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Coach Woodbridge Excited To Welcome The Class of 2020

Coach Woodbridge Excited To Welcome The Class of 2020

Head Coach Woodbridge has announced his Class of 2020 signees which consists of 10 players from 6 different states.  The class targeted pitching mainly but also helped add to several key positions where the Devils were still thin. This is Woodbridge's 2nd class overall and one that should be the foundation for the program moving forward as many are expected to contribute early. 

The class includes Ryan Johnson, Justin Skinner, Kris Morgenweck, Matt Roland, and Mack Gil from New Jersey, Tommy McCarthy from North Carolina (formerly New Jersey), Wade Gilpin from PA and Kevin Gutierrez from Florida.

"I am really excited to add these guys to the mix. Our roster now has 17 pitchers and we are 2 deep at every position. We are more athletic across the board and defensively we should really be able to go get it. We are graduating a big class with a lot of guys who have contributed for 3+ years. These guys are going to be asked to contribute right away and continue to help us build this program into a contender like I envisioned over the last 12 months as this class started to take shape."

The Devils start fall practice in a little over a month in what should be an exciting season as they return 20+ players who saw action last season. 

 

Ryan Johnson – RHP/3B

Oakcrest HS, (New Jersey)

Height – 6'2    Weight - 205

Major – Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business

About Johnson: Ryan had a very successful high school career at Oakcrest. He finished with over 100 career hits and was a constant both in the middle of the order as well as on the mound as the team's ace. Ryan played his summer ball with the South Jersey Sandsharks and received Perfect Games Underclassman All-American in 2015 and Honorable Mention in the Northeast Region with Perfect game in 2016.  Ryan was ranked among the top 125 players in New Jersey as well.  Ryan was also a standout on the football field for Oakcrest as well.

Coach Woodbridge's take: We saw Ryan at an event in the winter and immediately loved his size; at the time he was 6'2 235.  I felt Ryan had a chance to be a two-way guy for us at he provides power and already proved he can handle wood bats but he was also 83-84 on the mound. I love multisport guys and felt once he sheds some football weight and focuses on baseball his upside is huge.  Well, he surprised us all and by the start of his senior baseball season Ryan had dropped 30lbs. He's running better, he feels better and Ryan should helps us immediately.

 

Justin Skinner - Outfield

St Augustine Prep HS (New Jersey)

Height – 5'11  Weight – 185

Major – Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business

About Skinner:  Justin is another two-sport standout as he also played Wide Receiver for St Augustine.  He was also a member of the South Jersey Young Guns summer program.  Justin helped lead both programs deep into the post season and along the way made a play on the diamond that got him on Sportscenters Top 10 plays.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTOMm3ktgFs

Coach Woodbridge's take: Justin is an off the chart athlete and once again falls into the two-sport mold.  Justin's speed is what is so valuable on defense and the base paths but he has really added a lot of strength over the past few months and has started to drive the ball.  His baseball IQ is off the charts too; most young guys with his tools don't know what to do with them right away but Justin takes extra bases, proper routes and does the little things.

  

Nate Steele - Catcher

Bishop Eustace Prep HS (New Jersey)

Height – 6'1    Weight 180

Major – Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business

About Steele: Nate comes from another highly successful South Jersey program and has caught some of New Jerseys top arms while holding down the catching spot for the Crusaders.  As a two-year varsity starter, Steele has won the prestigious Diamond Classic as well as being a State Runner-up in 2015. He was also a member of the Garden State All-Underclassmen team, 2 times all-conference as well as a member of the Olympic Colonial Carpenter Cup Team.

Coach Woodbridge's take: I actually knew Nate during my time instructing at All Star Baseball. He was 14 at the time and I already saw the makings of an outstanding defensive catcher. I told him wherever I ended up I was going to recruit him and he was one of my first calls last summer. He has handled big time arms, he has shown he can call an effective game and he takes pride in beating himself up; blocking balls, backing up, etc. I told him if he does those things at the college level every coach will take notice as it is something not all catchers embrace.

 

Matt Roland – 1B/RHP

Atlantic Christian HS (New Jersey)

Height – 6'6    Weight – 235

Major - Health Sciences

About Roland: Matt is yet again another two-sport standout as he was a Center on the basketball team. Averaging nearly a double-double in his senior year.  On the diamond, Matt led AC to a state championship contributing both on the mound as the team's ace and in the middle of the order on offense.

Coach Woodbridge's take: Matt was a man amongst boys in the conference he played in and did what was expected; dominated.  I saw Matt over the winter at a Tri-State Arsenal event and even indoors you could see that Matt had big time power potential from the left side. He also mentioned that this would be the first time in several years he would be pitching. Matt is a hidden gym, not really doing the heavy travel ball circuit and not many miles on his arm.  He has a chance to have a very special career at USciences as a dual guy once he gets caught up with the speed of the game.

 

Chris Kelly – RHP

Nanuet HS (New York)

Height – 6'5    Weight – 185

Major - Physics

About Kelly: Chris played his high school baseball at Nanuet in New York and was a member of the Varsity team for 2 years.  As a senior, he became the teams ace and helped lead the team to the playoffs despite a young staff.

Coach Woodbridge's take: Chris has one of the biggest upsides as a pitcher I have ever coached. His frame can easily hold 10-15 lbs or more.  I expect Chris to take a big jump in velocity in his first year but what's so unique about Chris is he already has a feel for 3 pitches and absolutely fills up the strike zone with some deception. Most big kids have velocity but lack control and secondary stuff. Chris has the hard part down, now we will just get him some additional strength and Chris should really flourish and help immediately. His dad trains or trained NYPD officers so Chris has already been exposed to hard work.

 

 


Kevin Gutierrez – RHP

Coral Springs Christian Academy HS (Florida)

Height – 6'4    Weight – 190

Major – Biology

About Gutierrez: Kevin was a member CCA squad for his senior year and helped lead them to another very successful season in one of best areas of baseball in the country in South Florida. He was a member of the Elite Squad program considered one of the top travel programs in the nation as well. In 2015 he was awarded Perfect Game Underclassman All American and in 2016 was a Perfect Game Florida Region Honorable mention. He was also considered one of the top 150 pitchers in Florida according to Perfect Game

Coach Woodbridge's take: Kevin has a chance to be a frontline arm early in his career. We lucked out as Kevin missed all the fall with some shoulder tightness and some bigger schools backed off. He is a mid to upper 80 arm with a big time breaking ball. His high school coach brought him along very slowly but by the end of his senior year Kevin was locked in and had several strong outings verse strong opponents. He was a high follow leading into his final year of high school and we hope that he can carry that momentum into his 4 years here at

USciences.

 

Wade Gilpin – RHP

Wallenpaupack Area HS (Pennsylvania)

Height – 6'3    Weight – 180

Major – Pharmacy

 

About Gilpin: Wade comes to USciences after a very successful season and as the pattern has shown he has had success across multiple sports.  He was a standout in Cross Country running in the PIAA state championship as well as helping the team to a top 20 finish in the state.  On the diamond he led Pack' to a winning record as the teams ace and when he was not on the mound he was chipping in on offense.

Coach Woodbridge take: Another multi-sport athlete; I think you see my "type."  Wade running cross country kept him in shape but it also didn't allow him to really add to much weight and strength due to the short window before baseball. He played for Baseball U and was very well coached.  He is another arm who sits right around 80 but we fully expect a big jump by spring once he is solely a baseball guy. He, much like everyone in this class is off the charts academically and already knows how to pitch. He has a feel for all 3 pitches and attacks hitters. Wade is actually a very good catcher as well and we haven't ruled out being a two-way guy for us.

 

Thomas McCarthy – RHP

Amos Hough HS (North Carolina)

Height – 5'11  Weight – 175

Major – Physical Therapy

About McCarthy: McCarthy, originally from Moorestown, NJ made the move to North Carolina for his senior year. A member of the Tri-State Arsenal travel program McCarthy was a standout two-way player both on the bump and as an Infielder.

Coach Woodbridge's Take: I saw Tommy when I was actually going to see Kris and went to the wrong field. I started to talking to his father and one thing leads to another after I saw him throw. Tommy was a low 80 guy with the makings of a big time breaking ball but was just a little inconsistent but I still liked his make-up.  He moved to NC and got with a big time high school program and took his workouts up a notch over the winter and added some great weight and strength and saw his velocity jump and his breaking ball benefited as well.  Tommy can fill a lot of different rolls but he has swing and miss stuff so early in his career he will get looks as a multi-inning closer.

 

Mack Gill – RHP

Clearview Regional HS – (New Jersey)

Height – 6'4    Weight – 235

Major - Bio-Pre-Med

About Gill: Gill was 4-1 his junior year for Clearview and expected to be one of the conference starters for a very talented Clearview team that many thought could win a state championship.  During the summers Mack played for Rawlings Prospects NJ team.

Coach Woodbridge's Take: Mack caught some bad luck leading up to his senior year and had some arm troubles that forced him to come along slowly.  He really is just now getting back to what he was after a strong summer of Legion Ball with West Deptford.  I saw Mack at a PBR event where he sat right low 80's and showed a nice late breaking slider and a change-up with some late fade.  Macks best days are in front of him as he gets into a college weight room and regains his arm strength. He is a big imposing figure on the mound and I expect him to help us in a lot of different ways as well because he throws strikes.

 

Kris Morgenweck – RHP/Utility

St Augustine Prep HS (New Jersey)

Height – 6'2    Weight – 225

Major – Physical Therapy

About Morgenweck: Morgenweck was a two-sport athlete at The Prep also handling long snapping duties for the football team.  The Hermits were eliminated in the state playoffs.  Morgenweck helped lead the Hermits on the Diamond as the teams ace on the mound and on offense leading the squad to the state championship.  Morgenweck was All-Conference, All-South Jersey, and 3rd team All State. He was a member of the South Jersey Sand Sharks travel team.

Coach Woodbridges Take: Kris had an outstanding senior year. He came into the senior year being his teams #3 arm behind a Maryland and Duke recruit and after both went down he was asked to pitch in every big game. He stepped up like you'd want a senior to do.  6-0, era around 1, hit 3rd or 4th every game and well over .400 and helped lead the team to the state championship.  Something many didn't expect after the two big recruits went down.  He is just a gamer.  He will help us immediately on the mound and at the plate.  He thrives under pressure and I think the speed of the college game will not overwhelm him.