Head coach Steve Farley and the Butler baseball program have added three players during the fall signing period. Dan Busch, Omar Maldonado and Danny Pobereyko have signed to join the Bulldogs in the fall of 2013.
Busch is an infielder from Roseville, Minn. He is an all-conference player and team captain for his high school team and has found great success on his club team, the Minnesota Blizzard. Busch and the Blizzard team have won one national championship and have placed second in the nation three times.
"Dan is a very good athlete and he has the versatility to play several positions for us," Farley said. He has a strong arm and he makes solid contact at the plate."
Farley added that some of the best hitters he has coached at Butler have been, like Busch, hockey players from Minnesota. "The eye-hand coordination required to handle the puck in hockey seems to transfer very well to hitting a baseball. Dan has two older brothers who are playing DI baseball and I had the good fortune to play with Dan's father, Kevin, when I pitched at the University of Minnesota. We are excited to have Dan coming in to our program."
Maldonado is a right-handed pitcher from Redondo Beach, Calif.
Maldonado plays high school
baseball at St. John Bosco and his summer team, the SoCal
Cardinals, is what Farley calls "one of
the best programs on the west coast." Maldonado is the first California native to sign with the Bulldogs, and Farley said he hopes there are many more California players headed to Butler in the future.
"Pitching is fairly new to Omar and he has a fresh arm. He has above average arm strength and we are confident he will continue to get bigger and stronger," the Butler coach said. "He has a great work ethic and is very coachable. He comes from a great family and he hit it off well with our team when he made his recruiting visit to Butler. We think he's going to be very successful on the mound."
Pobereyko, a native of Munster, Ind., is a right-handed pitcher
who plays at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond. He was a first team
all-conference player in 2012, posting a 5-0
record and a 1.90 ERA. He was also 5-0 during the summer for the club program Hammond Chiefs. He was a second team all-conference honoree as a sophomore and also played on Bishop Noll's basketball team that finished as state runner-up. Pobereyko is a National Honor Society member and also competed in cross country.
"Danny is a guy I focused on from the first time I saw him on the mound. He has a solid fastball, an outstanding change-up and a developing breaking ball," Farley said. "Danny has one of those projectable pitcher's bodies that pro scouts look for. We know he will continue to grow and get stronger in our program. Danny is a competitor and he has that Bulldog mentality when he is on the mound. Like all of our signees, Danny is an outstanding student and he comes from a great family. He is going to be a very good player for us."