BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell third year head coach Justin Haire has announced the Camels' 13-man early signing class for 2016-17.
The class includes five pitchers, four utility players, three infielders and a catcher, hailing from eight different states, led by three from North Carolina. The group is the third straight nationally ranked high school recruiting class by Perfect Game (Top 100). Three players from last year's signing class were drafted into the MLB first year player draft.
Tyler Anshaw | INF | 6-2 | 190 | Port St. Lucie, Fla. | Florence-Darlington Technical College
Anshaw will come to Campbell from Florence-Darlington Technical College, where he was named MVP after hitting .328 with 36 RBI and 45 runs scored. The infielder also posted a pair of home runs with 20 doubles and a triple. The Port St. Lucie, Fla. native led Port St. Lucie High School to a pair of regional appearances in four seasons, earning a batting crown and first team all-district honors as a sophomore. Anshaw also lettered in golf.
Haire: "Tyler is an athletic, left-handed infielder that is going to bring a wealth of experience to our program, as well as plenty of versatility with his ability to play all three infield positions."
Ty Babin | C | 6-0 | 190 | Holly Springs, N.C. | Holly Springs HS
Ranked as the No. 10 catcher in North Carolina (92nd overall) by Prep Baseball Report, Babin will come to Campbell from nearby Holly Springs, N.C. The catcher batted .429 during his junior season, and carries a .367 career average for Holly Spring High, knocking in 40 runs and catching 21 would be base stealers. Babin also helped win the 2014 A South Baseball Conference Championship, as well as the 2014 Central Jersey Group IV Region and the 2014 Central Jersey Group IV State Championship. Babin also lettered in football as a freshman, and carries a 3.9 GPA. The left-handed bat also played for the Evoshield Canes.
Haire: "Ty comes to us from one of the best high school programs in the state, and one of the best travel ball organizations in the country, the EvoShield Canes. He will excel as a receiver and blocker behind the plate, and his left-handed bat will have an opportunity to get him into the lineup early in his career."
Garrett Boldt | UTIL | 5-10 | 175 | Olean, N.Y. | Olean HS
Ranked as the No. 3 outfielder in New York (13th overall) by Prep Baseball Report, Boldt batted .425 last season with an unblemished ERA, stealing 52-of-53 bases combined over the last two years. The 5-foot-10 utility player was a Big 30 All-Star, Second Team All-Western New York, team MVP twice (2014-15), a two-time CCAA All-Star (2014-15), as well as an all-state performer (as a sophomore) for the 2014 New York State champs. Boldt picked up the team scholar athlete award in 2015, and has led Olean High to CCAA Championships twice (2014, 2016). He also lettered in basketball, wrestling and football, earning team MVP honors twice in football, as well as Big 30 Player of the Year in 2016. Also a team captain in football, Boldt is just the second player since 1955 to win the George Burlingame MVP award twice. Boldt also played for the Academy Stars during the summer.
Haire: "Garrett is one of the top players in the state of New York, both on the diamond, and on the gridiron. His athletic ability and toughness will serve him well in our program, and will profile as a prototypical leadoff man from the left side of the plate."
Crew Cohoes | SS | 6-2 | 165 | Alpharetta, Ga. | Cambridge HS
Cohoes was selected as one of Georgia's Top-100 players in 2015, owns multiple Perfect Game All-Tournament accolades, and is ranked as one of the nation's top-1000 players by Perfect Game. The 6-foot-2 shortstop lettered at Cambridge High School, also playing basketball and golf. Cohoes, an Alpharetta, Ga. native, also played for Premier Baseball of Georgia during the summer.
Haire: "Crew is just starting to scratch the surface of the player that he is going to become. He continues to grow and fill out, and we believe that his best days will be here at Campbell. He is advanced in the field, and as he continues to get stronger he has a chance to be a very dynamic offensive player."
DJ Gatz | 2B | 5-9 | 170 | Mount Sinai, N.Y. | Mount Sinai HS
Ranked as the No. 9 shortstop in New York (50th overall) by Prep Baseball Report, Gatz led Mount Sinai High School to a county championship in 2016, taking the 2015-16 all-league award. The second baseman batted .329 with 14 RBI and a .424 on-base percentage as a junior. A Mount Sinai, N.Y. native, Gatz also played for the East Coast Lumberjacks, coached by Ryan Pembroke.
Haire: "DJ comes to us from one of the up and coming programs in the Northeast, the East Coast Lumberjacks. DJ's toughness and versatility in the infield will be very beneficial to our program. He brings another left-handed bat to the lineup and exceptional hands in the infield."
Justyn Eichbaum | OF/RHP | 5-10 | 185 | Tipp City, Ohio | Tippecanoe HS
Ranked as the No. 3 outfielder in Ohio (29th overall) by Prep Baseball Report, Eichbaum was a first team all-area performer and earned his third first team all-conference accolade as a junior at Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City, Ohio, leading the Red Devils to two district championships. A Preseason Under Armour All-American and preseason first team all-state honoree, Eichbaum owns a career .320 average with 51 RBI, 14 extra-base hits and 20 stolen bases at the plate. On the mound, Eichbaum has pitched 31 innings with 37 strikeouts and a 4.08 ERA. He hit .356 as a junior, and plays for the Midland Redskins during the summer.
Haire: "Justyn comes to us from Tipp City, OH and the same high school as alumni Ryan Koopman. He will provide two-way ability in the outfield and on the mound. He has an advanced approach at the plate, and back-end type mindset on mound. Coming from one of the top summer programs in the country, the Midland Redskins, he will bring a high level of competitiveness to our program."
Brandon Jenkins | RHP | 6-1 | 205 | Glendora, Calif. | Sterling HS
Jenkins ranks as the No. 3 right-handed pitcher in New Jersey and No. 40 in the country by Prep Baseball Report, as well as the 365th best player overall on Perfect Game. Jenkins is a right-handed pitcher from Glendora, Calif., owning an 18-4 career record on the mound, including a 6-1 mark last season. The straight-A student tossed consecutive no hitters for Sterling, also suiting up for the NorthEast EvoShield Canes 17/18U.
Haire: "Brandon was one our first commitments in this class, and comes in as one of the most decorated as well. He is a driven, hard-working young man that will bring a strong will to win and develop to our program. He played with two other commitments this summer for Coach Frank Cooney as part of the EvoShield Canes program, and fits the role as STUDENT-athlete perfectly."
Jordan Montgomery | RHP/3B | 6-4 | 180 | Cary, N.C. | Green Hope HS
Ranked as one of the top 500 players overall by Perfect Game, Montgomery led Green Hope to a NCHSAA State Runner-up finish and a Eastern Region Championship as a junior. The right-handed pitcher and third baseman was named second team all-conference, also earning Bobby Murray Invitational All-Tournament honors. Montgomery carries a 1.35 ERA in 15 career games, also batting .358 with 14 RBI. Playing for the Dirtbags in summer action, Montgomery earned Perfect Game WWBA World Championship all-tournament marks four times, three times in Atlanta and once in Jupiter.
Haire: "Jordan is another example of signing young men from quality programs. Not only is Green Hope one of the best programs in the state, Jordan also played for Trey Daly and Andy Partin with the Dirtbags organization in the summers and fall. He will bring a toughness and will to win that is infectious, and a strong desire to develop as both a player and person."
Phil Simpson | LHP | 6-2 | 200 | Holly Springs, N.C. | Brunswick Community College
Simpson, finishing his second year at Brunswick Community College in the spring of 2017, helped the Dolphins to a Region X Championship and a NJCAA DII World Series appearance in 2016. The left-hander pitched 48 innings with a 2.06 ERA, adding 43 strikeouts and a 5-1 record.
Haire: "Phil will continue the line of BCC players that we have been fortunate to have from Robbie Allen's program. Originally from right up the road in Holly Springs, Phil will bring some balance to our pitching staff from the left-hand side, and provide us with depth on the starting pitching side of things. We expect him to compete for important innings right away."
Joey Skracic | RHP | 6-5 | 230 | Bakersfield, Calif. | San Joaquin Delta
Skracic will come to Campbell after his second season at San Joaquin Delta, where he was named 2016 academic all-state in 2016. The right-handed pitcher tossed 21 innings with a 2-2 record, a save and a 4.80 ERA. At the prep level, the righty led Stockade High School to two straight California State Final Four appearances.
Haire: "Joey comes from the same hometown as alumni Elijah Trail, as well as current players Cole Hallum and Allan Winans. We expect Joey to continue the long line of quality players that we have gotten from California, and be a leader on the staff and team. He plays for one of the best junior colleges on the West Coast, and spent last summer training with Kyle Boddy at Driveline Baseball in Seattle, Wash. He should be an impact arm for us right away."
Jamil Vanheyningen | RHP | 6-6 | 240 | Newark, N.J. | Seton Hall Prep
Ranked as the No. 10 right-handed pitcher in New Jersey (25th overall) by Prep Baseball Report, Jamil Vanheyningen comes to Campbell with his twin brother Jermaine. Vanheyningen was a 2016 state champion, also earning two county championships, as well as a conference title during his time at Seton Hall Prep. The 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher owns a career 5-1 record with 41.1 innings pitched, striking out 47 with 21 walks. He fashioned a 3-1 mark in 2016 with 26 punchouts in 21 frames. He also pitched for the EvoShield Canes Northeast.
Haire: "Jamil is another player coming to us from Coach Frank Cooney and the EvoShield Canes organization. He preps at one of the best high schools in the country, Seton Hall Prep, and will be counted on to be a contributor early in his career. His development will be key as his best days will be ahead of him, we are looking forward to getting him on campus."
Jermaine Vanheyningen | RHP | 6-6 | 235 | Newark, N.J. | Seton Hall Prep
Ranked as one of the top 500 players overall by Perfect Game and joining his twin brother Jamil, Jermaine Vanheyningen helped Seton Hall Prep to a state title, also participating in the Garden State Underclass Games. The 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher owns a career 2-0 record with 18 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings, including a 1-0 mark in 2016. He also pitched for the EvoShield Canes Northeast.
Haire: "Jermaine, along with his brother Jamil and fellow commit Jenkins, will be coming to us from the same summer team. He has a big strong frame, and has shown plus stuff on the mound at times. He will have a chance to pitch early in his career, and as he continues to develop and polish his game, should be an impact arm for us for the next few years."
Joe Zirolli | 1B/OF | 6-4 | 225 | Kennett Square, Pa. | Cecil College
Tabbed by Baseball America as one of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League Top Prospects, a Kennett Square, Pa. native, Zirolli will come to Campbell from Cecil College where he hit .356 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI as a freshman, earning all-conference, all-region and all-tournament recognition on the way to an All-America nomination. The first baseman and outfielder hit .383 with 12 home runs at Kennett High School, earning First Team All-Ches-Mont and third team all-state honors as a senior. Zirolli also took Second Team All-Ches-Mont accolades as a junior and an honorable mention nod as a freshman and sophomore. Zirolli was also awarded the Pat Smith Memorial Scholarship, given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding determination and has overcome academic/personal challenges during his/her time at Kennett High School. He also played for the South Jersey Giants.
Haire: "Joe comes to us from the same junior college as alumni Paul Eyster, and Coach Charlie O'Brien. He will be one of the more physically imposing young men that we have had, and will be counted on to be a middle of the order threat for the next couple of years. Joe has shown the ability to hit for both power and average, and we will look for that to continue here."
On the class overall:
Haire: "Our staff, once again, has done a tremendous job of assembling one of the best classes that we have ever had here. Last year we lost three signees to the first-year MLB amateur draft, and this class stacks up right with that one.
"We continue to recruit and sign a good combination of speed, power, and physicality that will allow us to compete at the highest levels. This class comes from eight different states, showing that we continue to be committed to travelling the entire country in search of the best players to fit into our program.
"Recruiting Coordinator, Chris Marx, has to be commended for organizing such a talented and diverse class, and we certainly couldn't do it without Coach Jeff Steele, Coach Mike DeLucia, and Director of Operations Tyler Robinson, along with all of our other support staff in academic services, strength and conditioning, and compliance."