A look at all of the talent the Marlins are sending off to the next level and what went into it
The Midwest Marlins pride ourselves in getting our guys to the next level. As we get ready to send off another 18u class to college, we have put together a commitement article to highlight all of our guys, both those committed and those still in the process. We asked them each several questions about their history with the Marlins and got some great feedback. Let’s dive in!
|Justin Maynard (JM) – (6’4 210 lbs/ RHP, 3B, OF); Wittenberg|
|Clay Stivison – (6’ 180 lbs/ LHP, 1B); Uncommitted|
|JJ Carr – (6’2 215 lbs/ 1B, 3B, RHP); Salem University|
|Noah Laurent – (5’10 175 lbs/ SS); Sinclair CC|
|Austin Erdely – (6’ 195 lbs/ RHP, OF); University of Indianapolis|
|Billy DeLeon – (6’2 187 lbs/ RHP); Wheeling Jesuit University|
|Dylan Swensen – (6’4 215 lbs/ RHP); Miami University (OH)|
|Damon Wheeler – (5’10 200 lbs/ C); Salem University|
|Cade Brintlinger – (6’3 205 lbs/ RHP, 3B, LF); Uncommitted|
|Tyler Monk – (6’0 185 lbs/ INF, OF); Tusculum University|
|Cody Trago – (6’0 165 lbs/ OF, P); Notre Dame College|
|Trace Ruff – (5’9 180 lbs/ OF); Salem University|
|Garrott Kennedy – (5’10, 145 lbs/ INF); Capital University|
|Joshua Moore (JM*) – (5’10 185 lbs/ 2B); Uncommitted|
|Jay Hester III – (6’2 195 lbs/ OF); Eastern Kentucky University|
|Aiden Lao – (5’8 160 lbs/ C, MIF); University of Findlay|
|Ryan McMurray – (6’1 170 lbs/ RHP); Uncommitted|
|Tanner Congrove – (6’3 200 lbs/ 1B, LHP); Uncommitted|
|Trey Givens – (5’8 150 lbs/ RHP); Heidelberg University|
Q: How many years have you played for the Marlins?
- JM – One season
- CS – One season
- JJC – Two seasons
- NL – Three seasons
- AE – Two seasons
- BD – Two seasons
- DS – Two seasons
- DW – Two seasons
- CB – Two seasons
- TM – Three seasons
- CT – Two seasons
- TR – Two seasons
- GK – Four seasons
- JM* – This is my first season
- JH – Two seasons
- AL – This is my first season
- RM – This is my first season
- TC – Four seasons
- TG – One season
- JM – I will take away the dedication to the program and the process.
- CS – The attitude that they bring everyday.
- JJC – The competitive edge. College ball will be a whole new experience packed with adversity and I know I’ll need to stay competitive in order to earn as much playing time as possible.
- NL – The mental toughness needed to compete.
- AE – The teamwork/togetherness. While winning is fun, it’s about being with your teammates and enjoying it. These guys are like brothers and I’ll take with me to just enjoy it and have fun. Not to always try and press or over think things. Just relax and have fun.
- BD – All the advice that Coach Weaver, Coach Rush and Coach Miller have given me.
- DS – I’ll take the high level work ethic that they taught me. Try to be the best you can be on any given day.
- DW – I have learned a lot from the Marlins, but the thing that I rely most on is the pride that I have from being a Marlin.
- CB – Just continuing to work hard on and off the field.
- TM – The work ethic that you get from working with all of the coaches and other players.
- CT – The confidence that Coach Weaver has helped me build.
- TR – The hard work and dedication that you need to be successful.
- GK – I’ll take the work ethic I have gained through being around other hard working players and hard working coaches with me most.
- JM* – The mindset of hard work and perseverance within baseball both physically and mentally.
- JH – The thing that I will continue to take with me onto the next level that I learned while being with the Marlins is simply just playing hard, making adjustments, and also working through adversity.
- AL – During my short time thus far with the marlins, it has been clear to me the importance of building relationships with your teammates and I’m glad to have the relationships with all of the guys that I have met thus far.
- RM – The fact that when you think you’re good and working hard, there’s always players somewhere in some facility working harder and getting better, so you can’t stop grinding.
- TC – I will take the work ethic with me.
- TG – I will take all the fundamentals that I have learned along with the dedication aspect of it.
- JM – Wittenberg felt the most like home. The coaches seemed interested in me both on and off the field. The staff followed my progress for 2 years and never lost touch with me. I really feel wanted there.
- JJC – Salem felt like home to me. Coach Rouse and Coach Gyorkos are coaches that put their players first and are all about developing their players to be the best ball players, students, and people that they can possibly be.
- NL – Sinclair is a perfect fit for me because it will help me transition from high school to Division I college baseball.
- AE – The connection with the coaches, the environment/campus, and the teams values all led me to choose Indy.
- BD – I love everything about Wheeling Jesuit. The vibes are positive and they welcomed me into their program on the three visits I had with them.
- DS – I chose Miami because when I stepped on campus I was blown away with how it looked, how great the school is overall, and of course the baseball team. The facilities there are amazing and they can definitely rival some power five facilities, also the teams atmosphere is incredible and it was one of the main reasons I chose there. Everyone wants to win and everyone plays their roles. The coaches made me feel at home and made me feel really wanted. They made me instantly feel like a Redhawk. Like they say, “Push the rock.”
- DW – When I met the coaching staff at Salem University, I knew that they play the game the right way. The baseball atmosphere there is incredible and that just helped my decision even more.
- TM – The amazing facilities they have and the fact that I’ve always wanted to go south to play baseball.
- CT – The scholarship that they offered me.
- TR – What really helped me choose was how important baseball is to the coaches there.
- GK – I chose Capital University because it felt like home when I visited and I liked the small class sizes that I find more comfortable than large classes at bigger universities. I liked the culture I saw when I visited and met the players and coaches. The facilities were another big part of choosing Capital but more than anything it’s where I felt wanted and knew it was a place I would feel comfortable for four years, ultimately leading me to choosing Capital.
- JM – I am extremely excited for the future at Wittenberg.
- JJC – I am very excited for the future. I cannot wait to get to Salem in the fall!
- NL – I am very excited to see where Sinclair brings me.
- AE – I am very excited and can’t wait to get started there!
- BD – I am very excited for what the future holds for me both in baseball and academically.
- DS – I’m extremely excited to be able to develop under the amazing coaching staff at Miami and especially under the pitching coach, Coach Pass.
- DW – Yes, I cannot wait to get down there in the fall and get ball rolling.
- TM – Yes. I think they will provide me with a great opportunity to great things.
- CT – Yes, I am very excited for the future!
- TR – Yes, I’m extremely excited for the future at Salem!
- GK – I’m excited for both my academic and athletic future at Capital. Baseball has always been a huge part of my life and being able to continue playing baseball while I get an education excites me.
- JH – I am very excited.
- AL – Yes, I am very excited to get started and to compete at the next level.
- RM – Yes, because I have the opportunity to try and walk-on to a great program and the Marlins have given me the confidence that I have the potential to reach a level of playing that will allow me to make it if I keep working.
- TG – Yes. They have a great program along with great coaches.
- JM – I was already committed to Wittenberg at the time.
- JJC – It was definitely beneficial to work with guys that are heavily involved within the MLB. It was definitely an eye opener. That experience showed me that there is ALWAYS room for improvement.
- NL – Their staff got my name out there for plenty of coaches to see.
- AE – They were able to get my numbers and name out there for coaches to see. The access and connections they have allowed for me to be contacted by numerous schools and help better my game.
- DS – They really put me on the map. The same night as their combine I was getting texts from multiple Division I schools. One of the schools that reached out was Miami. They helped me get to my dream school.
- TG – He really allowed for me to get more exposure.
- JM – Before this season I only filled in as a pitcher for one of their tournaments in Cleveland. I finished the semifinal game and started the championship game. We took home the championship.
- CS – Watching Coach Rush and Coach Beerman run through the fountain in left field.
- JJC – Winning our last tournament of the year last summer in Cleveland.
- NL – Winning the Cincy Flames tournament last summer.
- AE – Winning the last tournament and seeing Coach Rush and Coach Beerman run through the fountain.
- BD – I don’t have an exact favorite memory with the Marlins because we make new memories every time I am with the team. It’s all positive and good vibes.
- DS – My favorite memory playing for the Marlins really isn’t one specific time or event. It was just being able to see my brothers, that we worked our asses off together in the off-season, and committed to go on to play at the next level. It’s just a testament to what this program is and every single player in the program.
- DW – My favorite memory as a Marlin comes from the last summer tournament of 2018 in Cleveland. We made it to the semifinals and knew we had to win back to back games to win the tournament and we did just that. After winning, the feeling of accomplishment was in the air and everything the coaching staff at the Marlins did made that feeling possible.
- CB – Simply hanging with all the Marlins, it’s like a family because everyone is so close on and off the field.
- TM – The trip to Nashville last season was sweet and really fun with the team.
- CT – I am still playing this year so hopefully I can make some amazing ones!
- TR – My favorite memory is always being one of the best teams in every tournament.
- GK – I don’t have a single memory but being apart of a great culture and meeting great players and coaches have created memories I won’t forget.
- JM* – My favorite memory is playing fall because those are the only games I’ve got to play as a Marlin so far.
- JH – Going to Midland and playing some really good ball players. Playing against dudes that are at your level or even maybe a little better is always exciting for me because it allows me to see how good I really am.
- AL – Coming into the thunderdome for practices and being able to compete with all of the guys while still having a great time.
- RM – The season hasn’t even started and the team atmosphere created in the off season is already so strong that it’s going to be hard to choose a favorite memory by the end of the season.
- TC – All the friendships that I have made.
- TG – Hanging with all the guys and the great coaches.