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Georgetown College baseball has graduated two very large classes the past two years all the while building the foundation for success. The Tigers were 36-19 this past year, but after losing 23 veterans players in two years coach Micah Baumfeld knew he needed to look to some veteran guys to help guide Georgetown to another level. GC won its first NAIA National Tournament Opening Round game in Montgomery, Ala., but these 18 transfers look to do even more in the next few seasons.
"It is hard to lose that much talent in two seasons," Baumfeld said. "But coach (Adam) Skonieczki has found us some solid transfers that bring in college caliber experience to help us bring along our younger players at a pace that builds on the success we have had these past two years."
The Tigers still have a few other potential signees that would bolster the roster for the 2014 campaign.
Tiger transfers are with a comment from Skonieczki:
David Aispurro – Sophomore – Long Beach, CA – Long Beach City College – RHP
"We are expecting big things from David this year. We can see him playing a big role on our pitching staff. Before an injury sidelined him for most of the 2013 season, David compiled a phenomenal 2012 season, going 3-1 with 38.2 innings pitched while surrendering only 33 hits he compiled a 2.79 ERA. He brings a firm fastball and quality off speed pitches to the table that will make him a dynamic pitcher in the Mid-South Conference. He is a guy that will challenge for quality innings every weekend, and we will have him for three years which is great".
Brian Barry – Junior – Derby, NY – Erie CC – OF/LHP
"Brian comes to Georgetown as one of the most decorated recruits in the 2013 class. Brian had a tremendous sophomore year ranking in the top 10 in Junior College baseball in multiple categories. Brian was ranked first in the nation in RBI (71), doubles (24), slugging percentage (.837) and total bases (139). He also finished the year ranked third in home runs (12). Brain also was a force on the mound with a 6-3 record with 66 strike outs in 58 innings pitched. After the season, Brian was named first team All-American and WNYAC Player of the Year. Brian will be a two-way guy that makes an impact on the mound and in the middle of our order."
Leonard De La Rosa – Junior – Pico Rivera, CA – East Los Angeles College – RHP
"Leonard is a guy that will come into our program and impact the pitching staff. He is a guy that has started in the past as well as closed games, and we think he can be very versatile and do both for us as well. In 2013, he was recognized as an all-conference performer in the South Coast Conference. He put up great numbers for two years at ELACC, and we think that he will do the same for the next two with the Tigers."
Duran Elmore – RS Junior – Danville, KY – Morehead State – OF/LHP
"Duran is a fantastic pure athlete that was previously at NCAA Division I, Morehead State University. He played center field for the Eagles and hit .273 with 47 appearances. Duran is the type of guy that will take away hits in the outfield on a daily basis. He will be a fun guy to watch and has been known for making high-light reel catches. He also has the ability to pitch and will be another bullpen arm from the left side."
Michael Encinas – Junior – Long Beach, CA – L.A. Harbor College – INF/OF
"We are very excited to have Michael in our program. He comes from L.A. Harbor College as a highly touted recruit. Michael was named first team All-South Coast Conference after hitting .355 while striking out only eight times in 138 at bats. Along with his outstanding hitting, Michael also brings a lot to the table defensively, as he has played multiple positions including third base and outfield."
Adrian Franco – Junior – West Covina, CA – Mt. San Antonio College – 1B/OF
"Adrian is a pure hitter that can really swing the bat from the right side. He will play corner outfield, first base or DH. Adrian hit in the middle of the order for a great Mt. SAC team and hit .275 with 24 RBI. He was recognized as an all-conference selection in the South Coast Conference. I am excited to work with a guy like Adrian who can really prove to be a big hitter in our conference."
Trey Gross – Sophomore – Richmond, KY – Morehead State University – INF
"Trey is another NCAA Division I transfer from Morehead State University. Trey Hit .262 in 30 appearances for the Eagles as a true freshman. I am excited to have the chance to work with Trey for three years because I think he is going to develop into a great ball player. Trey will come in and immediately challenge for playing time in the infield."
Adam Levine – Junior – Chevy Chase, MD – Western Texas College — RHP
"Adam is a physical RHP that comes from Maryland and played baseball at a solid JUCO in West Texas. Adam previously attended Mount Olive to play baseball, but we are really excited to have the chance to work with him here at Georgetown. Adam has an explosive fastball and live arm. He has a lot of upside and will be strong for us out of the bullpen."
Armando Lomeli – Junior – El Monte, CA – East Los Angeles College – Catcher
"Armando Lomeli is a premium catcher who was named first-team All-South Coast Conference and also named to the prestigious All-Southern California team. Armando hit .319 on the year with only 12 strike outs in 138 at bats. I think Armando will be able to handle himself at the plate, but the most important aspect is he is a great defensive catcher. He threw out an impressive 17 of 26 would-be-base stealers. I expect Armando to be one of the most defensive catchers we have ever had at Georgetown."
Steven Mancilla – Junior – Whittier, CA – Mt. San Antonio College – SS
"Steven has garnered a number of awards this past season as he put together an amazing 2012 campaign. We are extremely excited to have Steven in the middle of our infield and the middle of the line-up. Steven was previously at NCAA Division I, Cal-State Fullerton, and transferred to Mt. SAC and starred for the Mounties. Steven hit .321 and led the state of California with 48 RBI in the 43-game season. Steven was named to the 2013 Southern California All-American team and was also named Player of the Year in the South Coast Conference. He is an athletic hitter that will quarterback our defense as well."
Trent Martin – Sophomore – Lexington, KY – Morehead State University – RHP
"Trent is a Dunbar High School graduate and previous ball player at Morehead State University. Trent will be able to give our bullpen depth and will challenge for innings. Trent will command the strike zone with a good fastball and quality off speed pitches. We look forward to working with Trent in the 2013-14 year.
Jamaal Moore – Junior – Gardena, CA – West Los Angeles College – LHP
"Jamaal is a tall, lanky left-handed pitcher. He has a nice pitcher's frame and an athletic, loose arm and delivery. Jamaal was taken in the 10th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. We are expecting Jamaal to be an impact guy on the bump for us this spring. He throws a firm fastball with a very good curveball. Jamaal has the 'stuff' and an electric arm to compete to be a front end starter."
Craig Ramsey – Junior – Athens, TX – Seminole State College (OK) – LHP
"Craig will immediately come in and make a difference for us. We have seen Craig throw his fastball in the high 80s and low 90s consistently. He has good feel for his off-speed pitches and carries a plus breaking ball. Craig is a big, strong, physical left-handed arm that will continue to get better. Craig has come out of the bullpen and started during his two year junior college career which gives us many options to get Craig on the mound."
Rick Reyes – Junior – Corpus Christi, TX – Wharton Junior College – 3B/1B
"Rick is a physical corner infielder that will hit in the middle of the order. He played at Wharton Junior College in Texas and hit .299 with 14 extra base hits in 2013. Rick played in the prestigious Texas Junior College All-Star game in the fall of his sophomore year at first base. Rick ended his Wharton career with over 30 extra base hits. We are excited to have Rick on board with us as he has the tools to play a big part in our 2014 season."
Ryan Rodriguez – Junior – Granbury, TX – Wharton Junior College – 2B/SS
"Ryan is another Wharton Junior College product, and we are excited to have the athletic middle infielder with us this coming year. Ryan also played in the Texas Junior College All-Star game following an outstanding freshman campaign hitting .325 for the Pioneers and a main stay in the middle of the infield. Ryan will immediately challenge to be the starting second baseman for the Tigers and can also handle the bat as a top or bottom of the order kind of guy."
Vinny Sherman – Junior – North Collins, NY – Erie Community College – INF/OF
"Vinny is a great baseball player and even better kid. He has the ability to play multiple positions on the field. Vinny will find time playing the corner outfield spots as well as getting some time in the infield. He gives us a lot of different options to get him in the line-up. He had a standout year for ECC while hitting .385 and being Top 10 in the country in runs (60) and hits (67). Vinny brings an excellent work ethic and attitude to our program."
Tanner Unkel – Junior – Cedar Rapids, IA – North Iowa Area Community College – OF
"Tanner comes from NIACC, who recently was in the JUCO world series. Tanner played a big role in their championship run, playing all three outfield positions and was a spark plug for the offense. Tanner is a playmaker and hard-nosed ball player. He started off the year leading the nation in batting average, and ended the year hitting .277 with an impressive .415 on-base percentage. Tanner will be a great fit for our program and will be a leader on and off the field."
William Warman – Sophomore – Georgetown, KY – Morehead State University – LHP
"William is another lefty arm that will give our bullpen some depth. He pitched at Morehead State his freshman year and saw some time on the mound. William is a 2012 Scott County High School graduate, and we look forward to him pitching in front of his hometown. With his tall, strong frame, we will look for him to be very durable pitcher for the Tigers."