Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville baseball team has begun practice for their upcoming 2020 season as the team looks to build a formidable team moving forward.
Second year head coach Kyle McLain and his coaching staff have brought in eight freshman as new Spartans this season with several key pieces ready to contribute in their first year. McLain shared his thoughts on each of the new Spartans and how the team can expect them to impact the 2020 team and beyond.
Jeremy Glinski (Sloan, NY/Bishop-Timon St. Jude) - C
"Jeremy is a local guy coming from Bishop-Timon, and we're extremely fortunate to have him here for the next four years. He's a guy that's got a ton of talent and is probably the best athlete on our team. He gives us a ton of stability behind the plate this year which we're excited about. He's someone we'll count on to hit in the middle of the lineup and be a main contributor for us this spring."
Mateo Santos (Jamesville, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt) – 1B/C
"Mateo had an extremely impressive fall which has us encouraged for the upcoming season. He got himself into great shape over the summer and has seen his exit velo and arm strength numbers spike due to his hard work. He's another guy that we're expecting to contribute right away whether it's at First Base, a DH role or catching the second game of a double-header. He can swing it and will have the opportunity to drive in a lot of runs for us."
Zach Cocking (Batavia, NY/Notre Dame) - 2B/RHP
"Zach is a huge addition for our program this year – he brings a ton of versatility to our team. He was a multi-sport athlete in high school, and we think his athleticism translates well to what we want in our players. He's got the ability to play both infield positions up the middle, runs the bases well and handles the bat. He'll primarily stay at second base this spring, but he'll see some solid innings off the mound too. His fastball runs a ton so we think he can generate some weak contact on the ground in a relief role for us in addition to his work in the infield."
Roberto Pagliero (Vaughan, Ont./Bill Crothers) – 2B/RHP
"Roberto made his college decision pretty late in the year and we were fortunate he chose us. He's another guy that has the ability to play two-ways, but we're most excited about him on the mound. His fastball has late life and his breaking stuff is sharp, but his splitter is probably his best weapon right now. It's really a deceptive pitch that is going to work well for him. He's got the best pure stuff on the team at this moment and will work as one of our conference starters."
Jared Glowniak (Dunkirk, NY/Dunkirk) – 3B/RHP
"Jared is another local guy that we are happy chose to stay in the area and attend D'Youville. This spring he will see action both off the mound and at third base. He's got a live arm that goes well with his breaking ball and we'll feature him in a late-inning role to open the season. He had a really strong fall and put himself in a position to see a lot of starts come spring time."
Phil Lange (Lockport, NY/Lockport) - OF
"Phil is without a doubt the quickest guy of our Freshman class, and quite possibly the whole team. He can really, really run which provides us with a new element we didn't have much of last season. If we're in a late-game spot where we need to steal a base, Phil is going to be a huge weapon for us. His speed helps him track down balls in the outfield as well."
Josh Battaglia (Rochester, NY/Hilton) - OF
"I was really happy with the fall season from the majority of our guys, but Josh might have been the most impressive of the bunch. In our limited work he showed a tremendously high Baseball IQ, whether it was bunting for a base hit, tracking down balls in the outfield or taking extra bases – winning type plays. He's put in a lot of work and will see some time in a corner outfield spot this season."
Kyle Nash (Ancaster, Ont./Ancaster) - RHP
"Kyle is another guy that is going to be counted on as a conference starter for us this spring. I've been most impressed with his competitiveness and desire to get better each day. He's always asking about mechanical advice, how to throw a different pitch, what to feel with his delivery, etc. which has you encouraged as a coach. He's got a really advanced feel for his change-up too which is impressive from a young guy. We think with his work ethic and pure ability he's going to be a great pitcher for us."