Nov. 11, 2010
OXFORD, Ohio -- Five high school seniors signed national letters-of-intent to play baseball at Miami on Wednesday, Head Coach Dan Simonds announced today.
Max Andresen, Clay Cinnamon, Matt Honchel, Scott Slappey and Ryan Powers will join the RedHawks for the 2012 season.
"We are very excited about the potential of the 2011 recruiting class," Simonds said. "Coach (Ben) Bachmann and Coach (Jeremy) Ison did a terrific job in identifying and addressing our most pressing needs for 2011-12. We were very fortunate to have several quality players compete on our field this past summer, giving us the opportunity not only to evaluate players but to also expose potential student-athletes to our curriculum and campus. The staff looks forward to developing this talented incoming class.
Andresen, is a 6-3 catcher/first baseman from Penn High School in Granger, Ind. He is ranked as the 10th-best player in the state by Indiana Prep Baseball Report and has participated with Team Indiana, Indiana Crossroads, and the East Coast Pro Showcase Team. In the classroom, he is a National Merit Finalist and member of the National Honor Society. Andresen is vice president of the Penn Student Council and president of its Habitat for Humanity chapter.
"We identified Max as one of our top priorities early in the recruiting process. He is an extremely talented athlete and possesses three above-average tools in his hitting ability, power and arm strength. Above all else he is an outstanding student with an impressive academic track record."
Cinnamon and Honchel are teammmates at Mercer County Senior High School in Harrodsburg, Ky. Cinnamon, a 6-2 right-handed pitcher, was ranked No. 18 in the state by IHigh.com. He was a member of the 2010 all-area team, as compiled by the Danville (Ky.) Advocate-Messenger. Honchel, a 6-1 lefty, plays outfield and pitches for the Titans. He is a four-year varsity letterwinner in both baseball and basketball. He was the overall team MVP last year and the offensive MVP as a sophomore. He has been chosen all-region and all-area during his career, and is a two-time all-state academic team selection, holding a 3.71 grade-point average.
Both players were in the honorable mention category for Kentucky on Perfect Game USA's All-America list.
"Clay was highly-recruited and impressed several Division I schools in our area. He is a power arm and is just scratching the surface of his potential. He has a consistent upper 80's fastball and has two quality secondary pitches in his change-up and curveball. Matt reminds us in many ways of former Miami player Adam Eaton. He is a two-way player who could contribute immediately both in the field and on the mound. He has a solid left handed swing and is an above average runner. He is a tough, hard-nosed player who loves to compete "
Slappey is a shortstop from Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga., earning first-team All-Region 6 honors.
"Scott is a talented shortstop, who knows how to play the game and has the ability to be a special player. He has terrific defensive skills and actions and possesses an above-average throwing arm. Offensively, he has put up some impressive numbers both for his high school team and Team Georgia. It should be fun to see how he progresses."
Powers, a 6-5 right-handed pitcher from Nazareth High School in LaGrange, Ill., is rated as the 30th-best player in Illinois by PrepBaseballReport.com. A three-year letterwinner on the diamond, he was the team's Offensive Player of the Year and all-area selection as a junior. He was also an All-East Suburban Catholic Conference honoree, helping the Roadrunners to a pair of regional and sectional titles. Powers also played basketball, earning all-conference and all-area awards. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the "A" Honor Roll.
"Ryan has some of the best upside we have seen for a pitcher in the class of 2011. He is currently throwing in the high 80's' with above-average command. We love his toughness and competitive attitude and he will have a chance to get quality innings immediately. Ryan is also a tremendous student."
Cinnamon, Powers, Andresen and Slappey are all Top 1000 selections by Perfect Game USA.
Miami opens its 2011 season on Feb. 18 against Marshall at the College of Charleston Invitational.