Milwaukee Baseball Rounds Out Incoming Class
Aug. 1, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Head coach Scott Doffek has announced four more additions to the roster of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team for the upcoming season. Drew Haack of Middleton, Wis., Jeremy McCarty of Waupun, Wis., Nick Unes of Peoria, Ill., and Pat Wilson of Vernon Hills, Ill., have all signed with the UWM baseball team and are set to compete in 2013.
Haack, McCarty and Unes each recently completed their senior seasons in high school, while Wilson is a transfer from the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill.
Haack batted .419 as a senior at Middleton High School, posting a .495 on-base percentage and .605 slugging percentage at the plate to help him earn Big Eight First-Team All-Conference honors as a utility player. He scored 22 runs and drove in 27, while also going 8-3 in 12 games on the mound, making 11 starts. He struck out 66 batters in 66 innings, compiling a 2.76 ERA.
He was named Big Eight First-Team All-Conference at designated hitter as a junior, batting .423 with a team-best 33 runs batted in and a team-leading .641 slugging percentage. On the mound, he finished with a 5-1 record and a 2.24 earned run average.
"Drew is another physically strong player," Doffek said. "He is a good athlete and has excelled at multiple sports in high school. He has bounced all over the field in his career and we are excited to have that versatility. He has some raw tools that need to be developed, but with his makeup and desire he has a chance to be very good. We are thrilled to welcome Drew and his family to UWM."
McCarty was named Little 10 Conference Honorable Mention after a senior campaign at Waupun High School that saw him bat .353 with three home runs and 28 runs batted in. He helped his team to a 24-6 record and a conference title, posting a .432 on-base percentage and a .529 slugging percentage. He was a Second-Team All-LTC selection as a junior after batting .395 with five home runs and 14 RBI and was also a first-team all-area punter on the football field.
"Jeremy is a strong physical kid with huge upside," Doffek said. "We feel like he is just getting started as a baseball player. He has a good arm to go along with big power potential. He has good natural bat speed and, with his size and strength, his bat has a chance to really take off. Jeremy is a prototypical corner outfielder who is a competitor that we feel has a very bright future."
Unes was a four-time First-Team All-Prairieland Conference selection and three-time First-Team All-ICAC member at Brimfield High School. As a senior, he batted .391 (36-for-92) and finished with a .513 on-base percentage, a pair of home runs and 30 runs batted in. The three-year captain and four-time McDonald's All-Star Game selection helped his high school team go 104-19 in his four years, winning conference titles each season. The Peoria Journal-Star All-Area honoree hit .403 with six home runs and 40 RBI as a junior and .504 with nine home runs and 49 runs batted in as a sophomore.
"Nick is a physical, lefthanded-hitting infielder," Doffek said. "He is a very good athlete and should be versatile as a defender, giving us the option move him around a little. We feel like his bat has a chance to be very good - he has natural leverage in his swing and, as he matures physically, his power should really blossom. This kid loves to compete. It's going to be fun to watch him grow and we are thrilled to have him."
Wilson spent one season in junior college at Lake County, batting .380 in 45 games for the Lancers. He scored 39 runs, recorded 57 hits (16 doubles/six home runs), drove in 55 runs and posted a .418 on-base percentage. That followed a freshman campaign at Augustana College where he started every game and led the team with a .386 average. He tied for the conference lead with 34 hits and was a Second-Team All-CCIW selection as well as the Vikings' Most Outstanding Offensive Player.
As a senior at Stevenson High School, Wilson batted .429 with six homers, 15 doubles and 50 RBI. He helped the Patriots finish third in the IHSA Class 4A state tournament.
"We feel like Pat has the chance to come in here and hit," Doffek said. "He is a big, strong left-handed bat and has the ability to drive the ball to all fields. He has proven himself at the JUCO level with big numbers and we feel his skill set will allow him to make the transition to Division I baseball. We are really excited about being able to work with him and welcome him and his family into the Panther Family."