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Conq Baseball Signs 7 For 2014-15

Feb 06, 2014

The DC3 Baseball team has signed seven student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent for the 2014-15 season.  The Coaching staff is very excited about this early signing class and is looking forward to what the future has in store for Conq baseball.  Head Coach Phil Stephenson had this to say about the early signees, "We feel like we have added seven excellent young men, we know they are going to excel not only on the baseball field but in the classroom as well.  All seven will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact on our program."  Below is information on the signees.

Johnny Balsamo- OF
5"8" 160 lbs L/L
Park Hill HS
Kansas City, MO

"Johnny is the ultimate competitor, plays the game the right way and has a dirtbag mentality.  He runs extremely well, has a plus arm from the OF and handles the bat.  We are expecting big things from Johnny and we know he will be a great addition to the top of our lineup next year."

Layne Downing- RHP/INF
6'0" 190 lbs R/R
Hays HS
Hays, KS

"Layne is a strong physical kid that has the ability to help us on the mound and at the plate.  He swings the bat well, and wants the baseball when he is on the mound.  Layne comes from a good HS program and we are excited to have him as a part of the DC family."

Tim Wakefield- C
6'1" 190 lbs R/R
Gilroy Catholic College 
Sydney, Australia

"Tim is another strong kid that fills a hole behind the plate.  We are losing 2 catchers after this year and Tim will have the opportunity to come in and contribute immediately.  He is very polished behind the plate and will bring some pop to our lineup from the right side."

Kaden Rohr- MIF/RHP
6'0" 160 lbs R/R
Russell HS
Russell, KS

"Kaden is an athletic kid that is only going to get better with time.  He moves well, is a plus defender on the infield and competes at the plate.  He will continue to work on the mound and will help us add depth.  Because of his work ethic, we know what we are going to get every day from Kaden.”

Corey Land- OF/RHP

5’10" 180 lbs L/R
Park Hill South HS
Kansas City, MO

“Corey is an athletic two-way guy that will provide a good bat from the left side.  He is advanced as a hitter and has a great mental approach to the game.  On the mound, he is a strike thrower and understands how to get people out.”

Ricky Trammell- INF
6’3" 180 lbs S/R
Park Hill HS
Kansas City, MO

“Ricky is a switch hitting corner infielder with a ton of upside.  He is very consistent on the infield and makes all the routine plays.  At the plate, he is a gap to gap guy from both sides and has a good understanding of what he is trying to do when he is in the box.  Ricky will have an opportunity to help us at both corner infield spots.”

Max Laney- MIF
6’0" 170 lbs R/R
Park Hill South HS
Kansas City, MO

“Max is an athletic infielder who is advanced defensively. He has a great work ethic and is very confident in what he does, we like that mentality and believe Max can come in and compete for playing time immediately.”