DeLand, Fla. - The Stetson baseball head coach Pete Dunn has announced that he and his staff have added three more players to the Hatters' early signing class. All three have signed letters of intent joining seven other outstanding scholar athletes that were announced in November and will begin play in the 2012 season.
"I am very pleased with this year's entire recruiting class", said Dunn. "This is an athletic and versatile class with a very high ceiling."
Ike Greenspon - Greenspon is a 5' 10", 180lb pitcher who lives in Long Grove, Illinois and attends Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. As a junior he helped lead his team to a 34-4 record and a 3rd place finish in the state. Greenspon, an honor roll student at Stevenson was also recruited by Duke, Lehigh, Bucknell and Davidson. In 2010 Greenspon played summer ball for Top Tier. In 25 innings pitched he struck out 30 batters, walked five, allowed just six hits and did not surrender an earned run.
"Ike competes on the mound and commands the strike zone. He has a good arm with a fastball ranging from 87-90 and throws a downer curveball", said Dunn. "He comes from a great high school (Adlai Stevenson) in an area of Illinois that continues to produce quality students and baseball players."
Ben Rakus - Rakus is a 6' 6", 245lb right handed pitcher out of West Suffield, Connecticut. He is entering his senior season at Suffield Academy where he is a three-sport athlete who has earned nine varsity letters in baseball, basketball, and football. In baseball he was Second Team All-League in 2008 and 2009. He earned First Team and Team MVP honors as a junior in 2010. Rakus was also recruited by UMass, yet chose Stetson because of the "great program", and he wants to play baseball in Florida.
"Ben is a very physical RHP that has a very good upside. He is very imposing on the mound featuring a mid to high 80's fastball and a good feel for his secondary pitches", said Dunn. "He is another Connecticut product who will reap the benefits of our weather and year round baseball specific training."
Tyler Warmoth - Tyler is a 6'2", 185lb right handed pitcher and a local product out of Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Warmoth is a two-way player who is now focusing on his development as a pitcher. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Athlete Leadership Team, and has been a locker room assistant for the Orlando Magic for three years. Warmoth was also recruited by High Point, Florida Tech, Rollins and Embry-Riddle yet chose Stetson for the baseball tradition, location, and business school.
"Tyler is another player who also has a very good upside. He throws in the mid to upper 80's from a low 3/4 slot which results in very good sink to his fastball. He also has a sweeping breaking ball that is very tough on right handed hitters", said Dunn.
This is another solid recruiting class for head coach Pete Dunn who has 31 seasons under his belt at the helm of the Hatters baseball program. In his time he has guided the team to seven Atlantic Sun Conference championships and 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.