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Pitt Baseball Announces 2013 Recruiting Class




Nov. 29, 2012

Photo Gallery of 2013 Recruits

PITTSBURGH - Head Baseball Coach Joe Jordano announced on Thursday that ten student-athletes have signed Letters of Intent to continue their academic and baseball careers at the University of Pittsburgh. The signees are Mark Armstrong (Clarence Center, N.Y.), Jordan Frabasilio (Chandler, Ariz.), Matt Johnson (Plano, Texas), Sam Mersing (McKees Rocks, Pa.), Keaton Miller (Webster, Texas), Josh Mitchell (Ridgway, Pa.), Josh Morrison (Bristow, Va.), Manny Pazos (Miami, Fla.), Matt Pidich (Aberdeen, N.J.) and TJ Zeuch (Mason, Ohio).

"This is one of the best, if not the best, recruiting class we have had during my tenure at the University of Pittsburgh," said Jordano. "I believe the combination of a world-class education as well as our move into the ACC has allowed us the ability to attract a very high caliber player. I can assure you that these student-athletes will achieve great things on the field as well as being great representatives of our program and the University of Pittsburgh."

"In addition, we plan on announcing more members of this 2013 class that will have an equally significant impact on our program," Jordano continued. "Coach Lopaze, Coach Oakes and Coach Healey have done a great job not only identifying impact players, but in addition, players that are accomplished students & quality individuals."

The 2013 University of Pittsburgh Recruiting Class:


 

 

Name

Position

Ht. / Wt.

City, State

High School

Mark Armstrong

RHP

6'3"/200

Clarence Center, N.Y

Clarence

Jordan Frabasilio

3B

6'2"/185

Chandler, Ariz.

South Mountain CC (Ariz.)

Matt Johnson

MIF

5'10"/175

Plano, Texas

Paris JC (Texas)

Sam Mersing

RHP

6'2"/200

McKees Rocks, Pa.

Montour

Keaton Miller

MIF

5'11"/185

Webster, Texas

Hill College (Texas)

Josh Mitchell

LHP

6'1"/210

Ridgway, Pa.

Ridgway

Josh Morrison

OF

6'3"/185

Bristow, Va.

Patriot

Manny Pazos

C

6'0"/185

Miami, Fla.

Pace

Matt Pidich

RHP

6'3"/210

Aberdenn, N.J.

Christian Brothers Academy

TJ Zeuch

RHP

6'7"/225

Mason, Ohio

Mason

Below is a more detailed look at the University of Pittsburgh's 2013 Recruiting Class

Mark Armstrong
RHP
Clarence Center, N.Y./Clarence
Armstrong is a right-handed pitcher from Clarence Center, New York.  He is rated as the #144th best 2013 prospect in the country by PerfectGame.org and rated the 4th best prospect in the state of New York.  In the spring, Mark plays for Dave Smith at Clarence High School in Clarence Center, New York, and in the summer he plays for Dickie Woodrige with the Syracuse Sports Zone.  Mark is a three-year letterman in both baseball and football and has posted a 13-1 overall record with a 0.46 ERA and a .086 opponent batting average.  He received All Western New York and All New York State First Team honors as a junior where he had 87 strikeouts in 45 innings.  He also threw a no hitter in his first game in 2012.  Mark was chosen to participate on the 2012 NY Yankees Area Code Team which represented the northeast region in Long Beach, CA.  The Area Code teams represented eight regions across the US and featured the top 232 high school baseball players across the country.  Mark was also selected to compete in the East Coast Pro Showcase Team for the Philadelphia Phillies held in Syracuse, New York, with other top players from the northeast as well as the Red Sox/Yankees Summer Rivalry Classic held at Yankee Stadium at the end of this past summer.

Jordano on Armstrong: "Mark is one of the best players in the country and we are thrilled that he has made the decision to attend the University of Pittsburgh.  He's a very athletic and tough right-handed pitcher with great stuff.  He throws in the low 90's and can command his off-speed pitches for strikes.  He also plays quarterback for his high school team and is a defenseman in hockey so his aptitude is off the charts.  He's a quality young man and comes from an outstanding family.  We look forward to his career in Navy and Vegas."

Armstrong on the decision to become a Panther: "I chose the University of Pittsburgh to continue my academic and athletic career's because of the great excellence and pride that the University offers.  Pitt offers a great learning experience for all types of students and not many colleges can give you an education like the University of Pittsburgh.   Also, I wish to continue my career on the ball field at Pittsburgh due to the great coaching staff they have.  They have brought much success to the University and the program and are the top of the line coaches.  They sincerely care about their players and they will also get the most out of their players.  I hope and believe that I can help the team become more competitive than they already are.  I am very glad and proud to call myself a future Panther."

Jordan Frabrasilio
3B
Chandler, Ariz./South Mountain C.C.
Frabrasilio is a right-handed hitting third baseman from Chandler, Arizona.  He plays for Todd Eastin at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz.  Jordan was a National Honor Society member at Hamilton High School where he was part of a 5A1 State Runner-Up in 2011.  During Hamilton's run to the title game, Frabasilio hit seven home runs and was awarded the Most Improved Player Award as well as being named Fiesta All Region Honorable Mention and an ACBA All-Star Alternate.  Jordan hit seven doubles, hit four triples, had one home run with 29 RBI at South Mountain as a freshman and hit .450 in the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League this past summer.

Jordano on Frabasilio: "Jordan is a dynamic player with tremendous athletic ability.  He has very smooth hands in the field with great range and a solid arm.  He has a great presence in the box with plus bat speed.  He has the capabilities to not only be an everyday player, but be one of the elite players in this region.  Jordan will be a key component to our program as we transition to the ACC."

Frabasilio on the decision to become a Panther: "I chose Pitt because it became clear to me that this was an opportunity that I could not pass up.  The facility, coaches and a chance to play in the ACC are all huge factors.  Academically, is doesn't get much better than Pitt."

Matt Johnson
MIF
Plano, Texas/Paris J.C.
Johnson is a right-handed hitting shortstop from Plano, Texas.  He plays for Deron Clark at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas.  Matt was a three-year letterman in both baseball and football at Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas, where he was named All-District in both sports.  Matt was named the Fall World Series MVP at Paris Junior College and was also named to the Texas/New Mexico JC All-Star Game this past fall.  He was also on the president's list as a freshman at PJC with a 4.0 GPA.       

Jordano on Johnson:  "Matt epitomizes what we look for in potential student athletes.  He's an outstanding student who also excels on the field.  He has great hands and makes the routine plays and also makes the tough plays look easy.  Matt is a hard-nosed kid that plays the game the right way with a hard focus on doing whatever it takes to win. He will fill an immediate need in our middle-infield next year and is a great addition to our program at the University of Pittsburgh."

Johnson on the decision to become a Panther: "Right when I stepped on campus, I could tell Pitt was a great fit; everything from the city itself to the facilities made my decision that much easier. The coaches and players were exceptional and made me feel right at home. Pitt offers a great opportunity to get a top notch education while having the chance to compete at one of the highest levels in college baseball in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I can't wait to be part of this program. Hail to Pitt!"

Sam Mersing
RHP
McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour
Mersing is a right-handed pitcher from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.  He is rated the 19th best prospect according to PrepBaseballReport.com Pennsylvania and ranked in the Top 1000 in the country by PerfectGame.org.  In the spring, Sam plays for Glenn Vietmeier at Montour High School in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, and in the fall he plays for Fred Albert with the Allegheny Pirates.  Sam is a three-year letterman at Montour going 13-3 with a 1.43 career ERA.  He was a three-time All-Section pitcher and a two-time WPIAL Pitcher of the Year nominee.  He also threw a perfect game his sophomore year at Montour. 

Jordano on Mersing:  "Sam is the proto-typical student athlete that we look for.  He's a straight A student in the classroom and he's a winner on the ball field.  He's a solid three-pitch mix guy with a fastball in the upper 80's, a plus change and a solid breaking ball and he's not afraid to throw any pitch in any count no matter the situation.  He's a very polished young man from a great family and we're excited to see Sam on campus next fall."

Mersing on the decision to become a Panther: "The University of Pittsburgh has given me the opportunity to represent my city, playing the game I love.  I'm very lucky to be a part of a winning program that's going to make a name for itself in the ACC.  I'm ready and willing to put in the work that will get us to the top."

Keaton Miller
MIF
Webster, Texas/Hill College
Miller is a right-handed hitting shortstop from Webster, Texas.  He plays for Chris Rateike at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas.  Keaton was selected to the Sophomore Texas Team his sophomore year in high school and went onto receive a First-Team All-District nod his junior year in high school.  During his senior year in high school he was selected to the Houston 5A Baseball All Star Game.  During his freshman year at Hill College he hit .280 with 16 RBI, scoring 25 runs, four doubles, one home run with nine stolen bases.  Defensively, Keaton fielded .962 and led the team in assists with 155.  He assisted in taking Hill College to the regional round of the Texas JC playoffs in 2012.

Jordano on Miller:  "Keaton is a hard-nosed ball player who has the ability to make an immediate impact in our middle infield.  He comes from a very tough Junior College program that has a track record of producing talented, tough and smart baseball players who are even better people.  We are thrilled that Keaton has made the decision to become a part of our baseball program and university."

Miller on the decision to become a Panther: "I chose the University of Pittsburgh because it was a great opportunity for me to not only extend my baseball career, but to better myself by furthering my education at a prestigious university."   

Josh Mitchell
LHP
Ridgway, Pa./Ridgway
Mitchell is a left-handed pitcher from Ridgway, Pennsylvania.  In the spring Josh plays for Mark Morelli at Ridgway High School in Ridgway and in the fall he plays for Fred Albert with the Allegheny Pirates.  Josh was selected to the First Team All-District in both his sophomore and junior years at Ridgway and to the American Legion Region 8 All-Tournament Team in 2012.  He was also ranked as the number one pitcher by the Tri-County Sunday in 2012 with an ERA of 1.98 recording 100 strikeouts.  Josh also handled the bat well batting .530 with six home runs and 50 RBI.  For his efforts he was also named to the First Team All-District as an outfielder along with his First Team pitching nod. 

Jordano on Mitchell: "Josh is a very tough left-handed pitcher who can also swing the bat.  He's one of the best left-handed pitchers in the state of Pennsylvania; his fastball ranges from 86-88 mph with good movement and he can throw his breaking ball to both sides of the plate and has a good change-up that he can go to on a consistent basis.  He competes on the mound and wants to win as much as anybody.  We welcome Josh and his family into our baseball family at the University of Pittsburgh."

Mitchell on the decision to become a Panther: "I chose Pitt because they have a great coaching staff that will take care of their players and they have the same passion for winning that I do.  Pitt joining the ACC next year and the quality education were other reasons why I chose Pitt."

Josh Morrison
OF
Bristow, Va./Patriot
Morrison is a left-handed hitting outfielder from Bristow, Virginia.  He is rated as the 500th best 2013 prospect in the country PerfectGame.org and the 15th best prospect in the state of Virginia.  In the spring Josh plays for Sammy Serrano at Patriot High School in Nokesville, Virginia, and in the summer and fall he plays for Mike Chroniger with the Mid-Atlantic Rookies.  Josh was named a Northern Virginia All Area First Team and a member of the Virginia Commonwealth Games playing for Mike Covington and the North Team in 2011.  Josh was named a High Honorable Mention Perfect Game All American and played for the Commonwealth of Virginia Team in the South Atlantic Border Battle in 2012.  Josh was recently named a 2013 Under Armour Pre-Season All American.

Jordano on Morrison:  "Josh is an extremely talented young man who we are very excited about.  He's got some great tools; he defends well, runs well, throws well, hits well and has shown flashes of good power.  He's a solid teammate who puts his team before himself and those are the types of players that we want in this program.  Josh comes from an outstanding family and is a great overall fit for our program and the University of Pittsburgh."

Morrison on the decision to become a Panther: "It is the perfect fit when considering everything, such as being one of the top rated academic institutions in the country, great coaching staff, top notch facilities and a very competitive team that will only get better. Being a part of Pitt's first recruiting class that will compete in the ACC is also very exciting."

Manny Pazos
C
Miami, Fla./Pace
Pazos is a right-handed hitting catcher/third baseman from Miami, Florida.  He is rated as the 500th best 2013 prospect in the country PerfectGame.org and the 87th best prospect in the state of Florida.  In the spring Manny plays for Tom Duffin at Monsignor Pace High School in Miami, Florida, and during the summer Manny plays for the Miami Suns.  Pazos also participates in Selective Recruiting program operated by Laz Llanes.

Jordano on Pazos: "I am very excited to have Manny become a part of our program.  He is a dynamic player with a great skill set.  He is versatile as well.  He is an accomplished catcher but is capable of playing other positions as well. I believe he will be an impact player for us very early in his career."

Pazos on the decision to become a Panther: "The University of Pittsburgh is one of the best Universities in the country. To be a part of the Pitt family is one of the best things to happen to me." 

Matt Pidich
RHP
Aberdeen, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy
Pidich is a right-handed pitcher from Aberdeen, New Jersey.  He is rated as the 500th best 2013 prospect in the country by PerfectGame.org and the 15th best prospect in the state of New Jersey.  In the spring, Matt plays for Marty Kenny at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey, and in the summer he plays for the New Jersey 9ers.  A three-year varsity letter winner at CBA, Matt was recognized as a member of the 2012 ESPNHS Pre-Season All-State Team in New Jersey.  This past summer Matt was selected to Perfect Game's WWBA 17U All-Tournament Team as well as Perfect Game's 2012 Underclassmen Honorable Mention Team.  Matt was chosen to participate on the 2012 NY Yankees Area Code Team which represented the northeast region in Long Beach, Calif.  The Area Code teams represented eight regions across the US and featured the top 232 high school baseball players across the country.  Matt was also selected to compete in the East Coast Pro Showcase Team for the Philadelphia Phillies held in Syracuse, New York, with other top players from the northeast. 

Jordano on Pidich:  "Matt is one of the most polished pitchers that we have ever recruited at the University of Pittsburgh; he's a great student and a great player.  He throws three solid pitches consistently for strikes and he's the kind of kid who wants the ball in his hands against the best teams.  He has the ability to make an immediate impact in our program and we can't wait for Matt to get on campus next year!"

Pidich on the decision to become a Panther: "I chose to attend the University of Pittsburgh because of the University's prestigious academic reputation and because I wanted to play college baseball in an elite program with a coaching staff to further develop my full potential, both on and off the field."

TJ Zeuch
RHP
Mason, Ohio/Mason
Zeuch is a right-handed pitcher from Mason, Ohio.  He is rated as the 500th best 2013 prospect in the country by PerfectGame.org and the 7th best prospect in the state of Ohio.  TJ is also rated the 7th best prospect in the state of Ohio according to PrepBaseballReport.com.  In the spring, TJ pitches for Ken Gray at Mason High School and during the summer he plays for Brian Phelps with the Cincy Flames.  TJ was a two-time All-District selection and threw one no-hitter and three one-hitters last season at Mason. 

Jordano on Zeuch:  "TJ is an extremely talented young man with a very bright future and we're ecstatic that future will begin at the University of Pittsburgh.  Standing at 6'7", he's a very imposing figure on mound and he's been clocked at 88-92 mph with a hard breaking ball.  He has a very high ceiling and on top of everything, TJ is a great competitor who flat out wants to beat his opponent.  He is the kind of kid we want in this program as we transition to the ACC."

Zeuch on the decision to become a Panther: "The University of Pittsburgh is a great academic school with top flight facilities and coaching staff.  The move to the ACC would assure that I would be able to pitch against the best players in the country and close enough to home so my parents could watch me play.  It's a place where I have a strong connection and belief in the coaching staff."

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