November 13, 2019

Beals Signs 10 for the 2021 Season


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COLUMBUS, Ohio Greg Beals, Ohio State baseball head coach, announced Wednesday the signing of 10 student-athletes for the 2021 season. Nine of the 10 signees are from Ohio with another from Illinois. The group includes six pitchers, three outfielders and one catcher.

“This class has potential for great development,” Beals said. “In a program that prides itself on our player development, we are excited to announce this class of future Buckeyes. Once again we have attracted a group of young men with a strong history of success on and off the field. The 2020 recruiting class will continue the upward climb of our program.”

The signing class includes: Andrew Clelland (RHP/1B/Cadiz, Ohio), Isaiah Coupet (LHP/Flossmoor, Ill.), Brady Emerson (OF/New Concord, Ohio), Nathan Haberthier (RHP/Liberty Township, Ohio), Trent Jones (RHP/OF/Canton, Ohio), Kade Kern (OF/Archbold, Ohio), Caden Kline (LHP/Defiance, Ohio), Mike Sokol (RHP/New Albany, Ohio), Evan Ulrich (C/Ostrander, Ohio) and Mackenzie Wainwright (OF/Cleveland, Ohio).

“It is also imperative that I recognize the tireless work of assistant coaches Matt Angle and Dan DeLucia on the recruiting trail,” Beals added. “It requires great work from our entire staff, including Shaun Swearingen, our academic advisor, and Dean Hansen, our strength coach, to land such a strong group of future Buckeyes.”

Andrew Clelland – RHP/1B – R/R – 6-5, 190
Cadiz, Ohio – Harrison Central H.S.
Andrew is the son of Rick and Amy Clelland and plays for Mike Valesco at Harrison Central High School … plays summer ball for Team Ohio Pro Select/Team All-American … 2019 Division II All-Ohio … 2019 First Team All-OVAC … 2019 Perfect Game Underclassmen Preseason All-American … has posted a 1.52 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 65 innings pitched while hitting .439 with 15 doubles, eight home runs 77 runs scored and 65 RBI over three seasons … intends to major in health and rehabilitation sciences.

Why Clelland chose Ohio State: “I have always dreamed of playing Division I baseball at Ohio State. It’s an incredible honor to represent my hometown and home state. My entire family has supported my decision to play at Ohio State and that’s very important to me. Ohio State is a place where I can grow as a baseball player but as a young man as well. The coaching staff is amazing and made me feel like I belonged at Ohio State. Having the chance to spend time with all the players on my official visit really made me feel the bond and the brotherhood that Coach Beals and Coach DeLucia speak about. Ohio State gives me the opportunity to receive an amazing education while still being close to home and that means a lot to me.”

Beals on Clelland: “Andrew is a long, lean athlete who creates serious leverage both on the mound and at the plate. Andrew will have the opportunity to compete as a pitcher and hitter. We are very excited about his future development.”

Isaiah Coupet – LHP – L/L – 6-1, 170
Flossmoor, Ill. – Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.
Isaiah is the son of Ernst and Carol Coupet and plays for John McCarthy at Homewood-Flossmoor High School … plays summer ball for Lou Collier A’s … All-SWSC selection … posted a 2.05 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 44.1 innings pitched as a junior … intends to major in data analytics.

Why Coupet chose Ohio State: “I chose Ohio State because of its great academics and the great baseball coaching staff.”

Beals on Coupet: “Isaiah is a quick-twitch athlete who projects to continue to develop. His ability to throw three pitches for strikes makes him very tough on hitters and will give him an opportunity to compete early on as a Buckeye.”

Brady Emerson – OF – L/L – 5-9, 165
New Concord, Ohio – John Glenn H.S.
Brady is the son of Jamie and Stacie Emerson and plays for Brad Barclay at John Glenn High School … plays summer ball for Ohio Elite … Second Team All-Ohio as a junior and First Team All-Ohio as a sophomore … two-time First Team MVL and 2018 MVL Player of the Year … has hit .372 with 12 doubles, eight triples, one home run and 45 stolen bases in high school career.

Why Emerson chose Ohio State: “It’s always been my dream to be a Buckeye. The atmosphere in the locker room and campus is second to none. Ohio State gives me the opportunity to compete on and off the field. I can’t wait to get on the field as a Buckeye!”

Beals on Emerson: “Brady is a speedy, skilled player. He’s a prototype centerfielder, top-of-the-order hitter. He possesses advanced skills defensively and as a bunter and baserunner.”

Nathan Haberthier – RHP – R/R – 6-5, 215
Liberty Township, Ohio – Lakota East H.S.
Nathan is the son of Bill and Kelli Haberthier and plays for Ray Hamilton at Lakota East High School … plays summer ball for Cincinnati Flames … 2019 Honorable Mention All-Ohio … two time First Team All-GMC .. 2019 First Team All-Cincinnati Enquirer … went 7-1 with a 1.03 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched as a junior … intends to major in business administration.

Why Haberthier chose Ohio State: “It always has been a dream of mine to play college baseball in a Power 5 conference. It’s an honor to have the chance to wear Ohio State across my chest and be a part of the Buckeye family and to represent my home state.”

Beals on Haberthier: “Nate possesses the great combination of velocity and movement on his pitches. His ability to sink the fastball and compete make us really excited to have him joining our pitching staff.”

Trent Jones – RHP/OF – L/R – 6-3, 185
Canton, Ohio – Massillon Jackson H.S.
Trent is the son of Rick and Amy Jones and plays for Bill Gamble at Massillon Jackson High School … plays summer ball for Manchester A’s … 2019 PBR Second Team All-Ohio … 2019 Second Team All-Northeast Ohio … 2019 Second Team All-Federal League … went 7-0 with a 0.83 ERA while hitting .365 as a junior … intends to major in business.

Why Jones chose Ohio State: “Ohio State feels like a family. The coaching staff welcomed me with open arms. I have always wanted to attend Ohio State since I was a little kid playing coach pitch. I’d like to thank God, my family and my friends for being alongside me in the recruiting process. I’d like to thank the Ohio State coaching staff for welcoming me into their outstanding program. Lastly, I’d like to thank all of my high school coaches that have helped develop me into the man I am today and my summer ball coaches for helping me with the recruiting process and getting me the exposure I needed.”

Beals on Jones: “Trent is a tooled athlete who can run, throw, hit, defend and pitch. A left-handed hitting outfielder with range and a smooth swing. We are also excited about his future development on the mound. Trent has a clean arm. His athleticism and versatility will certainly be an asset to our program.”

Kade Kern – OF – R/R – 6-0, 195
Archbold, Ohio – Archbold H.S.
Kade is the son of Keith and Kim Kern and plays for Dick Selgo at Archbold High School … plays summer ball for Ohio Elite … two-time PBR First Team All-Ohio … 2019 Division III Position Player of the Year … 2019 Rawlings Perfect Game All-American … two-time First Team All-NWOAL and OHSCA Second Team All-Ohio … has hit .406 with 22 doubles, five triples, 81 RBI and 77 runs scored in high school career.

Why Kern chose Ohio State: “It always has been a dream of mine to play baseball at Ohio State. The combination of academics, athletics, tradition and the people made this a place a wanted to be a part of.”

Beals on Kern: “Kade is a physical, fast-twitched athlete. He has trained hard to put himself in a position to compete early on here. His power potential and feel for hitting are a great combination.”

Caden Kline – LHP – L/L – 6-3, 185
Defiance, Ohio – Defiance H.S.
Caden is the son of Kevin and Laura Kline and plays for Tom Held at Defiance High School … plays summer ball for Cincinnati Flames … struck out 68 of 173 batters faced as a junior … went 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA last summer for Cincinnati Flames … intends to major in finance.

Why Kline chose Ohio State: “As a lifelong Buckeye fan, I am excited to be a part of the winning tradition at Ohio State and to learn from a coaching staff that I know will take care of me.”

Beals on Kline: “Caden is a three-sport athlete who we are very excited about. His long, lean frame combined with him concentrating on one sport projects for serious development and makes for a high ceiling of growth.”

Mike Sokol – RHP – R/R – 6-3, 185
New Albany, Ohio – New Albany H.S.
Mike is the son of Tim and Jackie Sokol and plays for Dave Starling at New Albany High School … plays summer ball for Ohio Elite … 2019 PBR Preseason All-Ohio … 2019 Second Team All-OCC Capital Conference … 2018 PBR Futures Game participant … went 7-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 54 strikeouts this past summer for Ohio Elite … 7-0 with 44 strikeouts and a 0.54 ERA in 38 innings as a junior at New Albany.

Why Sokol chose Ohio State: “Once I spent time with the coaches and toured the campus, I knew that Ohio State was the perfect fit for me. I have always wanted to play college baseball at the highest level of competition but connecting with the coaches was also important to me. Meeting Coach Beals, Coach DeLucia and the entire staff along with athletic trainers and academic advisors confirmed for me that Ohio State was a very special place. I am extremely grateful and excited to continue playing the game I love and to become a part of Buckeye Nation. I can’t wait to get started.”

Beals on Sokol: “The more we saw Mike, the more we liked him in the recruiting process. We are excited about his future development. He possesses a good frame, a feel for pitching and great competitiveness.”

Evan Ulrich – C – R/R – 5-10, 165
Ostrander, Ohio – Buckeye Valley H.S.
Evan is the son of Paul and Leann Ulrich and plays for Drew Kirby at Buckeye Valley High School … plays summer ball for Bo Jackson Elite … 2019 Second Team All-Ohio … two-time first team all-conference and first team all-district … has hit .351 with 14 doubles, three triples, two home runs 25 stolen bases, 47 runs scored and 43 RBI in high school career … intends to major in visual communication design.

Why Ulrich chose Ohio State: “I grew up with Ohio State baseball. I attended as many Ohio State camps as I could and trained with former Buckeyes Brian Mannino and Dan Burkhart. Being offered the opportunity to follow in their footsteps is a dream come true.”

Beals on Ulrich: “Evan is a very skilled player with a strong baseball IQ. His ability to catch and throw combined with his gamesmanship is exactly what we are looking for behind the plate.”

Mackenzie Wainwright – OF – R/R – 6-2, 190
Cleveland, Ohio – St. Edward H.S.
Mackenzie is the son of Shannon Wainwright and Nicole Napier and plays for Matt Rosinski at St. Edward High School … plays summer ball for Team Ohio Pro Select … a four-year starter at St. Edward who holds the school record with three home runs in a game … East Coast Pro and Area Code Games selection.

Beals on Wainwright: “We are really excited to have signed Mac, the top prospect in Ohio. He possesses a serious ability to hit and projects to make an immediate impact in our lineup.”