November 10, 2021

Beals Announces 2022 Signing Class

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State head coach Greg Beals has announced his 2022 signing class, which features nine players. The class has five pitchers, a couple of catchers and two infielders and an outfielder.

“This is a group of high character young men that will be great additions to the ‘Brotherhood’ of Ohio State Baseball,” said Beals. “On the field this is a talented and balanced group, bringing athleticism, depth and strength to our program.”

The nine-player class includes Landon Beidelschies, Nate Earley, Matthew Graveline, Andrew Jones, Keaton Mahan, Cole Pauley, Landon Price, Andrews Suarez and Josh Timmerman.

“Putting a group of prospects like this together requires the tireless work of our entire staff and department, continued Beals. “I greatly appreciate the support and contributions made by Shaun Swearingen our Academic Coach, Dean Hansen our Strength Coach, Adrian Ramon our Athletic Trainer, the staff in our Eugene Smith Leadership Institute and the baseball staff including Matt Angle our recruiting coordinator, Dan DeLucia, Brad Goldberg, and Blair Everhart.”

Ohio State Buckeyes

Landon Beidelschies
6-3, LHP
Canfield, Ohio
Canfield

  • Plays for Gary Knittle at Canfield High School
  • 1st team All-AAC and AAC Player of the Year
  • Was a first team All-District and an honorable mention All-State honoree in 2021
  • Earned PBR first team All-State honors and was the PBR Co-Pitcher of the Year
  • PBR Elite 25 pitcher
  • YSN All star
  • Played in the summer for Team Ohio Pro Select, which was ranked 11th in the state
  • Perfect Game Preseason Underclassmen All American
  • In the classroom, earned the PTA Academic Achievement Award

Chose Ohio State because: I chose Ohio State because I had a great relationship with all the coaches from the very start of the recruiting process. I loved the campus and Ohio State was my dream school growing up.

 Beals on Beidelschies: “Landon is a strong-armed lefty with a three-pitch mix. We are excited about his progress lately and really look forward to his future player development.”

Ohio State Buckeyes

Nate Earley
6-1, 1B
Cincinnati, Ohio
Archbishop Moeller

  • Plays at Moeller for Tim Held
  • Ohio Division I Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky All-Star Second Team
  • Played travel ball with the Durham Bulls

Chose Ohio State because: Ohio State was one of my dream colleges and it’s in my home state. I can see myself making an impact on the program and I’m excited to join the Ohio State baseball family.

Beals on Earley: “A shortstop at first-base, meaning he can really play defense. Nate is an all-around ball player who we believe can make a serious impact on our program.”

Ohio State Buckeyes

Matthew Graveline
6-2, C
Centerville, Ohio
Centerville

  • Plays at Centerville for head coach Jason Whited
  • 2021 first team Greater Western Ohio Conference and first team All-Region
  • Earned first team All-State honors by Prep Baseball Report
  • Plays travel ball for Bo Jackson Elite
  • Ranked as the No. 1 catcher in the state for 2022 by PBR
  • Was also a standout on the football field
  • Served as a team captain as a senior and is a three-time All-GWOC honoree

Chose Ohio State because: I chose Ohio State because from a young age, I grew up around the Scarlet and Gray. I went to the football games and overall, I loved the atmosphere. Another plus is it is close to home and that played a big impact in my decision. When getting to know the baseball coaching staff, they were very welcoming and made me feel at home.

Beals on Graveline: “Matthew can really throw the baseball and he’s a plus defender behind the plate.  His athleticism is very exciting to us, and he projects to be an elite backstop.”

Ohio State Buckeyes

Andrew Jones
6-2, INF/RHP
Cleveland, Ohio
Brush

  • Two-sport athlete as he has played both varsity baseball and basketball at Brush since he was a freshman
  • Plays baseball for Brett Munn at Brush
  • Played travel ball with NEO Elite Baseball Club

Chose Ohio State because: I chose Ohio State because it feels like a home away from home. The coaching staff is top tier across the board and the brotherhood within the guys is something all teams look for.

Beals on Jones: “A big time athlete, Andrew possesses power in both his arm and his bat. He will come in with an opportunity to contribute both on the mound and in the field.”

Ohio State Buckeyes

Keaton Mahan
6-1, OF
Westfield, Ind.
Westfield

  • Plays for Ryan Bunnell at Westfield
  • Played travel ball with the Indiana Bulls
  • All State Honorable Mention as a Junior
  • Top rated Indiana outfielder in 2022 class according to PBR
  • Delaware County First Team
  • Hoosier Heritage All Conference First Team
  • Hamilton County First Team
  • Hoosier Crossroads All Conference First Team
  • USA Super Team-Central Indiana
  • Westfield High School Silver Slugger
  • Started his high school career at Delta High School where he was an all-conference player and also was named to the Delaware County first team as a freshman

Chose Ohio State because: I chose Ohio State because the culture is unmatched. The brotherhood that Coach Beals and the coaching staff has built, along with the players who are there now and the past players, is one of a kind and something I am excited to be a part of.

Beals on Mahan: “Keaton can really hit. We are excited about his ability to immediately impact our offense.”

Ohio State Buckeyes

Cole Pauley
6-0, RHP
Lexington, Ohio
Lexington

  • Plays for Kevin Morrow at Lexington High School
  • Travel Team: Bo Jackson Elite
  • Earned second team All-Ohio Cardinal Conference and second team All-District 9 honors as a junior after hitting .308 with 16 RBI, 3 HR and 27 runs scored
  • On the mound, was 2-4 in 2021 with 63 strikeouts, a 2.36 ERA and a 1.8 K/inning ratio
  • Is a two-sport athlete as he also played quarterback on the football team
  • Was a four-year letterwinner on the gridiron and earned All-OCC honors as a senior in 2021
  • Played summer ball with Bo Jackson Elite
  • Two-time PBR preseason All-State honoree as well as a Perfect Game preseason All-American
  • Member of the National Honor Society with an over 4.000 GPA as a junior

Chose Ohio State because: I’ve always wanted to be a Buckeye. My family has been Buckeye fans forever, and it’s always been my dream school. I love the city and the atmosphere the campus brings. The facilities are great, it’s close to home, they have a great baseball program, and I’ve developed a great relationship with the coaches. It would be hard not to choose OSU!

Beals on Pauley: “A very athletic righty with a feel for spin. Cole is going to be fun to work with as he begins to concentrate on baseball only.”

Ohio State Buckeyes

Landon Price
5-10, LHP
Middle Point, Ohio
Lincolnview

  • Plays for Eric Fishpaw at Lincolnview
  • Division IV Player of the Year by Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association
  • Led Lincolnview to a state runner-up finish in 2021
  • Logged 80.2 innings pitched with 162 K’s, 9BB and a 0.17 ERA
  • NW Ohio District DIV Player of the Year
  • Three-time All-Northwest Conference Player of the Year
  • Played summer ball for Bo Jackson Elite
  • Member of the National Honor Society

Chose Ohio State because: I chose Ohio State because I’ve been a Buckeye my whole life. Wearing the Scarlet and Gray will be an absolute honor. The facilities and coaching staff are unmatched and I can’t wait to get on campus.

Beals on Price: “Landon can flat out pitch. A lefty who really competes with a three-pitch mix to go along with a sneaky fastball.”

Ohio State Buckeyes

Andres Suarez
5-10, C
Bethlehem, Pa.
Freedom

  • Plays for Nick D’Amico at Freedom High School
  • Played travel ball for the Diamond Jacks
  • Four-year member of the Honor Roll at Freedom

 Beals on Suarez: “An all-around player who can both hit and defend. Andres fits the mold and will continue the strong catching we have enjoyed in our program.”

Ohio State Buckeyes

Josh Timmerman
6-2, RHP
Blacklick, Ohio
Licking Heights / Wabash Valley CC

  • Played for Greg Turchan at Licking Heights High School
  • Earned All-Conference as junior at Licking Heights
  • Played summer ball for the Ohio Stingers and the North Columbus Bruins
  • Appeared in three games at Wabash Community College last spring, logging 2.1 innings and striking out seven
  • Played for the Licking County Settlers of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League this past summer
  • Was 2-2 with a 4.90 ERA in eight starts for Licking County. Had 29 strikeouts in 33.0 innings

Chose Ohio State because: It has been my dream to play for Ohio State. I feel like I have developed a good relationship with the coaches and I feel like it is the best place for me to develop into the best player I can be.

Beals on Timmerman: “Josh is a strong-armed right-hander. His experience and full repertoire, project to make an immediate impact on our pitching staff.”

 

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