Beals Signs Seven for 2014 Season
Nov. 14, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team has signed seven recruits for the 2014 season, head coach Greg Beals announced Wednesday. Four signees hail from Ohio while two come from Indiana and another from Kentucky.
“Congratulations to these young men and their families on their first official day as Buckeyes,” Beals said. “I want to thank my coaching staff, Chris Holick, Mike Stafford and Josh Newman, for their tireless recruiting effort. This is an extremely talented class and we are very excited about their future and that of our program. We put an emphasis on pitching in this class and I feel as if we have a group that will make an immediate impact on the mound.”
The coaching staff, now in its third season at Ohio State, proved to be a major attraction to many of the recruits for the 2012 season.
“Ohio State has a quality baseball program and Coach Beals and his staff are great,” Kyle Michalik, a right-handed pitcher/infielder from Brunswick, Ohio, said. “Having the opportunity to attend a few camps and watch the team practice, I was able to see there was great team chemistry. After each visit I walked away more impressed with the coaches and program and knew this is where I wanted to play.”
For many of the student-athletes joining the Ohio State baseball program for the 2014 season, becoming a Buckeye has been a dream come true.
“As a child, I always dreamed about becoming a Buckeye and wearing the scarlet and gray,” Ronnie Dawson, an outfielder from Grove City, Ohio, said. “Now, as a young man, my dream has turned into reality by becoming a part of this baseball program.”
However, for Brennen Milby, a right-hander from Greensburg, Ky., Ohio State had the total package when it came to academics, baseball and the college atmosphere.
“One of the main reasons I chose Ohio State was because it seemed like an all-around good fit for me,” Milby said. “I was very impressed with the coaching staff, facilities, their commitment to baseball and the strong academic programs.”
In addition, the tradition that Ohio State possesses and the bright future of the program have helped draw this group of future Buckeyes to Columbus.
“The first reason I chose Ohio State was the coaching staff – I could not have asked for a better group to learn from for the next four years – but I also found that I wanted to be a part of the rich tradition and history of The Ohio State University,” Troy Montgomery, an outfielder from Cumberland, Ind., added. “I want to be a part of a team that is going to have tremendous success and I think Ohio State has the core group to lead us there.”
Ronnie Dawson – OF – L/L – 6-1, 220 – Grove City, Ohio (Licking Heights)
Coach Greg Beals: “Ronnie has the potential to be a big-time hitter with serious power potential. He is a physical athlete with good speed. Ronnie is a pro-type corner outfielder.”
Zach Farmer – LHP – 6-3, 185 – Piketon, Ohio (Piketon)
Coach Greg Beals: “Touted by most as the best pitching prospect in Ohio, Zach has an electric arm with a fastball clocked in the low 90s and the makings of a great breaking ball. We look for Zach to compete for a rotation spot as a freshman.”
Travis Lakins – RHP – 6-0, 175 – Franklin, Ohio (Franklin)
Coach Greg Beals: “Travis is a fast-twitch athlete who projects extremely high in the near future. We loved his quick arm and feel for spinning his breaking ball.”
Kyle Michalik – RHP/INF – R/R – 6-1, 175 – Brunswick, Ohio (Brunswick)
Coach Greg Beals: “Kyle brings a lot to the table. We see him contributing to our pitching staff with his sinker-slider approach and we also see him competing in our infield as he has shown to be a very dependable defenseman.”
Brennen Milby – RHP – 6-1, 190 – Greensburg, Ky. (Green County)
Coach Greg Beals: “Brennen is a strikeout pitcher. He has a slippery fastball clocked in the low 90s and a slider that is proven to be hard to hit. Brennan is one of the most dominating high school pitchers I have seen.”
Troy Montgomery – OF – L/L – 5-10, 165 – Cumberland, Ind. (Mount Vernon)
Coach Greg Beals: “Troy is a prototype centerfielder. He can run and really throw which makes him an outstanding defensive outfielder. I see Troy making an immediate impact at the top of our lineup offensively.”
Tanner Tully – LHP – 6-0, 185 – Bristol, Ind. (Elkhart Central)
Coach Greg Beals: “Tanner is one of the best competitors I saw all summer. He is tremendously athletic and we loved his demeanor on the mound and ability to pitch with his fastball on both sides of the plate.”