Nov. 9, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball program has signed eight recruits for the 2013 season, head coach Greg Beals announced Wednesday. The class features five players from Ohio, two from Indiana and one from Wisconsin.
“I am very excited to announce this class of recruits,” Beals said. “These are great young men that come from great families and I am honored to have them joining our Buckeye baseball family. I obviously like the baseball talent in the group but, more importantly, I like the character and competitive toughness this group has. I believe that we have addressed the needs of the program moving forward with a group of student-athletes that have proven themselves on and off the field.”
After a 26-27 first season at the helm of the Buckeyes and a No. 4 seed in the Big Ten tournament, the foundation has been set by Beals and his staff and the new direction of the program has attracted future Buckeyes.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Ohio State baseball program,” Craig Nennig, an infielder from Kaukauna, Wis., said. “I love the energy and commitment to success the coaching staff has. I can’t wait to start working with Coach Beals and Coach Holick.”
The newly renovated turf at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium also has added to the excitement of the newcomers.
“It’s a very exciting time to become a Buckeye. With the new coaching staff and the facility improvements with the new turf, there’s obviously a focus and dedication to the baseball program and its future success,” Zach Ratcliff, a first baseman from Blacklick, Ohio, said. “I’m excited to be a part of a team that has set expectations of winning Big Ten titles and returning to Omaha on a consistent basis.”
A closer look at the 2011 Ohio State baseball recruiting class:
Jacob Bosiokovic – INF/RHP – 6-6, 195 – Delaware, Ohio (Rutherford B. Hayes)
Bosiokovic was a first team all-conference selection his first three seasons and was named Division I Player of the Year as a junior. Last season, he hit .500 with 10 home runs, 22 stolen bases and 45 runs batted in. Jacob is the son of Jeff and Flora Bosiokovic.
Coach Greg Beals: “Jacob has a very bright future. He is a physical corner infielder with power potential at the plate and the ability to also help us on the mound. Jacob is a dynamic athlete that combines size, power and speed.”
Logan Bowles – RHP – 6-3, 175 – Canton, Ohio (South)
Bowles will be a four-year starter at Canton South after earning all-conference honors each of his first three seasons. On the mound last season, Bowles posted a 2.50 earned-run average with 35 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched. At the plate, he hit .390 with two home runs and 28 RBI. He is the son of Edward and Yvonne Bowles.
Coach Greg Beals: “We saw Logan early and really like his arm action – a sinker-slider type pitcher who will add strength to our pitching staff. Logan also is a good left-handed hitter who will get the chance to swing the bat as a Buckeye.”
Troy Kuhn – INF – 5-10, 170 – Zionsville, Ind. (Zionsville Community)
Kuhn will be a four-year starter at Zionsville Community after earning all-conference honors last season. The infielder hit .355 with 11 doubles, two home runs and 23 runs scored as a junior last season. The son of Ted and Suzette Kuhn, Troy has an older brother, Max, who is a freshman on the baseball team at Kentucky.
Coach Greg Beals: “Troy is a fast-twitch athlete who can play all infield positions and has also played some outfield. He is simply a baseball player. His arm strength, speed and bat will provide us many diverse playing opportunities.”
Luke McGee – LHP – 6-3, 180 – Wooster, Ohio (Wooster)
McGee garnered first team all-conference honors last season after going 8-0 with a 1.55 earned-run average and 57 strikeouts on the mound. At the plate, he hit .333 with two home runs and five doubles. Luke is the son of Paul and Christel McGee.
Coach Greg Beals: “Luke is a long, lean lefty with huge upside. Because of his athleticism, our coaching staff is really excited about his future. With our emphasis on player development we believe Luke will become an impact pitcher in our program.”
Craig Nennig – INF – 5-11, 165 – Kaukauna, Wis. (Wrightstown)
Nennig earned all-state honors and was named Olympian Conference Player of the Year as a junior in 2011. The infielder batted .508 with 33 doubles, seven home runs and 65 runs scored last season and has been named all-conference his first three seasons.
Coach Greg Beals: “Craig is a smooth, athletic defender in the field. He has quick hands at the plate and a track record of success. Craig’s ability to make all the plays is what attracted me to him.”
Jacob Post – RHP – 6-3, 185 – Valparaiso, Ind. (Chesterton)
Post is a right-handed pitcher that went 7-2 while garnering all-conference honors as a junior last season. The right-hander was part of the Area Code Game roster for the Chicago White Sox and was a part of the East Coast Pro Showcase. Jacob is the son of Scott and Sandy Post.
Coach Greg Beals: “Jacob is a prototypical power pitcher with a live fastball and the makings of a great breaking pitch. We see Jake competing for a weekend spot right away.”
Zach Ratcliff – 1B – 6-4, 210 – Blacklick, Ohio (Columbus Academy)
Ratcliff is a three-time all-conference selection who batted .440 with six home runs, 53 runs scored and 51 runs batted in last summer. He was a member of the 2011 Perfect Game All-American team and the Buckeye Scout All-Ohio team. Ratcliff is the son of Kelly and Susie Ratcliff.
Coach Greg Beals: “Zach possesses as much power as anyone I saw all summer. He is a three-sport athlete who will continue to make great developmental strides as he begins to focus on one sport as a Buckeye. Zach will bring the physical presence to our lineup that we are looking for.”
Joey Stoll – LHP/OF – 5-11, 170 – Westlake, Ohio (St. Edward)
Stoll batted .389 with 17 runs scored and six stolen bases for the Eagles. The left-hander also struck out three batters while allowing a hit in three innings on the mound. Joey is the son of Eddie and Ruthie Stoll.
Coach Greg Beals: “Joey will be a two-way player for us as an outfielder and a left-handed pitcher. He flew on the screen late for us but what really impressed me was his overall baseball savvy. His development as a pitcher will be fun to watch.”