Herd Baseball Inks Nine for 2019 Season
Marshall adds seven high school seniors and two junior college players
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall baseball head coach Jeff Waggoner announced the signings of nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2019 season.
The class consists of seven high school seniors and two junior college players. The nine signings are from six states and one country, including Colorado, New York, South Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Iowa and Canada.
The signings include three pitchers – Ryan Capuano (Ontario, Canada), Brady Choban (Monument, Colo.) and Bryan Callaly-Sutter (Geneva, Ill.) – plus infielders Kyle Schaefer (Queens, N.Y.), Luke Edwards (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Christopher Landis (Sebastian, Fla.), Kristopher Soto (Miami, Fla.), Christopher Pena (Davenport, Iowa) and Daniel Cruz (Miami, Fla.).
RHP Ryan Capuano – 6’0/190 – Birchmount Park HS (Ontario)
Waggoner's take: “Ryan is a right-handed pitcher that can throw up to 90 MPH with a good breaking ball. He has all of the intangibles that you look for as a coach. He has a good work ethic, he competes like crazy, he’s a good clubhouse guys. We expect big things from him. We think he can make an immediate impact and pitch for us during the weekends.”
RHP – Brady Choban – 6’5/185 – Lewis-Palmer HS (Colo.)
Waggoner's take: “Brady is a young senior, because he did not turn 17 until September. He’s a kid with huge upside. He’s a 6-4 righty that has a live fastball, a good slider and a pretty good feel for a changeup, especially for a high school kid.”
C Kyle Schaefer – 6’4/180 – Monsignor McClancy (N.Y.)
Waggoner's take: “Kyle has everything we look for in a catcher. He’s very tools-y, he runs the bases well, has bat speed and he’s very athletic. He’s going to be a very good player.”
SS/2B Luke Edwards – 5’8/155 – Myrtle Beach HS (S.C.)
Waggoner's take: “Luke has already had productive seasons during his sophomore and junior years at the Varsity level. He has a lot of power and swings the ball like he’s 6-3. He’s athletic, a good student and has a great work ethic.”
3B/SS Christopher Landis – 5’11/178 – Sebastian River HS (Fla.)
Waggoner's take: “We think Christopher will move to third base at the next level. He is 6’2 and has some big-time power and bat speed.”
1B/OF Kristopher Soto – 6’1/200 – Florida Christian HS (Fla.)
Waggoner's take: “He’s 6’1” and really athletic. He has some elusive speed, but he’s an elite defender and has a great glove.”
RHP Bryan Callaly-Sutter – 6’8/240 – Southeastern CC (Ill.)
Waggoner's take: “He’s a three-pitch guy. He has upper-80s speed and can touch the low-90s. He locates the ball well. He has a good presence about him on the mound.”
INF Christopher Pena – 5’10/180 – Indian Hills CC (Iowa)
Waggoner's take: “He’s a kid from Indian Hills, which is one of the better programs in the nation. Christian was a late-bloomer in terms that people started ahead of him in the beginning of the season, but he became a starter as the season progressed. He had a big summer, so we’re excited to bring him over here.”
INF Daniel Cruz – 5’11/170 – Southwest Miami HS (Fla.)
Waggoner's take: “He’s a talented kid. He works hard both on and off-the field. He is a great student and clubhouse guy. We think he can come in as a freshman and have an early impact.”