Milwaukee Baseball Adds Four In Early Signing Period
Nov. 30, 2010
MILWAUKEE - Mitchell Ghelfi of La Crosse, Wis., Justin Jaquish of Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jonathan Nick of West Bend, Wis., and Trevor Theissen of Franklin, Wis., have all been added in the early signing period and will play baseball for the Panthers next season, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee head coach Scott Doffek announced today.
The entire group comes from the state of Wisconsin and each is currently a senior in high school.
Ghelfi led La Crosse Central to another Mississippi Valley Conference title as a junior, a season in which he was named Second-Team Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-State, first-team all-district, First-Team All-MVC and all-city at catcher. He batted .324 with 16 extra-base hits a year ago, driving in 25 runs. That followed a sophomore campaign in which he batted .440 while driving in 32 runs and was again first-team in the city, MVC and district in addition to earning WBCA Third-Team All-State honors.
"When I watched Mitch compete, the one thing that really stood out for me was his instincts for the game," Doffek said. "Behind the plate, he just has a real good feel for the position and comes from a very good baseball pedigree. We see him as a real good catch-and-throw guy that will have the ability to control the game from behind the plate. He has a chance to be a very good hitter with the way his hands work and the fact that he is a switch-hitter is a bonus."
Jaquish will be a senior at Chippewa Falls High School where he is a standout in the outfield and on the mound. As a junior, he batted .449 with 23 runs batted in, making the WBCA Second-Team All-State in addition to first-team all-district, all-city and First-Team All-Big Rivers Conference accolades. On the mound, he went 7-2 with a 1.93 earned run average, tossing three shutouts and a no-hitter. In two years, he has a 12-2 record and 112 strikeouts in 90 innings of work.
"Justin is a projectable lefthander with fastball life and good feel for his secondary pitches," Milwaukee pitching coach Cory Bigler said. "He is a very good athlete with exceptional mound presence and the ability to control the running game. Once Justin focuses all of his energy on pitching, we expect him to take the next step quickly. We look forward to his development here at UWM."
Nick went 9-1 with a 1.42 ERA as a junior last season at West Bend West High School, earning Second-Team WBCA All-State honors. He posted five shutouts, eight complete games and two one-hitters. He struck out 86 batters in 69 innings of work, walking just 16. He was named First-Team All-North Shore Conference, all-area and all-district.
"Jon is a physical righthander with a high ceiling," Bigler said. "He is a strike thrower who can spin the ball and will continue to develop as he gains feel for his secondary pitches. Jon's maturity and competitive nature will allow him to push for valuable innings as a freshman. We are excited to see Jon take the next step as a Panther."
Theissen helped lead Franklin High School to a state championship as a junior, with his team finishing 30-14 on the season. He repeated Second-Team Greater Metro All-Conference honors, batting .334 at the plate. Known for his defense, he set a school record for most assists in a season a year ago and should break the school record for career assists next summer. Selected the Defensive Player of the Year in both 2009 and 2010, Theissen batted .395 as a sophomore and has stolen 31 bases and scored over 70 runs over the past two seasons combined.
"With the new rule changes as far as the bats go, I think being strong up the middle defensively is going to be critical and Trevor brings instincts and the ability to play defense," Doffek said. "As he matures physically, we feel his bat will come along with it. He is a great `team' guy who could play short or second at this level. We are very excited to have him."