Nov. 15, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball program has signed seven new recruits for the 2018 season, head coach Greg Beals announced Tuesday. Six signees are Ohioans, while one is from Indiana; the 2017 recruiting class brings in five pitchers, one catcher and one outfielder.
“We are extremely excited about this year’s recruiting class,” Beals said. “We believe that we have targeted the best players in Ohio and recruited them here to The Ohio State University. This a highly talented pitching group – five pitchers, three of which are left handed and two very athletic position players. This class will impact our program immediately and for years to come. Most importantly, these are high character young men who will represent Buckeye nation both on and off the field as well as having a strong presence in our clubhouse.”
The 2017 signing class includes: Juan Broom (RHP, Willoughby Hills, Ohio), Dillon Dingler (C/INF, North Canton, Ohio), Luke Duermit, Fishers, Ind), Seth Lonsway (LHP, Celina, Ohio), Xavier Moore (RHP, Lorain, Ohio), Jake Ruby (OF, Groveport, Ohio) and Alex Theis (LHP, New Riegel, Ohio).
“One again I need to recognize the efforts of our entire staff. Landing a group of young men of this caliber requires a great deal of work. Today is great day to be a Buckeye.”
Juan Broom – RHP – R/R – 6-0, 170
Willoughby Hills, Ohio – South HS
Broom is the son of Nicole and Jason Startcher and plays high school baseball for head coach Steve Norris … plays summer ball for Ohio Elite and coach Rob McNerney … pitched in Prep Baseball Report’s Ohio Futures game and Ohio Underclassmen games … would like to major in fashion and retail merchandise.
“Ohio State was a dream that I always thought would never come,” Broom said. “The coaches, players and academics did not go unnoticed. Not many people get this opportunity. I’m ready for the ride and, most importantly, to be a Buckeye. This would not have been possible without my family and others that have stuck by my side through it all.”
Coach Beals on Broom: “Juan is a fast-twitched athlete on the mound. His ability to move his arm quickly through his full range of motion bodes well for his future development. We believe Juan has a very high ceiling and we are excited to be part of his development.”
Dillon Dingler – C/INF – 6-2, 200
North Canton, Ohio – Massillon Jackson HS
Dingler was a first team All-Federal League and first team All-Stark County selection in 2016 … WHBC Stark County Player of the Year and team MVP in 2016 … led the Polar Bears to a 29-1 record his junior year and back-to-back district and federal league titles in 2015 and 2016 … squad ranked No. 1 in OHSBCA poll and Prep Baseball Report Ohio … named first team All-Federal League, first team Massillon Independent, first team AP NE Inland District and second team Canton Repository in 2015 … also AP All-Ohio Special Mention in 2015 … batted .363, 11 doubles, one home run, 23 RBI and 11 stolen bases … three-year letterman in baseball football and basketball … second team All-State in football in 2014 as punter … part of 2015 squad that were among Elite 8 and regional runner-up with a 23-7 record … son of Pamela and Scott Dingler … plays high school baseball for head coach Bill Gamble … plays summer ball for Ohio Elite and coach Rob McNerney … would like to major in business.
“I have been a Buckeye fan for as long as I can remember and I could not imagine going anywhere else,” Dingler said. “I am extremely excited to have the tremendous opportunity to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the country and play the game I love. I’m very honored and excited to join the Buckeye baseball program.”
Coach Beals on Dingler: “Dillon is an athlete. A three-sport letterwinner in high school, Dillon’s competitiveness and gamesmanship is exactly what we are looking for behind the plate. Dillon’s athleticism, arm strength and physical bat potential will have him ready for the college game.”
Luke Duermit –LHP – 6-2, 180
Fishers, Ind. – Fishers HS
Duermit was named an All-HCC honorable mention in 2015 … has recorded a 2.50 ERA in 80.2 innings pitched with three complete games and 90 strikeouts … son of Lisa and Jeff Duermit … plays high school baseball for head coach Matthew Cherry … plays summer ball for Indiana Prospects and coach Shane Cox … would like to major in business.
“Ohio State has been my dream school since I was a kid,” Duermit said. “There is no place I would rather be. I can’t wait to be around my new teammates and coaches.”
Coach Beals on Duermit: “Luke’s ability to pitch is what attracted us to him. He has good life on his fastball and plus-feel for spinning a breaking ball. Luke’s pitch ability and natural movement put him in position to compete at a very high level.”
Seth Lonsway – LHP – 6-2, 190
Celina, Ohio – Celina HS
Lonsway was a three-time first team WBL honoree and state ACME tournament MVP … second team all-district selection … 9-6 with a 1.96 ERA with 150 strikeouts … has garnered a complete-game no-hitter and perfect game … son of Marta and Donovan Lonsway … plays high school baseball for head coach Andy Mikesell … plays summer baseball for Lima Locos Express and Celina ACME for coaches Bryce Sedio and Scott Montgomery … would like to major in sport management.
“I have always dreamed of being a Buckeye,” Lonsway said. “I like what the coaching staff has done with this program. Ohio State’s academics are second to none. It’s an amazing honor and I am really looking forward to working with the coaches and my teammates next year. I am very excited to be a part of this program. I would like to thank my parents and grandparents for everything they have done, everyone in the Celina baseball program and the Lima Locos Express organization.”
Coach Beals on Lonsway: “Seth is a big-time pitching prospect. We are excited for him to be a Buckeye. I see Seth making an immediate impact to our pitching staff. Seth has all the physical attributes you look for and we like his intangibles just as much. This makes for a very promising future.”
Xavier Moore – RHP – 6-3, 190
Lorain, Ohio – Amherst Steele HS
Moore was named an all-league selection for Lake Erie League … 2-2 with a 1.93 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 25.1 innings pitched in 2016 … son of Sean Moore and Tanya Williams-Spagnoletti … plays high school baseball for head coach Matt Rositano … plays summer ball for Lake Erie Warhawks and coach Adrian Abrahamowicz … would like to major in business.
“I chose The Ohio State University because it was a great fit for me,” Moore said. “It is close to home and offers the best education and the program is getting better every year. It’s a life-long dream that has finally come true. I would like to thank my mom and dad for my baseball success. My dad for teaching me the game and my mom for always supporting me and shaping me into who I am today.”
Coach Beals on Moore: “Xavier is a long and lean athletic guy on the mound. He has a very fast arm and tight breaking ball. Xavier’s length and athleticism and fast arm are a great combination for a pitcher. He has a bright future and we are excited to see his player development.”
Jake Ruby – OF – 6-0, 190
Groveport, Ohio – Bishop Hartley HS
Ruby was a three-time CCL selection, two-time PBR preseason all-state and two-time all-district honoree … batted .474 with a home run and 37 stolen bases as a junior … state champion quarterback in 2015 … son of Heather and Denny Ruby … plays high school baseball for head coach Chris Sawyer … plays summer ball for Cincinnati Flames and coach Justin Rice … would like to major in business.
“I chose Ohio State because I have always been a Buckeye and wanted to be a part of a university that has such rich tradition,” Ruby said. “I can’t wait to get working with the guys and take the next step in my athletic career. I want to thank my family for always supporting me, my coaches for always helping me get extra swings and my friends for always being there.”
Coach Beals on Ruby: “Jake is a left-handed outfielder with great versatility. He has the speed and arm to play all three spots in the outfield. Offensively, his speed fits at the top of the order but Jake also possesses enough pop in his bat to hit in the middle of the order as well. A state champion quarterback, we are excited about what Jake brings to our program.”
Alex Theis – LHP – 6-1, 195
New Riegel, Ohio – New Riegel HS
Theis was a first team SRL, honorable mention MAL and honorable mention district 9 selection … two-time gold glove award winner and three-year varsity letterwinner … 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA with 125 strikeouts in 59.2 innings pitched … batted .462 with 15 doubles, two triples, one home run, 54 RBI and 19 stolen bases … son of Jennifer and Keith Theis … plays high school baseball for head coach Greg Hughes … plays summer ball for Midland and coach Kyle Wainscott … would like to major in business administration.
“I chose The Ohio State University because of the coaches, players and overall atmosphere,” Theis said. “Also the chance to get a degree would put me on a good path to be successful later in life. The final component that capped my decision was the desire to be a student-athlete at Ohio State. I feel honored to become a Buckeye and I can’t wait to add to an already successful program.”
Coach Beals on Theis: “Alex is a bulldog competitor, which is the most important trait in our pitching staff. His ability to pitch with both his fastball and curveball make him very tough. The breaking ball will have him ready to compete right away in college.”