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Gabriel Tirado has verbally committed to UConn!!! He is, according to Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report as a 2024 so he is a current freshman in high school, super young. Current has a PG 8 rating and is listed as a 5-9 195 C/1B/3B! Is from Newington CT and attends Loomis Chaffee high school. He appears to be a very good catcher and is a fantastic start to the future!!!!
 
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Big time power hitter - lefty. My son pitched against him in LL and got him out 2 out of 3 at bats. One was a mile high pop that only people with big pop hit. That will be his claim to fame lol.
Awesome pickup for UConn
 
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Gabriel Tirado has verbally committed to UConn!!! He is, according to Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report as a 2024 so he is a current freshman in high school, super young. Current has a PG 8 rating and is listed as a 5-9 195 C/1B/3B! Is from Newington CT and attends Loomis Chaffee high school. He appears to be a very good catcher and is a fantastic start to the future!!!!
I've been following UConn baseball recruiting for several years now, and this is a new one to me. I'm not sure I have ever seen before a player commit to UConn baseball during his freshman year in high school. For that matter, UConn baseball will get the occasional recruit to commit during their sophomore year, but that is fairly rare in itself as well. I'm am quite used to seeing players commit to UConn baseball during the summer before their junior year.
 
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From Gabriel Tirado's profile page on Prep Baseball Report:

>8/12/20
5-foot-9, 195-pound left-handed hitting catcher. He ran a 7.97 sixty at the event. The skill set behind the dish is solid for such a young player. He receives the baseball softly and moves athletically. He threw 77 mph with a pop time of 1.93. The bat has an exit velocity of 101 mph. The setup is even in base and the front foot steps into the pitch. The front foot has a high pick up and put down to it. The hands have plus life and the path is flat to slightly uphill at contact. He shows plus power in batting practice but may have to tone down the leg lift in game action. Good prospect.<


And from his profile page on PerfectGame:

>LATEST PG SHOWCASE REPORT

2020 PG 14U SUMMER NORTHEAST SHOWCASE

Gabriel Tirado is a 2024 C/1B, 3B with a 5-9 195 lb. frame from Newington, CT who attends The Loomis Chaffee. Bigger body with some strength to the build at present, Ran a 7.90 second 60-yard dash. Primary catcher, worked out behind the plate with soft hands receiving, good footwork to transition to throws, gains ground well and has some arm strength with carry on throws at present popping down to a 2.02 second best pop time. Left-handed hitter, starts with a hanging leg lift trigger, uses quickness in the hands and a lofted swing plane to create good carry off the barrel and let the strength in the swing play in a big way. Named to 2020 14u Summer Northeast Showcase Top Prospect List.<

 
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Gabriel Tirado has verbally committed to UConn!!! He is, according to Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report as a 2024 so he is a current freshman in high school, super young. Current has a PG 8 rating and is listed as a 5-9 195 C/1B/3B! Is from Newington CT and attends Loomis Chaffee high school. He appears to be a very good catcher and is a fantastic start to the future!!!!
Big pick up. This is a kid I mentioned on this board 12 + months ago on this board around the time Greger committed out of the Ct rivals program. Big time bat, very good catcher.
 
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I am familiar with the program (CT rivals). Gavin is a very solid pickup who I believe projects better as a pitcher but as stated earlier this kid is speedy in OF.
There are a few other kids I would have my eye on in the CT rivals program. Most significantly I would be looking at Gabby Tirado who may be the most offensively developed catcher I have seen at age 13.
From last July...
 
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Wowza. This kid is much closer to his little league career than being at UConn. I can’t imagine making this decision six months before he plays his first inning of high school baseball. I guess the new amenities, recent on-field success and a stable staff recruits itself these days now.
 
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This. I hope they don’t stop recruiting California Juco. They have had too much success and kids come ready to play. Plus it’s better than trying to fill out a roster from entirely the northeast. Geographic Diversity is a good thing.
 
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This. I hope they don’t stop recruiting California Juco. They have had too much success and kids come ready to play. Plus it’s better than trying to fill out a roster from entirely the northeast. Geographic Diversity is a good thing.
I suspect we will continue to see a couple new California JUCO's every season. It has been a successful pipeline of more experienced newcomers ever since it really got going in the middle of the last decade with the recruitment of Blake Davey.

However, it seems the pipeline of players that the team has gotten from Avery Point over the years has really slacked off to a bit of a trickle. I'll miss the presence of Pointers in Storrs, but this occurrence is partly due to the uptick in baseball recruiting that has been going on in Storrs.
 

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I suspect we will continue to see a couple new California JUCO's every season. It has been a successful pipeline of more experienced newcomers ever since it really got going in the middle of the last decade with the recruitment of Blake Davey.

However, it seems the pipeline of players that the team has gotten from Avery Point over the years has really slacked off to a bit of a trickle. I'll miss the presence of Pointers in Storrs, but this occurrence is partly due to the uptick in baseball recruiting that has been going on in Storrs.
I still think there is room for "dirtdogs" on Penders roster. That is what the program is built on- tough local kids. The CA pipeline has been a boon to getting us closer to the top and doing damage in the NCAA's
 
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I still think there is room for "dirtdogs" on Penders roster. That is what the program is built on- tough local kids. The CA pipeline has been a boon to getting us closer to the top and doing damage in the NCAA's
UConn Baseball is still recruiting and getting commitments from local kids. I'm inclined to think that the coaching staff is still recruiting same type of tough hard nosed players, the only difference being with an increase in the talent level. I believe Penders has talked in interviews about recruiting the same type of kids in the past, but with an uptick in ability.
 
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I still think there is room for "dirtdogs" on Penders roster. That is what the program is built on- tough local kids. The CA pipeline has been a boon to getting us closer to the top and doing damage in the NCAA's
This got posted elsewhere, but the last part of what @huskymedic quotes from this article definitely pertains to what @hardcorehusky is posting about here. Coach Penders has talked about recruiting the same sort of attitude in his players before, but he states it very well in this article.



>>"It's awesome," Penders said. "It doesn't get old. I pinch myself every day. I truly come out of the portal every day to see it pop the way you see your first baseball stadium coming out of the portal and it just opens up. It's a dream come true."

"It's just gorgeous. ... From a player development standpoint, from an aesthetics standpoint, from a motivational standpoint, it's a win, win win."<<

>>Now Penders has a gem of a new ballpark to help elevate his successful program to even greater heights.

"That's our hope," Penders said. "As a coach, you're always paranoid looking over your shoulder. Now the concern and the worry is we don't want to attract the kind of entitled player that might be attracted to the bells and whistles that we now have in our clubhouse or in our training room or weight room, or a ping pong table in our locker room. We want the same blue collar ethos in our players that we've always had and a chip on their shoulders.

"So we have to do an extra bit of homework and research on all our recruits to know that that's the type of character that we're continuing to get. It's easy to fall in love with the fact that there's guys that want to commit just seeing the pictures of the place. We still have to do our due diligence to make sure they're the right fit and they know what this place is really all about."<<
 
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PerfectGame.org rankings of recruits sometimes become visible to those who don't pay for the premium service. Right now all their rankings seem to be visible. Here are their rankings for the UConn baseball recruits are listed on their website (not everyone who has been reported as a UConn commit on this thread is listed on their website).

High school class of 2021:

500, which seems to work out more to the 500 to 999 range:

Matthew Garbowski - C/OF
Jackson Ferrigno - SS
Frank Mozzicato - LHP
Owen Kellington - RHP
Craig Pihlkar - RHP
Braden Quinn - LHP
Jack Sullivan - RHP
Ian Cooke - RHP
Brady Afthim - RHP

1000, which is over 1000.

Ramsey Collins - RHP
Zach Stephenson - OF
Joe Wozny - RHP


High school class of 2022:

322 - Ryan Daniels - Inf

500, which seems to work out more to the 500 to 999 range:

Levi McAllister - C
Noah Sorensen - SS
Maddix Dalena - 1B/3B
Niki Brini - OF
Sam Clark - RHP

1000, which is over 1000.

Gavin Greger - LHP/OF


High school Class of 2023:

Rated as a Follow:

Sean Stephenson - 3B


High school Class of 2024:

Rated as a High Follow:

Gabriel Tirado - C
 
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Neat upper 80’s already and he is still a couple years from campus. Jeez.

Penn State and Pitt must hate us. Our recruiting in Penn has absolutely had a negative impact on their programs lol
No question Pennsylvania is a continuing fertile recruiting ground for UConn baseball. I believe UConn baseball now has three recruits from Pennsylvania in the high school class of 2022.
 

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No question Pennsylvania is a continuing fertile recruiting ground for UConn baseball. I believe UConn baseball now has three recruits from Pennsylvania in the high school class of 2022.
Before the Fedko brothers, who were the recruits from PA that started the pipeline?
 
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Before the Fedko brothers, who were the recruits from PA that started the pipeline?
Before the Fedko's and Reggie Crawford, the biggest name during the 10 years or so that I've been following UConn baseball would have to be Max McDowell. Being in the northeast and not that far away from Storrs, I suspect UConn has always done some recruiting in the Keystone State.
 
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PerfectGame.com has J.J. Hood ranked in their 1000 ranking for the 2022 high school class.
 

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