Baseball Recruiting and Commitment Thread



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Looks like a new 2020 commit (and a BIG one).
Prep Baseball Report - Player: David Christoforo

6-20-18
6-foot-6, 232-pound, large, wide, monster athletic frame. Legs, hands and wrists have above average strength to them. Moves extremely well for his size. A left-handed hitter, top tool is his ability to hit and hit with power. At the plate, hands are super loose at the shoulders, feet are even, wider than shoulder width. The lower half is under control, uses a small leg kick for timing, hands have separation during the load. The swing is flat through the zone, and finishes high with two hands. The approach is more to the pull side, shows big time power, has lift and length to the swing. The tee exit velocity was clocked at 89 mph, ran the sixty yard dash at 7.87, moves well. The batting practice was impressive, along with making hard contact during game play. Defensively, moves extremely well at both behind the plate and at first base. The arm was clocked at 79 mph with pop time of 1.94- 2.03, arm gets a tick long and works out of a high ¾ slot. The feet are quick, locks down the front side, solid flight to the baseball. The footwork, glove are smooth and soft hands around the bag, good drops steps in starting the double play. The arm was clocked at 77 mph across the diamond. The glove is clean, can pick the baseball with ease. Solid, tall target to throw to. Projects for me as more of a first baseman long term, good chance will outgrow as a catcher. Big time power guy, should be off the board fairly quick.
 
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Can't seem to find much on him (although there's a Brendan O'Connell from Lyman Hall that is playing at Bentley next year and a different Brendan O'Donnell from the class of 2019 in PA that also per PG has a UConn offer!). Some showcase places on twitter say he's up to 86 from the mound and has great bat speed. Two way potential as a LHP/OF/1B is very cool.
 
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Another one for 2020
Can't seem to find much on him (although there's a Brendan O'Connell from Lyman Hall that is playing at Bentley next year and a different Brendan O'Donnell from the class of 2019 in PA that also per PG has a UConn offer!). Some showcase places on twitter say he's up to 86 from the mound and has great bat speed. Two way potential as a LHP/OF/1B is very cool.
Seems like UConn has really gotten into the heat of the college baseball recruiting season recently.

Both PG and Prep Baseball Report seem to list Brendan O'Donnell primarily as a LHP. That's good news to me, as he is only the second LHP recruit commit that UConn has out of the high school classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020 so far. The other LHP commit is Max Nielsen.

Before the 2018 high school class, UConn has recruited a number of lefty pitchers out of high school the last few years. It seems that they either become very important cogs on the pitching staff (Kay, Cate, Poulin, Feole, for example), or they wash out of the program within a couple years.
 
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A recent scouting report on UConn's latest recruit:

Prep Baseball Report - Player: Brendan O'Donnell

7/18/18

6-foot-1, 215-pound left-handed pitcher and first baseman. Big and physical left-handed hitting first baseman who also worked out in the outfield. Threw 83 mph from the outfield with carry and accuracy. The approach is athletic and aggressive to the ball. Threw 81 mph across the diamond from first base to third. The glove and feet are excellent around the bag. Ran a 4.8 down the line on his dig to first base. The bat has a tee exit velocity of 91 mph. The swing is big and strong, power potential with the bat. The setup is wide, front foot open to start. The front foot has a big pick up and put down as the ball approaches. The front foot dives into the plate as the swing begins. The hands are strong and fast, thunder in the bat. On the mound, the fastball touched 86 mph, arm side run to the pitch. The spin pitch is slurvy, could be shortened into a slider but he has a feel for the pitch. Sits at 71 -72 mph with a good shape to it. The changeup is a developing pitch, sitting at 76-77 mph. The pitch is thrown with good hand speed. . The delivery has crossfire to the feet, leading to obvious deception in the delivery. The slot is above ¾ and work free. The lift is athletic and repeated, soft glove side and he stays in the delivery. Excellent 2-way prospect, high level.
 
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It's getting to be quite an interesting summer recruiting season for UConn.
 
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it's rare to hear 5 tool mentioned at this level.
Hopefully he gets here over MLB draft out of HS
 
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Bittersweet week for me, as my 2019 RHP recently committed to a D1 school, but sadly not UCONN. As an Alum, and a bit hopeful, I enjoyed following the baseball program the past year. I do feel he has the same, if not better, talent than some of the signed 2018/2019 players. Unfortunately, he's a late bloomer physically and, though there was some dialogue/evaluation, it was a bit too late for both parties.

I feel I'll be all-in on his new school once he gets started and gradually fade away from the Huskies. We'll see, though, I'm sure I'll continue to snoop in on the Olympic Sports threads.
 

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Bittersweet week for me, as my 2019 RHP recently committed to a D1 school, but sadly not UCONN. As an Alum, and a bit hopeful, I enjoyed following the baseball program the past year. I do feel he has the same, if not better, talent than some of the signed 2018/2019 players. Unfortunately, he's a late bloomer physically and, though there was some dialogue/evaluation, it was a bit too late for both parties.

I feel I'll be all-in on his new school once he gets started and gradually fade away from the Huskies. We'll see, though, I'm sure I'll continue to snoop in on the Olympic Sports threads.
Congratulations and all the best to your son going forward.
 
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Be interesting to hear the back story on the change in plans to pursue a football career...
Wow!! Over the past year or so, I would occasionally look up news on Mike Yarin, and there was never any mention of a football destination, including on Mike Yarin's twitter account. Still this is nice unexpected recruiting surprise, to have Yarin back in the UConn baseball recruiting fold.

Here's a little scouting tidbit on Mike Yarin, courtesy of Prep Baseball Report:

>>Physical hitter who can really swing the bat. The bat is a lineup changer. Plays a variety of positions, showing versatility. High level prospect.<<

Prep Baseball Report - Player: Michael Yarin
 
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Wow!! Over the past year or so, I would occasionally look up news on Mike Yarin, and there was never any mention of a football destination, including on Mike Yarin's twitter account. Still this is nice unexpected recruiting surprise, to have Yarin back in the UConn baseball recruiting fold.

Here's a little scouting tidbit on Mike Yarin, courtesy of Prep Baseball Report:

>>Physical hitter who can really swing the bat. The bat is a lineup changer. Plays a variety of positions, showing versatility. High level prospect.<<

Prep Baseball Report - Player: Michael Yarin
Given his bat and the need for OF depth, this is a welcome addition!!! Perhaps he saw an opportunity to play immediately in the OF (he already loved Storrs) and couldn’t pass it up.
 
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Class of 2019 - Reggie Crawford is a 6-4 205lb LHP from North Schuylkill High School in Frackville PA. He is also an All-State swimmer.
Perfect Game has him as hitting 92mph. Anyone who can do that while still in high school, let alone with the left arm, is a high-level prospect. Another great pickup. Typical for Penders.
 
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Class of 2019 - Reggie Crawford is a 6-4 205lb LHP from North Schuylkill High School in Frackville PA. He is also an All-State swimmer.
Another UConn baseball recruit from Pennsylvania. These days it seems like the coaching staff gets a couple of recruits from Pennsylvania just about every year.
 

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