|Stetson Baseball Inks Five Early Signees|
DeLand, Fla. - The ink is barely dry on the letters of intent and Stetson Head Baseball Coach Pete Dunn is already looking forward to working with the Hatters latest recruiting class. With two players still in process, Dunn has announced the signing of five top quality ball players who will be joining the program for the start of the 2010-2011 school year.
"We are thrilled with the quality of the recruiting class! We expect all of these young men to make an immediate impact on the program", said Dunn.
When the two additional players are on board the Hatters will have added five pitchers or "two-way guys", an infielder, and an outfielder.
"We exceeded all our recruiting goals", added Dunn.
O'Neil is a 6'8", 240lb right handed pitcher from Bradenton, Florida. He plays for the Pendleton School/IMG Academy in Bradenton. The Panthers finished the 2009 season 31-1 and ranked 7th in the nation. O'Neil posted a 2.40 ERA with 63 strike outs in 49 innings. He was also selected to play in the prestigious "Florida Diamond Club" event in which players are selected by professional scouts.
"It is rare to find a player with the combination of size and pitching skills that Jimmy possesses", said Dunn. "He has the potential to compete for a starting role as a freshman."
Lindheim is a 6'1" right handed pitcher and outfielder who plays for Naples High School in Naples, Florida. In 2009 he hit .350 with 27 RBI and picked up eight saves as a pitcher. Lindheim was also a "Florida Diamond Club" invitee. He will be counted on to contribute at the plate and on the mound for the Hatters.
"Kevin is a very talented and versatile player. He has an above average fastball off the mound and is a hard hitting outfielder with homerun potential", said Dunn.
Perez is a 5'10' left handed pitcher out of Loxahatchee, Florida who plays ball at Royal Palm Beach High School. Over the past two seasons he has racked up a 16-3 record with over 100 strike outs and an ERA of 0.94. Heading into his senior season he has already earned All-Conference, All-Area, and All-State honors.
"Austin is a proven winner. He has command of three pitches and is a fierce competitor", said Dunn. "We expect him to follow in the footsteps of a long line of great Stetson players from the Palm Beach area."
Bruce is a 6'4" outfielder from Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida. Bruce missed much of his junior year with an injury, yet rebounded to have a great season on the summer circuit. He reminds the Hatters coaching staff of a young Paul O'Neil.
"Robert is a very projectable outfielder with unlimited potential. He has the ability to play all three outfield positions, has power, and a strong throwing arm", said Dunn.
Kelly is a 5'10" shortstop who plays high school ball at Loyola Academy in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He is a smooth fielding shortstop who can play any position around the infield. He will bring immediate depth to Stetson's infield and has the potential to compete as a freshman for a spot in the middle of the diamond.
"We are very excited to have Thomas with us. He is a sure handed infielder with good range and a strong throwing arm", said Dunn. "We hope to get more players like him out of the Chicago area in the future."
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