While Scott Goodrich and the rest of the St. Louis Community College baseball team is gearing up for the beginning of the 2015 season, the program got to take a look into the more distant future Jan. 25, when seven new recruits signed their letters of intent with STLCC.
High School seniors Joey Reeves (Parkway North), Jared Littlefield (Hazelwood West), Zach Mathews (Columbia, Ill.), Nathaniel Hillerman (St. Francis Borgia), Nic Gauspohl (Timberland), Colten Anderson (Seckman) and Ben Stephens (Warrenton) were among the signees.
Goodrich’s 2016 recruiting class is, by design, one of great versatility. Four of the seven will pitch in addition to playing a position. This is a point of emphasis from Goodrich and a useful recruiting tool for athletes to continue hitting in addition to their work on the mound.
“Everyone wants to hit, and we’re going to take advantage of that,” Goodrich said. “The first thing I look at with this group is that we have a lot of athletes, a lot of speed, and guys who can play multiple positions. That’s really going to create a lot of competition for positions as we go along.”
For many of the incoming athletes, STLCC became an ideal location not only for the ability to contribute to a winning program in the short term, but also to take advantage of the wide range of academic opportunities available.
Almost to a man, the seven recruits pointed to both academic and financial advantages as reasons to choose STLCC over many area four-year schools.
For Goodrich, this year’s group and last year’s recruiting class closely resemble one another, an encouraging thought following a 30-20 record in his first year at the helm.
“I think the two classes are pretty similar in the fact that we’re going to be fast and athletic,” Goodrich said. “We’ll have some depth and competition at each spot.”