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    Arkansas baseball announces seven recruits

    8:55 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (UofA) - University of Arkansas head baseball coach Dave Van Horn announced the first seven members of the 2013 recruiting class on Monday. The seven players are the first of a large signing class that will continue to be announced as the week progresses.

    "This class is dominated by pitching," Coach Van Horn said. "We know that after the 2013 season we're going to lose six or seven of our top pitchers, either through the draft or graduation, and we needed to fill some of those spots. We feel like we've done that with a good mix of right- and left-handed pitchers. We feel like we have a good opportunity to get most of these guys. We also went after a couple of infielders and a couple of other players that can play both infield and outfield. We do have some fairly young position players in our program so this class was dominated by pitching."

    The first group of recruits includes outfielder Andrew Benintendi of Cincinnati, Ohio, catcher Jon Denney of Yukon, Okla., left-handed pitcher Chris Falwell of Round Rock, Texas, left-handed pitcher Nolan McCutcheon of Glenpool, Okla., right-handed pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz of Keller, Texas, right-handed pitcher James Teague of Bartlesville, Okla., and right-handed pitcher Lawson Vassar of Little Rock, Ark.

    Andrew Benintendi

    OF - 5-10 - 170 - Cincinnati, Ohio (Madeira HS)

    Madeira HS

    Ranked as the 308th-best recruit nationally and the fourth-best recruit in the state of Ohio in the class of 2013 by Perfect Game ... Named to 2012 Perfect Game preseason second-team underclassmen All-American team ... Named Ohio Division III Player of the Year and selected as the Cincinnati Enquirer Division III Player of the Year as a junior ... Earned all-state honors as a sophomore and a junior ... Three-time first-team All-Cincinnati Hills league ... Has hit over .500 each year in high school ... Batted .564 with 10 homers, 47 RBI, 54 runs scored and 23 stolen bases as a junior ... Also pitches for his high school team and went 6-2 with a 1.94 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 43 innings during his junior season ... Also plays basketball for high school team and was named Ohio Division III Co-Player of the Year after averaging 24.2 points per game as a junior.

    Personal

    Son of Chris and Jill Benintendi ... Has two sisters, Olivia and Lilly.

    Coach Van Horn on Benintendi

    "Andrew is a very polished outfielder that is a top of the order hitter. He plays centerfield for his high school and summer league team. He's also an outstanding basketball player."

    Jon Denney

    C - 6-3 - 205 - Yukon, Okla. (Yukon HS)

    Yukon HS

    Ranked as the 24th-best recruit nationally and the top recruit in the state of Oklahoma in the class of 2013 by Perfect Game ... Ranked as the 10th-best high school prospect nationally in the class of 2013 by Baseball America ... Named to 2012 Perfect Game preseason second-team underclassmen All-American ... Named a first team All-American in 2012 by Louisville Slugger ... Hit .327 in his junior season with 12 homers and 36 RBI ... As a sophomore, batted .405 with nine homers and 45 RBI ... Hit .448 with eight home runs and 41 RBI as a freshman.

    Personal

    Son of Robert Denney and Dawn Maslar.

    Coach Van Horn on Denney

    "Jon is one of the top catchers in the country when you look at the total package. He can really throw. He's a big, strong, physical kid with a lot of power."

    Chris Falwell

    LHP - 6-5 - 170 - Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock HS)

    Round Rock HS

    Ranked in the top 1000 recruits nationally in the class of 2013 by Perfect Game ... Played for the North Texas team in the 2012 USA Baseball 17U/16U National Team Identification Series ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Perfect Game WWBA Tournament.

    Personal

    Son of Jeff and Maureen Falwell ... Has two brothers, Jeffrey and Brian.

    Coach Van Horn on Falwell

    "Chris is a tall, skinny lefty that has good mechanics. We have to get him stronger and get his velocity up a little bit."

    Nolan McCutcheon

    LHP - 6-4 - 175 - Glenpool, Okla. (Glenpool HS)

    Glenpool HS

    Earned all-district honors three times in his high school career ... Has a career record of 16-10 with an ERA of 1.63 and 202 strikeouts in 127 innings ... As a junior, went 6-4 with a 2.34 ERA ... Posted a 6-4 record with a 1.27 ERA as a sophomore ... During his freshman season, compiled a 4-2 record with a 1.93 ERA.

    Personal

    Son of Steve and Ann McCutcheon ... Has a brother, Ryan.

    Coach Van Horn on McCutcheon

    "Nolan is a left-handed pitcher from Oklahoma that has a mid- to upper-80s fast ball with a good breaking ball. He needs to learn how to command the strike zone a little bit better, but he has all the tools."

    Teddy Stankiewicz

    RHP - 6-4 - 215 - Keller, Texas (Seminole State College/Fort Worth Christian HS)

    Seminole State College

    Stankiewicz is a freshman at Seminole State College and will pitch there this spring.

    Fort Worth Christian HS

    Ranked as the 96th-best recruit nationally and the 13th-best recruit in the state of Texas in the class of 2012 by Perfect Game ... Drafted in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the New York Mets ... Named a third-team All-American by Baseball America following his senior season ... Went 12-2 with a 1.35 ERA and 135 strikeouts as a senior ... Earned first-team all-state honors as a junior when he went 8-3 with a 0.95 ERA and 98 strikeouts and hit .376 with five home runs and 34 RBI ... Also played basketball and tennis in high school.

    Personal

    Son of TJ and Dena Stankiewicz ... Has two sisters, Tiffany and Amelia.

    Coach Van Horn on Stankiewicz

    "Teddy was a high draft choice in the 2012 draft and decided to forego the draft and go to junior college. If he doesn't get drafted where he wants, he wants to come to Arkansas for his sophomore year. His fastball sits in the low 90s and he can really locate his pitches."

    James Teague

    RHP - 6-0 - 180 - Bartlesville, Okla. (Bartlesville HS)

    Bartlesville HS

    Ranked as the 150th-best recruit nationally and the fourth-best recruit in the state of Oklahoma in the class of 2013 by Perfect Game ... Has posted a 4-4 record with a 3.16 ERA in his high school career ... Pitched in 10 games as a freshman and went 1-2 with a 3.46 ERA ... In his sophomore season, went 3-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 13 games pitched ... Missed his junior season due to injury.

    Personal

    Son of Robert Teague and Keith and Christy McPhail ... Has two brothers, Parker and Blake, and three sisters, Grace, Madison and Mary Beth.

    Coach Van Horn on Teague

    "James is a right-handed pitcher with a very good arm. He missed most of his junior year with an injury. He tops out in the low 90s. He has a lot of potential."

    Lawson Vassar

    RHP - 6-3 - 190 - Little Rock, Ark. (Pulaski Academy)

    Pulaski Academy

    Ranked as the 493rd-best recruit nationally and the second-best recruit in the state of Arkansas in the class of 2013 by Perfect Game ... Named to 2012 Perfect Game preseason underclassmen All-American high honorable mention team ... Earned all-state honors as a junior and has been a three-time all-conference selection ... Named to the all-tournament team in the 4A state tournament as a sophomore ... Posted a 9-4 record with a 1.70 ERA and 89 strikeouts as a junior ... Also is the starting quarterback for Pulaski Academy.

    Personal

    Son of Rick and Terri Vassar ... Has one sister, Lauren.

    Coach Van Horn on Vassar

    "Lawson is a right-handed pitcher that is a very good athlete. He throws in the upper 80s, low 90s with his fastball and also has a good breaking ball."

    For more information regarding Razorback baseball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

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