BSB: App State Approaches Start of Fall Schedule With 11 Newcomers, Installation of New Turf

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September 18, 2019
BSB: App State Approaches Start of Fall Schedule With 11 Newcomers, Installation of New Turf

 

BOONE, N.C. — In advance of fall baseball workouts, Appalachian State is replacing the playing surface in Smith Stadium with a new AstroTurf field. 

After completion of a weeks-long project that began Monday, a strong group of returners will take the field with a deep, talented set of 11 newcomers who are part of the 2019-20 roster.
 
App State’s third recruiting class since the arrival of head coach Kermit Smith includes seven recent high school graduates from the state of North Carolina and four junior college products who played last season in Florida or Georgia.
 
Smith is entering his fourth year with recruiting coordinator Britt Johnson, pitching coach Justin Aspegren and hitting coach Erik Lunde together as part of the staff.
 
“We are very excited about this class,” Smith said. “Britt, Justin and Erik did a great job identifying guys that fit our mold. This class is made up of guys that come from great programs and great families.”

 
The group has four players who will be available to pitch, three players with catching backgrounds and six players who could occupy a spot as an infielder, including one utility player. The Mountaineers have brought in a deep, talented class even though, for the second straight year, one of their signees turned pro after being picked in the top 20 rounds of the MLB draft.

Of the 11 newcomers for the 2020 season, roughly half of them were able to enroll early in summer school at App State and begin to adjust academically, physically and socially to being in a Division I setting. The Mountaineers’ upcoming schedule includes a Scout Day on Oct. 18, a home fall game against Wofford on Oct. 26 and a visit to East Tennessee State on Nov. 2.
 
“With our freshmen, we always try to be really good about recruiting the state of North Carolina,” Johnson said. “We’re scouring the state from Manteo to Murphy and want to make sure we find the right guys that fit our program and our culture.
 
“For position players, we wanted to increase the number of left-handed hitters and help even that out. We’re excited about the potential of the freshman pitchers we brought in, and we have a lot of infielders who were shortstops before they arrived here. We think we’ve also helped our defense by adding three players who have experience behind the plate.”
 
“On the junior college side, we wanted to bring in some pitchers that have experience and power arms, and the two position players are talented guys who come from a program that’s had a lot of success.”
  
CLASS OF 2019 APPALACHIAN STATE BASEBALL NEWCOMERS
Luke Bumgarner (C, Lowell, N.C./North Gaston)
Andrew Greckel (UTIL, Acworth, Ga./Chattahoochee Valley Community College)
Noah Hall (RHP/INF, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)
Peyton Idol (INF, Advance, N.C./West Forsyth)
Jack Lipson (C, Macon, Ga./Chattahoochee Valley Community College)
Vasilios Kaloudis (INF, Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell)
Quinton Martinez (LHP, Orlando, Fla./St. Petersburg College)
Shane Roberts (RHP, Jupiter, Fla./Palm Beach State College)
Cy Smith (RHP, Lenoir, N.C./West Caldwell)
Patrick Trease (INF, Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs)
JD Yakubinis (C/INF, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)
 
Luke Bumgarner (C, Lowell, N.C./North Gaston)
Batted .413 with five home runs and 46 RBIs as a senior while helping lead North Gaston High School to the 3-A state quarterfinals … First-team all-area selection by the Gaston Gazette … Wildcats finished 2019 with a 22-6 record, giving the senior class 63 wins over its last three seasons … Also started on a 22-5 team as a junior … Had nine RBIs, four hits and one grand slam in a 20-4 win against Cherryville as a senior … Caught a no-hitter from North Gaston pitcher Zack Summerville in an 11-0 win against Forestview while also going 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs … Member of the 5 Star travel team and played for the Gaston Braves American Legion team.
 
Andrew Greckel (UTIL, Acworth, Ga./Chattahoochee Valley Community College)
Reached base at a .409 clip while batting .278 during the 2019 season for Chattahoochee Valley … Tallied 24 RBIs, 38 runs, 12 doubles, two home runs, a triple and nine stolen bases in 48 games … Started the 2019 season strong with a .438 batting average and four doubles during 11 games in February … Batted .389 with five RBIs and 16 runs scored in 24 contests in 2018 … Committed no errors in conference competition in 2018 … Helped lead Chattahoochee Valley to back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA Division I World Series … Played under head coaches Adam Thomas in 2018 and Hunter Vick in 2019 … Played high school baseball at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga., where he was honorable mention all-state as a senior infielder.
 
Noah Hall (RHP/INF, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)
Second-team All-American on the 2019 Collegiate Baseball High School All-American teams … Honorable mention for the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American team for the Atlantic Region as a senior as well as the Preseason Underclassmen All-American team earlier in his prep career … Helped lead Providence High School to a 25-4 record as a senior … SoMeck7 Conference Player of the Year was 9-1 on the mound with 103 strikeouts and a 1.66 ERA as a senior … Pitched one-hit ball through six innings and had a three-run home run in a 7-3 victory over Lake Norman in the 2019 playoffs … Batted .350 with 22 stolen bases as a junior in high school competition … High school teammate of fellow App State signee JD Yakubinis … Played travel baseball for the CBC Baseball Club … Made the all-tournament team at the 2017 WWBA 16U National Championship.
 
Peyton Idol (INF, Advance, N.C./West Forsyth)
Ranked as a top-35 player in North Carolina for the 2019 class, according to MaxPreps … Helped lead West Forsyth to an 18-9 record and the Central Piedmont 4-A tournament title as a senior … Played travel baseball for Dirtbags Baseball … Named as a high honorable mention choice to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American team … Also named as a high honorable mention pick to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason Underclassman All-American team in 2018 … Made the All-Tournament team with the Dirtbags at the 2017 WWBA 16U National Championship … Member of the Dirtbags team that won the 2018 WWBA 18U Memorial Day at Lakepoint tournament in May 2018 … Once won a mutton busting title at a rodeo in King, N.C.
 
Jack Lipson (C, Macon, Ga./Chattahoochee Valley Community College)
Batted .287 with 41 hits, seven doubles, two homers, 26 RBIs and 26 runs scored in 53 games at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in 2019 … Threw out 15 steal attempts in 2019 and 10 of 20 attempts in 2018 … Batted .348 with 25 RBIs, nine doubles, a triple, a home run and seven stolen bases in 51 games as a freshman at Chattahoochee Valley … Helped lead Chattahoochee Valley to back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA Division I World Series … Sported a .438 average with four doubles in just 10 games in May of 2019 … Played for head coach Adam Thomas … Played high school baseball at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Ga.
 
Vasilios Kaloudis (INF, Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell)
As a senior, batted .329 with a .507 on-base percentage for Ardrey Kell High School … Finished his senior season with 16 RBIs, 22 runs scored and 16 stolen bases … Helped lead Ardrey Kell High School to the 4-A state championship series as a junior … Played for coach Hal Bagwell at Ardrey Kell … Named to the All-Tournament team at the 2016 WWBA 15U National Championship … Earned a spot on the All-Tournament team at the 14U BCS Finals.
  
Quinton Martinez (LHP, Orlando, Fla./St. Petersburg College)
The 6-foot-4 lefty made 18 appearances with four starts as a sophomore at St. Petersburg College, registering a 3-1 record with a 4.20 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched … Exceled against conference opponents with two wins, 18 strikeouts and a 2.57 ERA in 21.0 innings pitched … Made the All-Star Game for the Florida Collegiate Summer League in 2019 thanks to a 2.90 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 31 innings … Participated in the Sophomore All-Star Game and Showcase for the Suncoast Conference … Played for head coach Ryan Beckman at St. Petersburg College … Helped lead Bishop Moore Catholic High School to the state semifinals and state championship game in 2016 and 2017, respectively … Played travel baseball with the Orlando Scorpions 2017 Black for head coach Tony Mehlich.
 
Shane Roberts (RHP, Jupiter, Fla./Palm Beach State College)
Started in all 12 of his 2019 appearances at Palm Beach State College, striking out 40 batters in 59.1 innings pitched … Allowed two earned runs or less in seven appearances, helping him finish the year with a 4.40 ERA … Held a 2.02 ERA and a 1.50 ERA in the months of February and March, respectively … Delivered five scoreless innings while allowing just three hits in a no-decision against Hillsborough Community College in February … Began his college career at the University of South Carolina … Earned 2017-18 First-Year SEC Honor Roll honors … Selected by the New York Yankees in the 28th round of the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft … Named Rawlings-Perfect Game honorable mention All-American and Florida All-Region second team at Dwyer High School … As a senior at Dwyer, went 9-1 with a 0.84 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 55.1 innings pitched.
 
Cy Smith (RHP, Lenoir, N.C./West Caldwell)
Delivered a 1.46 ERA on the mound as a senior with 41 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched … Batted .344 with five home runs, three doubles and 12 RBIs for West Caldwell as a junior … Registered a 1.31 ERA and struck out 42 batters in 26.2 innings during his junior season … Played high school baseball for head coach Jason Bumgarner … Named to the all-tournament team at five prestigious baseball tournaments: the 2018 WWBA 16U National Championship, the 2018 WWBA 17U National Championship, the 2017 WWBA 16U National Championship, the 2017 WWBA 17U National Championship and the 2015 13U Perfect Game World Series … Tabbed as high honorable mention to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American team in 2019 … Noted as high honorable mention to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason Underclassman All-American team in 2018 … Played travel baseball for the Carolina Rockies.
 
Patrick Trease (INF, Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs)
Batted .354 with four doubles, a triple, 19 RBIs and 10 stolen bases for Holly Springs High School as a senior, helping lead his team to a 21-7 record … Held a 4-2 record on the mound as senior with a 1.96 ERA and two saves … Hit .310 and held a 4-0 pitching record with a 2.30 ERA as a junior … Played high school baseball for head coach Rod Whitesell … Tabbed as high honorable mention to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American team in 2019 … Named as high honorable mention to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason Underclassman All-American team in 2018 … Played travel baseball for Rawlings Prospects 2017 under head coach Bill Manning … Trease’s uncle, Scott, played college baseball at Iona.
 
JD Yakubinis (C/INF, Charlotte, N.C./Providence)
Played alongside fellow 2019 signee Noah Hall at Providence High School for head coach Danny Hignight … Helped lead Providence High School to a 25-4 overall record and 12-0 mark in conference action as a senior … Member of the Carolina Bulldogs’ travel team that won the 2018 PGBA 17U WWBA Qualifier … Named to the All-Tournament team at the 2017 WWBA 16U National Championship … Noted as an honorable mention to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American team for the Atlantic Region as a senior.