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Cardinal Baseball Welcomes Aboard 2021 Recruiting Class

Cardinal Baseball Welcomes Aboard 2021 Recruiting Class

UNIVERSITY CENTER -- The Saginaw Valley State University Baseball program and head coach Steve Jaksa have announced its latest recruiting class, which will join during the 2020-21 academic year. There are 10 student-athletes who have signed-on to play for Saginaw Valley State University. Check out their credentials below...

 

 

Chase Gruno – Birch Run High School

Position: Right Handed Pitcher, Corner Infielder

Ht: 6'1

Wt: 205

Baseball Accolades: 1st Team All Tri-Valley Conference 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Other Sports: Football and Basketball

Major: Business Management

High School Coach: Billy Cork

Summer Team and Coach: Michigan Select – Mark Jebb

Parents: Kim and Tom Gruno

Why I Chose SVSU: I chose SVSU because I love the facilities, environment, and most importantly the staff. Something really special is going to happen soon.

Coach Jaksa on Chase Gruno: Chase is a big, physical kid with a lot of upside who loves to compete. Between high school and summer ball we saw him pitch a lot. He is one of four kids we signed from a very good Michigan Select program coached by Mark Jebb. We think Chase has a chance to be really good for us. 

 

 

 

Ethan Rose – Ypsilanti Lincoln High School

Position: Corner Infielder, Outfielder, Left Handed Hitter

Ht: 6'1

Wt: 185

Baseball Accolades: 2018 Ann Arbor Dream Team

Other Sports: Football

Major: International Business

High School Coach: EL McGoy

Summer Team and Coach: Michigan Blue Jays – Erik Justice

Parents: Amy and Dan Rose

Why I Chose SVSU: I chose SVSU because as soon as I stepped on campus and met with the coaches, me and my family felt like a part of their family. The future of SVSU baseball is going to be special and I wanted to be a part of that.

Coach Jaksa on Ethan Rose: The first thing you notice about Ethan is his infectious, positive attitude. He is a competitor both on the field and in the classroom. He brings us some pop from the left-hand side of the plate and we think he will really blossom here. 

 

 

 

Austin Schweiger – St. Clair High School

Position: Infielder

Ht: 6'0

Wt: 185

Baseball Accolades: 1st Team All State Division 2, 2019. 1st Team All MAC White Conference 2019

Other Sports: Football and Basketball

Major: Business

High School Coach: Denny White

Summer Team and Coach: Detroit Metro Stars – Joe D'Orazio

Parents: Tricia and Dean Schweiger

Why I Chose SVSU: I chose SVSU because I love the campus and atmosphere. I also felt a connection with this recruiting class and think this program is on the verge of being something special, and I want to be a part of it.

Coach Jaksa on Austin Schweiger: Austin is a superb athlete who excels in both the classroom and the field. He has some pop in his bat that we like, and pair that with his competitive fire and team attitude, he will be able to excel here.

 

 

 

Kendall Anthes – Cass City High School

Position: Right Handed Pitcher

Ht: 6'1

Wt: 160

Baseball Accolades: 2nd Team All State Division 3, 2019. 1st Team All Greater Thumb West Conference 2018 and 2019. 1st Team All District and All Region 2018 and 2019.

Other Sports: Basketball

Major: Business & Marketing

High School Coach: Josh Stern

Summer Team and Coach: Detroit Metro Stars – Joe D'Orazio

Parents: Jaime and Chris Anthes

Why I Chose SVSU: I chose SVSU because I think the coaching staff is building a great program. I saw who had already committed to this class and wanted to be a part of it. I can't wait to be a part of SVSU Baseball.

Coach Jaksa on Kendall Anthes: Kendall has some special qualities, instinctive, loves to pitch and really attacks the strike zone. From the high school through the summer season, we saw him make some huge strides and as he adds strength and size that he will be good arm for us. 

 

 

Tyler McLaren – Freeland High School

Position: Right Handed Pitcher

Ht: 6'2

Wt: 165

Baseball Accolades: 2nd Team All State Division 2, 2019. 1st Team All Tri-Valley Conference 2017, 2018, and 2019. 1st Team All District 2018, 2019. 1st Team All Region 2019.

Other Sports: Basketball

Major: Sports Marketing

High School Coach: Pete Duley

Summer Team and Coach: Michigan Select – Mark Jebb

Parents: Tricia and Matt McLaren

Why I Chose SVSU: I chose SVSU because I feel the atmosphere is amazing and the coaching staff is awesome. They have great academics and I feel the baseball program is on the rise. I'm excited to be a part of it.

Coach Jaksa on Tyler McLaren: Tyler has a lot of passion for this university and program. He is a polished pitcher who is only going to get better as he adds strength and size. Not only does he excel on the field, he is an outstanding student as well. We are excited to have him as part of our Cardinal family. 

 

 

 

Hayden Jatczak – Bay City Central High School

Position: Right Handed Pitcher, Corner Infielder

Ht: 6'3

Wt: 220

Baseball Accolades: 1st Team All Saginaw Valley Conference 2019. First Team All District and All Region 2019.

Other Sports: Football and Basketball

Major: Sports Medicine

High School Coach: Gib Garcia

Summer Team and Coach: Michigan Select – Mark Jebb

Parents: Heather and John Jatczak

Why I Chose SVSU: I chose SVSU because I love the coaching staff and the facilities. It's close to home, and the baseball program is on the rise.

Coach Jaksa on Hayden Jatczak: Hayden was one of our first targets when we took over last year. He is a big, strong kid who has the potential to be a special player both on the mound and at the plate for us. He is another Michigan Select kid that has been well coached and knows how to play the game.

 

 

 

Mikey Gall – Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prepatory

Position: Right Handed Pitcher

Ht: 6'6

Wt: 218

Baseball Accolades: Was in the starting rotation for the D.2 State Champion Orchard Lake St. Mary's

Other Sports: None

Major: Sports Medicine

High School Coach: Matt Petry

Summer Team and Coach: Grand Rapids Diamonds – Bill Peterson

Parents: Renee Menker and Jim Gall

Why I Chose SVSU: I chose SVSU it felt like home for me and was the perfect fit. I believe the coaching staff is here to help me develop both on and off the field.

Coach Jaksa on Mikey Gall: Mikey plays for arguably one of the best high school programs and best summer programs in Michigan. He is 6'6 and we think he is still growing. Mikey attacks the strike zone and really knows how to pitch. His work ethic will allow him to continually improve and be a force for us. 

 

 

 

Collin McMullen – Rochester High School

Position: Right Handed Pitcher

Ht: 6'2

Wt: 185

Baseball Accolades: Pitched 30 innings at Rochester last year, striking out 26 with a 1.63 ERA.

Other Sports:

Major: Business

High School Coach: Eric Magiera

Summer Team and Coach: Michigan Premier – Matt Fenech

Parents: Sandra and Michael McMullen

Why I Chose SVSU: I chose SVSU it has a great reputation for both academics and athletics.

Coach Jaksa on Collin McMullen: Collin is what we call a late bloomer. His body is filling out and with that, his velocity is starting to climb. He is an outstanding student and is hungry to show what he can become. We look forward to enhancing his development. 

 

 

 

Joe Jaruzel – Flushing High School

Position: Catcher, Outfielder

Ht: 6'2

Wt: 185

Baseball Accolades: 4 year varsity starter

Other Sports: Football

Major: Sports Medicine

High School Coach: Stephen Burdis

Summer Team and Coach: Michigan Select – Mark Jebb

Parents: Erica and Tim Jaruzel

Why I Chose SVSU: I chose SVSU because I like everything the school has to offer. It's close to home and I really like the coaching staff. I feel like they will help me grow as an athlete and as a person.

Coach Jaksa on Joe Jaruzel: Joe is an outstanding athlete, having ran a 6.43 60 at a showcase this summer. Over the summer we saw him do somethings in games just made you say "wow." He has a high ceiling and we look forward to developing him.

 

 

 

Jeffrey Reseigh – Macomb Dakota High School

Position: Catcher, Right Handed Pitcher

Ht: 5'10

Wt: 150

Baseball Accolades: 1st Team All Region, 2nd Team All District 2019

Other Sports: NoneR

Major: Computer Science

High School Coach: Matt Carley

Summer Team and Coach: Jet Box – Steve Herbst

Parents: Alisa and Jason Reseigh

Why I Chose SVSU: I chose SVSU because as soon as I set foot on campus it felt like home away from home. The coaching staff is incredible and the school and baseball program are a perfect fit.

Coach Jaksa on Jeffrey Reseigh: Jeffrey is one of those relentless competitors. Over the last year he has attended 4 of our camps, and each time we saw him his attitude and demeanor just grew on us. He has worked hard to get better and better. With that work ethic and attitude, he will achieve great things as a Cardinal.