Baseball Inks Seven In Early Signing Period
Nov. 30, 2000
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Wake Forest baseball coach George Greer and associate head coach/recruiting coordinator Bobby Moranda announced their seven-member recruiting class from the early signing period. The class includes three high schoolers who have signed national letters of intent in addition to four junior college transfers.
Anticipating the loss of nine seniors and the possibility of several underclassmen leaving after Major League Baseball's June draft, the coaching staff aggressively pursued some of the nation's best prospects.
"Our plan was to secure experienced, talented, junior college and high school players who could step into the lineup immediately and play at a high level. I am very pleased with the success we have had this fall. We have definitely achieved that goal," Greer said. "Best of all, these young men are excellent students. Next year's team, barring injury, should be as talented as we've ever had and that's truly exciting."
"We took an Oakland A's-type approach," Moranda said. "We went out and signed immediate impact, highly-recruited players from premier junior colleges and high schools. Several of these guys have the potential to be All-American or All-ACC players. These players will help us continue to be an perennial contender for a place in Omaha. It's the best early signing class we've ever had."
Greer and Moranda plan to fill a couple more roster slots in April's late signing period.
Class of 2001
A left handed lead-off type hitter with good speed ... outstanding defensive centerfielder ... gets a great jump on the ball and possesses excellent instincts ... hit .331 with 43 runs in 43 games as a freshman ... an All-Region IV All-Tournament Team pick after hitting 11-of-15 in the playoffs ... Kishwaukee coach Mike Davenport says Bourassa brings grit to the field everyday and calls him "the guts of our team."
Tremendous athlete with the potential to be a premier pitcher in the ACC ... tall, lanky, athletic right-hander ... throws in the upper-80's with a nice curveball ... high school coach Guy Collins calls Davidson a "prototype power pitcher" ... owns a 3.26 ERA with 142 strikeouts to just 38 walks ... once set a school record with 16 K's in one game ... sister, Margaret, is a two-time All-ACC second team volleyball player at Wake.
Tall lefty hits 90 on the radar ... has been drafted twice by the Pirates ... will compete for a place in the regular ACC weekend starting rotation ... started 10 games as a freshman and posted a 4-0 record to go with a sparkling 1.79 ERA ... struck out 48 batters in 50.1 innings ... a pitcher with outstanding ability ... An All-Region IV First Team pitcher ... Kishwaukee coach Mike Davenport calls Hill one of the most competitive people he's ever known.
A lead-off type switch hitter who was originally drafted out of high school by Atlanta ... batted .382 with five home runs and 14 stolen bases for Cypress JC in California ... Cypress coach Scott Pickler calls Hubbard a competitor in the mold of former Cypress and Wake Forest standout Scott Daeley.
One of the best prep infielders in North Carolina ... can play anywhere in the infield or wing outfield positions but is a natural shortstop ... will leave Riverside as the career leader in runs, steals, walks and at bats ... batted .368 as a junior with 19 SB in 20 games ... three-time conference player of the year ... runs the bases well ... an outstanding student ... high school coach David Norman says Ingold has been "the cornerstone of our defense since the day he set foot on campus" and the hardest working player he's ever had.
A highly-regarded pitcher who chose Wake Forest over several national powers ... throws in the upper-80's with excellent command ... one of >the best left-handed pitchers in the country ... posted a 2.06 ERA with 85 K's in 68 innings in 12 games as a junior ... led Stevenson to Illinois State Final Four over the summer ... high school coach Bob Mackey says Morley's "sneaky fast" with his fastball and has a good curveball but his change-up might be his best pitch ... lives near the hometown of Wake Forest associate head coach Bobby Moranda.
A first baseman with tremendous power ... hit .359 with seven homers
and a .569 slugging percentage at Cypress ... the Wake Forest coaches
project him as a three or four-slot hitter with 15-to-20 home run
potential ... Cypress coach Scott Pickler says Ruziecki is a big, strong
intense player who will fit in well at Wake Forest.
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