ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure baseball head coach Larry Sudbrook has announced the addition of eight student-athletes who will join the program beginning in Fall 2020 – Jarett Cope, Connor Desiderio, Thomas Furmanski, Luke Lashutka, Connor Mays, Howie Stuckey, Marshall Weinberg and Ryan Williamson.
A native of Dunbar, Pa., Cope is an outfielder from Connellsville Area High School. During his time there so far, he has helped lead Connellsville Area to the section playoffs twice while batting .375 with six homers, swiping 15 bases as a junior. Cope possessed an on-base percentage this past spring at over .500 and also was a strong arm on the mound with a 3.50 ERA. He also played for the Perfect Game U.S. Elite 2020 Team and Team All-American. Cope intends to major in sports management at St. Bonaventure.
SUDBROOK ON COPE: "Jarett is an athletic kid who is everything you'd look for in an outfielder. His exit velocity off a tee is triple digits. He runs very well, he throws well. We project him to be an outfielder who is a five-tool type of guy at the Atlantic 10 level."
Desiderio joins the Bonnies from nearby Cheektowaga where he has starred at Maryvale High on both the diamond and the football field. A left-handed pitcher, he posted a 10-4 record with a 2.78 ERA, striking out 73 batters while earning First Team Section VI Class A honors for the sectional champions. He also was named Second Team All-Western New York. On the gridiron, he holds his school's all-time records for passing yards and touchdowns as his team's quarterback, receiving three-time All-WNY honorable mention honors. He plans to major in criminology.
SUDBROOK ON DESIDERIO: "Connor has had tremendous success in baseball and football. He has a low, ¾ arm action and can potentially be successful initially out of the bullpen against left-handed hitters with his arm slot. We think he has the ability long-term with three pitches – fastball, breaking ball, changeup – to be a starting pitcher down the line."
Furmanski is a product of Albion, N.Y. where the right-handed pitcher has earned All-League honors. He also received all-league honors at third base as well and is a three-sport athlete, also swimming and playing football. A National Honor Society student in the classroom, he plans to major in business management.
SUDBROOK ON FURMANSKI: "Thomas throws in the mid-80s, he's the type of right-handed pitcher that we've had success with in the past. He's the kind of guy who could be a conference starter down the road. He has three pitches already. We're excited to see what he can do after he gets here and begins work in our training program."
Lashutka, along with his teammate Mays, continue the Bona's pipeline to Saint Ignatius High School in Ohio which has produced a number of Bonnies through the years. A right-handed pitcher, he helped his squad win the Ohio state championship last year, earning the win on the mound in the title game. He struck out 53 batters in 45 innings with a 3.08 ERA and limited opponents to a .234 batting average against. In the state playoffs, he was 2-0 with a perfect ERA with 16 strikeouts and two walks. A three-year varsity starter, he intends to major in business.
SUDBROOK ON LASHUTKA: "He's an upper-80s guy with a good off-speed pitch and is a bulldog on the mound. He's extremely competitive and he refuses to lose. We think he has the ability to be a conference starter sooner rather than later."
Also from Saint Ignatius outside Cleveland is Mays, a right-handed hitting infielder. He hit nearly .300 during his team's state championship run this past spring with a .990 fielding percentage. On the mound he was successful as well, posting a 1.65 ERA. At St. Bonaventure, he plans to major in finance.
SUDBROOK ON MAYS: "We've had a pipeline with Saint Ignatius. They won the large school division championship in Ohio last year and Connor Mays was the starting first baseman for them. He's going to play third base this year and we project him as a third baseman. He's a right-handed hitter with pop who runs well for a big guy and has good arm strength."
Stuckey has been a do-it-everything star at Port Allegany High School just over the state line in Pennsylvania where the shortstop/right-handed pitcher earned Big 30 Player of the Year honors as part of a long line of accolades. A career .524 hitter thus far, he struck out just once while hitting .567 this past spring. On the hill, he provided a sparkling 0.56 ERA with 70 strikeouts through just over 37 innings of work. Outside of baseball, he is his school's only all-league recipient in baseball, football and soccer in the same year. On the soccer pitch, he has 63 career goals; in basketball he has scored 1,200 career points while he was also a district qualifier in track as well. A National Honor Society student, he is undecided on a major.
SUDBROOK ON STUCKEY: "He's a local kid that is talented enough to be a two-way player. He is his school's shortstop and top pitcher. We had him at a showcase clocking 90 mph on throws across the infield. He has a plus arm so we'll see how it plays out once he gets here. He's very talented and is extremely athletic – and has done nearly everything athletically in a variety of sports in his high school career."
Weinberg is an outfielder from Wexford, Pa. where he is a student at Pine-Richland High School. He owns a batting average near .400 while he also was third in triples and eighth in RBIs for the Youngstown Class B League during summer ball. During summer events he was awarded with accolades for outfield arm velocity and 60-yard dash time. Away from the baseball diamond, he helped his football team to a 6A state championship in both 2017 and 2018 and also wrestled. A National Honor Society student, he intends to major in biology.
SUDBROOK ON WEINBERG: "He's another athletic outfielder. He's a guy who has run a 6.7 and thrown 86 mph from the outfield. He has an exit velocity in the mid-90s. He's a kid who projects to be a speed guy with some pop who throws well from the outfield. He and Cope will be coming in on a team with potentially three senior outfielders so there will be spots available in the near future."
Williamson is a middle infielder out of Baltimore, Maryland where he plays at Gilman Prep School. A team captain, he was voted All-State and selected to the U.S. Elite 2020 National Team. He hit .320 as a freshman and, after sitting out his sophomore year with injury, returned to hit .340 with 25 RBIs this past spring. He was named to the 2017 Perfect Game WWBA World Series All-Tournament Team and then again earned those awards this past summer. He comes from an athletic background as his father played football at the University of Pittsburgh before spending time as a fullback for the Washington Redskins. His cousin plays lacrosse at Syracuse. At St. Bonaventure, Williamson plans to major in business.
SUDBROOK ON WILLIAMSON: "Ryan played on U.S. Elite 2020 travel team and 12 players on that team signed D-I. He missed all of 2018 due to injury and that set him back a bit, but we feel he is a great piece to our class. He plays at Gilman Prep School which has won a lot of state titles for coach Larry Sheets who was a major leaguer. He throws upper-80s, has good bat speed, makes great contact and runs well. We think he will be a good player for us. He has the ability to play both second base and shortstop."
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