Harvard Baseball Welcomes Five Newcomers

Harvard Baseball Welcomes Five Newcomers

Tanner Anderson (20) celebrates after scoring a run against Yale last season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

The Harvard baseball team will welcome five student-athletes to the program this fall. All five class of 2017 members are from outside Massachusetts and each represents a different state.

The group consists of four pitchers, one of which also plays first base, and one infielder. Two of the pitchers are right handed, while two throw from the left side. 

Under the guidance of second-year head coach Bill Decker, The Joseph J. O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, the Crimson will look to improve on a third-place finish in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division. Harvard returns three All-Ivy League selections next season in juniors Tanner Anderson, Mike Martin and Brandon Kregel.

The Class of 2017

Gregory Coman 
Setauket, N.Y. - Ward Melville High School
LHP - 5-10 - 175

Two-year starter at pitcher and outfield for Ward Melville … Captained the baseball team for two seasons … All-League and All-Academic League pick as a senior … Led his team to a League 1 championship for the third time in school history … Helped Ward Melville to a Suffolk County championship and Long Island championship for the first time in school history … Went 4-0 with a 0.70 ERA as a senior … Newman Company Partners in Excellence Award winner, given to student athlete who possesses the qualities of leadership, character, integrity, and scholarship … Appeared on ESPN's top ten plays (#2) for his over-the-fence diving catch … National Honor Society … Spanish Honors Society … Went to Guayaquil, Ecuador with a medical team to take part in a mission to provide surgical care to an impoverished community … Instructed Little League Baseball for four years … Brother, Ben Coman, is an all-state tennis player.

Nick Gruener 
Miami, Fla. - Miami Palmetto Senior High
RHP - 6-0 - 185
Lettered and started four years at pitcher and outfield for Miami Palmetto … Captain for two seasons … Picked to the all-district team three times … Two year All-County and All-Star team selection … Named to the 2013 Florida All-State Team and All-Star Team … Two-time Cy Young award winner and MVP award winner for Miami Palmetto … Four-year Scholar-Athlete Award recipient … Led Dade County in strikeouts as a junior … Earned the Principal's 4.0 award three times … Also played one year of varsity football, as a slot receiver … Father, Michael, played football at UCLA and graduated in 1986.

Matt Hink 
Ballwin, Mo. - Marquette High School
RHP/1B - R/R - 6-5 - 215
Three-year letterwinner in baseball and basketball … First-team all-conference pitcher selection as a junior and senior and honorable mention recipient as a sophomore … Earned all-district selections in his last two seasons at Marquette High … Played in the 2013 Delta Dental High School All-Star Game … 2013 Coach's award winner … Led his team to district and sectional titles on the way to a fourth-place finish in the state class 5 tournament in 2012 … Helped Marquette to the 2013 Suburban west conference championships in baseball and basketball … Holds the school's record for single season ERA (0.76) … A St. Louis Post Dispatch Scholar Athlete … Member of the National Honor Society … Princeton Book Award winner … Named to the Winner's Circle, Honor Roll and the ACE award list … Social Studies department award winner … Earned the President's award for educational excellence, George Washington carver award, Glory of Missouri award for knowledge.

Drew Reid 
Silver Spring, Md. – Maret School
IF - S/R - 5-11 - 190
Four-year letter winner at Maret School in baseball and a three-year letterwinner in football … Three-year starter in the infield … Captain as a juior and senior… Named All-League at shortstop in his last two seasons ... Member of the winningest class in school history at Maret … Helped his team to 2011, 2012 and 2013 MAC regular season championships and the 2013 MAC Tournament championship … All-League selection at lineback in football in 2011 and 2012 … Mother, Andrea Reid, went to Harvard Medical School and graduated in 1988 … Father,  Karl Reid, graduated from Harvard School of Education in 2007 … Grandfather, Paul S. Weisberg, graduated from Harvard College in 1952 … Great uncle, Perry A. Williams, was a running back at Purdue and played for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears following his graduation in 1968 … Great uncle, Elliott Williams, played football and ran track at Northwestern before graduating in 1962.

Kevin Rex 
Fishers, Ind. - Park Tudor School
LHP - 6-1 - 180
Four-year letterwinner in baseball at Park Tudor School … Also letter twice in cross country and once in basketball … Captained the baseball team as a junior and senior … Three-time first team all-conference pick as a left-handed pitcher … First team All-State and All-Marion County selection … Made the Indianapolis Star SuperTeam … MVP of the baseball team as a senior … Selected to the Indiana North/South All-Star Team as a senior … Park Tudor Rookie of the Year in 2010 … Three -time conference title winner … Holds school's career record for postseason wins by a pitcher … National Cum Laude Society … AP Scholar with Distinction … National Merit Scholar … Father, Douglas Rex, graduated from Harvard in 1976.