Baseball - Wed, Jun. 1, 2005
CHICAGO -- Head coach Mike Dooley and the Saint Xavier University baseball program recently added six new names to the 2006 Cougar baseball roster with the signing of five area preps and a junior transfer from South Suburban College (Ill.) in South Holland, Ill. SXU picks up three pitchers, a catcher, a middle infielder, and an outfielder among the signees.
Ryan Buchler, a junior catcher from Sherrillville, Ind., is expected to make an immediate impact next season with the graduation of senior catcher Carlos Campos (Stickney, Ill./Morton) this spring. Prior to attending South Suburban College (Ill.), Buchler played prep baseball at Lake Central High School in St. John, Ind. He played under coach Steve Ruzich at South Suburban College, where he was the lone catcher on the 2005 NJCAA All-Region IV Baseball Team.
"Ryan should provide us with some immediate help behind the plate and in the middle of the batting order," said Dooley. "I am very excited about his potential and feel confident that he will make a quick transition into our program."
Saint Xavier also acquired three right-handed prep pitchers in Bryant Myjak, Daniel Miller and Rich Kehoe. Myjak hails from Tinley Park, Ill., where he played at Andrew High School under Frank Ganser. Miller pitched at Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, Ill., under Jared Voss. Kehoe, a native of Oak Lawn, Ill., played prep baseball at Richards High School in Oak Lawn under Brian Wujcik.
"All three of these pitchers had successful prep careers on the mound and our coaching staff feels that they can carry that success into their collegiate careers," said Dooley. "Down the road, all three of these guys could be key elements of our rotation."
Pete Miller joins the SXU baseball program after wrapping up a successful prep career at Gordon Tech High School in Chicago. Miller played shortstop for the Rams under head coach Chris Haas. He will play next season in the middle infield.
"Pete has a chance to be a really good middle infielder at our level," said Dooley. "He will make an immediate impact to our program and we expect big things from him in the future."
Dooley also signed Donald Skelly to help add depth to the outfield. Skully, a Oak Lawn native, played as a centerfielder at Marist High School in Chicago under Joel Jonas.
"Donald can run, hit and throw and all those things make for a good baseball player," said Dooley. "He should have a great career at Saint Xavier."