Updated Tue, Sep 3, 2013 9:49 pm
After a silent month of August, Ohio Baseball landed its first commit of the 2014 recruiting class since late July. On Monday night, Tony Giannini announced his commitment to the Bobcats via his personal Twitter account.
Giannini, a catcher, is currently a senior at Carmel (Ind.) High School. At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds he is Ohio’s third commit and first position player of the 2014 class. The Carmel Greyhound bats and throws right-handed and can also play third base.
In 28 games as a junior, Giannini posted a .333/.455/.588 slash line – that’s batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage. He hit four home runs, drove in 24 runs, and scored 24 runs.
Giannini plays solid defense behind the plate, and has shown good arm strength indicated by his ability to throw the baseball at 80 mph from the crouch.
The senior catcher is ranked the 23rd best prospect of the 2014 class in Indiana, according to prepbaseballreport.com.
Last season, the Bobcats carried four catchers on their roster. Cody Gaertner led the group in batting average and appearances with a .278 average in 48 games played and 42 starts at catcher or designated hitter.
Per NCAA rules a student-athlete’s commitment does not become binding until they sign a National Letter of Intent. Baseball players of the 2014 class can sign their NLIs as early as Nov. 13.