The Long Island University baseball team released its recruiting class for 2017 on Friday which includes 15 new players, eight position players seven pitchers, 10 freshmen, one sophomore, and four juniors.
The Blackbirds had a strong season last year and fell just one win short of the Northeast Conference tournament. They are looking to build off that next year, but need a strong recruiting class to do so as they lost nine seniors and their ace Justin Topa, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
“We lose some talented and experienced pitchers to graduation,” assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Craig Noto said in a statement. “Undoubtedly, the focus for our class this year was to add pitching depth. I believe the young men we have received commitments from are extremely hard working and talented individuals who will help fill those needs. We felt it was important to bring in a few junior-college players to replace some of the experience we are losing, but have also balanced that out with a very good high school group. Our coaching staff is looking forward to having these young men arrive on campus in September.”
Among the recruitment class was five players from New York, five from New Jersey and one from Pennsylvania. They also had a pair of kids from Iowa and two more from California.
“The goal every year is to find academically-minded young men who possess the desire to be great on and off the baseball field,” Noto said. “These young men are fine examples of what a student-athlete should be. We have been spreading out more on a national level recruiting-wise and we continue to add players from all over the United States.”
Below is a list of the 2017 recruiting class and you can head over to LIU’s website for brief bios on each player.
|Jon Baturgil||SS/2B||5-11||185||Fr.||Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck|
|Colby Brecht||C||6-4||210||Jr.||Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Southeastern (IA) C.C.|
|Anthony Capo||OF||6-4||180||Fr.||Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville|
|Dustin Carlson||RHP||6-1||205||Jr.||Ely, Iowa/Southeastern (IA) C.C.|
|Brian Drapeau||RHP||6-3||215||R-So.||Livingston, N.J./Howard (TX) College|
|Evan Flood||LHP||6-4||210||Fr.||Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury|
|Nick Freijomil||RHP||6-5||185||Fr.||Delsea, N.J./Delsea|
|Adonis Lao||LHP||6-0||165||Fr.||Bronx, N.Y./William C. Bryant|
|Joseph Mauldin Jr.||RHP||6-3||220||Fr.||Lancaster, Calif./Lancaster|
|Bobby Maxwell||RHP||6-5||190||Fr.||Otisville, N.Y./Minisink Valley|
|Jonathan McAllister||OF||6-1||190||Jr.||Philadelphia, Pa./Harford (MD) C.C.|
|Charlie Misiano||SS/2B||5-8||150||Fr.||Brooklyn, N.Y./Xaverian|
|Matt Ornstein||C||6-1||185||Fr.||Hillsdale, N.J./Bergen Catholic|
|Harrison Preschel||C||5-10||190||Fr.||Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck|
|Bobby Webb||3B||6-2||195||Jr.||Long Beach, Calif./Golden West (CA) C.C.|