AEC Mid-Major Turns New Leaf, Earns Top Recruiting Class in School History with 2 Top Pitching Recruits
06/19/2021 08:09:31 am
The Binghamton Bearcats, a mid-major program in Vestal, New York, have undergone a lot of turnover in the program over the past year, replacing the manager who led them to their first AEC championship game Asher Mazara with longtime MLB manager Terry Collins. They also had to deal with injuries to several starters over the season and will only be returning 3 of their top 10 at bat leaders in the upcoming season and only one of their starting pitchers.
Fortunately, the Bearcats will have a little help after they landed the two highest recruits in school history in Deon Dixon and Gerard Coleman who are both among the top 62 recruits in the nation. Dixon is rated as the 16th overall recruit and 12th overall starting pitcher, as well as the 3rd overall recruit hailing from New York. Attending New York City HS, Dixon dominated his senior season hurling a 0.55 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP along with a .128 batting average against and 4.88 K/BB ratio. He easily earned a season 6 NY 1 All-Conference selection. "I decided to commit to Binghamton due to their family atmosphere and their great coaching," said Dixon in a phone interview. "On my official visit I really felt welcomed and prioritized, Terry felt like a great leader and someone I wanted to play for for my next 4 years." Dixon sports a 95 mile per hour fastball and is also talented enough with the bat to be a two way player.
Coleman from Elmira, New York is ranked the 62nd overall recruit and the 4th overall in the state of New York. He has been a major contributor for Elmira HS since his freshmen year when he received an offer from LIU and earned NY VI Freshmen Pitcher of the Year for his 1.46 ERA and 0.99. After missing most of his sophomore year due to injury, Coleman bounced back and put himself among the elite pitching recruits in the country pitching to a 0.62 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and an insane 6.2 K/BB ratio. Coleman's career accolades include 2 time NY VI All Conference, New York All-Star and NY VI Pitcher of the Year. Gerard also cited the outstanding coaching and culture in his decision to come to Binghamton. He demonstrates elite location and control and should be a key factor, along with Dixon, in replacing departing rotation members Daisuke Bowman, Clinton Doolittle and Cortez Bart.
These were just the headliners of a whopping 9 man recruiting class, giving Binghamton their first top 100 class coming in at number 60. The others include state champion shortstop Marquis Aarons (Riverdale), local catcher Herbert Herring (Vestal), New York All-Star and .380 hitting catcher Yimi Barnett (Hamilton), first baseman Gary French (Uniontown,PA), shortstop Drake Ackerman (Hamilton), leftfielder Kenny Chen (Brighton) and rightfielder Junior Moore (Mount Airy,MD). "I'm excited to see what this team can do next year, we have a lot of young guys coming on," said senior pitcher Neil Loaisiga, "Coach Collins has built an efficient and fun atmosphere around this clubhouse." The Bearcats will have a lot of new faces in the starting lineup and rotation next year but look for it to produce results after topping the AEC in recruiting.
Players selected in the Season 6 Draft
06/09/2021 04:03:01 pm
player(s) were selected in the Season 6 Draft
SR LF Mike Burnett
- Rd 12, Pick #3