Dec. 2, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.VA. – Head coach Jeff Waggoner and his coaching staff have announced the addition of seven more newcomers for the 2012-13 year. Seven players including David Diaz-Fernandez, Micah Dunn, Taylor Knicely, Travis Myers, Zak Shockley, Brandyn Sittinger, and Michael Tayler will join the ranks of Chase Vogelbach, Jesus Colon and Chase Boster to give the Marshall baseball program a total of ten national letters of intent signees for the 2013 season.
Micah Dunn is a 6-1 left-handed pitcher from Alpharetta, Georgia. He plays baseball for South Forsyth High School and also is a member of the 18U East Cobb Braves travel team. While with the Braves, he led his team to the WWBA World Championships in 2010 and 2011 and most recently was named to PerfectGame.com’s WWBA All-Tournament team. In 2010, Dunn was honored as one of Georgia’s Top 100 High School Baseball Players.
Assistant Coach Renner on Dunn: “Micah is a kid who we feel is going to develop into an outstanding pitcher. He has a fastball in the 84-88 mph range and a very good curveball. We expect Micah to come in and pitch for us right away as a freshman as either a starter or reliever in Conference USA play.”
Taylor Knicely is a 6-3 right-handed pitcher from Staunton, Virginia. He plays baseball for the Robert E. Lee High School baseball program and also plays baseball for the 17U Patriots National team. During his high school career, Knicely was selected to the All-District team in his junior year and was also selected by his high school team as the Pitcher of the Year. Knicely has also been honored as a 2011 Underclass High Honorable Mention at baseball’s largest scouting service, PerfectGame.org.
Assistant Coach Renner on Knicely: “Taylor is a very projectable high upside talent. His fastball is anywhere from 88-92 and he has a very good curveball. Taylor has the ability to come here and pitch on the weekends in Conference USA as a freshman.”
is a 6-1 catcher from Urbana, Virginia, who can be used in an array of different positions for Marshall. He plays baseball for the Christchurch School and for the past two seasons was selected to the VISAA All-State team and was also honored as a Virginia Prep League All-Prep selection. In 2009, Myers was a member of the 16U North Canes, where he competed in the World Wood Bat Championships. In the same year, he was selected to the All-State team in the Northern Neck District. During his freshman year, he was selected to the All-State team.
Assistant Coach Renner on Myers: “Travis is a 6'1 athletic kid who can play multiple positions. We are really excited about his offensive potential and we like his versatility defensively. He can catch or play the corners in the infield or outfield.”
Brandyn Sittinger is a 6-1 right-handed pitcher from LaGrange, Ohio, where he plays baseball for Keystone High School. He is a three-year letterman in both baseball and basketball for his high school and for the past two seasons has been named to the All-County and All-District teams for his baseball accomplishments. During his junior year, Sittinger was named the Lorain County Pitcher of the Year. Throughout his baseball career, he has accumulated a multitude of honors including All-Buckeye Scout team, All-Buckeye Elite team and Crossroads All-Ohio team in 2011, along with a CABA All-World Series selection in 2010.
Assistant Coach Renner on Sittinger: “Brandyn is a very talented pitcher who is young for his graduating class. He won't be 18 until after he graduates high school, but Brandyn's fastball is 86-89 and he tops at 91 mph. He also throws a slider in the upper 70's. Brandyn is expected to come to Marshall and be an immediate contributor on the weekends in Conference USA.”
Michael Taylor is a 6-6 right-handed pitcher from St. Albans, West Virginia. He plays baseball for the Christchurch School baseball program, located in Urbana, Virginia. During his baseball career, Taylor has acquired VISAA All-State and Virginia Prep League All-Prep honors during the 2011 and 2010 seasons. In 2008, he was selected to the All-State team. In the same year, he led his travel team, the 16U North Canes, to a Top 16 finish in the World Wood Bat Tournament.
Assistant Coach Renner on Taylor: “We feel Michael is an outstanding prospect with a very high ceiling. He has a fastball that ranges from 87-93 and tops at 94 mph. He also shows a quality curveball and has feel for a change-up. We fully expect him to come in and be a contributor on the weekends in league play.”
Zak Shockley is a 6-4 left-handed pitcher from Strongsville, Ohio, where he plays baseball for the Saint Ignatius High School baseball program. During his high school career, Shockley has been a four-year letterman and averaged an ERA of 2.41. He also averages two strikeouts per innings pitched and was honored as an All-Conference selection during his tenure. During the summer, Shockley plays for the Ohio Orioles 18U Black team and combined for a 17-2 record. In the fall of 2010 and 2011, he played for the Midwest Redbirds and pitched 25.0 innings, struck out 29 batters and recorded an ERA under 2.00.
Assistant Coach Renner on Shockley: “Zak is someone we feel can come in and contribute immediately. His fastball is in the mid-eighties and has a lot of movement. He also has a good curveball and a solid change-up. We really like his potential.”
David Diaz-Fernandez is a 5-10 catcher and third baseman from Miami, Florida, where he plays baseball for the Belen Jesuit Prep School. During his high school career, Diaz-Fernandez has earned three varsity letters. In the 2011 season, he had a .316 batting average, while recording 22 RBIs, five doubles, and one triple. Diaz-Fernandez is ranked in the Top 1,000 players in the nation on PerfectGame.org.
Assistant Coach Donnelly on Diaz-Fernandez: “David is one of the best defensive catchers I have seen this year recruiting. He has a great arm and great feet. He handles pitchers very well and is very athletic behind the plate. I am really impressed with his abilities. His bat will be a plus and it is going to be fun to work with him.”
The eligibility of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to Marshall University and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center.