Herkimer Baseball Inks Eleven to Letters of Intent
Herkimer has started preparations for the 2018 spring season but that doesn’t stop the Generals from adding to their program for next year. Herkimer baseball recently signed eleven 2018 graduates to NJCAA National Letters of Intent recently.Herkimer will lose five pitchers as well as some infielders next year. This recruiting class has helped fill some of those areas.
On the mound Herkimer has committed RHP Jacob Casey from Peru High School, LHP Rick Neuser from East Syracuse Minoa, and LHP Doug Rando from Whitesboro. “Jacob is somebody we are very excited about. He checks the boxes in many ways of what we like in a pitcher. Rich and Doug both have good experience on the mound and their craft and is what you look for in a lefty,” stated Head Coach Jason Rathbun.
Infielders Trevor Porter form Johnstown and Zach Nell from VVS high school will add depth to the infield. While two way players such as SS/RHP Jacob Schuler from Fairport, 1B/LHP Marco Fratarcangeli from Arlington, and RHP/SS Tyler McDonnell from Yorktown are looking to help on the mound and in the infield. “Tyler and Jacob both hold mid 80’s fastballs but both also have strong ability to swing the bat and play in the infield. Trevor and Zach are both physically gifted athletes. Marco is intriguing lefty on the mound with the ability to play the field as well,” added Coach Rathbun.
Australian catcher Nick Gates, OF Daniel Howell Jr from Middletown and OF/1B Frank Wayman from Horseheads round out the early commits. “Frank is honestly a big piece of our class with the ability to hit in the middle of the lineup. Daniel was a D1 recruit before and injury his junior year limited his chance to get on the field. Nick is a physically gifted catcher we are excited to work with,” added Coach Rathbun.
This class with the returning freshman players has the Generals excited about now and the future of the program. “I have to thank the efforts of Coach Potter and his work in helping bring in this talented group. We will continue to add pieces to help us but this is a great start for next year,” Rathbun concluded with.