Baseball Recruiting and Commitment Thread

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Has he already sat the one year or is he not suiting up again until 2021?
He played this year, pitching 17 innings out of the pen to a tune of a 4.41 ERA (giving up a hit an inning - honestly not terrible metrics for a down year). He will have to sit out a year and join our ridiculously loaded 2020 class in terms of pitching.

2021 could be a huuugggeee year for us.
 
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While I would expect Casparius to have to sit out a year, there are some college baseball players who do play right away. A UConn example from a few years ago would be Nico Darras, who transferred to UConn after spending his freshman season at Cal State Fullerton.
 
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Damn, huge news. Don't know how that slipped past all of us, haha. It's IG official, too. Ben's account says "UCONN Baseball 2021" and I don't think it gets much clearer. I'd expect him to instantly compete for the 3B job and a key slot in the bullpen whenever he is eligible, though it sounds like he may want to take a step back from pitching.
 

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Batted .320 as a freshman and was a C-USA all freshman team selection.

Like our other transfer, he didn't play as well as a sophomore for whatever reason. I like buying low on guys that have shown they can play at a high level at the D1 level that might need a change of scenery.
 
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Batted .320 as a freshman and was a C-USA all freshman team selection.

Like our other transfer, he didn't play as well as a sophomore for whatever reason. I like buying low on guys that have shown they can play at a high level at the D1 level that might need a change of scenery.
What position does he play?
 
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Interesting. Erik Stock is not the usual Division 1 transfer that UConn baseball gets. With the exception of California native Nico Darras, the transfers in recent years have been northeastern kids basically coming back to their home area. Now we got someone from south of the Mason Dixon line deciding to transfer to Storrs. That is indeed different. Between UConn baseball making the NCAA tourney 6 out of the last 10 years, and all the players taken in the MLB draft during the Penders era, it seems that it is safe to say that the profile UConn baseball is starting to get noticed by players outside the northeast (aside from the California JUCO pipeline to Storrs that has been operating for several years now). Getting a southern kid to transfer in definitely falls into the category of breaking new ground for the UConn baseball program.
 
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Also, when will Mason Feole make his decesion on turning pro , or, returning to UConn.
Soon... MLB signing deadline is deadline is July 12 at 5 p.m. ET
Don't know for sure, but it wouldn't surprise me if the decision is made shortly before the deadline. Several years ago Max McDowell signed his pro contract hours before the deadline, so that sort of thing has happened before.
 
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Don't know for sure, but it wouldn't surprise me if the decision shortly before the deadline. Several years ago Max McDowell signed his pro contract hours before the deadline, so that sort of thing has happened before.
Is there any reason to think Feole is considering coming back? I thought everyone assumed his going pro after this year was a done deal. Obviously, the outlook for next year would be entirely different if he is anchoring the rotation.
 
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I would assume Crawford comes here, as do most high schoolers drafted in the late rounds. If he does go pro, I'll be surprised. As for Feole, I'm operating under the opposite assumption: until I hear other wise, I assume he's going pro, based on where he was drafted.
 
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Is there any reason to think Feole is considering coming back? I thought everyone assumed his going pro after this year was a done deal. Obviously, the outlook for next year would be entirely different if he is anchoring the rotation.
These days I just assume that any college junior who gets drafted is going pro, since very few who get drafted return for their senior year. In my early years of following this stuff I would have hopes that someone would return for their senior year, only to find myself disappointed when they went pro. I found it this sort of false hope just wasn't worth the effort. So I switched my thinking to the idea that a junior getting drafted is a badge of honor for the school, and a reward to the player for their hard work.
 
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From Prep Baseball Report:

>10/20/18
6-foot-1, 150-pound left-handed pitcher who continues to develop nicely on the bump. The frame is thin, arms are long and lanky. The arm works free and clean throughout the delivery . The direction to the plate is appropriate, 3/4 in arm slot. The glove side is loose, needs to be posted and under control. The leg lift is high and athletic, repeats at all times. The potential is high, and if his frame fills out he could shoot through the roof. The fastball touched 81 mph, arm side run to the pitch. The spin pitch is big in shape, sitting at 67-69 mph. The changeup is a developing pitch, sat 73-75 mph

6/27/18
6-foot,1 40-pound left-handed pitcher and outfielder. The future is bright for this lanky pitcher. The fastball touched 78 mph, arm side action to the pitch. The spin pitch is 66 mph, still needs more fastball hand speed to it, but the shape is appropriate. The changeup is 70-71, he showed it in warm ups. The pitch is still developing. The delivery is online with his feet, the slot is above 3/4 . The arm works quick, glove side is posted and the delivery is repeated. The lift is athletic, sinks a bit at the top, and the tracking is advanced for his age. The ball comes out very well. Big time follow on the mound in the 2021 class.<

 
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Batted .320 as a freshman and was a C-USA all freshman team selection.

Like our other transfer, he didn't play as well as a sophomore for whatever reason. I like buying low on guys that have shown they can play at a high level at the D1 level that might need a change of scenery.
You mention buying low on these guys. Like you said, both these guys had solid freshmen seasons, and not so good sophomore seasons. My guess is that both these guys are coming to Storrs initially without any athletic scholarship money, given that there is so little scholarship money to go around in college baseball anyway.

Also remember that fall ball rosters often number in the mid 40's, while the spring season playing roster is 35. When they are eligible to play, whether it is for the 2020 or 2021 season, they will need to earn their way onto the team, assuming that they are not on any athletic scholarship money. This is not a given, as transfer Nate Panzer showed (of course, Panzer never made the spring ball roster at Maryland). Both these guys do sound like they could be really interesting ball players, but until they actually end up on the 35 man spring roster we get to wonder if truer test of these players abilities are their freshmen or sophomore seasons.
 
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@dbmill - nice find.

So cool...

>> Nielsen, who will play on a baseball scholarship at UConn, struck out a school-record 293 batters in his career and finished with 19 wins, one short of Anthony Kay’s school record of 20. Ward Melville won four Suffolk League I titles during his tenure.

Kay, a pitcher with the Mets Triple AAA affiliate in Syracuse, has been a mentor to Max. "Max worked hard for everything this year and I know he will crush it at UConn," Kay said. "Way to show what Ward Melville is all about."<<
 
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