Nov. 15, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio -- The Miami Baseball program has signed four high school seniors to national letters-of-intent during the early signing period, Head Coach Dan Simonds announced today. Julian Flanary, Brian Ghiselli, Tyler Perkowitz and Chad Sedio will each join the RedHawks for the 2012 season.
"We will be losing several experienced outfielders as well as a couple of quality pitchers," Simonds said. "We felt we had to identify and aggressively pursue the best athletes and arms available. We feel with the talent level of this class we have addressed our needs. Potentially, all four recruits could have an immediate impact in our program. Not only are they skilled athletes but they are top notch students as well We are excited about working and developing these young men."
Flanary is a 6-1 outfielder from Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. Ranked as the 18th-best player in the state of Indiana by the Prep Baseball Report, he has earned three varsity letters and was named the team's Most Improved Player in 2011. A co-captain, Flanary helped his team win the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference championship in 2010. In the classroom, he has been a member of the Dean's list every year with a GPA of 3.85 and received the Kiwanis International Character Award.
Ghiselli, a 6-3 right-handed pitcher from West Lafayette, Ind., is a two-time all-conference selection and earned all-area honors as a junior. He was on the A/B Honor Roll six times during his high school career. He was named Underclass Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game USA and is ranked 14th in the state of Indiana by the Prep Baseball Report.
Perkowitz is a four-year captain at Hersey High School in Mt. Prospect, Ill. The infielder hit .301 with five doubles and six triples as a junior, setting the school's season and career records for three-baggers. He walked 23 times and had only nine strikeouts in 113 at-bats, while stealing 20 bases on 23 attempts. Perkowitz is a member of the honor roll and National Honor Society, holding a a 4.87 grade-point average on a 5.0 scale.
Flanary, Ghisseli and Pekowitz are all rated in top 1000 by Perfect Game Baseball.
Sedio, a outfielder from Highland High School in Medina, was a was a first-team Suburban League and all-area county selection in both 2010 and 2011. He batted .460 with seven home runs and 21 runs batted in last year. A three-year letterman, he was twice named team most valuable player and was the school's athlete of the year in 2010. Sedio also, earned first team all-league honors in basketball as a junior.
Comments from Coach Dan Simonds on each player
Julian Flanary, 6-0, 170, Lawrence North HS, Indianapolis, Ind., OF, L/R
Julian is athletically gifted and his skills give him the ability to change a game. He possesses a short compact left handed stroke and has displayed power to all fields. He is a plus runner but more importantly knows how to use that speed on the field. We are excited about Julian's potential.
Brian Ghiselli, 6-3, 190, West Lafayette HS, West Lafayette, Ind., RHP, R/R
We saw Brian pitch on several occasions during the summer and he impressed us each time he took the mound. He has a stereotypical pro pitchers body and a fastball that tops out at 91. What impressed us the most was his demeanor and approach to the game. He reminds us a great deal of former Miami pitcher Matt Long.
Tyler Perkowitz, 5-11, 160, John Hersey HS, Mt. Prospect, Ill., INF, R/R
Tyler is a very talented ballplayer. Defensively, he can play both middle infield positions equally well. He has above average range and a plus throwing arm. Offensively he handles the bat well and possesses above average speed on the base paths. In addition to his skill set he is a fierce competitor who knows how to play the game.
Chad Sedio, 6-3, 190, Highland HS, Medina, Ohio, OF, L/R
We discovered Chad late in the recruiting process and quite frankly we were fortunate he was still available. He is a proven hitter that has shown a high level of consistency. He has above average power to all fields and is also a good runner. He is a tough kid who plays hard and loves to compete. We are looking forward to Chad's contributions to our program.