Five top high school and two junior college players have signed to play with the JU baseball team starting in the fall of 2013.
“We are very pleased with this group, and feel that they should make an immediate impact once they step on campus,” said head coach Terry Alexander. “Recruiting is a team effort and recruiting coordinator Talmadge Nunarri and associate head coach Tim Montez did a great job in assembling this very talented class. I would like to thank everyone from our academic support personnel to everyone in our admissions office that helped bring this class together.”
Angelo Amendolare: Middle Infielder, 5-8, 170, Seminole State College. Hometown: New Smyrna Beach, Fla. New Smyrna Beach High School 2011 graduate. 2012 Breakdown: In 38 games for Seminole State, collected 38 hits, scored 20 runs, stole 16 bases and finished with a .288 batting average. Defensively, Amendolare solidified the middle of the infield by turning 21 double plays with a .930 Fielding Percentage in 2012. EVALUATION: Angelo brings high energy, versatility, and experience to the infield. His arm strength is solid; hands and footwork are soft/fluid and can provide defensive depth at all three infield positions. Offensively, Angelo is a contact type hitter who will have productive at bats and serve more of a table setter for middle of the order. His foot speed will put pressure on defenses when hitting and serve as a base stealer/ run producer when on the base paths.
Justin Lawrence: Corner Infielder / RHP, 6-3, 200, First Coast High School. Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla. 2012 Breakdown: Named All-First Coast second team Infielder by area coaches. In 22 games, Justin collected 24 hits, 15 runs batted in, on base percentage of .493, with a .393 batting average. A dual threat on the mound, Justin pitched 31.2 Innings, 35 strikeouts with a 1.77 earned run average. EVALUATION: Justin has a tall, athletic frame with skills as a two -way player that provides depth to the corner infield position and on the pitching staff. Offensively, Justin has an athletic and balanced set-up, good bat speed, gap-gap type hitter. His intangibles of athleticism, excellent body language and presence along with being an outstanding student make him a valuable asset.
Jordan Mullis: Middle Infielder, 6-3, 175, Baldwin High School. Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla. 2012 Breakdown: Named All-First Coast third team Infielder by area coaches and was one of the top hitters in the state. In 25 games, Jordan amassed 39 hits, eight doubles, and 14 runs batted in and 14 walks. His slugging percentage of 1.260, and a .527 batting average. EVALUATION: Tall, athletic build with broad shoulders. Jordan possesses soft hands, good range, fluid footwork in the field with strong accurate throwing arm, can play all three-infield positions above average. Offensively, Jordan’s shows consistent contact with level swing that produces line drives but shows gap-gap power should develop into a middle of the lineup type hitter.
Khalil Searcy: Middle& Corner Infielder, 6-1, 190, Eagles View High School. Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla. 2012 Breakdown: Named USA Pre-Season All America and All Regional by Perfect Game. In 22 games Khalil compiled 11 stolen bases, 11 walks and 11 hits. EVALUATION: Solid, athletic build, arm action is loose with strong, accurate throwing arm that will play on the left side of the diamond. Footwork is fluid with athletic fielding position, sure hands with quick exchange. Offensively, Kahlil is gap-gap type hitter with opposite field power. Good athletic balance at the plate and a swing that stays through the zone a long time. As Khalil adds strength and develops, he will become an impact middle of the lineup type player.
Dan Jansen: Primary Catcher, 6-2, 200, West Appleton High School. Hometown Appleton, Wisc. 2012 Breakdown: First Team Wisconsin All-State Player and three -time All-Conference player who led the league in batting. Had a .535 average, four home runs, .668 on base percentage and a .934 slugging percentage. EVALUATION: Athletic build, with consistent POP times between 1.9-2.00. Arm is strong and quick combined with soft receiving hands and quick agile feet behind the plate. Offensively, Dan’s setup starts open with smooth load to get to center balance at point of contact. Strong lower half, quick bat speed with ability to drive balls in gap. Projectable middle of line up type hitter that should add power numbers as he develops.
Nathan Disch: Right Handed Pitcher, 6-1, 180, West Appleton High School. Hometown: Appleton, Wisc. 2012 Breakdown: Named USA Pre-Season All -America & All -Regional by Perfect Game and First Team Wisconsin All-Conference. EVALUATION: Strike thrower, whose fastball sits between 86-89 mph with plus two-seam movement, Features slider and change-up that Nathan can throw for strikes in all situations. Should be a factor as a freshman out of the bullpen or as a mid-week starter.
Ray Moody: Right Handed Pitcher, 6-3 220, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. Hometown: Greenville Ala. Greenville High School 2011 Graduation. 2012 Breakdown: 47 Innings Pitched, 43 Strikeouts to only 17 walks with a 3.64 earned run average. EVALUATION: Tall, solid, athletic frame with thick lower half. Fastball was consistently 88-91 at times touching 92 & 93. Moody is a power arm with arm-side run and heavy action that throws strikes. His off-speed feature curveball 70-72, changeup 79-80, and best off speed pitch being a split finger. Arm action is easy, excellent athleticism and mound presence. Expected to solidify starting rotation and with continued development Ray’s best years are ahead of him. Ray is a also a scholar athlete in the classroom.