McPherson College baseball coach Shawn Powell has announced his first group of signings.
"We are very proud of this first recruiting class that we assembled,” said Powell, who will be releasing more names in the days to come. “We signed 26 student-athletes, seven of which were junior college transfers and 19 were high school athletes. We really wanted to upgrade the competition at each position and get some starting pitching in here to help out. We are more athletic this year and have a chance to make a big step forward next spring. I want to thank (assistant) coach Aaron Martinez for his help in recruiting this class, as he was instrumental in helping sign these players."
Here are some comments from Powell about his first signees, with more to come:
• Lane Fleming: 1B/RHP, Council Grove HS/Council Grove, KS
"He comes to us from a very successful high school baseball program coached by Joe Buchanan in Council Grove. He played with the Next Level program during the summer coached by Matt Duncan out of Lawrence. 30-1 career record as a pitcher, really has chance to help us on the mound and at the plate. We feel fortunate to get him and we think he's going to be a solid two-guy for us all four years here."
• Trent Smith: INF, Wellsville HS/Wellsville, KS
"Trent's played in two state championship games the past two years there at Wellsville. Played with a highly competitive summer program out of KC area, the Cavaliers. Athletic, speed guy who should contribute immediately up the middle. Great intangibles, lucky to have him in this program."
• Cameron Oram: RHP, Cody Legion/Cody, WY
"Cameron has been a part of the last two state legion championship teams in Wyoming coached by Bart Grenz. Has a great frame, work ethic and very coachable. We think he has a chance to really develop in our program as a pitcher."
• Ty Bailey: RHP, McKinney HS/McKinney, TX
"Ty is a strike thrower who pounds the zone. Great, lanky frame who will help us on the mound as a freshmen. Led his team in ERA his senior year in a very competitive district in one of the largest classes in Texas. Great addition to the program who was recruited by coach Martinez."
• Matthew Green: INF/P, Brethren Christian HS/Huntington, CA
"Matthew comes to us from a small Christian school in Southern California. He's already 6-4 and still physically developing. He has a chance to help us out on the left side of the infield and on the mound. His best baseball is in front of him."
• Tanner Fielder: RHP, Rockwall HS/Rockwall, TX
"Tanner is another guy who is starting to develop physically. He's already 6-6 and we're excited to see what our developmental program can do to help him reach his potential. Had a surgery within the past year that's allowed him to free up his arm motion. Very interesting prospect with the chance to help us out on the mound this spring."
• Daniel Law: OF, Ulysses HS/Ulysses, KS
"Daniel is from a small town in southwest Kansas and had some success in high school. He's an athletic guy that's going to need some time to develop. Has a passion for the game and is not afraid to work."
• Dylan Klava: INF/OF, Colby CC/Douglas, WY
"Dylan was the starting right fielder for Colby Community College last year under coach Ryan Carter. He's an athletic guy that can play multiple positions for us. We will count on him to provide leadership and work ethic to our younger players. Should help us out immediately this year in the field."
• Lucas Giesey: 1B/DH, Colby CC/Sheridan, WY
"Lucas also played at Colby Community College last year under coach Carter. He's a left-handed bat that we needed in our lineup. Does a great job of taking care of himself physically and he'll get the chance to have consistent at-bats in the spring."
• Jacob Claycomb: RHP, Kingman HS/Kingman, KS
"Jacob is a small- town Kansas guy that will benefit from our development program. Played at Kingman High School with our current sophomore Sam Keeny. He is a tall, lanky guy that throws a lot of strikes. He has a chance to really grow physically over the next four years and help us out on the mound."