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The Ohio State Baseball Recruiting, News, Notes, Awards (FIRE BEALS)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Baseball' started by LoKyBuckeye, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Heard a lot about velazquez...stud
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  2. rhgbosu

    rhgbosu I aim to misbehave

    Boom! #1 player in Ohio for 2021 LHP Gavin Bruni (Alliance) committed to Ohio St today! It’s exciting to see all these guys committing but actually getting them on campus is the real fight. Lonsway made it known he was gonna be hard to sign and fell in the draft because of it. Not sure we’ll get that lucky with all these other guys.
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  3. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Welcome to Buckeyes Nation Gavin!!!
  4. rhgbosu

    rhgbosu I aim to misbehave

    Ohio St SR RHP Reece Calvert transferred to Western Kentucky. Thought he might have been injured after not making an appearance during Ohio Sts 6 games in 7 days spring break trip, but it looks like he transferred out. Calvert was a big dude with a big arm who transferred in outta McClennan Comunity College (TX) last year. He pitched well towards the end of last year especially. Had trouble keeping the ball down and throwing strikes for the most part. Looks like Jake Ruby, Alex Theis and Luke Duermit will RS and now I just gotta figure out what’s up with Dustin Jourdan. Jourdan ( another McClennan transfer) took a medical RS last year and is still MIA. Likely still recovering or maybe hung up his cleats? Hope not
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  5. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ


    Stay tuned to Ohio State baseball on AM 1460 ESPN this spring

    COLUMBUS, Ohio
    – Beginning March 30 with the opening of Big Ten Conference play, the Ohio State baseball team can be heard on the radio and online. Columbus’ WBNS-AM 1460 will carry 27 games live this season. In addition, the games can be heard on WBNS-FM-HD2 and streamed at and

    Listen in as announcer Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and former Buckeye Bob Spears (analysis) describe all the excitement of 2018 Buckeye baseball. The first broadcast is scheduled for Friday night as the Buckeyes host defending Big Ten regular season champion Nebraska in a three-game series at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. The Friday game can also be seen on Big Ten Network.

    The Greg Beals Radio Show
    The Greg Beals radio show will air weekly at 6 p.m. Monday on AM 1460 ESPN. The show will be hosted by Matt Andrews as Coach Beals recaps the weekend of games and gives a preview of the upcoming weekend Big Ten series.

    2018 Ohio State Baseball Radio Broadcast Schedule (Join Time Listed)

    Friday, March 30 – vs. Nebraska – 6:25 p.m. ET (BTN)
    Saturday, March 31 – vs. Nebraska – 2:55 p.m. ET
    Sunday, April 1 – vs. Nebraska – 12:55 p.m. ET
    Wednesday, April 4 – vs. Kent State – 6:25 p.m. ET (BTN)
    Friday, April 6 – at Iowa – 6:55 p.m. ET
    Saturday, April 7 – at Iowa – 2:55 p.m. ET
    Sunday, April 8 – at Iowa – 1:55 p.m. ET
    Tuesday, April 10 – vs. Ohio – 6:25 p.m. ET
    Friday, April 13 – at Penn State – 6:20 p.m. ET
    Saturday, April 14 – at Penn State – 1:50 pm. ET
    Sunday, April 15 – at Penn State – 12:50 p.m. ET
    Tuesday, April 17 – vs. Miami (Ohio) – 6:25 p.m. ET
    Friday, April 20 – vs. Indiana – 6:25 p.m. ET
    Saturday, April 21 - vs. Indiana – 2:55 p.m. ET
    Sunday, April 22 - vs. Indiana – 12:55 p.m. ET
    Friday, April 27 - vs. Minnesota – 6:25 p.m. ET
    Saturday, April 28 – vs. Minnesota – 2:55 p.m. ET
    Sunday, April 29 – vs. Minnesota – 12:55 pm. ET
    Friday, May 4 – at Illinois – 6:55 p.m. ET
    Saturday, May 5 – at Illinois – 3:55 p.m. ET
    Sunday, May 6 – at Illinois – 1:55 p.m. ET
    Friday, May 11 – vs. Purdue – 6:25 p.m. ET
    Saturday, May 12 – vs. Purdue – 2:55 p.m. ET
    Sunday, May 13 – vs. Purdue – 12:55 p.m. ET
    Thursday, May 17 – at Michigan State – 3:55 p.m. ET
    Friday, May 18 – at Michigan State – 3:55 p.m. ET
    Saturday, May 19 – at Michigan State – 12:55 p.m. ET
    Wednesday, May 23- Sunday, May 27 – Big Ten Tournament – TBA
  6. rhgbosu

    rhgbosu I aim to misbehave

    Interesting. Michigan offered Joey Velazquez football. Not sure if it’s committable or not.
  7. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Back off hairball!
  8. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    The next Bo? Ohio State baseball commit Joey Velazquez dreams of 2-sport future

    Joey Velazquez stares down the quarterback during a September 2017 game against Lancaster (Ohio).
    Ryan Donnelly/Land of 10
    Ryan Donnelly
    Posted 2 hours ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Joey Velazquez has never set small goals for himself. And why would he? The 6-foot, 208-pound athlete has been a star on both the diamond and gridiron as long as he can remember. He’s a star outfielder and pitcher at Columbus St. Francis DeSales, ranked as the top baseball prospect in Ohio’s 2019 class by Prep Baseball Report, and starred all over the football field for the Stallions as well.

    Running back, receiver, linebacker, safety. If you needed him to do something, you could consider it done.

    “I’ve always, ever since I was a little kid, thought I was going to be like Bo Jackson and play both sports in college. I’ve always prepared myself and had that mindset that I would play both,” Velazquez told Land of 10. “I’ve always been working toward that and making that my goal.”

    Velazquez has been committed to Ohio State’s baseball team since September 2016, despite offers coming in from around the country. However, despite high billing with a bat in his hand and a legitimate chance to be drafted by a major-league team next spring, he’s never given up the dream of being one of those guys.

    You know the ones — the athletes so rare that we can usually identify them by one name. Bo. Deion. Thorpe. The kind of players who have the talent to excel at the professional level in two sports have their highlights played back for decades after they hang up the cleats.

    Velazquez is not in that group yet. He has years of work ahead of him before that becomes a conversation. He knows that. However, on Tuesday, the Ohio prospect took his first step toward achieving his dreams.

    Velazquez lands his first football offer — from Michigan
    “[Michigan] has just offered me today for the first time for football and baseball. I was just in the coaches office and looking at my Hudl when they called. … They told me they were looking at my film and thinking about offering me and asked if I was still interested in playing football. I said of course and just explained that I wanted to keep my options open.

    “Then, Coach [Jim] Harbaugh came on the other end and told me that I could play both football and baseball. I couldn’t be any happier,” Velazquez gushed. “I love playing football and it’s a dream come true to play Division I football. When I got that news I was just like — I was walking on cloud nine. It was unreal.”

    During his conversation with the coaching staff, Michigan told Velazquez that they view him as fitting into their viper position — a hybrid of outside linebacker and strong safety that’s received attention after the play of Wolverines Jabrill Peppers and Khaleke Hudson.

    For the Stallions, Velazquez excels on both sides of the ball. During the 2017 season, he was second on the team in rushing yards (356), rushing TDs (7), receptions (17), all-purpose yardage (495), tackles (50), interceptions (2) and kick return yardage (148). He led DeSales in deflected passes with 4. Although he’s somewhat of a Swiss Army knife in high school, Velazquez sees specialization in his future.

    “I would play anywhere a school needs me, but I definitely prefer playing defense. I love hitting people,” he stated.

    Velazquez has some impressive numbers to bring to bear whether he plays football or baseball. He benches at 390 pounds, squats at 570 and deadlifts at 600. It’s not just strength, either. The kid has speed, too, running a reported 4.54 40-yard dash and 6.84 60-yard dash as a high school junior.

    Ohio State-Michigan rivalry never stops
    After growing up in Columbus, it goes without saying that Velazquez is well-aware of the high-profile rivalry between the Buckeyes and Wolverines. He acknowledged the awkwardness of landing a Michigan offer after spending 18 months committed to play at Ohio State, but it did nothing to dull Velazquez’s excitement about the news.

    “I did grow up an Ohio State fan and do root for the Buckeyes. It’s a little weird,” he laughed. “But I’ve had friends and cousins [Wolverines defensive backs coach Mike Zordich] that coach at or go to Michigan. I’ve always thought it’s kind of awesome to think about, you know. The chance to play Division I football anywhere is just a dream come true.”

    The Ohio State football program also is interested in the local prospect, and Velazquez intends to work out for the Buckeyes during one of their June prospect camps, he said. Should Urban Meyer extend an offer to Velazquez down the road, it might be too difficult to say no to the idea of staying at home and keeping his commitment intact.

    “[A football offer from Ohio State] would be really ideal and make everything work out a lot better,” Velazquez admitted. “It’s hard to think about if that also happens. If that happens and making everything work out perfectly with the coaches and all that, that would really be the biggest thing.”

    What’s next for Joey Velazquez?
    Of course, it’s entirely possible that an even more attractive opportunity comes around. Given the MLB’s gargantuan draft process that results in the selection of more than 1,200 players, Velazquez has a real chance to be drafted to the pro ranks.

    MinorLeagueBall’s Michael Cook reported that 146 high school prospects signed with MLB teams (out of 312 who were drafted) during the 2017 draft process. Given Velazquez’s stature as one of the top 100 baseball prospects in his graduating class, the chance he’s drafted is a possibility that must be considered.

    “That would be something else. Coming out of high school to the draft, that would be unreal. That would definitely probably be the number one choice, depending on where I go or when I get drafted and all that,” Velazquez said, also noting he could still choose to attend college if he were drafted. “Obviously, getting a college education is most important. … I still have to consider my future and sit down with my parents and talk about what’s best for me and what has to happen for me to be successful at the next level.”

    The next step for Velazquez will be continuing to sort out the thoughts, feelings, and options for college athletics that lay in front of him. He’s built long-lasting relationships at Ohio State after years of being recruited by baseball coach Greg Beals and his staff.

    He has the option to attend Ohio State — his local program, his childhood favorite and one of the most high-profile universities in the country — and go to school alongside his sister, an Ohio State student who also works in the Buckeyes athletic department.

    Now, Velazquez also has a chance to pursue his dreams of being a two-sport star and etching his names into the annals of Big Ten history at Ohio State’s rival. Michigan is an elite university in its own right and offers many of the same perks that he could find in Columbus. Chasing legends named Bo and Deion — coincidentally, Velazquez plays summer ball for Bo Jackson Elite — while achieving childhood dreams is an intoxicating image for a young athlete.

    Velazquez will begin his two-sport recruitment by making an unofficial visit to Michigan on April 21, alongside 4-star defensive tackle and high school teammate Rodas Johnson. The trip was planned before the Wolverines offered, but now the dynamic has changed.

    The world is at Joey Velazquez’s feet right now. He just has to figure out which step to take.
  9. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

  10. rhgbosu

    rhgbosu I aim to misbehave

    Kinker is the team MVP to this point, imo
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  11. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Agreed 100%
  12. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ


    Jacob Barnwell, named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List, is ready to lead Buckeyes back to postseason

    Former field hockey player and 2018 Bucks Go Pro intern, Maddy Humphrey returns with Humphrey Highlights covering other student-athletes. Humphrey is checking in this week with Jacob Barnwell, highlighting his selection to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List.

    Jacob Barnwell is a junior from Catlettsburg, Ky., and is majoring in criminology hoping to be an FBI agent once his baseball days are over. Barnwell has been the anchor to the Buckeye infield as the starting catcher the last two seasons.

    The Johnny Bench Award is a prominent collegiate award given to the toughest and outstanding catcher in the nation whose character entails integrity and righteousness. Barnwell has been selected to the watch list, a prestigious award named after the legendary catcher, and his presence as a Buckeye explains why.

    As a Buckeye there is a legendary line we live by “The People, The Tradition and the Excellence.” This infamous Woody Hayes phrase is an important one to Barnwell and since the first day he stepped foot on this campus he saw it, felt it and exhibited it.

    “The tradition of excellence is something that has been driven into the brains of all Buckeyes that have come before me and those that will follow me,” Barnwell said. “It is something that I take pride in and strive to achieve whether it is on the baseball field or in the classroom.”

    During Barnwell’s freshman year, he was fortunate enough to be a part of one of the top campaigns in OSU history. The boys went on to claim the Big Ten tournament title and advanced to an NCAA Regional for the first time in seven years. Barnwell appeared 14 times and started five games behind the plate. The dogpile celebration at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., was something No. 42 will never forget.

    “There is no better feeling than being able to dog pile on the field after putting in so much work and so much time into something,” Barnwell expressed. “That memory will be something that I will never forget for the rest of my life. That season was a roller coaster ride and I think that is what makes the championship that much better. We had our ups and our downs but when we came together as a team instead of a group of individuals we accomplished something amazing.

    Last year, Barnwell stepped into the starting role behind the dish. His hitting average was a .254 clip that included seven doubles, one triple, two home runs, 14 RBI, 30 walks and went 7-for-10 in stolen bases. On the defensive side, he controlled the base paths by throwing out 11 baserunners during his 51 starts. Barnwell finished up the year strong and scrappy with a seven-game reached base streak.

    Now in his junior year, he is having a breakout season, hitting .289 in 76 at-bats. Barnwell has already drove in a season-high 18 RBI in 24 games. At the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, Barnwell hit .333 over the weekend against tough competition of No. 1 Oregon State and Utah. This past weekend at Bill Davis Stadium, Barnwell had his best day of the plate against defending Big Ten champion Nebraska. The Buckeyes claimed their first B1G win on Saturday and Barnwell’s first home run of the season had a lot to do with that victory, blasting a three-run shot over the left field wall in the bottom of the fourth.

    “We know that we can play with anyone in the country,” Barnwell said. “We have played with and beaten top ranked teams. I predict great things for this team. In my third season here at OSU I have been a part of some really good baseball teams but there is something special about this group that reminds me of the team my freshman year that won the Big Ten championship. We are relentless and will never give up.”

    Barnwell believes part of his leadership role is to push himself and his teammates to be the best they can be and he expects his teammates to give him the same push back.

    “When I am behind the plate I plan on running the show,” Barnwell said. “I was always told as a kid and still to this day when you are behind the plate everyone on the field is looking at you and the catcher is the only person on the field that can see everything that is going on.”

    The team has had a large youth turnout during its current 11-game homestand to meet the players and as they begin dreaming of being an Ohio State student-athlete one day. Young fans and young baseball players look up to players like Barnwell as role models and Barnwell has some advice for them.

    “First, stay positive and don’t be result oriented. Baseball is a game of failure. The greatest players in history failed seven out of 10 times. Keep a positive mindset and you will be better off. Second, be a good teammate. Be the first guy out of the dugout when your teammate does something great and be the first guy out when he does something bad. As Woody Hayes also said, "You win with people". Third, respect and thank your parents for everything they do. Finally, just have fun! Baseball is much better when you are having fun.”

    Barnwell exemplifies what it means to be a great athlete, teammate, role model and person and that is why he has been selected to the watch list of such a prestigious award.

    “To be selected to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List is such an honor. Just to have your name put on a list for an award named after one of the greatest players to ever catch is a blessing. I just want to take this time to thank all the players and coaches past and present for helping me become the player I am today. It may be an individual award but without great coaching and teammates I wouldn't be where I am today.”
  13. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

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    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

  15. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Considering What It Takes: Bucks’ Better Start No Fluke
    by Sonny Fulks | Features, OSU, OSU Feature
    ska Press. Widely knowledgeable on that period of American History, Fulks is a frequent speaker on the Civil War at local roundtables throughout the Midwest. He and wife Mindy have two grown children and live in Covington, Ohio.

    18-8 through their first 26 games, Greg Beals’ culture of hard work and trust simply has the Buckeyes in a better place. Others are waiting, watching…and see the difference.

    [​IMG]Columbus – They’re in a better place than they were a year ago.

    Yes, that’s obvious for the fact of their 18-8 record…and the battling spirit shown through their first Big Ten series this weekend with the University of Nebraska. After dropping a disappointing 7-3 decision in the series opener on Friday the Buckeyes came back to even things Saturday with a 7-4 win, an impressive outing by starting pitcher Ryan Feltner, and multiple hits by an array of Bucks hitters – another impressive performance by the bullpen.

    It’s a team that feasting off the offensive metamorphosis of Noah McGowan (.425 – up 200 points from last year), Tyle Cowles ( .322 – up 130 points from last year), Jacob Barnwell, Brady Cherry and newcomer, Kobie Foppe.

    But it’s also a team that’s benefiting from what coach Greg Beals so often refers to as “the culture” of Buckeye baseball: That is…do your work, believe in yourself and your teammates, and good things are going to happen within “the brotherhood”.

    An example?

    Two hours following Saturday’s win, freshman Aaron Hughes (Tipp City, Ohio) walked out of the Buckeyes’ clubhouse bound for the parking lot. Hughes, a third baseman and utility player, “walked on” back in fall practice, made a favorable impression, but did not make the Buckeyes’ active roster for 2018. He is, what you call in college sports…a “red shirt”. He’s working, putting in his time and commitment, believing in the culture…that he will one day play for the Buckeyes, sometime down the road.

    Hughes is an engineering student, accustomed to tough curriculum, hard work, and a commitment to the future.

    “Whatta’ been doing?” I asked.

    “The ‘culture’ benefits those like Aaron Hughes (above) as they see what its done for Noah McGowan and Tyler Cowles…a year after things were a their worst.

    “Just getting in some hitting,” Hughes said, smiling…his hair still wet and slicked back from a post-work shower. “Doin’ my work.”

    Doin’ my work!

    Work is a big part of the culture at Ohio State – with Greg Beals – like dreaming, belief, and confidence in the commitment to each other. Following last year’s train wreck season, Noah McGowan, Tyler Cowles, Connor Curlis, Ryan Feltner, and Brady Cherry…they all went home and did some work.

    “I was embarrassed,” said Cowles of his .191 2017 average. “I’d never played baseball like that. I’d never been that bad before.”

    Likewise, McGowan, Feltner, and Curlis, all of whom went out to reassess themselves first, and then what they could accomplish collectively. The turnaround, starting with fall baseball, has been telling – contagious, rewarding, and inviting.

    Aaron Hughes, and others, want to be a part of that.

    “It would be a dream come true,” he said back in fall practice, where he made a favorable impression on the Buckeyes coaching staff.

    “The thing about Aaron Hughes is that there’s so much more there than just a baseball player,” said Beals then, considering the Tipp City Red Devil’s future.

    What he meant was…Hughes is one of the few that the Marine Corps seeks, those willing to consider what it takes to win, to be successful – commitment, hard work, and planning. Engineering (electrical, civil, or mechanical) ain’t for everybody.

    And there are others, like Hughes, that you never see. But they’re there…working.

    He doesn’t dress. He doesn’t travel. He’s had no part in the Buckeyes early success this spring. But still, Aaron Hughes waits and prepares, his day yet to come. The ‘culture’, the ‘brotherhood’, is benefiting him as he sees what its done for Noah McGowan and Tyler Cowles…a year after it seemed that things couldn’t get worse.

    To thy own self be true. Good things do come later.

    The Buckeyes’ fast start has been no fluke!

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