Baseball Adds Nine During Early Signing Period
Nov. 29, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The beginning of the baseball recruiting class for next season includes nine scholastic players who signed National Letters of Intent during the recent early signing period. Head coach Joe Godri and his staff have covered every position on the field with this group, who will join the team for the 2014 season.
The nine players who have committed to the Villanova program include five pitchers and four position players and have the talent and makeup necessary to make an immediate impact on the team when they arrive on campus. Godri and the rest of the coaching staff are particularly excited about the potential of this recruiting class as well as being able to fill a number of anticipated needs the team will have.
"As a whole this group of signees will add great depth to our ball club," Godri said. "I am excited about these nine players. They are extremely athletic and will improve our team's versatility. On the mound the five pitchers we signed form a group of both right-handed and left-handed power arms who will continue our tradition of having one of the top pitching staffs in the Northeast region. The four position players will make an immediate and long-lasting impact on our lineup."
The early signees include Donovan Armas (Bellerose Village, N.Y.); Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.); Jake Kellman (Hauppauge, N.Y.); Donovan May (Newark, Del.); Alexander Retamar (Boca Raton, Fla.); John Santoianni (Souderton, N.J.); Josh Sawyer (San Angelo, Texas); Hunter Schryver (Mechanicsburg, Pa.); and Brian Trabulsi (Malverne, N.Y.).
Below are profiles of each of the nine signees.
On Armas: Possesses a very strong arm and mixes a good fastball with a plus slider ... Has high upside ... Was a key member of the pitching staff for the successful AAU summer team South Florida Bandits ... Teammate of fellow signees Jake Kellman and Alexander Retamar with the Bandits.
On Czinege: Expected to develop into a bona fide BIG EAST hitter in the middle f the Wildcats lineup ... Extremely versatile player who is an above average fielder at the corner infield positions and shortstop ... Played for the Building Champions Ban Johnson Gold summer team.
On Kellman: One of three members of this year's recruiting class who played for the successful AAU South Florida Bandits summer team ... Teammate of Donovan Armas and Alexander Retamar ... Projects as a powerful right-handed pitcher who already has solid off-speed pitches ... Continues the pipeline of highly-regarded scholastic players from Long Island who have come to Villanova.
On May: One of the top all-around position players that Villanova has signed in recent years ... Displays plus speed in all aspects of the game and raw power at the plate ... Second member of his family to join the Wildcats, as older brother Derrick is an incoming freshman ... Father and grandfather played in the major leagues ... Plays for the Stahl Post 30 American Legion squad.
On Retamar: One of three players from the highly successful AAU South Florida Bandits summer team to commit to this signing class, joining Donovan Armas and Jake Kellman ... Has outstanding catching skills and a strong throwing arm ... Gives the Wildcats a great deal of athleticism behind the plate.
On Santoianni: Left-handed pitcher with an upper-80's fastball and a solid curveball ... Projects as someone who can fill multiple roles on the Villanova pitching staff and could eventually be capable of being in the rotation or pitching out of the bullpen in the late innings ... Local player who has attended the Villanova blue chip camps.
On Sawyer: Left-handed pitcher with a true power arm and a solid slider ... Brings a wealth of potential to the Villanova pitching staff ... Has pitched for the South Texas Sliders summer team ... Father played baseball at Colorado State.
On Schryver: First recruit to commit to the 2013 class ... Possesses a solid fastball with above average secondary pitches ... Pitched in the first ever Big 33 Baseball Classic for the Pennsylvania team ... Projects as a starting pitcher at Villanova ... Plays for the Hampden American Legion team.
On Trabulsi: Versatile utility player who can play the corner infield spots and all three outfield positions ... Has above average foot speed and gives the Wildcats a strong right-handed bat ... Father played college baseball at Providence ... Plays for the Next Level Titans/Storm summer team.