Nov. 14, 2013
EAST LANSING - Michigan State baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr. announced today the signing of nine student-athletes that will join the team in the fall of 2014: Keegan Baar (Jenison, Mich./Hudsonville), Dan Chmielewski (Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower), Andrew Gonzalez (Wixom, Mich./Walled Lake Western), Brandon Hughes (Sterling Heights, Mich./Stevenson), Zack McGuire (Sterling Heights, Mich./Stevenson), Nate Morris (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston), Will Salter (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Orchard Lake St. Mary's), Alex Troop (Batavia, Ill./ Marmion Academy) and Kory Young (Rockford, Mich./Rockford).
"I'd like to commend recruiting coordinator Graham Sikes and associate head coach Mark Van Ameyde for all their hard work in putting this outstanding class of Spartans together," said Boss. "They have both worked tirelessly to address the needs of our baseball program moving forward, and this class does just that. The 2014 class is very balanced with an emphasis on projection that is very exciting. Each member of this class is a very accomplished student and a very talented player with a high ceiling, much like our current junior class who will have several opportunities to win a Big Ten championship and progress through the process in professional baseball. Most importantly, these nine student-athletes are quality individuals who will make Spartans across the world proud as they represent Michigan State baseball both on and off the field."
Keegan Baar Jenison, Mich. Hudsonville 6-3 190 R/L LHP
Will be a three-year letterwinner for coach Dave Van Noord at Hudsonville High School ... entering his second year as team captain ... earned all-region, all-district and all-conference honors last season ... struck out 11 batters and tossed a no-hitter in a 4-0 win over East Kentwood on May 2, 2013 ... helped Hudsonville to the 2012 Division 1 state championship as the team posted a 35-5 record ... ranked the No. 4 player in the state by Michigan Baseball Prospects, No. 9 by Prep Baseball Report and No. 10 by Perfect Game ... posted a 2.23 ERA as a junior ... father, Bryan, played baseball at Western Michigan and for the Los Angeles Dodgers ... brother, Tyler, plays baseball at Toledo ... chose Michigan State over Michigan and Western Michigan.
Boss on Baar: "Keegan is a tall, lean left-handed pitcher with a good arm. He's another guy with a very high ceiling. He throws from a low, three-quarter slot that really gives him some deception. He's another guy we would expect a lot out of as a freshman because of his natural ability. He comes from a very athletic family."
Dan Chmielewski Shelby Township, Mich. Eisenhower 6-2 180 R/R OF
Played for coach Jason Gendreau at Eisenhower High School where he will be a three-year letterwinner ... displays significant leadership characteristics as he is a two-time baseball team captain and a also captained the football and basketball teams this year as a senior ... ranked the No. 17 player in the state by Michigan Baseball Prospect and No. 20 by Prep Baseball Report ... garnered all-county, all-region, all-district and all-league accolades in baseball as a junior ... named to the Academic All-State and all-league academic teams last season ... named the team's defensive MVP also as a junior ... as a sophomore in 2012, he garnered all-league and all-district honors while being tabbed the team's "breakout player of the year" ... three-year letterwinner in football - quarterbacked the team as a senior and as a junior he led the team in touchdown receptions with 11 ... will also be a three-year letterwinner in basketball ... led the Eagles in rebounding and was second in scoring as a junior last season ... selected Michigan State over Michigan, Notre Dame and Western Michigan.
Boss on Chmielewski: "He's another very athletic kid that demonstrates that by also playing quarterback and wide receiver on the football team. He's also a point guard on their basketball team, so he is clearly a very athletic individual. Dan swings the bat well and runs very well, also. He's a very good defensive outfielder and is a guy that has a chance to hit at the top of the order. His leadership qualities are also very evident by being selected captain in three different sports."
Andrew Gonzalez Wixom, Mich. Walled Lake Western 6-2 170 R/R RHP
Will be a three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Michael Larges at Walled Lake Western High School ... ranked the No. 13 player in the state by MichiganBaseballProspect.org, No. 3 by Prep Baseball Report and No. 17 by Perfect Game ... threw a no-hitter in the first game of last season's high school playoffs against Brighton ... posted a 2.03 ERA with 45 Ks in 41.1 innings as a junior and a 2.60 ERA as a sophomore ... has earned varsity letters in tennis (two) and football ... selected Michigan State over Ball State, Western Michigan and Central Michigan.
Boss on Gonzalez: "Andrew is a fierce competitor; he's a guy that doesn't like to lose and pitches with a chip on his shoulder. His stuff is very good, which is going to allow him to contribute right away. He's got a fast ball with life and late movement. He wants the ball in big pressure situations, which is a characteristic you like to see in a young pitcher."
Brandon Hughes Sterling Heights, Mich. Stevenson 6-3 200 L/L OF/LHP
Will be a three-year letterwinner for coach Joe Emanuele at Sterling Heights Stevenson ... ranked the No. 5 player in the state by Michigan Baseball Prospects, No. 8 by Perfect Game and No. 13 by Prep Baseball Report ... hit .386 with 22 RBIs and seven extra-base hits as a junior ... owns a .332-career batting average entering his final season of play ... on the mound as a junior he posted a 1.85 ERA in 11.1 innings of work, while his career-ERA is 2.89 ... earned first-team All-State as an outfielder last spring and also garnered all-region, all-league and all-district honors ... as a sophomore, he earned second-team All-State honors as a pitcher, in addition to all-region and all-district accolades ... named captain of the baseball and basketball teams this year as a senior ... helped Stevenson to the high school state finals as a freshman (31-7) and junior (28-9) ... chose MSU over Michigan and plans to major in kinesiology.
Boss on Hughes: "Brandon is another very athletic player who can play outfield or pitch. He swings the bat well, runs well and does a nice job on the mound, so he'll be a two-way player for us. He's a very good student as well. He has played varsity basketball as a sophomore and is the point guard this season, so he is very athletic."
Zack McGuire Sterling Heights, Mich. Stevenson 6-2 215 R/R 1B/3B
Will enter his fourth season playing for coach Joe Emanuele at Sterling Heights Stevenson ... Earned second-team All-State and Academic All-State accolades as a junior ... named the Macomb County Player of the Year and conference MVP also as a junior ... ranked the No. 16 player in the state by both Prep Baseball Report and Perfect game and ranked No. 25 by Michigan Baseball Prospects ... hit .443 as a junior with 45 RBIs and has a .389-career batting average ... on the mound as a junior, he posted 1.11 ERA and had 51 strikeouts in 50.2 innings ... helped Stevenson to the high school state finals as a freshman (31-7) and junior (28-9) ... chose Michigan State over Army, Liberty, Western Michigan, Ball State and several others.
Boss on McGuire: "Zack is a very hard-working player and is a big, strong and physical guy who's going to hit for some power. He's a corner infielder with a very strong arm and also possesses a great deal of bat speed. Zack has very good leadership characteristics and is a person that you want to have representing your program."
Nate Morris Clarkston, Mich. Clarkston 6-4 180 R/R RHP
Earned three varsity letters for coach Jeff Willis at Oxford High School and will play his senior season at Clarkston High School for coach Phil Price ... earned all-conference honors as a sophomore ... ranked the No. 7 player in the state by Prep Baseball Report, No. 12 by Perfect Game and No. 13 by Michigan Baseball Prospects ... lettered in wrestling at Clarkston High School ... chose Michigan State over Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Indiana and several other schools.
Boss on Morris: "Nate is a tall right-hander that has continued to develop and grow each year in high school. He has a great pitcher's frame and very projectable body - we'd expect him to continue to get bigger and stronger. He's got a tremendous work ethic and loves the game of baseball."
Will Salter Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Orchard Lake St. Mary's 6-2 205 R/R C
Will become a four-year letterwinner for coach Matt Petry at Orchard Lake St. Mary's ... this spring will mark his second year as team captain ... ranked the No. 18 player in the state by Michigan Baseball Prospects and No. 39 by Prep Baseball Report ... helped lead Orchard Lake St. Mary's to the 2012 football state championship game ... three-year member of the National Honor Society ... chose Michigan State over Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan.
Boss on Salter: "Will is a very physical, athletic player. He's a big, strong kid who sits well behind the plate and really receives the ball well. He also has a chance to hit with some power. He's a very good student and has improved a lot in the last year and half."
Alex Troop Batavia, Ill. Marmion Academy 6-4 190 L/L LHP/1B
Will become a three-year letterwinner for coach Dave Rakow at Marmion Academy ... earned all-area, all-conference and team MVP as a junior ... ranked the No. 23 player in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report ... two-year captain of the baseball team ... three-year letterwinner in golf ... selected Michigan State over Duke, Cincinnati, Illinois State and Central Michigan.
Boss on Troop: "Alex is very athletic. He's a pitcher and first baseman who can also play the outfield. He's got a very strong arm and very projectable body that continues to improve. We think he'll hit with some power as well. He's starting to scratch the surface of his talent and he really continues to improve. He's got a very high ceiling."
Kory Young Rockford, Mich. Rockford 6-1 185 B/R INF
Plays for coach Ian Hearn at Rockford High School where he will earn his fourth varsity letter this spring ... voted to the MHSBCA All-State Dream Team and first-team All-State as a junior last season ... named the MLive.com Grand Rapids Player of the Year last spring ... Academic All-State, all-region and all-district last season ... ranked the No. 1 shortstop in the state by Perfect Game and No. 6 player in the state by Michigan Baseball Prospects ... ranked the No. 5 player in the state by Perfect Game and No. 8 by Prep Baseball Report ... helped Rockford to the 2011 Division 1 State Championship as a freshman ... two-time all-district honoree ... captained the baseball team as a sophomore and junior ... selected MSU over Nebraska and Michigan.
Boss on Young: "Kory is a tremendous leader. He's a middle infielder who's been committed to Michigan State for a couple years. He's an athlete with a good arm and good hands. Offensively, he runs well and is a top-of-the-order hitter who we'll look to contribute right away."