The group includes four pitchers, two infielders and one outfielder (Elan Kawesch).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Adding to a program that posted its most Ivy League wins since 2010, Bill Decker, The Joseph O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, has announced seven incoming freshmen as the class of 2020. The group spans three states, with student-athletes joining the Crimson from California, Connecticut and Georgia.
"I am very enthused about the ability, character and promise of our incoming freshmen class. I believe our staff has identified the current needs of our program from both a positional player and pitching standpoint," noted Decker.
"The expectation is that they will compete on a daily basis and create opportunities for themselves and our team so we can continue to make positive strides within the program. I really like the competitive nature and work ethic of the class, and expect them to challenge for playing time and innings as we move through the fall and into the spring season."
Harvard baseball posted a 17-24 overall record last season, including a 9-11 mark in Ancient Eight play. The Crimson garnered four All-Ivy League selections in 2016.
JT Bernard | LHP | Douglasville, Ga. | Woodward Academy
Two-year letterwinner at pitcher and third base for Woodward Academy, also played for the Atlanta Blue Jays … Team captain as a senior … ProspectWire Baseball All-America selection in 2014 … Second team all-region honoree in 2015 … National Merit Commended Scholar … AP Scholar with Honor.
Hunter Bigge | RHP | Los Gatos, Calif. | Los Gatos
Four-year letterwinner at multiple positions for Los Gatos, also played for CCB … Three-time all-league selection, De Anza League MVP in 2015 … CalHi Sports Central Coast Section Player of the Year (2015) … First team all-state selection in 2015 … 2015 Santa Clara Hot Stove Pitcher of the Year … Team captain as a senior … Also lettered on the football and swimming teams … National Merit Commended Scholar … President of Los Gatos Chapter of Boys Team Charity.
Quinn Hoffman | INF | Del Mar, Calif. | Cathedral Catholic
Two-year letterwinner in the infield for Cathedral Catholic, also played for San Diego Show … Team captain as a senior … All-league first team selection … Named team MVP … Helped team to first open division CIF title in school history … Earned player of the week honors during CIF-title run … Volunteered with Cathedral Catholic Options Program … Father, Trevor, spent 18 years in Major League Baseball for the Marlins, Padres and Brewers.
Chad Minato | INF | Huntington Beach, Calif. | Huntington Beach
Three-year letterwinner in the infield for Huntington Beach, played most recently on club circuit for SoCal Renegades … Led team to CIF Southern Section Division I Championship … National High School Invitational Champion in 2016 … Second team All-Sunset League and Orange County All-Star in 2016 … Two-time All-Sunset academic honoree … AP Scholar … Graduated Summa Cum Laude … National Honor Society Member … Principal's Award recipient.
Kieran Shaw | RHP | Los Gatos, Calif. | Bellarmine College Prep.
Three-year letterwinner at Bellarmine College Prep., also played for South Bay Diamondbacks … All-League first team at pitcher as a senior … Team captain as a senior … Named Bellarmine Pitcher of the Year in 2016 … Also lettered on football team … AP Scholar with Honor … National Honor Society member … Recipient of Jesuit Schools Network Award.
Grant Stone | RHP | Stamford, Conn. | Fairfield College Prep.
Three-year letterwinner at Fairfield College Prep., also competed for Stamford Legion Post 3 19U … All-conference selection in 2015 … Team captain as a senior … Named to CHSA and CT Parochial All-Star games as a senior … SCC Scholar Leader Award and Fairfield Prep Coaches Award recipient … Earned the St. Francis Xavier Award … National Merit Commended Scholar … Brother, Kevin '19, is also on the Harvard baseball team.
Jake Suddleson | OF | Pacific Palisades, Calif. | Harvard-Westlake
Three-year letterwinner at Harvard-Westlake, played on club circuit most recently for Pacific Baseball Academy … Team captain in 2016 … MaxPreps all-state baseball team as a senior … Second team All-California in 2016 … 2016 All-Mission League first team and All-CIF Southern first team … LA Daily News All-Area selection … Named to IMG National Classic All-Tournament team … On Perfect Game's Top-500 list for class of 2016 … All-CIF Southern second team honoree in 2015 … Honor Roll … AP Scholar … Participant in Vs. Cancer campaign.