Baseball Announces Incoming Freshman Class
Aug. 1, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Boston College head baseball coach Mike Gambino will welcome seven incoming freshmen to the Heights for the 2013-14 season. The new class includes a three-time Bay State All-Star, a 2013 MLB draftee, Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year and the Bay Area Player of the Year.
Coming to the Heights to don the Maroon and Gold will be Johnny Adams (Walpole, Mass.), Kevin Connor (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), Justin Dunn (Freeport, N.Y.) Mike King (Warwick, R.I.), Nick Sciortino (Barrington, N.J.), Bobby Skogsbergh (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Michael Strem (Burlingame, Calif.).
"I am really excited about the class we have coming into our program this fall," Gambino said. "Our staff works tirelessly to find high-character athletes who we believe will excel in the classroom, on the field and in the community and represent our university in a way that will make our alumni proud. I believe this is a class that will do that while also helping us to win a lot of baseball games over the next four years. It's a class that has a chance to make an immediate impact on our program."
Adams, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound infielder, helped lead Walpole High School to two Bay State League Championships. He was a three-time First-Team Bay State League All-Star and earned first-team all-state honors and Rawlings Northeast All-Regional Second-Team accolades in 2013. Adams, who is batting .304 with 34 RBIs for the Nashua Silver Knights in the Futures League, earned Walpole's Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year his senior year.
Connor, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound southpaw, played one year as a post-graduate at IMG Academy after attending Radnor High School from 2008-12 and leading the Red Raiders to first appearance in AAAA division playoffs as a senior. He earned All-Central League Conference, All-Delaware County and All-Main Line honors at Radnor, tallying a 7-1 record with a 1.59 ERA, 70 strikeouts and just 17 hits allowed his senior season.
Dunn, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound switch hitter who plays the infield and pitches, was drafted in the 37th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2013 MLB First-Year Players Draft. The right-handed pitcher earned Western New England Prep Baseball League (WNEPBL) First-Team All-Star and Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason First-Team All-Region honors as a senior at Gunnery. He tallied a .413 batting average, 20 RBIs and a 4-2 record with a 2.28 ERA and 74 strikeouts over 40.1 innings.
King, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-handed pitcher, helped lead Bishop Hendricken to two consecutive state championships in 2012 and 2013. He earned all-academic, all-city, all-division and all-state honors as a junior and senior. His senior year, the righty was named the Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year and earned Louisville Slugger First-Team All-American accolades, Rawlings Northeast All-Region second-team honors, the Rhode Island Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year and Warwick Beacon Athlete of the Year awards. In his final year with the Hawks, King tallied an 11-0 record with a 0.30 ERA in senior season.
Sciortino, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound infielder and catcher, was a four-year starter at Haddon Heights and earned first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior and second-team honors as a freshman. He was named a captain junior and senior year and helped lead the Garnets to a Colonial Conference Championship title in 2012.
Skogsbergh, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound righty, pitched for Hinsdale Central, captaining the Red Devils as a senior. In his final season, he tallied West Suburban All-Conference honors with a 4-1 record, two saves, a 1.69 ERA and 37 strikeouts. Before the start of the season, he was earned honorable mention on the Rawlings Preseason All-American Team list. He missed the 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery.
Strem, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound infielder and right-handed pitcher, played for perennial top-20 nationally-ranked St. Francis. His senior year, he earned West Catholic Athletic League and Central Coast Section Player of the Year Awards, the Bay Area Player of the Year Award, Mercury News First-Team and Player of the Year Award and Louisville Slugger and MaxPrep High School All-American Second-Team honors. In 13 appearances, the righty registered an 11-1 record with one save, seven complete games, five shutouts, a 1.30 ERA and 79 strikeouts over 80 innings. He pitched a perfect game in the first round of the 2013 CCS Division 1 playoffs, needing only 66 pitches to complete the effort. At the plate, Strem batted .417 with a .476 on-base percentage and a .556 slugging percentage.