RHP
Toledo St. John's Jesuit High School
Shaw was named first-team All-District and first-team All City
League as a pitcher and first baseman for the Titans. He also
played basketball and football at St. John's.
Coach's comment: "Jimmie was one of the top
high school pitchers in the Northwestern part of the state.
He should be a fixture on the pitching staff tree."
Trent Vallinger - LHP/OF
Poland Seminary High School
Vallinger was a first-team all-conference as a pitcher and
outfielder and the four-year letterwinner was tabbed as the
National Amateur Baseball Federation tournament's best hitter. He
hit .450 his senior season and was named to The Buckeye Scout Top
100 list. Vallinger was also a running back at Poland Seminary as a
three-year member of the football team. Coach's comment: "Trent can hit, run, field and
throw. He is a complete baseball player with game instincts and
Josh West - 1B/INF
Buckeye High School
West was named as the Patriot Athletic Conference and County
Player of the Year, hitting .479 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI his
senior season. The Bucks won the PAC in 2009.
Coach's comment: "Josh is a tremendous hitter
who can provide much-needed power in the Storm lineup. He is a big
numbers type guy."
Andrew Zigmont - RHP Warren, OH
Howland High School
Zigmont was given honorable mention All-American Conference
honors in his final two years as a third baseman and pitcher for
the Tigers. The right-hander was also a three-time all-conference
first-teamer in golf for Howland, posting a 38.4 scoring average
his senior year.
Coach's comment: "Andrew is a very smart and
crafty pitcher. He has the mental and physical tools to become
successful at the college ranks."