Xavier Baseball Lands Three in Early Signing Period
Nov. 16, 2007
CINCINNATI - Xavier head coach Scott Googins announced today the signing of three players to national letters of intent on Wednesday. The 2008 Xavier baseball class will include Josh Deeg (Lake Orion, Mich. - Lake Orion High School), Mark Elwell (Granville, Ohio - Newark Catholic High School) and Nick Hamilton (Avon Lake, Ohio - Avon Lake High School).
"I am very excited about the recruiting class our staff has put together this year," stated Googins. "We have identified some areas of needs and we feel that this class addresses those needs."
Deeg produced a stellar high school career prior to his senior season. The right-handed pitcher and utility player will provide a solid arm on the mound and could be called on at the plate as well for the Musketeers. Last season, he finished with a 9-0 record, 1.47 ERA and tossed a complete game one-hitter with 11 strikeouts plus homeruns from both sides of the plate. Deeg was named the First Team All-County, First Team All-State and the Michigan Dream Team, while earning Dr. Pepper Athlete of the Month honors for June after helping Lake Orion to the state championship title.
"Josh is a winner. He is a ball player that knows how to play the game. One of the best qualities about him is his versatility both on offense and defense. We are looking at Josh as a primary pitcher for right now but as a switch hitter he has shown he can swing it from both sides of the plate."
Elwell will provide a source of speed in the outfield and on the bases for the Musketeers in 2008. The Newark Catholic product has swiped 64 of 65 bases over his sophomore and junior seasons, while helping the team to a 54-14 record overall. Elwell was named to the First Team All-Mid State League, First Team All-Central District and First Team All-Licking County, while garnering Second Team All-State Honors in 2006. Elwell is also a member of the Newark Catholic football team and National Honor Society.
"Mark is a competitive kid that comes from a top high school program. He has game changing speed and has the potential to be an impact guy on the bases for us. I am looking forward to seeing him in the outfield."
Hamilton is the second switch-hitter of the 2008 class and will be a primary corner infielder. He was invited to the East Coast Professional Tryout put on by Major League Baseball this past summer and also invited to the Buckeye Scout Top 100 Players in Ohio Showcase. The Avon Lake product chose Xavier over Ohio State, Kent State and Western Michigan.
"The first thing that jumps out at you about Nick is that he plays the game hard. He is a corner infielder and we are looking at him to primarily be a third baseman for us. Nick also is a switch hitter with excellent power potential from both sides of the plate."
The Musketeers will open up the 2008 season on February 22 in Mobile, Ala., taking part in the Coca-Cola Classic. Game times and opponents are still to be determined. Xavier will open the home schedule with a three game series against Youngstown State on March 13 and the Atlantic 10 schedule gets underway on March 22 as XU will travel to Dayton.