ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure baseball head coach Larry Sudbrook has announced the addition of nine student-athletes who will join the program beginning next fall – Garrett Boldt, Tripp Breen, Kyle Caringi, Jackson DeJohn, Hitch Edwards, Pierce Hendershot, Jack Putney, Brendyn Stillman and Jake Wells.
"After 2017 when we finished third in the Atlantic 10, we lost seven out of nine starters – four to graduation and three to the MLB Draft. We had a lot of holes to fill," Sudbrook said. "This is the second year of rebuilding. We think along with our previous classes, we have more than begun the process. We feel the last few years we got right-handed heavy and with the addition of Boldt, Stillman, Putney and Edwards along with Caringi and Wells from the left side on the mound will help change that."
Garrett Boldt returns home after playing his high school ball in Olean. Currently at Niagara County Community College, he put up prolific offensive numbers in his first year at the junior college level last spring. He hit .438 for the Thunderwolves, finishing with two home runs, 44 RBIs, 48 runs scored and 34 stolen bases to go along a .517 on-base percentage. The center fielder originally committed to Campbell University, a member of the Big South Conference, when he was ranked as the No. 3 outfielder in New York by Prep Baseball Report. A 5-foot-10, 190-pound Western New York native, he was a Big 30 All-Star and was an All-WNY selection on both the diamond and the gridiron. Boldt led Olean to CCAA championships in 2014 and 2016 and was a Connolly Cup finalist for best Western New York football player for his work as a quarterback with the Huskies. He stole 52 bases in 53 attempts over his final two years with Olean baseball and was just the second player since 1941 to win the George Burlingame MVP award twice. He intends to major in criminal justice.
SUDBROOK ON BOLDT: "We think that the 2020 team should be a good Atlantic 10 team. We'll return all of catchers, most of our pitching and the entire infield, but we're graduating all of our outfielders. We felt we needed instant help in the outfield. Garrett is a local kid who originally signed for a scholarship at Campbell and that wasn't a great fit for him. His combination of speed, power and a plus-arm made him one of the most important players for Niagara County CC last year on a 40-win team. We project him to come in and start in center and bat near the top of the lineup."
A native of South Williamsport, Pa., Breen is a 6-foot right-handed pitcher who posted a 1.35 ERA in 72.2 innings of work this past spring, striking out 108 batters for South Williamsport High. He was selected as his team's Most Valuable Player and earned a spot on the 2018 WWBA 17U national championship All-Tournament Team. This past summer, he was a key part of the Williamsport West End Babe Ruth 16-18 year-old squad, helping his team to the national championship semifinals in the Babe Ruth World Series along with current St. Bonaventure freshman Cody Shimp and fellow NLI signee Kyle Caringi. Against eventual national champion Charleston (Mo.) in the semifinal game, Breen earned the start for Williamsport and limited his opponents to just one run while striking out six in 5.2 innings. Breen plans to major in business management.
SUDBROOK ON BREEN: "Tripp is a 6-foot tall right-hander who sits in the upper-80s and can touch 90. He has the makings of a splitter to be an out pitch. That makes him an interesting prospect who can make an impact at the Atlantic 10 level."
Caringi is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound left-handed pitcher who also joins the Bonnies from Williamsport, Pa., where he has played his high school ball at Williamsport Area. During his high school career he has been a part of back-to-back Class 6A District II/IV champions and was named a 2018 Baseball Factory Under Armour preseason All-American. In his junior season for Williamsport Area High, he posted a 0.97 ERA for the Millionaires. With Williamsport West End Babe Ruth this summer, he compiled a 2.21 ERA for his squad which reached the national semifinals for the 16-to-18 year-old age group at the Babe Ruth World Series. Caringi follows in family footsteps attending St. Bonaventure – his parents Nick and Kristin are both alumni while sister Kaitlin is a member of the Bonnies softball team. Caringi plans to major in business at St. Bonaventure.
SUDBROOK ON CARINGI: "He reminds you mechanically of Andy Pettite. We saw him as a freshman and two years later he had gotten much bigger and stronger and added a lot of velocity. He's a mid-80s guy with the makings of a good breaking ball and changeup. We think once he gets with our strength program he could develop into an Atlantic 10 starter for us."
DeJohn is a product of Rochester and will graduate from Irondequoit High School. The 6-foot-3 prospect has done work on both sides of the battery, serving as a pitcher and a catcher. On the mound he has recorded a 2.15 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 39 innings while behind the dish he threw out 20 attempted base-stealers. An All-County selection, he also has been an all-star in volleyball and is a High Honor Roll student in the classroom. Another legacy student, his father, Jason played baseball at St. Bonaventure. DeJohn intends to major in health sciences.
SUDBROOK ON DEJOHN: "Jackson has spent the majority of his career catching, but he has a live arm. He was mid-to-upper 80s for us when he worked out. We are looking at him as more of a pitcher, but catching could be a fall back because he has tremendous defensive skills behind the plate as well."
Edwards is a 6-foot native of East Aurora, N.Y. where he plays for St. Francis High School and can play both in the outfield as well as middle infield. He boasts a .412 batting average and drove in 40 RBIs in 111 at-bats, stealing 24 bases as well. Edwards earned selection to the 2018 All-Catholic Teams for his work in the outfield and was an All-WNY Honorable Mention pick after helping to guide his team to the Georgetown Cup championship while serving as a team captain. He also hit over .400 the past two summers with the Buffalo Braves travel team and played hockey as well. DeJohn plans to major in health sciences.
SUDBROOK ON EDWARDS: "Hitch is a guy that will also help us in the outfield. He's a left-handed hitter that runs well, a contact type of hitter who is a plus-defender. He's the type of guy that can be a top of the order hitter for us also."
A native of Barton, N.Y., Hendershot is a 6-foot third baseman/outfielder for Tioga Central School. The owner of 115 career hits entering his senior year, he has posted a .494 batting average and .641 on-base percentage to earn All-State selections twice. He's also been a three-time all-league pick and was on the all-region first team while helping Tioga to Class C sectional championships and a spot in the state final four where he played alongside his brother, Parker, who now plays baseball at Penn State. Also a first team all-league and region pick on the basketball court, he is a High Honor Roll student who plans to major in accounting.
SUDBROOK ON HENDERSHOT: "Pierce can play third base and outfield. We had recruited his brother and knew a little bit about his family and when we saw Pierce for the first time he immediately stood out to us. He has a plus-arm and good bat speed. He'll have an opportunity to compete for playing time at both positions."
Putney comes to St. Bonaventure from Clarence, N.Y., where the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder swings a left-handed bat and plays third base for Clarence High. During his high school career, he has hit .385 with a .538 on-base percentage while playing for the 2017 Section VI Class AA champions. A three-sport scholar athlete who also started at quarterback and was a Connolly Cup nominee, he earned team MVP honors in basketball as well. He intends to major in business at St. Bonaventure.
SUDBROOK ON PUTNEY: "Jack is extremely athletic. He's played three sports his entire life and we think when he gets an opportunity to just concentrate on baseball he is going to grow by leaps and bounds. He's a left-handed hitting third baseman which is a plus. We think he's going to be able to bring us some pop and drive the ball from the left side."
A junior college transfer from Herkimer College, Stillman is a native of Waverly, N.Y. A 6-foot-1, 225-pound outfielder who hits from the left side, he was a freshman ABCA/Rawlings All-American after hitting .422 with 13 doubles, seven triples, nine home runs and 54 RBIs for the Generals in his first collegiate season. Stillman helped Herkimer to the junior college World Series as the nation's No. 1 seed last spring and was named First Team All-Mountain Valley Conference and First Team All-Region III for his efforts. At Waverly High, he was a three-time All-State selection. He plans on majoring in health sciences at St. Bonaventure.
SUDBROOK ON STILLMAN: "He's a big, strong kid who has a lot of pop. He is a power hitter who was an All-American on a team that went to the juco World Series. We felt that he was a guy that could come in and play either left or right for us, who along with Garrett Boldt would give us two junior college guys to supplement all of the returning players we have."
Wells joins the Bonnies from Sparta, N.J., where the 6-foot-3, 190-pound left-handed pitcher plays for Pope John XXII Regional High School. Through three high school seasons, he has compiled a 1.78 career ERA in 145.1 innings, striking out 135 batters against 44 walks with a 17-9 record. He earned first team all-conference accolades as a junior after being on the second team in his first two seasons. The winning pitcher for his 2014 Cooperstown Classic team, Wells has been a rising star in his area since a young age. Over the past three years, he's helped his high school squad to 54 wins, two NJAC American Division championships and an appearance in the non-public, North A final in 2017. Wells plans to major in business at SBU.
SUDBROOK ON WELLS: "Jake is a guy that we saw at a showcase that reminded us of (current Bonnies junior pitcher) Donnie Moffat. He is a tall left-hander with easy arm action and right now he's mid-80s. We think there's more there. He has shown the makings of a good curveball. We hope to help him get bigger and stronger and to develop into an Atlantic 10 starter, or at the very least he will have the ability to help us out of the bullpen, especially matching up to get left-handers out."
The Bonnies open up the 2019 season March 2 vs. Villanova and the Atlantic 10 schedule begins March 22 at Fordham.
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