Along with the 2011 schedule, lat week Ohio State released the 2011 roster that will take the field for Coach Beals in his first season. Throughout the summer the Buckeye Nine was trying very hard to keep track of who was in the incoming class, who might be transferring in, and trying to update those known future Buckeyes.
Late in the summer word started swirling that many more players were to be added in the incoming freshman class via walk-on, as well as a few transfers. This put an end to any plans I wanted on profiling the incoming freshman and transfers until everyone arrived on campus and officially was on the team.
Now that the dust has settled, Ohio State officially welcomes 16 newcomers to the baseball program, some you know, a few you may but were not expected to see in Scarlet & Gray, and a few I'm sure you probably do not know.
Coming later will be additional details on who exactly these new faces are, but for now here are the 16 newest baseball Buckeyes.
# Player Pos, B-T, Hometown/Last School
3 Jacob Hayes INF L-R Terre Haute, Ind./South
10 Derek Hannahs INF R-R Robinson, Ill./Robinson
14 Cory Angelo INF R-R Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley
30 Jordan Pollack OF R-R Calabasas, Calif.
31 Tim Wetzel OF L-L Mayfield, Ohio/Mayfield
32 Greg Greve RHP/1B R-R Cleveland, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit
33 Josh Dezse RHP/1B R-R Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty
36 Ben Bokor LHP L-L Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln
37 Blake Hutton C/1B L-R Orlando, Fla.
38 Josh Bokor C R-R Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln
# Player Pos, B-T, Class/Eligibility Hometown/Last School
15 Mike Carroll OF L-L So./So. Granger, Ind./Duke
16 Greg Solomon C R-R Jr./Jr. Litchfield Park, Ariz./Paradise Valley C.C.
26 Brad Hutton C/1B R-R Sr./Jr. Orlando, Fla./Polk C.C.
39 Brock Trimbur RHP R-R So./So. Gahanna, Ohio/Ohio
40 Brad Goldberg RHP R-R Jr./Jr. Akron, Ohio/Coastal Carolina
45 John Kuchno RHP R-R So./Fr. Ellicott City, Md./Wake Forest
A few thoughts:
* Ohio State now has a small army of catchers and pitchers.
* I like that Wetzel, Greve, Dezse are all numbered in a row. These are three of Ohio State's biggest recruiting catches in some time. We can only hope these three compose a pack that takes Ohio State baseball to the next level. (Not to take anything away from any other players in the class, and/or team.)
* Though not listed here, Greve checks in at 6'3, 205 with Dezse at 6'5 200. They may not just be men among boys in the field. Their frames are a big part in why both can reach the mid-90s. Something this program has been missing.
* It was speculated for some time, but Ben Bokor had committed and was head to Miami before a walk-on opportunity was offered here to join his brother Josh.
* Speaking of brothers, very surprised to see Brock Trimbur transfer in from Ohio, leaving his brother Ben in Athens.
* Speaking more about brothers, with Blake joining Brad, and Cory Angelo in the freshman class, Ohio State now has seen five players from Florida join the program the last two seasons.
* While Gahanna replaces Kilbourne as the newest Central Ohio pipeline with the addition of the three Lions, (Trimbur, Bokor, Bokor), a year removed from the Wolves duo of Kovanda and Dew, leaving Strayer as the lone Worthington product.
* Remember that transfers from other Division I institutes must sit out a year so only Solomon and Hutton will be transfers eligible to play in 2011.
* The Buckeye Scout had Trimbur ranked as the 47th best player in Ohio of the HS graduating class of 2009, while Goldberg checked in at 15th.
* Again more will come over the next days, and weeks, as now that we know who will be in the Scarlet & Gray I can really start to work on providing info and background to the names and numbers.