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Georgetown College baseball continued its rise in prominence this past season with a 36-19 mark and a win at the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. Coach Micah Baumfeld knows in order to continue to succeed, recruiting classes need to continue to be at the next level and build on the foundation set.
"We have to always be building and looking at how to solidify our hold on the national scene," Baumfeld said. "Coaches (Adam) Skonieczki and (Josh) Franklin have done an outstanding job in assessing what we need and who is the best for our program. We've signed nine true freshmen."
Tiger rookies with a comment from Skonieczki are:
Tyler Boggs – Big Laurel, KY – Harlan County High School – UTL
"Tyler was a standout ball player for Harlan County. Tyler was teammates with current Tiger Braxton Fields, and together won a lot of baseball games. We will have four years with Tyler, and he will continue to grow both physically and as a baseball player. Tyler can play catcher as well as nearly every other position on the field."
Logan Brown – Maysville, KY – Mason County High School – LHP/1B
"Logan is a great kid and a talented ball player. He is coming off of Tommy John surgery and will be sidelined for the 2014 season. We are hoping that plenty of rehab and strength training will get him back to his original form. Being a lefty will help the Tigers down the road."
Lanham "Boo" Crabtree – Fairdale, KY – Fairdale HS – RHP
"Boo is a talented young arm that has plenty of upside. He has a big 6-foot-6 frame that definitely has room to fill out and become bigger and stronger. Boo was a three-sport star in high school, and we believe he can develop into a very good arm for us in the upcoming years. His athleticism is outstanding for such a big body and we look forward to working with him."
Stuart Crandall – McConnelsville, OH – Morgan HS – 3B
"Stuart is a corner infielder that brings a great work ethic to our program. He is very academic and a fine young athlete. We will get the chance to work with Stuart for four years, and I think he will be a great kid in our program."
Robert Franzen – California, KY – Campbell County High School – RHP
"Rob is a great new addition for the Tigers. We really liked his clean, athletic delivery and the ball really jumps out of his hand. Rob has a big 6-4 frame and has the ability to pitch with three different pitches. Rob will continue to grow and mature, and he has a bright future ahead of him."
Alexander Hricenak – Lexington, KY – Henry Clay High School – RHP
"Alex is a local product out of Henry Clay High School. He had a great high school career, and we are eagerly awaiting the chance to work with him at Georgetown. He is a great young man and will develop into a great ball player."
Jorge Manzo – West Covina, CA – Nogales High School – 1B
"Jorge is a big, strong, physical corner infielder hailing from California. With his big frame, he has some big time power and can prove to be a force in our lineup. We are very interested in Jorge because he is going to be another 'program' guy, and we will get the chance to work with him for four years."
Quentin Murray – Fort Thomas, KY – Highlands High School – Catcher
"Quentin is a talented catcher from Highlands High School. He is very defensive and will be a solid back stop for us. He is a good catch and throw guy and has leadership qualities. We are looking forward to working with Quentin on a daily basis."
Blake Schumann – Union, KY – Beechwood High School – RHP
"Blake is a great young man and has a good arm. Not only is Blake a talented baseball player, he does very well in the classroom. We will have the chance to work with Blake for four years and develop his game even more. We are excited to get him on campus."