@CookmanBaseball Announces Five Late Signees
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman fourth-year Head Baseball Coach Jason Beverlin announced an expansion to the 2014 signing class, with the signing of five additional Wildcats for the fall during the late signing period. With the new players, the signing class grows to 16.
“Any time you can add some quality players in the spring, it definitely helps to solidify the hard work that you’ve done in the fall,” Coach Beverlin said. “With the junior college arms, we’re looking for guys that can come right in and make a difference right away.”
The pitching staff proved to be a major asset for the Wildcats in 2014, who earned their 17th Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title and captured a post-season victory for the first time since 2002; defeating Columbia, 6-5, at the NCAA Coral Gables (Fla.) Regional. The latest round of Wildcats demonstrates Beverlin’s resolve to keep that facet of the B-CU program strong into the future.
Of the late signees, four are pitchers and the other an outfielder. In addition, three of the early signing class will take the mound for the Wildcats in 2015. Three of the latest signees come to the Wildcats from junior colleges, with two coming from the high school ranks.
Sydney Duprey is the Wildcats’ lone left-handed signee, a 6-2, 200-pound southpaw pitcher (Guyama, Puerto Rico/Fountain Christian Bilingual School) with a quality arm, who is expected to see quick improvements and develop into an exciting player under the guidance of Beverlin and pitching coach Jason Bell.
The Wildcats add three righties to the roster, beginning with German Hernandez (Cleburne, Texas/Frank Phillips College), a 6-3, 210-pound junior pitcher who brings the Wildcats experience both as a starter and pitching out of the bullpen; his versatility could prove important, as the Wildcats will replace five pitchers and significant innings in 2015. Hernandez tabbed a 5-0 record, while also tallying three saves in 36 innings.
Also joining the pitching staff is Tyler Norris (Coral Springs, Fla./ Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School), a 6-1, 160-pound pitcher who throws three pitches for strikes, commanding a mid-80s fastball that will continue to improve. He gave his team a chance to win in every appearance, finishing the season with a 6-1 record, 2.10 ERA and two complete games.
Rounding out the group of right-handers is Alex Seibold (Lauderhill, Fla./Broward College), an aggressive 6-3, 200-pound pitcher who commands multiple pitches and attacks the strikezone with a very good fastball and breaking ball. Seibold topped BC with 57.2 innings pitched, logging 45 strikeouts and a 3.43 ERA.
The Wildcats’ lone position player in the late signing group is Dan Kennon (Deming, N.M./Pima Community College), a 6-0, 180-pound infielder who played shortstop at PCC and has proven to have the ability to help his team with his glove and bat. Noted for his tremendous work ethic and coachable nature, Kennon is expected to bring a lot to the team. He remained steady with a .364 on-base percentage in 166 at-bats last season.
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