OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami Baseball has signed four players to
national letters-of-intent on the opening day of the early signing period, head
coach Dan Simonds announced today. Spencer Dull (Indianapolis, Ind.), Stephen
Sada (Saegertown, Pa.), Jacob Banks (Cincinnati) and Christian Bokich
(Hindsdale, Ill.) will play for the RedHawks beginning in 2014.
"The depth and strength of last year's recruiting
enabled us to address specific needs for our 2013 class," Simonds said.
"Although this class is small, we expect each one of these recruits to
have an immediate impact on our success. Recruiting coordinator Jeremy
Ison did a tremendous job in identifying top-level talent throughout the
Midwest. I am very excited about the future contributions of this class."
Dull, a catcher, is a three-year letterwinner at Hamilton
Heights High School, twice earning all-conference honors (first team in 2011,
second team in 2012). He was a 2012 Team One Baseball Factory Preseason
All-America selection and was the top catcher at the 2011 Midwest Showcase.
Dull batted .397 with two home runs and 19 RBIs as a sophomore and .333 with a
home run and 16 runs batted in as a junior. He earned four letters in football
and was a three-time all-conference selection, including first team this
fall. He is ranked 28th in the state of Indiana by Prep Baseball Report.
"We identified Spencer early on as our No. 1 catching
prospect," Simonds commented. "He is a tremendous athlete who can
also play the infield. He drives the ball equally well from both sides of the
plate and is a proven run-producer. He is a strong leader with an exceptional
academic track record. We are looking forward to working with him in all areas of
Infielder Stephen Sada was the Meadville Tribune Player of
the Year as both a sophomore and a junior, earning first-team all-region honors
at shortstop at the same time. He was the 2011 Breakout Spring Athlete of the
Year as chosen by the GoErie.com Blog and was the 2012 American Legion District
10 Player of the Year last summer. Ranked 17th in Pennsylvania by Prep Baseball Report, Sada earned all-tournament honors for the
American Legion Region 8 tournament in 2011 and for the Perfect Game WWBA event
in 2012. He was also on the honor roll throughout high school.
"Stephen is a prototypical leadoff hitter with the
ability to get on base and change the complexion of the game," Simonds said.
"His speed (6.5 for a 60-yd dash and 3.9 home to 1st) will put a lot of
pressure on opposing defenses. Defensively, he has above average range with a
plus arm. He is hard-nosed and loves to play. Above all else Stephen is a
Banks is a three-time letterwinner at Cincinnati Hills
Christian Academy, where he pitched and played shortstop. On the mound, he
sported a 7-0 record and 0.81 ERA, allowing just five earned runs in 43
innings. He had 67 strikeouts and registered four shutouts, drawing a ranking of 25th in the state by Prep Baseball Report. As a batter, he
hit .373 and scored 20 runs in 51 at-bats. He was the Miami Valley Conference
Player of the Year and a Division III first-team all-state selection last year.
The Eagles are three-time defending MVC Champions.
"We were very fortunate that Jacob had a strong
interest in Miami as an academic institution prior to his emergence as a
prospect," Simonds noted. "We saw him on several different occasions
and he improved with each performance. We feel he is only scratching the
surface of his potential. He has a very deceptive delivery and features an
86-88 mph fastball. He has put together some impressive numbers and could fill
various roles on our staff."
Bokich is attending Hinsdale Central High School this season
after playing at Hinsdale Adventist Academy the last two years. The
right-hander is ranked by Perfect Game as the 11th-best pitcher in
Illinois and 160th-best in the country and was listed by Prep Baseball Report as 39th-best player in Illinois. He earned all-tournament honors last
summer at the Perfect Game Kernals Foundation in Iowa and at the Perfect Game World
Series in Arizona, playing with the Indiana Prospects and Reds Midwest Scout
"Christian is one of the toughest competitors that we
evaluated last summer," Simonds said. "He not only has quality stuff
but competes each pitch. He possesses a power arm (88-90 mph fastball) with two
quality pitches in his curve ball and change-up. He has had success
against top competition and has a chance to get quality innings
Miami Baseball begins the 2013 season Feb. 15 with the first
of two straight tournaments in Greenville, S.C. The RedHawks face Michigan
State on opening day.