GREENSBORO, NC – UNC Greensboro baseball coach Mike Gaski has announced the signing of 11 high school student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the signing period this month, including several highly touted recruits.
“This may be our best recruiting class in this history of our program,” said Gaski. “It is a talented class and is certainly wide-ranging from a position standpoint. We signed three strong pitchers, two outstanding catchers, along with four infielders and two outfielders. On the whole, we believe that this class will be able to contribute almost immediately when they take the field in 2008.”
The highlight of the class may be catcher Shawn Zarraga from Boynton Beach, FL. Zarraga, a right-handed hitter who stands in at 6-2 and 210 lbs., hit .714 last season for Trinity Christian High School. He is regarded as one of the Top 10 high school catchers in the country and a Top 150 player by both PG Crosschecker and Baseball America. Entering his senior season, he has a chance to bat .600 for his Trinity Christian career.
Below are brief biographies on each of the UNCG signees:
UNCG BASEBALL SIGNEES (WILL ENROLL IN FALL 2007):
Christopher Berroa, CF, 6-1/180, Pennsauken, NJ, Pennsauken
East Coast Professional Showcase invitee... ranked a Top 250 player nationally by PG Crosschecker and Top 25 in the Northeast by Perfect Game USA... possesses a great combination of speed and hitting ability. Was clocked in the at 6.54 during the East Coast Professional Showcase... three-year letterman at Pennsauken HS in southern New Jersey... career batting average of .457 with 20 doubles, nine triples and nine home runs at Pennsauken... played for the Tri-State Arsenal this past fall.
John Cucchiarella, 2B, 5-10/160, Katonah, NY, Somers HS
A three-year letterman at Somers High School... right-handed hitting middle infielder at Somers HS, where he batted .403 last year, tops in his section and earned all-league honors... played for the South Florida Bandits last fall.
Joey Frabasile, 3B, 6-2/185, Hartsdale, NY, Fordham Prep
Ranked by one recruiting service as the 115th best player in the Northeast... boasted a .395 batting average last season at Fordham Prep with three home runs, 10 doubles and producing 30 RBI... enters his senior season with a career batting average of .600 at Fordham Prep... also played for the South Florida Bandits last fall.
Drew Gehringer, CF, 5-10/160, Matthews, NC, Butler HS
Participated in the State Games of North Carolina as an underclassman representing Region 6 in his junior year, running a 6.58 in the 60-yard dash... while attending Butler, Gehringer has become the first player in school history to letter each of the first three years and start in every game... enters his senior season hitting better than .300 for his career... batted .340 in his junior year after hitting .300 as a sophomore... played for the On Deck O’s this past fall.
Wes McBride, RHP, 6-1/210, Lewisville, NC. West Forsyth HS
Local product with a career ERA under 2.00 at West Forsyth HS... as a junior, McBride went 3-0 on the mound with two saves and a 1.35 ERA... that followed up a 5-1 mark with two saves recording a 1.87 ERA as a sophomore... played for the Dirtbags last fall.
Raymond Quinones, SS, 6-0/170, New York, NY, George Washington
2006 Perfect Game National invitee... ranked in the Top 100 Position Players and in the Top 350 overall nationally by PG Crosschecker... regarded as the top player from the state of New York by PG Crosschecker... hit .561 last year with a .647 on-base percentage... slugged three home runs and two triples; also scored 22 runs and stole 13 bases, while driving in 21 RBI.. played for College Select last fall.
Greg Smith, RHP, 5-11/180, Manorville, NY, Eastport HS
Helped lead his team to a Long Island Class A championship last spring... went 10-2 on the mound with a save and a 1.01 earned run average... recorded 103 strikeouts in 83 innings for Eastport last season...earned all-league and All-Long Island honors and was named the Suffolk League VI MVP during his championship run... also led Eastport in hitting with a .393 batting average and 36 runs scores... also played third base at Eastport and earned Class A all-state honors last year (one of two juniors named to the squad)... played for the South Florida Bandits this past fall.
Michael Wall, 2B, 5-11/180, Rural Hall, NC, North Forsyth HS
Local product who helped lead North Forsyth to an undefeated regular season... hit .420 with nine doubles, a triple and two home runs... drove in 15 runs and stole 12 bases as well to earn all-conference honors... part of a team that won 30 straight games, which was the longest undefeated streak in North Carolina... was a State Games Participant in 2006... played for the North Carolina Baseball Academy this past fall.
Keith Weinkofsky, C/1B, 6-3/225, Oakhurst, NJ, Ocean Township
2006 Perfect Game National invitee... prototype catcher that is ranked a Top 100 Position Player (95) in the country by PG Crosschecker... earned second-team all-state honors last year... set several school records with 11 home runs, 33 runs scored and drawing 33 walks last season; batted .427 for the season with 11 doubles and 33 RBI... has belted 19 home runs in his career... regarded as one of the top players from the state of New Jersey... played for the South Florida Bandits in the fall of 2006.
James White, RHP, 6-0/190, Clendenin, WV, Herbert Hoover HS
Hard-throwing right-handed pitcher at Herbert Hoover HS in West Virginia... has a career record of 18-2 at Herbert Hoover HS with an ERA of 1.23... last season, was a perfect 9-0 with a 2.73 ERA, striking out 55 in 51-1/3 innings of work... has thrown two no-hitters in his high school career, logging 134 strikeouts in 177 innings of work... also a three-year letterwinner in football and plays basketball... ranked No. 1 in his class academically... played for the Atlanta Braves Scout club team last fall.
Shawn Zarraga, C, 6-2/210, Boynton Beach, FL, Trinity Christian
2006 Perfect Game National invitee... headlines the recruiting class as one of the top catchers in the nation by combining excellent catch and throw abilities, speed, hitting ability, and power... prototype catcher ranked as the seventh-best catcher in the nation by PG Crosschecker and as a Top 150 player overall (118) by PG Crosschecker and Baseball America... last season at Trinity Christian, where he also plays third base, he batted .714 (no one else in the county hit close to .600) with three home runs to earn all-county and all-state honors... also had 30 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 23 games... was the Class 3a, 2a, 1a Player of the Year for Palm Beach County... earned first-team all-state honors even as a freshman when he batted .569... also is a goalkeeper for Trinity Christian’s soccer team, recording 13 shutouts as a junior... played for the South Florida Bandits this past fall.
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