Baseball Inks Nine For 2009

July 23, 2008

Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler baseball head coach Steve Farley announced the signing of nine high school seniors to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday (July 23). Timothy Conroy, Blane DeCamp, Mike Hernandez, Nick Hladek, Stephen Kaffel, Tim Matheson, Brian Padove, Griffin Richeson and Ryan Salvino will all attend Butler beginning in the fall of 2008 and continue their playing careers beginning with the 2009 season.

"We think this is a very solid recruiting class," Farley said. "We have brought in quality players at all positions, and some guys will have an opportunity to contribute right away. The new NCAA rules limiting squad size will make our fall season extremely competitive, so our coaching staff is excited about the start of fall workouts."

A synopsis of each player follows:

Timothy Conroy
Barrington, Ill.
Barrington High School

All-conference and all-area as a senior in 2008...recipient of the school's scholar athlete award...Mid Suburban League All Academic Senior Athlete Award winner...earned three varsity letters at Barrington High...also picked up three letters as a member of the swim team.

Farley on Conroy: "Tim has a strong throwing arm from shortstop and he's a solid contact hitter. He comes from the same outstanding high school program where former Butler MVP Dustin Bucalo excelled. Tim has been a real leader for his team."

Blaine DeCamp
Columbus, Ind.
Columbus North

Named to the Columbus Republic All-Area Team and the all-conference squad...holds the school's single-season record with 44 hits and ranks second with eight home runs and 36 RBI...his .454 batting average as a junior was the third-best all-time...played baseball for the Indiana Bulls and the Indiana Mustangs...named to the honor roll...member of the National Honor Society.

Farley on DeCamp: "Blaine has above average running speed, a solid throwing arm and some pop in his bat. Like all of the guys we are bringing in, he is a hard worker, a good student and a quality person."

Mike Hernandez
Crown Point, Ind.
Crown Point High School

Team was ranked No. 1 in the state during the 2008 earned sectional championship three times and regional title twice...helped squad to Duneland Conference Championship in 2007...named to the Honor Roll...member of the National Honor Society...will graduate with honors.

Farley on Hernandez: "Mike is a top pitcher on one of the highest ranked 4A teams in Indiana. He has a solid fastball, a good breaking ball and an improving change up. We've seen him develop over the past couple of years at our camps."

Nick Hladek
Crown Point, Ind.
Crown Point High School

Pre-season all-state in 2008...named to both the Crown Point Times and Post Tribune All-Area team in 2007...four-year letterwinner...CHS has been ranked as the No. 1 team in the state during the 2008 earned sectional championship three times and regional title twice...helped squad to Duneland Conference Championship in 2007...also earned all-state honors in football.

Farley on Hladek: "Nick has above average speed for a catcher and has the versatility to play a couple of positions. He has an outstanding arm, hits for a high average and can run the bases. We love his attitude."

Stephen Kaffel
Orland Park, Ill.
Carl Sandburg High School

Received all-conference honors in both 2007 and 2008...all-area honorable captain...helped summer baseball team to league title in 2007...member of National Honor Society and Quest at his church.

Farley on Kaffel: "Steve has great potential as a left-handed power hitter, and he'll compete right away for the first base position. He has the size and strength we are looking for."

Tim Matheson
Libertyville, Ill.
Libertyville High School

Named to the all-conference and all-area team as a senior in 2008...selected as the team's MVP...batted .438 with three home runs and six triples as a senior...set a school record by stealing 34 bases in 34 attempts...named to the baseball and football all-academic teams in 2007 and 2008.

Farley on Matheson: "Tim has excellent speed and a solid throwing arm from centerfield. He can make things happen on offense by being a good contact hitter and bunter. Like a couple of our other recruits, he was an excellent football player in high school."

Brian Padove
Hammond, Ind.
Marian Catholic (Ill.) High School

Two-year varsity letterwinner...named team captain and MVP as a senior...batted .354 with 27 RBI as a junior in 2007...received the Marian Catholic 110% Award for baseball...played summer baseball with John Cangelosi's Illinois Sparks...member of the National Honor Society and honor roll...was an AP Scholar and an Illinois State Scholar.

Farley on Padove: "Brian has a good line drive swing and can play other positions besides catcher. He is an extremely hard worker and comes from a very good high school program. Like many of our recruits, he was named team MVP by his teammates."

Griffin Richeson
Lafayette, Ind.
Lafayette Central Catholic High School

Two-time all-state honoree and three-time all-area mention...four-year varsity letterwinner and starting shortstop...selected to the Indiana Junior captain...batted .463 as a sophomore and .447 as a junior...set the school's single-season records with 50 runs scored, 32 walks and 35 games played his junior year...also holds the career record for runs scored and walks...helped his team to the state championship his junior season and state semifinals his freshman season.

Farley on Richeson: "Griff has good speed, a solid arm and can hit for power and average. He has the versatility to play a couple of different positions for us. He was one of the top three-sport athletes in his conference."

Ryan Salvino
La Grange Park, Ill.
Nazareth Academy

Selected as an Elite 90 player...named to the All-Junior Showcase Team...represented the East Suburban Catholic Conference in the Plainfield All-Star Games...helped his team to the regional championship in 2007...member of the Honor Roll and all-service team...president of the Hinsdale Hospital Medical Staff Auxiliary Junior Board.

Farley on Salvino: "We've seen Ryan develop at our camps the past couple of years. He has solid command of three pitches. He will continue to get bigger and stronger in our program, and I know he's anxious to show what he can do this fall."