Rams bolster infield and pitching staff
TORONTO – The Ryerson Rams baseball team is pleased to announce the following recruits who will join the team this fall.
Matt MacDowell, Left-handed Pitcher
MacDowell currently pitches for the Leaside Leads 18/under team, who also compete in the Ontario Baseball Association, Midget Elite League. He throws a fastball with deceptive velocity and solid control. MacDowell's addition helps to replenish a Rams pitching staff that is losing three pitchers to graduation.
Quinn Collins, Second Base
Collins currently plays for the Thornhill Redbirds 18/under team, who compete in the Ontario Baseball Association, Midget Elite League. Collins has a sound and well-rounded game, both at the plate and in the field. His addition to the team helps solidify the Rams middle-infield.
Philip Seguin, Shortstop
Seguin is a product of the Quinte Royals Minor Baseball program. He is an athletic shortstop with strong defensive skills. Seguin is transferring to Ryerson after spending his first year of studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. UOIT does not have a baseball team, and during the recruiting process Seguin specifically mentioned his desire to play baseball at the post-secondary level as a key factor in his decision to transfer to Ryerson. Seguin's addition to the Rams shores up the team at a crucial position, and will allow current Ryerson shortstop Jeremias Sucre to slide back over to his natural position, third base.
Aidan Dolan, First Base
Dolan comes to Ryerson from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, located just northwest of Chicago. Dolan is strong with a powerful swing and a good sense for hitting. His commitment to Ryerson marks the second consecutive year that Rams Baseball has been able to attract an American player to the team, following Grant Weaver's recruitment from Bethesda, Maryland, last year.
Rams head coach Ben Rich provided some thoughts on this group of recruits and their potential impacts on the team.
“We are very pleased with the players we've been able to attract thus far, and that goes for the quality of athlete and also the positions they play. We are filling a couple of key positional holes on the roster, and the abilities of these student-athletes are such that they will strengthen our program both now and in the future.”
Rich also remarked on Seguin and Dolan as examples of how Ryerson Baseball has grown since its inaugural season in 2013. “That we are attracting players form other universities and other countries speaks volumes both in terms of the strength of the program, and also how we are contributing positively to the University. These are student-athletes who, without the Baseball program existing, might very well not have chosen Ryerson.”
Ryerson Baseball will continue to evaluate additional prospective players through the open tryouts.