Winthrop baseball coach Joe Hudak announced on the signing of nine players to play for the Eagles in 2010.
All nine of the signees will enter as freshmen. The class consists of five pitchers, two catchers, an infielder/pitcher, and an outfielder/pitcher. The group comes from states all over the East Coast, with three players from Pennsylvania and one each from Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.
"Once again, coach (Mike) McGuire and coach (Kyle) DiEduardo have brought in another outstanding class," said Hudak. "The many miles they have traveled and the many miles and the many hours they have spent on the road have produced a talented group of future Eagles."
The group includes left-handed pitcher Rob Brewer of Columbus, Ohio; catcher Tyler Donovan of Brewster, N.Y.; Patrick Gamblin, a left-handed pitcher/outfielder from Harlem, Ga.; Daniel Hyatt, a right-handed pitcher/third baseman out of Mills River, N.C.; catcher Mark Lail from Knoxville, Tenn.; Tommy Lawrence, a pitcher out of West Haven, Conn.; pitcher Eric Ruth from Hatfield, Pa.; and Max Vogel, an outfielder/pitcher from Aliquippa, Pa.
While Hudak says he's pleased with his recruiting class so far, he does not think the Eagles are finished.
"There is a good chance we could lose (John) Murrian or (Kevin) Nolan, or both, to the draft," Hudak said. "Because of that, we will try to sign one or two more players in the spring. We will probably look for one more good arm and one accomplished hitter, probably an infielder."
The Eagles will open their 2009 season on Feb. 20 when they host George Washington and Eastern Michigan in the Johnny Gill Memorial Tournament.