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by: Stetson University
Baseball Signs Eight During Early Signing Period
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  11/21/2013
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Stetson baseball head coach Pete Dunn today announced the signing of eight future student-athletes to letters-of-intent to join the Hatters in the fall of 2014.

Seven of the players are from Florida, including one junior college transfer, with one hailing from Canada. The new signees are: C Austin Hale (Maitland, Fla.), INF Garrett Hall (DeLand, Fla.), INF Seddon Henry (Lake Wales, Fla.), LHP Ben Onyshko (Winnipeg, Manitoba), OF Cory Reid (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), OF Shelton Schimming (DeLand, Fla.), RHP Will Whitlock (Gainesville, Fla.), and P/INF Brooks Wilson (Lakeland, Fla.).

The class includes two players (Hale, Schimming) ranked among the Top 500 high school players in the nation by Perfect Game.

“This recruiting class has some outstanding quality,” said Dunn. “I still consider us to have a very young team, and even though we don’t anticipate losing a lot of players after this year, it’s very important that we replace those that we do lose with good incoming players. We’ve anticipated our needs and did a great job of filling those slots with quality players and individuals.”

Austin Hale ● 6-0 ● 185 ● C ● Maitland, Fla. (Trinity Prep)
Ranked as the No. 500 recruit nationally and the No. 85 catcher by Perfect Game … batted .270 with five doubles, one home run and 15 RBI in 27 games as a junior at Trinity Prep … did not commit an error in over 150 chances behind the plate … owned a .419 on-base percentage … batted .364 as a sophomore, earning all-district honors and helping Trinity Prep to a district championship … won the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association 17U national championship last summer while playing for the Orlando Scorpions … played alongside fellow signees Garrett Hall and Shelton Schimming with the Scorpions.

Dunn on Hale: Austin is an outstanding catch-and throw-guy who is going to develop from the offensive side as well. I’m an old catch-and-throw guy myself, and I really like catchers who can do the job behind the plate first. In Austin we’ve got that but he’s also going to give us some offensive upside as well. It was a must in this class to bring in an outstanding catching prospect and we did that with Austin.

Garrett Hall ● 6-1 ● 200 ● INF ● DeLand, Fla. (DeLand HS)
Earned first-team all-county honors as a junior after batting .378 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 23 games for the Bulldogs … also added five doubles … posted a .417 on-base percentage and .506 slugging percentage … hit .379 with 15 RBI as a sophomore … recipient of the 2013 DeLand Baseball Leadership Award … won the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association 17U national championship last summer while playing for the Orlando Scorpions … played alongside fellow signees Austin Hale and Shelton Schimming with the Scorpions.

Dunn on Hall: There have been a lot of good players in Volusia County recently. Over the last five or 10 years both sides of the county have developed a tremendous talent pool, and Garrett is one of the best players in our area this year. Being a DeLand kid, we’ve be able to watch Garrett develop and we think he can come in and vie for starting job very early in his career. We anticipate him fighting for a starting role as freshman. Garrett is an offensive infielder with a quick bat who projects to have good power in the future. He’s a shortstop in high school but will likely play one of the corner infield spots for us.

Seddon Henry ● 5-9 ● 165 ● INF ● Lake Wales, Fla. (Lake Wales HS)
Right-handed hitter … batted .350 as a junior … member of the National Honor Society … member of the Florida Baseball Academy 18U team … has played for teams which won a total of five district championships and appeared in four regional finals … high school teammate of current Stetson freshman Taylor Cockrell … one of two signees from Polk County … Stetson currently has three Polk County players on its 2014 roster.

Dunn on Henry: Polk County has been really good to us over the last several years, and Seddon gives us another strong player from that area. Seddon is an outstanding hitter and he’s played for a lot of very successful teams. He can really swing the bat. He’s very versatile in the infield. We know we have a good hitter, an offensive-minded kid who can play anywhere on the infield. It’s always nice to have some versatility in your recruiting class.

Ben Onyshko ● 6-2 ● 200 ● LHP ● Winnipeg, Manitoba (Vauxhall Academy)
One of the premier prep pitchers in Canada … currently a member of the Canadian Junior National … toured the United States, Australia and Taiwan during the summer and fall of 2013 … currently enrolled at Vauxhall Academy in Vauxhall, Alberta … ranked as the No. 12 prospect in Canada for the 2014 MLB Draft by Canadian Baseball Network … one of five Vauxhall players to sign with Division I colleges … was 5-0 with one save and a 1.84 ERA as a junior at Vauxhall … struck out 51 batters and walked 17 in 34.1 innings … pitched for Manitoba in the 2013 Canada Games and posted a 2-0 record and 1.53 ERA in 13.2 innings … tossed a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts versus Nova Scotia Selects at the Canada Games … fanned a tournament-high 20 batters and walked just four … pitched against several collegiate all-star teams and professional minor league squads during his 2013 summer tour with the CNT … struck out five batters in three scoreless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies Dominican Summer League team … fanned five in two innings against the New Bedford Bay Sox  of the New England Collegiate Baseball League … whiffed nine batters in four innings in the Tournament 12 showcase at Toronto’s Rogers Centre.

Dunn on Onyshko: We beat some awfully good schools to get Ben. We’ve had a good history with Canadian players over the years and that helped us during the recruiting process. He’s one of the top prep pitchers in Canada. We anticipate Ben coming in and filling a significant role immediately. There’s no doubt we recruited him to be a starter. Ben has a high 80s fastball, very good curve and a feel for a change-up. Despite his youth he has very good command of his pitches, fields his position well and really competes on the mound. He’s the second player we’ve signed off the Canadian Junior National Team in the last two years.

Cory Reid ● 6-2 ● 210 ● OF ● Port St. Lucie, Fla. (State College of Florida)
A transfer from State College of Florida in Bradenton … right-handed hitter … spent the 2012 and 2013 season playing for the Florida Gatos … redshirted in 2012 … named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll both years … appeared in 32 games as a redshirt freshman in 2013, including 11 starts … batted .275 with one double and four RBI for the Gators last season … was 2-for-5 in Florida’s win at Jacksonville … was Florida’s starting right fielder on opening day against Duke and hit an RBI single in his first at-bat … 2011 graduate of Port St. Lucie High … fourth player in school history with at least 100 career hits … named first-team all-area and named Best of the Treasure Coast by the Palm Beach Post as a senior … batted .406 with three doubles, one triple two home runs and 11 RBI … selected for the Treasure Coast All-Star game … batted .414 with four home runs, 13 RBI and 10 stolen bases as a junior.

Dunn on Reid: Cory is a five-tool player who will have an opportunity to make a huge contribution to our program. He is a physical kid who can run, throw, hit, hit for power and play all three outfield positions. He’s going to hit in the middle of our lineup and hopefully be a run producer for us. He’s played in the SEC and it’s always nice to have a player with that kind of experience join your program.

Shelton Schimming ● 6-1 ● 185 ● OF ● DeLand, Fla. (DeLand HS)
Ranked as the No. 474 recruit nationally and No. 89 outfielder by Perfect Game … batted .299 as a junior with six doubles, one triple, 18 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 24 games … also owned a .419 on-base percentage thanks to nine walks and seven hit-by-pitches … won the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association 17U national championship last summer while playing for the Orlando Scorpions … played alongside fellow signees Austin Hale and Garrett Hall with the Scorpions.

Dunn on Schimming: Shelton certainly won’t have any issues playing his games in Melching Field, since he’s already played so much here. He has great upside. He can really run and gets great reads in the outfield. With the bat he’s more of a line-drive, gap-to-gap type of hitter, who profiles as a top of the order hitter. Shelton could impact the outfield right away as a freshman because his speed will show up both offensively and defensively on a daily basis.

Will Whitlock ● 6-4 ● 185 ● RHP ● Gainesville, Fla. (Gainesville HS)
Named second-team all-area as a junior after helping lead the Hurricanes to a state regional quarterfinal appearance … excelled on the mound, posting a 3-2 record with a 3.24 ERA … struck out 45 batters in 49.2 innings … walked just 14, and also recorded one save … batted .328 with four doubles, one triple and nine RBI playing as a first baseman and third baseman … sister, Lindsay, played softball at Appalachian State.

Dunn on Whitlock: Will has a great pitcher’s body. He’s got a loose arm with some really good action. His fastball gets up into the high 80s and he also has two types of breaking balls along with a cutter and a change-up. He has excellent command of his pitches and has the ability to pound the strike zone. He could come in and compete for a spot in our weekend rotation. He’s a little bit of a sleeper, and that’s always good for us.

Brooks Wilson ● 6-2 ● 200 ● RHP/INF ● Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland Christian)
Two-way player … named second-team all-county as a junior after hitting .333 at the plate and posting a 1.68 earned run average on the mound … struck out 58 batters as a pitcher … Lakeland Christian has won three straight district championships … two-year letterwinner in basketball … averaged 11.4 points per game as a junior, leading Polk County with 69 three-pointers … helped LCS to the regional quarterfinals in basketball in 2013 … baseball coach at LCS is former Hatter Kevin Wasilewski … joins fellow Polk County signee Seddon Henry.

Dunn on Wilson: Brooks gives the class some more versatility. He pitches from the side and gets it up to the plate in the mid-80s. It seems like those guys are having a lot of success in college baseball now so it’s good to have a guy like that. He can also swing the bat some. He’s got a lot of potential and we’re very happy to have Brooks in our recruiting class.

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