Youngstown State head baseball coach Rich Pasquale is excited that Logan Brown, Lance Horner, Wynston McMartin and Daniel Sweet have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend YSU and play baseball starting in the 2012-13 academic year.
Horner and McMartin are right-handed pitchers from Ohio, and Brown is a Pittsburgh-area native who can pitch or play in the outfield. Sweet is a switch-hitting outfielder from the Jackson, Miss., area.
"I'm very pleased with what coach Eddie Marko has done as the recruiting coordinator," Pasquale said. "We needed right-handed pitchers, and we got two quality arms with Lance and Wynston. We added some power at the right side of the plate with Lance, and David will also add some power to the outfield as a switch hitter."
Brown, a 5-foot-11 native of Leechburg, Pa., hit .386 with two homers, 15 RBIs and 23 runs scored last year in leading Kiski Area High to its first section title since 2002. He was also a WPIAL AAAA first-team all-section pick as well as a First-Team All-Valley News Dispatch selection. As a pitcher for Delweld in the Johnstown AAABA League, he was 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA as a pitcher. Delweld took fifth in the AAABA national tournament.
"Logan has a very good, heavy fastball that can touch the low 90s to go along with an above-average slider," Pasquale said. "He's also a very good defensive outfielder with a plus arm. With us having a number of left-handed hitters, Logan will also add more power from the right side of the plate. I see using Logan in very serious ways, playing the outfield, closing games and hitting in the middle of the line-up. He's been ready to be a Penguin for some time, and he was the first to give us a verbal commitment in the summer."
Horner, a 6-foot righty from Rittman, Ohio, was 7-0 with a 1.35 ERA last season. An Honorable Mention All-Ohio selection, he struck out 100 batters and walked 28 while allowing 38 hits in 57 innings. He is the first Rittman High student-athlete in 21 years to sign with Division I program.
"Lance is a strike thrower who has had a great high school career thus far," Pasquale said. "He's a competitor who had 100 strikeouts last year. He locates well with a clean delivery, and he's a very hard worker."
McMartin is a 6-foot right-hander who pitched at New Albany High near Columbus, Ohio. As a junior, McMartin struck out 47 batters and walked 10 in 46 innings. He had five wins and a 1.27 ERA en route to earning first-team all-district and all-league accolades. He threw a no-hitter against Delaware Hayes at the end of his sophomore year and led New Albany's post-season charge.
"Wynston plays for a good high school team, and he played for one of the best summer programs in the state at Ohio Elite," Pasquale said. "He has a very good and heavy fastball that reaches the upper 80s. He's got good control and possesses the ability to throw three pitches for strikes. He's also a big-time competitor on the mound."
Sweet is a 6-foot-1 switch-hitting outfielder who plays at Northwest Rankin High in Flowood, Miss. He earned his first varsity letter in eighth grade, and he has posted a .322 batting average, .467 on-base percentage and .454 slugging percentage to go along with 64 RBIs and 38 steals in his career. He earned Best Offensive Player accolades while leading his squad to a runner-up finish at the Mississippi 2A State Championship in 2009. He was an all-district honoree in 2011 and was a member of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Scholar-Athlete team.
"Daniel is a switch-hitting, lead-off type hitter with power from both sides of the plate," Pasquale said. "He is a very good defensive outfielder and a tremendous athlete. He's a player who wants to win and get better in all aspects of his game. He played for the East Coast Grays, the same program as current Penguins Blake Aquadro and Padraic Williams."