Walter Announces 2017 Signees
Dec. 2, 2016

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest head baseball coach Tom Walter announced the team's 2017 signing class on Friday, featuring 11 incoming freshmen.

"Coach Bill Cilento and Coach Matt Hobbs have put together another fantastic recruiting class," Walter said. "What we like most about this class is versatility. On the mound we have brought in a variety of looks and‎ a mix of power and finesse. In the field we're bringing in athleticism, toughness and offensive production."

Wake Forest's recruiting class is rated 30th in the nation by Perfect Game, best in the seven-year history of those rankings.


William Fleming | RHP | 6-5, 195 | R/R | Asheville, N.C/Christ School

Walter on Fleming
"William is a tall, lanky right-handed pitcher who is also a very good high school basketball player. He has plus sink and the makings of a good slider. Once he gets on a year-round strength program and adds 15 pounds, he should be a very dynamic power arm."

Background
Rated as a top-500 recruit by Perfect Game, including the No. 36 overall recruit from the state of North Carolina ... Picked as the No. 31 prospect in North Carolina and No. 355 overall by Prep Baseball Report ... NCISSA 3A all-state honoree ... Has earned seven varsity letters, three in basketball and four in baseball ... Selected to the Powerade State Games as a sophomore ... Also earned all-conference honors in hoops.

Personal
Son of John and Amy Fleming ... Born on March 6, 1999 ... Mother, Amy, was a world record holder, ACC champion and NCAA national champion swimmer at North Carolina ... Grandfather, Dr. Cecil Pless, Jr., ran track at UNC ... Has earned the Wetmore Scholar and Knighton Sportsmanship Award from Christ School ... Member of the National Honor Society and an Eagle Scout.

 

 


Ethan Gallagher | OF | 6-1, 210 | R/R | Catonsville, Md./Mount Saint Joseph HS

Walter on Gallagher
"Ethan is a big, strong-bodied right-handed hitter who can run. His athleticism is raw and just coming together. As such, he is likely to contribute off the bench and add depth to our outfield as a freshman. Athleticism usually finds it way onto the field in college baseball so his role should increase each and every year he is in the program."

Background
Pegged as the No. 280 recruit in the nation by Perfect Game, including the 56th-ranked outfielder and the No. 3 prospect from the state of Maryland ... Projected as the No. 12 prospect from Maryland by Prep Baseball Report ... All-state honoree during his junior season ... Has earned three varsity baseball letters ... Six-time all-tournament team honoree by Perfect Game.

Personal
Son of John Gallagher and Laurie Hansen ... Born on June 3, 1998 ... Has baseball in his blood; uncle, Glenn, played football and baseball at Clemson and was a third-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Cousin, Cam, was a second-round pick by the Kansas City Royals and is currently playing in AA ... Another cousin, Austin, was a third-round pick by the LA Dodgers and is currently playing professionally in Australia.


Chris Lanzilli | 3B/LF | 6-2, 210 | R/R | Stoneham, Mass./Dexter School

Walter on Lanzilli
"Chris has unbelievable strength and balance in his swing‎. He hits the ball with power to all fields and is a good athlete. Defensively it's hard to say what his position will be, but we will look at him at third base and left field. Regardless of where he ends up playing, there is no question his bat will be in the line-up as a freshman."

Background
Rated as the No. 318 prospect in the nation by Perfect Game, including the 19th-rated third baseman and the No. 4 prospect from the state of Massachusetts ... Ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the state by Prep Baseball Report, as well as No. 123 in the country ... Also played football in high school ... Hit .420 with seven longballs during his sophomore campaign.

Personal
Son of Al and Therese Lanzilli ... Born on June 18, 1998 ... Brother, Cam, played baseball at UMass-Lowell.


Michael Ludowig | OF/LHP | 6-1, 205 | L/L | Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods HS

Walter on Ludowig
"Michael is a left-handed power bat who will hit in the middle of our order from the first day he steps foot on campus. Our park is tailor made for his swing. Defensively, he is primarily a corner outfielder, but, like Jared Shuster, will add a left-handed arm who has been up to 91."

Background
Rated as the No. 476 prospect in the country by Perfect Game, including the No. 9 recruit from Virginia and the 91st-rated outfielder nationally ... Tabbed as the No. 4 recruit in Virginia and No. 184 prospect overall by Prep Baseball Report ... All-state honoree in 2016 ... Twice named all-region and all-conference ... Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner.

Personal
Son of Ken and Kathy Ludowig ... Born on Feb. 5, 1999 ... Cousin, Alex, played football at Air Force ... Played club ball on the Evoshield Canes Mid-Atlantic team.


Cole McNamee | IF/RHP | 6-4, 220 | R/R | Milton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic HS

Walter on McNamee
"Cole is another power bat in this class who also has great arm strength on the mound. His likely role as a freshman will be as a match-up DH and right-handed bat off the bench.‎ On the mound it's hard to say whether he can help or not; that will depend on the development of his secondary stuff."

Background
Rated as the No. 285 overall prospect by Perfect Game, as well as the ninth-ranked first baseman in the country and No. 26 prospect from Georgia ... Won the 2016 Connie Mack World Series with the East Cobb Yankees, and finished as runners-up in the Perfect Game 18U National Wood Bat Championship ... Won high school state titles in 2014 and 2015, and finished as runners-up in 2016 ... Has a perfect 8-0 career record on the mound, and didn't allow an earned run in 2015 ... Enters his senior year with a .320 career average at the plate.

Personal
Son of Rob and Diane McNamee ... Born on June 23, 1998 ... Considering a major in business ... Graduated magna cum laude ... Father, Rob, played basketball at USMMA and in the USBL ... Uncles Russ (Albright) and Richard (Ramapo) also played basketball in college.


Antonio Menendez | RHP/UT | 6-4, 190 | R/R | Herndon, Va./Herndon HS

Walter on Menendez
"Antonio is a right-handed pitcher who throws from multiple arm angles with great deception and movement. He will add a dimension to our pitching staff that we haven't had. He will likely pitch out of the bullpen as a freshman, but one day be a weekend starter, and may have a chance to hit."

Background
Rated as the No. 477 prospect in the nation by Perfect Game, including the 10th-rated prospect from Virginia ... Picked as the No. 13 prospect in the state from Virginia and No. 321 prospect overall by Prep Baseball Report ... Twice named first team all-district, and also a first team all-region honoree ... Played club ball with the Dirtbags All Black.

Personal
Son of Rick and Sandy Menendez ... Born on March 11, 1999 ... Won a state title and competed nationally in Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), an association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and sales.


Shane Muntz | C/RHP | 6-4, 240 | R/R | Phoenixville, Pa./Malvern Prep

Walter on Muntz
"Shane will see time behind the plate immediately. He can really catch and throw and has good power potential at the plate. On the mound, he throws with great velocity and features a quality breaking ball. He has a chance to close as a freshman."

Background
Rated as the No. 185 prospect in the nation by Perfect Game, as well as the 20th-ranked catcher in the country and the No. 3 prospect from Pennsylvania ... Tabbed by Prep Baseball Report as the No 2 prospect from Pennsylvania and No. 58 overall ... Named the Philadelphia High School Player of the Year in 2016 ... Earned first team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors in 2016 ... Four-year letterwinner in baseball.

Personal
Son of AJ and Marianne Muntz ... Born on Feb. 23, 1999 ... Went to the same high school as former Deacon and current Cleveland Indian, Tim Cooney ... Uncle, John, played football at Virginia ... Cousin, Pat Flynn, wrestled at Oklahoma ... Four year honor roll member.


DJ Poteet | SS/3B | 6-4, 190 | S/R | Johns Creek, Ga./Northview HS

Walter on Poteet
"DJ is an exciting offensive prospect. He hits with power from both sides of the plate and is still growing and filling out as an athlete. Once it all comes together for him he will be a very dynamic offensive player. As a freshman he will compete for time at all three infield positions and both corner outfield positions."

Background
Ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 174 recruit in the nation, including the No. 15 prospect from the state of Georgia ... All-region honoree in 2015 and 2016 ... Earned six varsity letters - four in baseball and two in basketball ... Career highlight was hitting a home run in the state playoffs.

Personal
Son of Beth Poteet ... Born on June 12, 1998 ... Mom, Beth, swam at Georgia ... Played club ball with the Georgia Giants.


Christian Rodriguez | 3B | 6-1, 195 | L/R | Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus HS

Walter on Rodriguez
"Christian is a left-handed bat who will compete for the starting job at third base as a freshman. Offensively he has great life in his bat and power to all fields. Defensively he features a plus arm, good range and the ability to throw on the run. He has all the makings of a prototypical high level third baseman."

Background
Rated as a top-1,000 prospect by Perfect Game, as well as the No. 342 recruit from Florida ... Earned three varsity baseball letters ... As a team captain in 2016, he hit .341 with 10 doubles and five homers ... Reached the state championship in 2015.

Personal
Son of Hansel and Sandra Rodriguez ... Born on Oct. 26, 1998 ... Played club ball with the Webball Explorers ... Three of his teammates, Gabriel Rivera, Tyler Paige and Jeter Downs, are playing at Miami, while Mike Fernandez is at Virginia Tech.


Bobby Seymour | 1B/OF | 6-4, 235 | L/R | St. John, Ind./Mount Carmel HS

Walter on Seymour
"Bobby is the heir apparent to Gavin Sheets at first base. He is a left-hander power bat who elevates the ball naturally to the pull side. His ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark will play immediately. As he matures into a complete hitter with good strike zone discipline, he will find his way into the middle of our order."

Background
Rated as the No. 412 prospect in the country by Perfect Game, as well as the No. 13 first baseman nationally, and No. 8 prospect from Indiana ... Perfect Game rates him as the No. 13 prospect in Illinois, where his high school and club teams are, and No. 198 overall ... Hit .374 with 10 doubles, four homers and 51 RBIs as a junior ... Finished as the runners-up in the state tournament in 2015.

Personal
Son of Bob and Zoe Ann Seymour ... Born on Oct. 7, 1998 ... Played club ball with Top Tier Baseball ... Has teammates currently playing at TCU, Ole Miss, Indiana and Michigan.


Jared Shuster | LHP/OF | 6-3, 190 | L/L | New Bedford, Mass./Tabor Academy

Walter on Shuster
"Jared is an extremely athletic young man who is just now coming into his own as a baseball player. He will compete for the starting job in center field as a freshman and help us with left-handed pitching depth. It's hard to say right now whether he'll play professionally on the mound or in the field."

Background
Ranked as the No. 309 prospect in the nation by Perfect Game, as well as the No. 38 LHP and No. 2 recruit from Massachusetts ... Prep Baseball Report rated him as the No. 5 prospect in the state and No. 152 overall ... Went a perfect 6-0 with a 0.45 ERA as a freshman ... Followed that up by going 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA as a sophomore and 3-2 with a 2.40 ERA as a junior ... Broke out with the bat his junior year, hitting .506 with nine doubles and six homers in 25 games ... Also played basketball.

Personal
Son of Bennett and Lori Shuster ... Born on Aug. 3, 1998 ... Played club ball with Northeast Baseball.

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