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)
Dawson was a first team all-conference selection and league MVP after batting .459 with 24 doubles, five triples and nine home runs as a junior last season. He is also a standout on the gridiron, garnering second team All-Ohio honors in 2011. Ronnie is the son of Ronnie and Antoinette Dawson. He plays high school baseball for head coach Jeff Boyer and summer ball for Teays Valley.
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)
Farmer, a two-time first team All-Ohio and three-time All-SVC selection, led Piketon with a 9-3 record and a 1.39 earned-run average in 2012. He has tallied 432 strikeouts to go along with a 26-5 record over his first three seasons. Farmer has also stood out at the plate, batting over .500 each season with four career home runs. Zach is the son of Larry and Tammy Farmer. He plays high school baseball for head coach Gene Bumgardner and summer baseball for the Cincy Flames
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)
Travis is a two-time first team all-conference selection, garnering league player of the year honors last season, going 10-3 with 100 strikeouts while hitting .488. He also excels on the basketball court, earning all-conference honors the last two seasons. Travis is the son of Travis and Shawna Lakins. He plays high school baseball for head coach Jake Long at Franklin High School and summer baseball for the Midland organization.
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)
Kyle is a three-year starter who was named first team All-County all three seasons and All-NOC twice. He hit .341 with 20 RBI while posting a .263 ERA as a junior after hitting .389 with 16 RBI as a sophomore. Kyle is the son of Tim and Judy Michalik. He plays high school baseball for head coach Todd Winston and summer ball for the Midwest Pelicans.
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)
Brennen is a two-time all-district selection who was named honorable mention all-state last season. He holds the Kentucky state high school record with six career no-hitters and tied the Kentucky state record with 20 strikeouts in one game against Cumberland, Tenn. Brennen is the son of Brent Milby and Robbin McDermott. He plays high school baseball for Rick Davis and summer ball for the Indiana Prospects.
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)
Troy is a two-time all-conference selection who garnered honorable mention all-state honors as a junior. He hit .460 with two home runs, 19 stolen bases and 16 runs scored as a junior after batting .516 with eight home runs and 28 stolen bases as a sophomore. Troy is the son of Jeff and Jenny Montgomery. He plays summer baseball for the Indiana Bulls.
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)
Tanner was named Northern Indiana Conference MVP after posting a 0.30 earned-run average with 64 strikeouts last season. He also batted. 362 with six home run and 35 runs scored. Tanner is the son of Jon and Mindy Tully. He plays high school baseball for head coach Steve Stutsman and summer ball for the Indiana Chargers.
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.”
Ohio State Edged by Kansas State, 3-2