GW Baseball Lands 20 in Gregg Ritchie's First Recruiting Class
Class Features Student-Athletes from 10 States
May 14, 2013
WASHINGTON - George Washington baseball head coach Gregg Ritchie has announced 20 commitments from 10 states for his inaugural recruiting class.
"This recruiting class will give us a tremendous upgrade in athleticism, speed, size and strength," said Head Coach Gregg Ritchie. "This group demonstrates maturity combined with a competitor's mindset and is filled with special student-athletes."
Cody Bryant - 1B - 6'0 - 210 - Boynton Beach, Fla. - Atlantic Community High School
Coach Ritchie on Bryant: "Cody is a big, physical young man. A first basemen with some natural thump in his bat from the right side. He is a power-potential guy and we look forward to having him develop and grow here at GW."
Robert Campbell - 3B - 6'0 - 180 - Silver Spring, Md. - St. John's College High School
Two-year varsity starter of St. John's College ... 2013 team captain ... Member of National Honor Society ... Member of J-ROTC as First Sergeant.
Coach Ritchie on Campbell: "Bobby is a solid fielding third basemen from nearby St. John's College High School. Bobby is a competitor and is also involved in the ROTC. He has no problem facing adversity and battling through it. He has a strong arm at third base and we look forward to him being here."
Colin Gibbons-Fly - SS - 6'1 - 180 - College Park, Md. - Dematha Catholic
Named Second Team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference in 2011 while helping team to the WCAC Championship Finals ... Played summer and fall 2012 with the Mid-Atlantic Rookies ... Named to the All-Tournament Teams for the 2012 WWBA 18U National Championship, the 2012 WWBA 17U National Championship, and the 2012 WWBA World Championship ... Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American Honorable Mention in 2011 and Perfect Game All-Atlantic Region Honorable Mention in 2013 ... In 2013, playing for Mercersburg (PA) Academy, through 17 games hit .567 with 34 hits, including 11 doubles and five home runs ... Ranked by Perfect Game as the thirteenth best player in Maryland's class of 2013.
Coach Ritchie on Gibbons-Fly: "Colin brings good speed a strong baseball IQ to the game. He is a strong line-drive hitter that will fit to our style of play here. He has the opportunity to play multiple positions for us and we look forward to him competing right away for a starting position."
Elijah Kashi - MIF - 5'11 - 170 - Montclair, N.J. - Montclair High School
Coach Ritchie on Kashi: "Eli is a great character kid and a good defender in the middle infield. He has soft hands and has the potential to play great defense for us. He also provides much-needed hitting from the left side. He has a great understanding of the game and we are looking to big things from him in his career."
Kevin Mahala - RHP/3B - 6'3 - 185 - Far Hills, N.J. - Seton Hall Prep
Ritchie on Mahala: "Mahala is a two-way guy who possesses the ability to play both corner infield spots and to develop as an arm for us on the mound. This speaks to his considerable athleticism as a big man. As his body matures, he can become a special player for GW baseball. He should be competing for a starting spot immediately."
Larry McCabe - LHP - 6'4 - 210 - Virginia Beach, Va. - Frank W. Cox High School
Coach Ritchie on McCabe: "Larry is a big, physical left-handed pitcher and an outfielder. On the mound he has a ton of upside with his frame and tool kit that he possesses. At the plate he has some raw strength that, with development, can be a threat each time he comes to the plate."
Eddie Muhl - RHP - 6'4 - 205 - Sherman Oaks, Calif. - Notre Dame High School
Andrew Piccin - RHP - 6'1 - 190 - Flower Mound, Texas - Flower Mound High School
Paul Proenza - C - 5'9 - 180 - Miami, Fla. - South Miami High School
Coach Ritchie on Proenza: "Paul is a solid defensive catcher from Miami, Fla. The part of Paul's game that stands out is his ability to handle a pitching staff and control the game from behind the plate. He also possesses the commanding leadership skills that is required at the catching position."
Brandon Ritchie - RHP - 6'1 - 210 - New Castle, Pa. - Laurel High School
Coach Ritchie on Ritchie: "Brandon is one of the hardest workers in our incoming class. It is apparent from his visible and passionate manner that Brandon will be one of our leaders in desire and drive. He possesses a mid-to-upper eighties fastball and has touched 90 regularly. We are looking for him to be an impact arm for us on the mound and a real leader going forward."
Jordan Sheinkop - RHP - 6'1 - 200 - Buffalo Grove, Ill. - Stevenson High School
Coach Ritchie on Sheinkop: "Jordy has had a solid high school season this year and we expect him to come in right away and compete for innings. He could be a starter or a reliever, and we look forward to his development."
Ryan Xepoleas - OF - 5'8 - 175 - Loomis, Calif. - Del Oro High School - Santa Rosa Junior College
Coach Ritchie on Xepoleas: "Ryan is the most seasoned player we are bringing in to the program with this class. His awareness, instinct and knowledge are above average and he will have an immediate impact on our team. He is having a great career right now at Santa Rose Junior College. He brings leadership and he has been through the grind of a college season. He is a proven winner and leader at the college level."
Coach Ritchie on Ackerman: "A pitcher who has come on as of late. Sam has a large projectable frame."
Joey Bartosic - 2B/OF - 5'11 - 175 - Oakton, Va. - Oakton High School
Coach Ritchie on Bartosic: "Joey is one of the fastest players in the nation. He is the anchor on his 4x100 indoor track team and brings us game-changing speed, which is something that we love. He has the ability to play multiple positions in both the infield and outfield."
John Brady - OF - 5'10 - 175 - Williamstown, N.J. - Williamstown High School
Coach Ritchie on Brady: "John is an athletic and dynamic outfielder with plus speed."
Jordan Dudek -MIF - 5'11 - 165 - Snellville, Ga. - Greater Atlantic Christian High School
Four-year varsity starter at Greater Atlantic Christian High School ... Georgia Dugout Club Pre-Season All-State selection ... Georgia Dugout Club Pre-Season Player to Watch ... Rawlings Perfect Game Southeast Honorable Mention ... Holds school record with perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in junior season ... Played for East Cobb Astros Summer Ball.
Coach Ritchie on Dudek: "Jordan is a middle infielder and utility guy who has a history of simply getting the job done. He is an athletic kid."
Zane Schreiber - RHP - 6'2 - 190 - Hagerstown, Md. - North Hagerstown High School
Coach Ritchie on Schreiber: "Zane possess an outpitch type breaking ball and has the ability to be a potential late-inning relief guy."
Andrew Selby - OF - 5'11 - 170 - Alexandria, Va. - Bishop Ireton High School
Coach Ritchie on Selby: "Andrew is a physical outfielder and brings a left-handed presence to the lineup for us. He has potential to be a base-stealing threat as well. He is an overall physical player who can do a lot of productive and positive things with his tools."
Alec Stearn - C - 6'1 - 170 - Muttontown, N.Y. - Jericho Senior High School
Coach Ritchie on Stearn: "Alec is a physical catcher. He has shown some good athleticism behind the plate."
Jonathan Steele - C - 5'11 - 160 - Pompton Lakes, N.J. - Pompton Lakes High School
Ritchie on Steele: "Jonathan comes from New Jersey with a great high school career under his belt. He has had numerous accolades and brings leadership qualities behind the plate."