Chippewa Baseball Adds Six Recruits

Coach Steve Jaksa (right) and associated head coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Opalewski have added six players to their incoming class of recruits.
Aug. 4, 2017

Andy Sneddon,

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan baseball coach Steve Jaksa announced that six players have committed to play for the Chippewas, bringing to 11 the number of signees in Jaksa's class of 2017.

Among the most recent six signees are three left-handed pitchers, Tyler Brown of Spring, Texas; Brandon Reed of Millington; and Coan McAlpine of Hickory, N.C.

The other three are right-handed hitting outfielders Gáoshua Williams of Chicago and Jacob Crum of St. Johns and infielder Chase Patterson of Libertyville, Ill.

McAlpine, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, was the valedictorian of his class at Hickory High School, and was rated the No. 9 player in North Carolina in 2014.

Brown earned a Junior College All-Star nod last year while playing at Galveston (Texas) College, where he struck out 50 in 52 innings.

Reed struck out a Millington High School record 300 while compiling an earned run average of 0.82.

Patterson, who spent last year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., was rated the No. 5 player in Florida and No. 65 in the nation in the class of 2017 by

Crum played last season at Lansing Community College, where he hit .409 with 12 home runs and drove in 59 runs. He also recorded 20 stolen bases en route to earning the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference Player of the Year Award.

Williams, who prepped at Providence Catholic in New Lenox, Ill., hit .400 and stole 22 bases in 13 games during an injury-shortened senior season.

Tyler Brown • LHP • L/L • 6-3, 197 • Spring, Texas/Galveston College
In 52 innings pitched, recorded 50 strikeouts and a 4.60 ERA en route to Junior College All-Star and Second Team All-District honors ... made the Dean's List all four semesters at Galveston ... recorded a 2.60 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched in prep career ... earned first team all-district as a high school senior.
Jacob Crum • OF • R/R • 6-1, 185 • St. Johns, Mich./Lansing Community College
Hit .409 with 12 home runs, 59 RBI, nine triples, 14 doubles, and 20 stolen bases as a sophomore at LCC ... named National Junior College Athletic Association Region XII First Team ... received All-Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA), All-MCCAA Eastern Conference, and MCCAA Eastern Conference Player of the Year ... recorded a .329 batting average, one home run, eight triples, twelve doubles and fifteen stolen bases in prep career at St. Johns High School ... made All-Capital Area Activities Conference Red in 2014 and earned honorable mention in 2015.
Coan McAlpine • LHP • L/L • 6-4, 210 • Hickory, N.C./Hickory HS
Rated the No. 9 player in North Carolina and the No. 43 left-handed pitcher in the country by Perfect Game for the Class of 2014 ... named a Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American as a senior in 2014 ... named Collegiate Baseball Honorable Mention All-American as a sophomore in 2012 ... earned All-Atlantic Region honors in 2014 ... three-time North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A-4A All-Northwestern Conference (2012-14) ... named team captain as a senior ... high school valedictorian.
Chase Patterson • INF • R/R • 5-9, 170 • Libertyville, Ill./IMG Academy
Rated the No. 5 player in the state of Florida and the No. 65 player in the country for the class of 2017 by ... helped lead IMG to a 21-5 record as a senior ... named all-conference and hit .350 as a sophomore ... played summer league ball for the Hitters 16U and the Prospect Training Academy 17/18U.
Brandon Reed • LHP • L/L • 6-1, 145 • Millington, Mich./Millington HS
Named Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Division 3 First Team All-State ... selected to 2017 Saginaw News Baseball Dream Team as an outfielder ... named Tuscola Advertiser Tuscola County Player of the Year ... selected first Team all-region, All-Tri-Valley Conference-East and all-district selection as a senior ... earned all-district all four years of high school ... maintained a career ERA of 0.82 ... holds school career records for strikeouts (300) and innings pitched (226 2/3) ... earned three varsity letters ... also lettered in basketball.
Gaoshua Williams • OF • R/R • 6-1, 175 • Chicago, Ill./Providence Catholic HS
Two-time Joliet Herald News First Team All-Area ... selected to participate in the 2017 Illinois Coaches Association McStrong All-Star Game ... boasted a .400 batting average with three home runs and 22 stolen bases in 13 games during an injury-shortened senior season ... earned three varsity letters in baseball ... lettered four times in football, earning All-Chicago Catholic League honors as a cornerback in 2016 ... played summer league ball for the Oklahoma Stars in 2016 and the Cangelosi Sparks in 2017 ... high school coach was Mark Smith.
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