Terps Add Seven Fall Signees
Dec. 7, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland baseball team added strength to an already talented roster with the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent, head coach John Szefc announced Friday. The seven-person class will arrive in College Park in August 2013, and compete for the Terps in the 2014 season.
The signing class consists of two players who received preseason All-American honors from Perfect Game USA prior to their junior seasons, as well as two players ranked among the top 500 players in the country.
The recruiting class is made up of three players from both Maryland and New Jersey, and one player from New York.
“The class fills a lot if not all of the needs we have,” said Szefc. “It is a pitching heavy class, which is pretty typical nowadays. It has some balance to it as far guys that would project to being starters and some that would project as being finishers. All four of the position players are immediate impact type of players. The class covers a lot of the needs that we have and combined with the outstanding young players we have in our program now, it should be a really good compliment.”
The two signees ranked among the nation’s top 500 according to Perfect Game are: No. 258 Chase Brewis (RHP | Glen Burnie, Md.) and No. 500 Nick Cieri (C/3B | Hainesport, N.J.).
Cieri and Bradley Keith (OF | Millersville, Md.) received 2012 preseason All-American high honorable mention and honorable mention, respectively, from Perfect Game.
Several of the players rank among the top 50 players in their respective states: Brewis is No. 4 in Maryland, Keith is No. 14 in Maryland, Cieri is No. 16 in New Jersey, Mike Rescigno (3B | Monmouth Beach, N.J.) is No. 28 in New Jersey, Andrew Green (RHP | Blairstown, N.J.) is No. 35 in New Jersey, and Tayler Stiles (LHP | Bowie, Md.) is No. 47 in Maryland.
Glen Burnie, Md., Riverdale Baptist, RHP, 5-11, 155
Ranked among the top 500 players in the nation by Perfect Game USA Rated the No. 4 player in the state of Maryland and the No. 2 right-handed pitcher by Perfect Game USA Named to the 2013 MSABC Preseason All-State Team Named 2012 Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention Hit .390 with 45 stolen bases as a junior and struckout 48 batters in 29 innings of work with a 0.55 ERA Played summer ball with the Evoshield Canes and notched a 1.30 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched Played for Team Maryland over the summer Selected for the 2012 Perfect Game USA National Showcase Plays for Terry Terrill at Riverdale Baptist High School
Coach Szefc on Brewis: “He's a local guy and an immediate impact right-hander throwing in the upper 80s, touching 90. Along with Stiles and Keith, it was really important for us as a staff to get three of the best players in Maryland in this class."
Coach Szefc on Cieri: “He's a left-handed hitting third-baseman/catcher. He's just starting to learn the catching position. His offense is outstanding and he'll be very good defensively as well.”
Coach Szefc on Green: “He's pretty raw as far as innings pitched. We were lucky to have an opportunity recruit Andrew when we did. He plays for a very good high school program and should be an immediate impact right-handed pitcher just like Brewis.”
Coach Szefc on Keith: “Keith is a pretty polished left-handed bat and liked the idea of staying close to home.”
Coach Szefc on Oniffrey: “He's a very compact, up the middle, other way left-handed hitter. He's an outstanding defender at first base. He should really help us to solidify that position for the future.”
Coach Szefc on Rescigno: “He's a two-way guy and projects to close games in the future. He is a polished right-handed bat that projects right away.”
Coach Szefc on Stiles: “He has a polished curveball, mid-80s, loose left-handed arm. He should be an immediate impact guy. If we are going to be a good program, we need to get guys like him, Brewis and Keith to come to Maryland.”