MSU Baseball Inks Three For 2017-18 Season
Spartans add pair of catchers and left-handed pitcher to next season's roster.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr., announced Monday that the Spartans will add three more players to the 2017-18 roster. Scott Combs (Northville, Michigan/Divine Child High School), Evan Flohr (Northville, Michigan/Northville High School/Cypress College) and Nic Lacayo (Colorado Springs, Colorado/Cheyenne Mountain High School/South Mountain Community College) have all signed to join the Spartans in the fall of 2017.
"We are excited to add these three young men to our program next fall. Off the field, each of these three are good students, excellent young men, and have a passion for Michigan State University. On the field, they provide depth for us up the middle, which is key to a strong baseball team. Scott and Nick are very good defenders, and Evan brings a toughness to the mound that you can never have enough of. They are all hard workers who will make our program better," Boss said.
These three recent signings will join the six newcomers who signed with the Spartans in the fall: Peter Ahn (Delafield, Wisconsin/Marquette University High School), Noah Bloye (Wyoming, Michigan/Byron Center High School), Jesse Heikkinen (Holt, Michigan/Holt High School), Ryan King (Munster, Indiana/Brother Rice High School), Adam Proctor (Saint Johns, Michigan/Saint Johns High School) and Brendan Regan (Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit High School).
Scott Combs | Northville, Michigan | Divine Child High School | 6-4, 205 | R/R | C
Will be a four-year letterwinner at Divine Child High School for head coach Dan Deegan ... Earned All-League accolades as a junior, as well as All-City and All-Area for the Falcons ... Named team captain during senior season ... Also lettered in football and basketball, earning All-League honors in both ... Played summer league baseball for Green Ball for head coach Glenn Ross ... Ranked No. 19 catcher and No. 109 overall player in Michigan according to Prep Baseball Report ... Played in a tournament in the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2016 ... Son of Scott and Pauline Combs ... Father, Scott, played baseball at Kalamazoo College ... Sister, Briana, is a pitcher on the Bowling Green softball team, where she was named an Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete ... Chose Michigan State because of the extraordinary coaching staff, the baseball environment and for MSU's high-quality education reputation ... Intends on majoring in pre-law at MSU ... Chose the Spartans over Ohio State, Indiana and Eastern Michigan.
MSU Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Graham Sikes on Combs: "Scott Combs is a catcher from Divine Child whose hard work over the past few years has turned him into a very solid defensive catcher. He is a big guy at 6-4, 205 pounds, but moves very well behind the plate. He has handled some high-level pitchers very well and shown a strong arm and solid defense. Scott has gotten better each time we've seen him over the past year and a half, and we expect him to continue that development in our program. He is a multi-sport guy that is going to get to focus on baseball full time now, and we're excited to see how good he can get."
MSU Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach Skylar Meade on Combs: "Scott is a kid that had been on our radar for a while because of his body and overall athleticism. His progress as a catcher really took an up-tick in the last year, and we certainly noticed. In time, we feel he has the tools to be a very good collegiate backstop. He is a hard worker, multi-sport athlete, and he bleeds Green & White. So we know we can't go wrong with the addition of him to our family."
Evan Flohr | Northville, Michigan | Northville High School | Cypress College | 6-2, 190 | L/L | LHP
Playing in his second season at Cypress College in Cypress, California, for head coach Anthony Hutting helping the Chargers to a 25-10 record so far this season ... Has made 13 appearances so far this season with five starts, posting two saves, while firing 47 strikeouts for a 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings ratio ... Last season made nine appearance with two starts, in helping Cypress reach the final four of the California Community College Athletic Association Tournament ... Was a three-year letterwinner at Northville High School for head coach John Kostrzewa ... Was a three-time all-conference honoree ... Was a two-time All-Area and All-District selection ... Led the Mustangs to a 28-3 record his senior season of 2015 after a 27-5 mark as a junior ... Finished career with 172 strikeouts and a 19-6 career record ... Also played in the Michigan East-West All-Star game ... Served on Northville's Leadership Council ... Son of William Flohr, Sr., and Teresa Flohr ... His father played baseball at Ferris State for one year and Western Michigan for three years ... Chose Michigan State because believes that the Spartans' program will improve his mental and physical game, while receiving a high-quality education ... Intends on majoring in criminal justice with future ambitions of being a human resources generalist ... Picked the Spartans over Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Oakland, Wayne State and Alderson Broaddus.
Sikes on Flohr: "Evan Flohr is a tough left-handed pitcher from a highly successful California Junior College, Cypress College. Evan has a strikeout breaking ball and has averaged nearly 11 strikeouts per nine innings up to this point in the season. Evan is a great addition to our roster for next year and we look forward to him continuing to grow in our program."
Meade on Flohr: "Evan is a Michigan kid, who made the decision to head out west for junior college baseball. As we followed his progression from afar, we were very impressed how quickly he enhanced his velocity and overall stuff. Adding a left hander with a great breaking ball was a goal for our staff, and there wasn't a better one on the market than Evan. We expect him to see immediate innings as soon he sets foot in East Lansing."
Nic Lacayo | Colorado Springs, Colorado | Cheyenne Mountain High School | South Mountain Community College | 5-9, 180 | R/R | C
Playing in second season at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona for head coach Todd Eastin, helping the Cougars to a 34-18 record so far this season, currently having played in 42 games ... Has thrown out 14 runners caught stealing ... As a freshman, played in 50 games, hitting .346 with six doubles, one triple and 26 RBI, posting a .333 average in conference games ... Tallied 17 multi-hit games on the season ... Was a four-year letterwinner at Cheyenne Mountain High School for head coach Mark Swope ... Earned first-team All-State and All-Conference accolades as a senior after hitting .435 with three doubles, one triple, two home runs and 17 RBI ... Earned first-team All-Conference honors as a junior ... Finished career hitting .404 with 11 home runs ... Was also a four-year letterwinner in hockey, earning all-conference honors as a defenseman and was the Cheyenne Mountain HS Athlete of the Year ... Son of Jorge and Julie Lacayo ... His brother, Jerry, is a catcher on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs baseball team ... Chose Michigan State because of its rich tradition, the coaching staff, the team environment and the campus atmosphere and environment ... Intends on majoring in kinesiology with future ambitions of being a trauma nurse ... Picked the Spartans over Liberty, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Incarnate Word and Lewis & Clark.
Sikes on Lacayo: "Nic Lacayo is a really, really strong defender behind the plate. He plays in the tough Arizona Junior College Conference, the same that produced former Spartan great Jordan Zimmerman, and the coaches around the league had high praise for him. Nic had a great offensive year as a freshman and has solid all-around offensive tools, but his defense is what is really exciting."
Meade on Lacayo: "Nic is a great kid that really seemed to fit well during his visit a couple months ago. He is a quick twitch thrower, and top notch receiver behind the plate. We think that he understands how to handle a pitching staff, which was the most vital part of his addition to the program. He is going to make an immediate positive impact on our team and pitching staff."