Baseball inks eight recruits

Last week, the BGSU baseball team announced six high school players that have signed letters of intent to play for the Falcons beginning in 2008.

Perhaps headlining the Falcons’ recruiting class is Brooks Mohr, a 6-foot-4-inch right-handed pitcher, who had a 9-0 record with a 1.94 ERA for Elida High School last season. He is the younger brother of Meghan Mohr, a left-side-hitter on the BG volleyball team.

“The ceiling is unlimited with Brooks,” said BG coach Danny Schmitz. “He’s a tall, lanky right-hander that has a fastball that averages in the upper 80s and even into the low 90s, so he’s a guy that you have the potential to build a pitching staff around.”

The Falcons also added shortstop Clay Duncan, who had a .386 batting average with nine doubles and 18 RBI in his junior season for Norwalk High School.

“Clay Duncan is probably one of the better hitters in the area,” Schmitz said. “He’s a kid that can really swing the bat. He plays with the Sandusky Legion team and they had an outstanding summer last year and he was one of their top hitters, so we’re real excited about Clay coming in.”

The Falcons also signed catcher Ryan Schlater, who hit .394 for Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio, last season. Schlater could also see time in the outfield for the Falcons in 2008.

“He’s a great all-around athlete and a kid that can run, hit, and throw well,” Schmitz said. “He’s a gamer that just loves to play.”

Another arm the Falcons added to the pitching staff is Patrick Martin, a 6-1 left-handed pitcher and outfielder, who batted .441 and had a 0.71 ERA on the mound for Clay High School last season. His versatility is something that pitching coach Tod Brown says should make Martin an impact player for the Falcons in 2008.

“He’s probably one of the best defensive outfielders in the state and he brings a lot of energy to the lineup,” Brown said. “He’s also shown he can throw three pitches for strikes and also has an excellent ERA on the high school level and pitched well over the summer, so we’re excited about him coming in and adding a left-handed arm to our pitching staff.”

Falcon infielder Derek Spence is a former teammate of Martin and believes Martin will bring a lot to the table for the Falcons in 2008.

“He was a great teammate and always had a good attitude and always worked hard,” Spence said. “He’s a great pitcher and a great outfielder and I think he’ll help out our team a lot next year.”

Another pitcher the Falcons added is Brennan Smith, a right-handed pitcher from Sandusky Perkins, who posted great numbers on the mound last season, striking out 91 batters in just 66 innings pitched with a minuscule 0.21 ERA.

“There are a lot of good arms in the state and Brennan’s one of them,” Brown said. “He throws a lot of strikes and competes on a great high school team and summer team and shows he can compete at a high level.”

Another right-handed pitcher the Falcons signed is Charles Wooten, who posted a 2.59 ERA and had a 3-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio for Woodmere High School last season, and who Brown believes is just beginning to scratch the surface of his abilities.

“He throws extremely well downhill and has a lot of tilt to his pitches and a lot of movement on his pitches,” Brown said. “He’s a guy who’s really improved in the past couple years and every year he gets a lot better.”

Schmitz and Brown agree this recruiting class looks great on paper and are anxious to see the players make an immediate impact on the program in 2008.

“I think the past couple of recruiting classes have been outstanding, and I think that this is another one to add to that,” Schmitz said. “With the veterans we have, with the seniors and the last three recruiting classes, we feel pretty good about our program. All of these guys are going to get the opportunity to show what they’ve got.”