Storm Baseball Announces 2009-10 Recruiting Class

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 program.

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 program.

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 hitting."

Tim Birch - RHP

Madison, OH

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, OH

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, OH

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, OH

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 the Year.

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

Parma, OH

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, OH

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, OH
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 University.

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

LaGrange, OH

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 junior year.

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, OH

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 watch."

Logan Nordquist - RHP

Alliance, OH

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

Rensselaer, NY

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

Holland, OH

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, OH

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 guts."

Josh West - 1B/INF

Litchfield, OH

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."