Point Park University baseball adds four more players to 2010-11 recruiting class
April 27, 2010
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University baseball head coach Loren Torres has added four more players to his 2010-11 recruiting class.
Torres, who completed his first season at Point Park last week, will welcome to the team next year right-handed pitcher Ryan Kruse, a junior-college transfer from Kishwaukee (Ill.) College, as well as freshmen infielders Jonathan Tasis (Hialeah, Fla./Mater Academy), Chris Smith (Jeannette High School) and Jon Corcoran (Fox Chapel High School).
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“We are glad to have these guys join our program, as they will help us get closer to our goals of competing nationally next year,” said Torres (pictured left), a Miami, Fla., native who has won 120 games in six years as a collegiate head coach.
Kruse is a native of Marinette, Wisc., and he is currently in his sophomore season at Kishwaukee College, a junior college located in Matta, Ill. As of this week, the 6-5, 225-pound Kruse is 3-3 in six starts, and he had two complete games. Opponents are hitting .295 against him this year.
“Kruse is a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher,” said Torres (pictured left). “He has been scouted by a few pro teams this year. He throws in the upper eighties with good command of his fastball, change up, slider and curve ball. We are looking for Ryan to come in and help our efforts to compete nationally right away. With continued worked, he will be looking to have an opportunity to play professional baseball after his career with the Pioneers.”
Tasis plays first base in high school, and he can also play catcher. He is considered one of the best high-school hitting prospects at his position in the state of Florida. The 6-1, 195-pound Tasis is a native of Hialeah, Fla., and he is currently competing as a senior at Mater Academy Charter School.
As a junior last year, he hit .494 to rank in the top 10 in batting average in Miami-Dade County. Honors from last year included being named Team MVP and earning a spot on the Miami Herald All-Dade County 4A-1A third team.
“Jonathan Tasis is one of the best hitters in Miami-Dade County, and we are glad that J.T. chose to play for us,” said Torres, who spent nine years as a Major League Baseball scout. “He played in what is considered to be one of the best high school baseball counties in the country. J.T. is a first baseman and a catcher with the potential to be a top hitter in our conference right away. He also has a superb work ethic, and we are always looking for players who are passionate about the game and who are hungry to grow as a person, student and athlete.”
Smith is a 6-2, 195-pound first baseman from Jeanette High School, where he is in his fourth year as a starter. As a junior last season, he hit .468 with 26 RBIs to lead the Jayhawks to the WPIAL playoffs. So far in his senior season, he is hitting over .400. Smith was also an all-conference linebacker in football.
“Chris Smith swings the bat well and has a good work ethic,” said Torres. “We see Chris contributing to our program as he develops into a complete player both defensively and offensively. At the plate, he has a fine, compact swing, and the ball jumps off his bat.”
Corcoran is 5-10, 175-pounds, and he is a two-year starter at Fox Chapel. His experience includes time at third base and second base, and he is also a three-year starter and a team captain for his Springdale Legion team.
“Jon is a great student as well as player,” said Torres. “He has the potential to develop in our program and contribute to our success.”
Point Park University is known to have one of the strongest traditions of baseball in the history of the NAIA. The Pioneers have made 10 appearances in the NAIA World Series, which is tied for third most all-time. In its 43 years of existence, the Point Park baseball program has an all-time record of 1,067 wins, 604 losses and nine ties.
With the addition of these four recruits, Torres’ recruiting class is now at five players. Kaleb Paulton, an infielder from Clearwater, Fla., was signed earlier this year.
POINT PARK UNIVERSITY BASEBALL RECRUITS (As of April 27, 2010)
Point Park head coach Loren Torres poses with recruit Jonathan Tasis (1B/C, 6-1, 195). Tasis, native of Hialeah, Fla., is one of the top hitters in Miami-Dade.
Ryan Kruse (RHP, 6-5, 225) is currently a sophomore at Kishwaukee (Ill.) College.
Chris Smith (1B, 6-2, 195) is a four-year starter at Jeanette High School.
Jon Corcoran (IF, 5-10, 175) is a two-year starter at Fox Chapel High School.
Kaleb Paulton (IF, 5-10, 185) signed with the Pioneers earlier this year. He is an all-conference player from Clearwater, Fla.