Saint Louis Baseball has added eight newcomers for the 2018 season. These eight will join Zach Frieling and Ben Livorsi, who signed with the Billikens in November.
Corrigan Bartlett | Maize, Kansas (Barton College) OF | 6-0 | 210 lbs. | R/R
Bartlett joins the Billikens from Barton Community College in Kansas. In his career with the Cougars, he posted a .366 batting average with a .442 on-base percentage and a .538 slugging percentage. As a sophomore, Bartlett hit 16 doubles and six home runs with 50 RBIs in 59 games played. His 85 total hits last season are the fourth-most in Barton history.
Assistant Coach Connor Gandossy on Bartlett: “Corrigan is a big, physical, middle-of-the-order bat. He is very toolsy with a big arm, lots of speed and a power bat. Corrigan can really fill up a box score with big numbers. We expect him to contribute from day one.”
Kage Forrest | Highland Park, Texas (Highland Park) 1B | 6-3 | 245 lbs. | R/R
Forrest is a big first baseman from Highland Park, Texas. He was named to the Perfect Game 2016 Underclass All-America team, as well as the 2017 All-Texas Region team. The Dallas Morning News named Forrest as the District Newcomer of the Year in 2016.
Gandossy on Forrest: “Kage is a big, physical kid who has raw power. He can play first or corner outfield, giving us some options defensively. Kage is a future middle of the order bat. He has power to all fields.”
Grant Fremion |Carmel, Indiana (St. Theodore Guerin) LHP | 5-11 | 165 lbs. | L/L
Fremion is a southpaw from Carmel, Indiana. In his prep career at St. Theodore Guerin, he has a 2.60 ERA over 99.2 IP and 25 appearances. Fremion amassed 110 strikeouts in his career, highlighted by 44 as a senior. In addition to his work on the mound, he was a strong outfielder, hitting .369 in his career with 43 stolen bases.
Gandossy on Fremion: “Grant is an athletic, two-way guy. Good left-handed arm who sits in the mid 80's. As a position player, he is a very athletic kid with gap-to-gap power.”
Nick Logusch | St. Louis, Missouri (De Smet) RHP | 6-1 | 190 lbs. | R/R
Logusch is a local product from De Smet Jesuit. He is a two-time Perfect Game Underclass All-American and a 2017 All-Central Region honoree. Logusch has a three-pitch mix with a fastball velocity up to 88 mph. This year, he posted a 1.10 ERA with a 0.72 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 44.2 IP.
Head Coach Darin Hendrickson on Logusch: “Nick is a very solid pitcher who throws a lot of strikes and competes very well. He is a local player who will represent us in the community very well. He is going to have a bright future.”
Cody Luther | Discovery Bay, California (Cuesta College) RHP | 6-5 | 210 lbs. | R/R
Luther is a big right handed pitcher from Cuesta College in California. He was one of the top arms for Cuesta last year, making 14 starts with a 2.95 ERA and 77 strikeouts to 27 walks in 85.1 IP, all team highs. Luther was 23rd in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) with 77 strikeouts.
Gandossy on Luther: “Cody is a long and lanky pitcher. He sits in the upper-80s with his fastball and mixes in a good curveball. Cody is a plus competitor who pounds the strike zone. He has great upside and we are very excited to watch him develop as a Billiken.”
Drew Reveno | San Jose, California (San Mateo) RHP | 6-0 | 175 lbs. | R/R
Reveno is a right handed pitcher from the College at San Mateo, alma mater of former Billiken Devin Mahoney. He made 23 appearances with a 4-2 record and a 1.99 ERA with 35 strikeouts. Reveno’s 23 appearances are eighth in the CCCAA, while his 1.99 ERA was 17th.
Gandossy on Reveno: “Drew sits 87-90 and has a four-pitch mix. All of his secondary stuff is good and he can throw any pitch in any count for strikes. Drew is very mentally tough and a strong competitor on the mound.”
Cole Samuels | San Juan Capistrano, California (JSerra) RHP | 6-4 | 170 lbs | R/R
Samuels is one of two Billiken signees from JSerra, where he served as a team captain. The Lions were ranked 25th in California by MaxPreps.com. As a junior, he went 7-1 with a 0.90 ERA. As a senior, he participated in the Orange County All-Star game for the South team.
Hendrickson on Samuels: “Cole is a right hander with a lot of upside. He throws downhill and can compete immediately for a spot in weekend rotation. If he develops his secondary stuff, he will be a threat in the Atlantic 10.“
Colin Townsend |San Juan Capistrano, California (JSerra) OF/RHP | 6-0 | 175 lbs. | R/R
Townsend joins the Billikens from JSerra in California, high school of current Billiken closer Ryan Lefner. He is a two-way player for JSerra, posting a 2.45 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 21 appearances on the hill and a .469 batting average with a .656 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage at the plate. As a freshman, Townsend earned the Charlie Hustle Award from JSerra.
Gandossy on Townsend: “Colin was a great two-way player in high school and played with the no. 1 overall pick in the draft, Royce Lewis. As a pitcher he throws 86-88 with arm-side action with a great changeup. We think Colin is similar to our closer, Ryan Lefer, who also played at JSerra.”