TOLEDO, OH - The University of Toledo baseball program received committments from seven recruits for the 2010-11 season, head coach Cory Mee announced today.
Joining the Rockets in the fall of 2010 will be Eric Croak (Toledo, OH - St. John's Jesuit), Trever Gast (Jenera, OH - Arlington), Zack Michael (Powell, OH - Olentangy Liberty), James Miglin (Warsaw, IN - Warsaw Community), Jacob North (Barberton, OH - Barberton), Adam Tyson (Wayne, OH - Elmwood) and Ryan Wilkinson (Munster, IN - Munster).
"We're very excited about adding this group to our program in the fall of 2010," Mee said. "I know Coach (Josh) Bradford and Coach (Nick) McIntyre worked very hard during the summer to find the best student-athletes in the Midwest and I feel like the group of newcomers we found fit into what we're looking for in our program. In particular, they're all tremendous people, outstanding students and outstanding athletes. I couldn't be happier and I can't wait for them to come to Toledo."
"We had specific needs to address this year in our recruiting class," added Bradford, the recruiting coordinator. "We needed to add a power arm and we felt that Adam (Tyson) was the guy. We needed to add a catcher and we added James (Miglin), who could also potentially be a power arm. We had to add a shortstop and Zack (Michael) is the guy we wanted to fill the spot. We needed to add left-handed pitching and we did with Trevor (Gast) and Ryan (Wilkinson). We had to add some left-handed power to our lineup and Eric (Croak) really helps address that. He also catches, which is a position that it's important to have depth at. In the outfield, we wanted to add someone who's a tremendous athlete and Jacob (North) really helped us fill that need. Each of these guys have strengths that we feel will contribute to the overall success of our program, and we're excited to have them."
Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Hometown - Last School
Eric Croak C L/R 6-2 195 Toledo, OH - St. John's Jesuit
Trever Gast LHP L/L 6-0 205 Jenera, OH - Arlington
Zack Michael INF R/R 6-0 175 Powell, OH - Olentangy Liberty
James Miglin C/RHP R/R 6-4 215 Warsaw, IN - Warsaw Community
Jacob North OF R/R 6-3 190 Barberton, OH - Barberton
Adam Tyson RHP R/R 6-2 190 Wayne, OH - Elmwood
Ryan Wilkinson LHP L/L 6-3 180 Munster, IN - Munster
Here is a closer, in-depth look at all seven of Toledo's early signees:
• Hit .347 with four home runs and 22 RBI, including two game-winning hits (2009)
• Started every game behind the plate at St. John's Jesuit High School (2009)
• Threw out 12 of 18 (66.7%) potential basestealers at second base and 5 of 6 (83.3%) at third base (2009)
• Also picked off three baserunners at first base (2009)
• Helped team to 18-9 ledger (2009)
Mee on Croak: "We feel like we've added a left-handed hitter with power. I felt that was very important for us to do because we're going to lose some left-handed power in the next couple of years. We really felt Eric was one of the best hitters we saw all summer. We really feel he can develop into a middle-of-the-order type of hitter for us. We're very excited about his potential, and I feel he's going to help our team in the future."
• Three-year letterwinner in baseball and one year in football at Arlington High School
• Tallied 6-2 ledger on the mound with 102 strikeouts and 0.51 ERA, including a no-hitter (2009)
• Conference Player of the Year (2009)
• Second-team all-state and first-team all-league pitcher (2009)
• Helped team to conference co-championship (2009)
• Tallied 5-1 record on the hill with 86 strikeouts and 0.63 ERA (2008)
• First-team all-league pitcher (2008)
• Helped team to conference co-championship (2008)
• Member of state champion travel baseball team (2008)
• Second-team all-conference as an offensive guard in football (2009)
• Member of Honor Roll
• Member of Junior Honor Society
Mee on Gast: "Trever is an outstanding left-handed pitcher, very competitive, which I feel is going to help him be successful on the mound. He's shown a very good fastball, command and an outstanding curveball. What we really liked this summer was how his change-up developed. His competitiveness is going to help him be successful in college. We feel like he can contribute to the program early in his career."
• Three-sport letterwinner at Olentangy Liberty High School
• Three-year letterwinner in baseball, basketball and football
Mee on Michael: "The thing I love about Zack is that he's always in the middle of things. In high school he was a quarterback, point guard and played shortstop, which says a lot about his character to be playing those positions and the leadership it takes. It was a big need for us to add a middle infielder or a shortstop. We wanted somebody who could handle the shortstop position and we're very happy that Zack has joined our program. He's outstanding and will have an opportunity to step in right away."
• Three-year letterwinner at Warsaw Community High School
• Hit .384 with 16 runs scored, 12 doubles, three home runs and 28 RBI (2009)
• Tallied 4-3 record on the mound with 44 strikeouts and 1.33 ERA (2009)
• First-team all-conference (2009)
• Received Team Defensive Award (2009)
• Hit .449 with 17 runs scored, nine doubles, six home runs and 26 RBI (2008)
• Tallied 0.71 ERA on the hill with 15 strikeouts in 19.2 innings (2008)
• Honorable mention all-league (2008)
• Member of National Honor Society, Student Athletic Board and Senior Leadership Group
Mee on Miglin: "James has a very high ceiling. He's an outstanding defensive catcher who receives, blocks and throws very well. We really like what we saw in him defensively. As a hitter, he has the ability to develop into a middle-of-the-order type of hitter. He has shown power, and I think he's only scratched the surface of his potential. In addition, James is a pitcher, and it's something he will do for us as well. I'm excited about his future as a pitcher. He has a chance to be very good. He has outstanding command and has already shown a very good fastball and change-up, and I know he works very hard. He's another guy, I think, that will be a great example for our team during his career here in the way he works in the classroom and on the field."
• Three-year starter in baseball and letterwinner in basketball and cross country at Barberton High School
• Hit .500 with 24 runs scored, 36 hits, eight doubles, one triple, five home runs, 35 RBI (second-most in school history) and 10 stolen bases (2009)
• Honorable mention all-state recipient (2009)
• Summit County Player of the Year (2009)
• Touchdown Club Co-Player of the Year (2009)
• Earned first-team all-league and second-team all-district honoree (2009)
• Named Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year (2009)
• Tied Ohio High School record with nine RBI in one game (2009)
• Hit .475 with 21 runs scored, 38 hits, eight doubles, four triples, one home run, 24 RBI and 11 stolen bases (2008)
• Earned first-team all-league and third-team all-district accolades (2008)
• Named Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year (2008)
• Tied Ohio High School record with three triples in one game (2008)
• Hit freshman-record .360 with 19 runs scored, six doubles, one home run, 19 RBI and 10 stolen bases (2007)
• Honorable mention all-league honoree (2007)
• OHSCAA Top 100 Underclassmen (2007-09)
• GABCA Underclassman of the Year (2008-09) (only other player to win back-to-back award was Lebron James)
• Ranks third in school history in basketball in three-point field goals and 17th in scoring
• Ranks No. 3 in a class of 279 with 4.591 GPA
• Member of National Honor Society
• Government Student of the Year (2009)
Mee on North: "Jacob is a tremendous athlete and we're very excited to add somebody to our program with Jacob's athleticism. I think he's going to be a versatile player who can play any of the outfield positions. He's going to add speed along with being an outstanding hitter. He is another tremendous student in the classroom and is a student of the game."
• Three-sport letterwinner in baseball, football and basketball at Elmwood High School
• Hit .373 with 21 RBI (2009)
• Tallied 4.43 ERA on the mound with 62 strikeouts (2009)
• First-team all-conference honoree (2009)
• Named to All-Wood County Baseball Team (2009)
• Tallied 2.28 ERA on the hill with 39 strikeouts (2008)
• Honorable mention all-conference recipient (2008)
• First-team all-conference wide receiver in football (2009)
• Second-team all-conference wide receiver in football (2008)
• Honorable mention all-league and second-team all-district in basketball (2008)
Mee on Tyson: "We felt like we needed to add a power arm to our pitching staff this year, and Adam is that guy. He has an outstanding fastball and an outstanding breaking ball. The thing I love most about Adam is his competitiveness; he's a guy who competes year-round. In high school he played football, basketball and baseball. He loves the competition and it serves him well on the baseball field. When he has the ball in his hands, you can tell that's the most comfortable place for him to be is on the mound, competing. I expect Adam to come in and help us very early in his career."
• Two-sport letterwinner in baseball and football at Munster High School
• Ranked as a Top 60 Indiana prospect in the 2010 Class by Prep Baseball Report
• Tallied a 4-3 mark on the mound with 44 strikeouts and 18 walks in 45.0 innings and a 2.16 ERA (2009)
• First-team All-Northwest Crossroads Conference and honorable mention All-Area (2009)
• Chosen by teammates as Most Valuable Pitcher (2009)
• Played last three summers for Summit City Sluggers and went 3-1 on the hill with 37 strikeouts and only 13 walks in 44.0 innings and a 1.71 ERA as a team captain (Summer 2009)
• Honorable mention all-league honoree in football (2009)
• Academic all-state recipient in football with 4.21 GPA (2009)
• Scholar Athlete Award recipient in baseball and football (2007-09)
Mee on Wilkinson: "Ryan is a guy that has tremendous movement on his fastball, has a good breaking ball and shows a change-up. I think he's a guy who'll be tough on left-handed hitters, and it'll be exciting to see how Ryan develops. He's a strong kid who, I think, is only going to continue to get better during his career."
"A lot of credit for this class goes to Josh," Mee said. "He helped identify the best players and the best people to fit into our program and he deserves a lot of credit for doing so. I also like to thank my coaching staff and our players and everyone who works closely with our program here at Toledo for their efforts in showing these individuals what our program and our university is all about."