The IMG Academy baseball program enters the 2013 spring season with high expectation, coming off a solid campaign last season. Following a fall semester that focused on conditioning and improving fundamental skills, the program has announced its final team rosters for the Post-graduate, Varsity, Junior Varsity and 15U teams, in addition to each team’s spring schedule.
“Our boys are realizing positive athletic rewards from their hard work and commitment during the fall semester, and witnessing the maturation of life skills as they compete in an extremely challenging environment,” remarked Ken Bolek, Director of Baseball, IMG Academy, on his expectations for the season. “I am most concerned with how we prepare, how we meet challenges and how we react to outcomes. If we overcome these challenges, then the semester will be a great success, and the records and statistics will take care of themselves.”
Some of the program’s top returning players in 2013 include:
Brett Hanewich (Senior; RHP/3B): Hanewich, who committed to Stanford University as a junior, is looking to build off an impressive 2012 season. Hanewich is a team captain and earned the 2012 IMG Academy Baseball Program Award for his outstanding leadership and performance. Hanewich was invited to participate in the prestigious Perfect Game National Showcase last June, where he was named to the Underclassmen All-American Team. Additionally, he pitched a no-hitter last February, and was named to the Florida Coaches All-State Baseball Team.
Mitchell Gallagher (Senior; SS): Gallagher, in his fourth year with IMG Academy, is a member of the National Honor Society and recently committed to Pepperdine University. In last season’s Wood Bat League, Gallagher earned the Gold Glove Award for his defensive prowess.
Tyler Biggs (Senior; C): Tyler Biggs is in his second year at IMG Academy. As a junior, he was named as a team captain and was the workhorse behind the dish for the Ascenders. He recently committed to St. Petersburg College to further his academic and athletic career after graduation.
Manny Ramirez (Senior; 1B/OF): Ramirez is in his third year at IMG Academy. He was a Perfect Game National Showcase participant in June and has represented the Dominican Republic in the International Power Showcase each of the last two years. Manny recently committed to Central Arizona College.
Jason Patnick (Post-graduate; 1B/OF): Patnick arrived at IMG Academy this fall, and signed with Manhattan College in November. Patnick is a middle of the order mainstay who is expected put up big numbers for the Post-graduate Team this Spring. Jason is a born leader that has the ability to get the most out of his teammates on and off the field.
Kevin Connor (Post-graduate; LHP): Connor is a top of the rotation left handed pitcher that will lead the way for the Post-graduate Team on the mound this spring. Connor came to IMG Academy this fall from Eastern Pennsylvania and committed to Boston College in November.
Junior Varsity Team
Eric Feliz (Sophomore; OF): Eric Feliz is in his second year at IMG Academy and projects to be a 3 or 4-hole hitter for the JV team. As a sophomore, Feliz has shown enough promise to warrant high projections for his future, and major universities have taken notice. Feliz maintains high academic scores off the field and is a leader among his peers. IMG Academy has high expectations for Eric in 2013.
Gabe Lozada (Freshman; RHP/MIF): Lozada is in his second year at IMG Academy and has blossomed into a solid contributor with a high ceiling of potential. Lozada will lead the 15U group this spring as a top of the rotation starter and middle of the order hitter. Lozada is a leader on and off the field, and projects as a future Varsity mainstay in the years to come.