Coming off of a record season that saw Pitt baseball go all the way to the semifinal in their their first-ever ACC tournament (complete with an upset of UNC, who made it to Omaha), the future is bright. The Panthers have 11 new faces coming in as part of the class of 2018.

Two players in this class were drafted and a few others were thought of as potential draftees in quite possibly the best recruiting class Pitt baseball has ever brought in. I caught up with eight of the eleven commits to get the inside scoop on their senior seasons.

RHP BILLY CORCORAN

via @billycorcoran32 twitter

Basic Info

Hometown Milmont Park, PA
High School Malvern Prep

 

Senior Year Stats:

RECORD 7-0
ERA 1.16
STRIKEOUTS 63
INNINGS PITCHED 54.1

 

THE SCOOP:

Billy Corcoran is one of the two Pitt signees to get drafted in the 2018 MLB Draft. After a record junior season, Corcoran got drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 36th round with the 1079th overall pick. He decided to honor his commitment to Pitt and not sign a professional contract with the Rangers.

This past season, Corcoran teared it up, as you can see by his stats above. Not only did he have a great statistical year, but he helped lead his team to an Inter-AC title as well as their second straight PAISA state title.

“At the beginning of the season, we as a team set three goals for ourselves, which was winning the Inter-AC, winning the state championship and getting to 30 wins, and by winning our state championship, we were able to accomplish all three,” Corcoran said, “It feels great to be able to achieve our goals on the season.”

On the way to accomplishing these goals, Corcoran also earned some individual accolades. He was named the Inter-AC League (his school’s conference) MVP.

“Being Inter-AC MVP, it was something I had always worked for, but I’m much more of a team-achievement guy,” Corcoran said, “I obviously couldn’t have gotten it without my teammates, especially the rest of the pitching staff. My teammates make my job easier.”

The 2018 Pennsylvania All-State team hasn’t been released, but expect Corcoran to make it.

After losing ace Matt Pidich, Corcoran could very well be one of the top pitchers on this team next year.

LHP MASON RONAN

via @mase2314 twitter

Basic Info:

Hometown Ashville, PA
High School Penn Cambria

 

Senior Year Stats:

RECORD 4-2
ERA 4.38
STRIKEOUTS 73
INNINGS PITCHED 30.1

 

The Scoop:

Ronan is the other Pitt commit to get drafted in the 2018 MLB draft. Ronan was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 29th round with the 880th pick. He also announced that he would be turning down the Red Sox’s offer and honoring his commitment to Pitt.

Ronan is a left handed pitcher with electric stuff. His fastball has been clocked up to 92 MPH and he has a big 12-6 curveball with great movement that makes a deadly combination. Ronan has great control and can locate both of his pitches low in the zone and to both corners of the plate.

On the year he had 73 strikeouts in just 30.1 innings pitched. Keep in mind that means he averaged 2.43 strikeouts an inning. Ronan still doesn’t think he had his best year.

“I did solid, not as good as I would’ve liked, but it was still a good year,” Ronan said.

Ronan hit last season and showed that he is also a pitcher that can rake. He batted .373 with a .521 on base percentage, .607 slugging percentage, three doubles, three triples and one home run. Ronan realizes that he will most likely not hit at Pitt.

“I would love to hit, but I’m not sure hitting will be an option at Pitt,” Ronan said.

With the talent Ronan possesses, he could very well be one of the top pitchers on the Panthers pitching staff next year and is going to be huge for Pitt in the coming years.

RHP BRADY DEVEREUX

via @bradydev08 twitter

Basic Info:

Hometown Glen Mills, PA
High School Malvern Prep

 

Senior Year Stats:

RECORD 6-1
ERA 1.53
STRIKEOUTS 53
INNINGS PITCHED 45.2

 

The Scoop:

On most teams, a guy like Brady Devereux would be the ace of the pitching staff. However, Devereux attended Malvern Prep with fellow Pitt commit Billy Corcoran, who was the team’s ace. Regardless, Devereux was still one of the best pitchers in the state of Pennsylvania last year.

Devereux and Corcoran on the same pitching staff virtually gave teams no chance to beat them, and it showed as Devereux was able to finish his high school career winning back-to-back state titles. On the way to the state title, Devereux pitched in the PAISA state quarterfinal game that saw him go a complete game (5 innings), striking out nine batters and only giving up one run.

“I felt good the whole game, but it wasn’t just me who helped us move on. We definitely played good team baseball,” Devereux said, “I was more excited to move on to the semis than my personal performance.”

Earlier in his high school career, Devereux was committed to Wake Forest, but a problem in the admissions process caused him to decommit and his flip his commitment to Pitt.

“I also love Coach Oakes and I think he’s going to help me a lot to grow as a pitcher, along with Billy Corcoran who has been my close friend for four years, and also Sky Duff who I’ve been close with for six years now,” Devereux said.

Devereux is another talented pitcher in this 2018 class that has the potential to come in and do big things on the bump for Pitt right away.

INF ANDRES ANTONINI

via @antonini_andres twitter

Basic Info

Hometown Hollywood, FL
High School St. Thomas Aquinas

 

Senior Year Stats:

Batting Average .429
On Base Percentage .510
Slugging Percentage .761
Home Runs 4
Doubles 16
RBI 25
Runs Scored 38

 

The Scoop:

Andres Antonini is another Pitt signee to win a state championship last season. Antonini won the FHSAA 7A state title, and he played a huge part in both getting there and picking up the state title win.

In an 8-4 win over Sarasota High School, Antonini had a great outing in his last game in a Raider uniform, as he went three-for-three with two RBI, two runs scored and a walk.

“It was an unbelievable experience and something I would never forget. I knew it was my last game as a Raider so I wanted to give every bit of my body I had left and make the most out of it, so I could lead the team to a state title after 15 years and leave my jersey on a better place,” Antonini said.

Antonini is a guy who knows how to win and is going to turn it on in big situations. This won’t change at Pitt and one of his big goals is to get some more rings at the next level.

“[I’m] looking forward to turn the program to a whole other level,” Antonini said.

With David Yanni at shortstop, Antonini is a very talented player who I expect to come in and make a big impact at second base. Once Yanni is gone, expect Antonini to make the transition over to shortstop.

INF SKY DUFF

via @sky_duff3 twitter

Basic Info

Hometown Shamong, NJ
High School Bishop Eustace Prep

 

Senior Year Stats:

Batting Average .495
RBI 41
Home Runs 8
Record (Pitching) 7-0
ERA 0.59

The Scoop:

Sky Duff was a two-way player in high school, as he was both the best hitter and pitcher on his team at Bishop Eustace Prep. This was actually Duff’s first year on the mound.

At Pitt Duff will only be a infielder, but had he started pitching at an earlier time, he believes he could have pitched in college. Despite that, the year he had pitching is one that he thinks has helped him a lot.

“It gave me another opportunity to compete from a different perspective,” Duff said, “After this year I definitely think I could have [pitched in college].”

The main goal for him is winning, and that is one thing so many Pitt commits echoed. Duff believes doing big things will be a real possibility in the coming years.

“The goal for me, really, is to get to Omaha at all costs. I think we have a legitimate shot to do that with the direction the program is heading,” Duff said.

Duff had a great senior year, almost hittin .500. He is a very talented player and has the potential to come in and do big things in the coming years at Pitt.

RHP DANNY SAN PEDRO

via @dannysanpedro twitter

Basic Info:

Hometown Miami, FL
High School Christopher Columbus

 

Junior Year Stats:

Record 9-1
ERA 0.73
Strikeouts 81
Innings Pitched 42

 

The Scoop:

After suffering a torn UCL on April 16 of his senior year against district opponent Southwest High School, San Pedro would require Tommy John Surgery that ultimately sidelined him for the rest of the season. At the time the injury occurred, he had thrown 36 innings and struck out 56 batters.

Getting better is going to be a process, but it is one that San Pedro has made sure to stay on top of.

“I’ll be back throwing 100 percent in a game in about 12-14 months,” San Pedro said, “I’ve responded extremely well, taking my therapy and rehab extremely serious so I can get back on the field with the boys and start winning ball games.”

Despite responding well, at first San Pedro was disappointed when he learned the torn UCL would end his season. He was disappointed that he wouldn’t be able to once again be named Miami Dade County pitcher of the year, and wondered if Pitt would still honor his scholarship.

“Once I got the results back from the doctor it, sucked and I didn’t think the coaches at Pitt would honor my scholarship. But after talking to all of them, they still honored their offer and have been with me every step since I got it,” San Pedro said.

San Pedro will take a medical redshirt next year and won’t make his first appearance on the bump as a Panther until 2020. He is a guy to watch for in the future, as he is the real deal on the bump.

RHP ANDREW BEAUVAIS

via @AndrewBeauvais twitter

Basic Info:

Hometown Claremont, CA
High School Claremont

 

Senior Year Stats:

Record 6-3
ERA 2.33
Strikeouts 57
Innings Pitched 54
Saves 2

The Scoop:

Beauvais was a very under-the-radar guy coming out of high school. Go take a look at the article I wrote about him a few months ago and you will quickly be able to tell that he was overlooked a lot.

With an impressive 6-foot-7 frame, Beauvais had a solid senior year that saw him become the ace of his team. He both started and closed out games, as he would pitch in both conference games each week, most of the time.

“Sometimes I would come out of the pen on Tuesday if it was close and then I would start on Thursday,” Beauvais said.

Despite closing games two days before a start not being his favorite thing, he realized it was what his team needed to win. That is exactly why he was fine with doing it. Beauvais made first team all-league and was a Perfect Game preseason All-American for the California region. He still feels like he could’ve done better.

“This past season I felt like I did well, but I wanted to do better,” Beauvais said, “I felt like I could have walked less batters.”

Beauvais is looking forward to taking his baseball skills to the next level at Pitt. With his body frame, work ethic and the skill to become a pitcher who does a lot of damage in the ACC, he may have the highest upside of any player in the class. It is going to be fun to watch how he progresses.

 

INF GREGORY RYAN

via @gregwryan26 twitter

Basic Info:

Hometown North Chesterfield, VA
High School Benedictine

 

Senior Year Stats:

Batting Average .305
RBI 24
Home Runs 3
Stolen Bases 10

The Scoop:

Ryan is a middle infielder who has the ability to play all the infield spots. He is coming off of a solid senior year that saw him hit .305 with three home runs, two of which were go-ahead home runs in crucial games.

“My goals at Pitt are to continue going to the ACC tournament and to ultimately get to the CWS for the first time,” Ryan said.

He not only wants those things to happen, but he also wants to be a big part of it.

“I would like to be one of the primary contributors on the team as soon as I get there,” Ryan said.

In his senior year, Ryan was a very streaky player. He had multiple periods of time that he slumped, but he hit well in big time games, exemplified by his walk-off home runs.

Ryan is a guy with both power and speed; he had 10 stolen bases on the year, and is a solid player all the way around.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The 2018 signees are easily the best recruiting class in the history of Pitt baseball. It is going to be fun to watch how these players mesh with a Pitt team that made it all the way to the ACC semifinals this spring. There are multiple prospects to replace those who went pro in this past year — this is a big time class to take Pitt to the next level.

REST OF THE CLASS

Name Position Height Weight Hometown High School
Kyle Hess OF 6’0 190 lbs. Mt. Joy, PA Donegal
Zach Klapak C 6’2 205 lbs. Milford, PA Delaware Valley
Zach Mancz 1B 5’11 215 lbs. Export, PA Penn Trafford

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Content Creator at Armchair Pitt , The Armchair All Americans, LLC
Yes, my last name is Beard. Yes, I know I don’t have a Beard and probably never will because I still look like I’m five, people need to quit reminding of this. Two time little league all star and one time league champ. I am on the baseball team at Ohio Christian University and I enjoy hosing dudes who think they can steal on me. I am a rare and endangered species, a native Floridian. That is probably why I am so hot. Follow me on twitter @chandler_beard4.

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