OXFORD, Ohio – A few months on the job, Miami head baseball coach Danny Hayden announced his first signings on Wednesday.
Hayden inked three players, right-handed pitcher Gustin Graham (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy HS), outfielder/left-handed pitcher Nick Longo (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius HS) and right-handed pitcher Clay Shourd (Springfield, Ill./Springfield HS). That trio will be on Miami’s 2015 roster.
“We knew that this class would be small, but we feel we’ve added some really nice players with the limited amount of spots we had,” Hayden said. “While we continue to look for a few additions to this class, we are very excited about these three players. They have made our roster more talented. More importantly, they bring an energy, passion and love for baseball that our staff considers paramount.”
Biographical information on the newest RedHawks is listed below.
Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy HS
Prep: Clocked as high as 89 mph by PrepBaseballReport.com … helped prep team go 25-4 during junior season, including a pair of postseason victories … first Division-I signee in school history.
Coach Hayden on Graham: “Gustin has really jumped on the recruiting scene over the last few months. We look forward to his development continuing at the pace it has since the summer. If Gustin continues on the path he is right now, there is no doubt he can have a huge role for us next year. In addition to his talent, he brings toughness and a passion for baseball that we value in all of the players that we recruit.”
Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius HS
Prep: Helped team finish runner-up in the state during junior season, finishing the year 27-7.
Coach Hayden on Longo: “I am so excited to be adding Nick Longo to our roster. He has a chance to come in and impact our team right away. He is a tough, blue-collar player that can hurt teams with his speed, bat and defense. It will be fun to watch Nick develop into a great player in our conference over the next four years.”
Springfield, Ill./Springfield HS
Prep: Fastball clocked as high as 89 during the summer according to PrepBaseballReport.com … entered senior year with a 4.2 GPA … team posted a 20-16 record during his junior year, with him posting a 2.60 ERA.
Coach Hayden on Shourd: “After seeing Clay pitch a number of times, the thing that sticks out the most is his competitive nature. Like Gustin, Clay made a big jump this past summer and we look forward to him continuing on that path. He has a chance to make a big impact from day one.”