PEORIA, Ill. -- The start of the 2011 college baseball season is three months away, but the Bradley coaching staff turned its attention to the 2012 campaign with the announcement that seven high school seniors, including two players that participated in the 2010 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series, have returned their signed National Letters of Intent.
"We are really excited to have this talented group of student-athletes join our baseball program here at Bradley University," said third-year head coach Elvis Dominguez. "Not only are they gifted athletically, but they are excellent students as well.
"This is the smallest class we have brought in since we have been here and, therefore, were very selective in who we went after," added Dominguez. "The one thing that really sets this group apart is their work ethic and their passion for the game. A lot of credit goes to assistant Coaches John Corbin and Sean Lyons, who worked extremely hard in assembling this class of future Braves to fill our needs for next year."
Chris Godinez - IF - 5'9" - 165 - Lake Bluff, Ill. - Lake Forest H.S.
The son of Adrianna Sormani, Godinez is a two-year varsity baseball letterman for head coach Raymond Del Fava at Lake Forest High School. After winning his team's Gold Glove Award as a sophomore in 2009, Godinez earned all-conference notice as a junior last spring when he complimented his defensive work with a .325 batting average.
"Chris is a great runner and he has some power in his bat," said Dominguez. "He is a young man that plays the game the right way, a blue-collar player. He fits into our team philosophy very well."
Max Murphy - OF - 5'11" - 175 - Robbinsdale, Minn. - Robbinsdale Cooper H.S.
The son of Mic and Beth Murphy, Max also plays baseball, soccer and football at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, where also plays the alto saxophone in the marching band. Playing baseball for head coach Tim Palm, Murphy earned 5-AAA all-section honors as a freshman in 2008. This past season, he was named his team's offensive most valuable player after batting ...
"Max could be a considered a true five-tool player," said Dominguez. "He runs the 60 in 6.8 seconds, throws 95 miles per from the outfield, plays a great centerfield, hits for power and hits for average. We look forward to seeing what he can accomplish in the Missouri Valley Conference."
Cameron Roegner - P - 6'6" - 175 - Beloit, Wis. - Beloit Memorial H.S.
The son of Matt and Sarah Roegner, Cameron is a four-sport letterman at Beloit Memorial High School, where he has played baseball, basketball, football and volleyball. He also is a member of his school's Student Senate, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society.
Playing baseball for head coach Chuck Seils, Roegner is a three-year varsity baseball letterman and a two-year team captain. He was an honorable mention All-Big Eight Conference selection as a junior last spring after striking out 81 batters in 50.2 innings, while limiting the opposition to a .197 batting average and recording a 3.17 earned run average. Roegner was invited to the 2010 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series in September.
"Cam is a three-sport star and is a very projectable pitcher who currently throws in the mid 80's to upper 80's," said Dominguez. "With added strength, Cam's future is very bright and he could potentially end up being a power pitcher during his days as a Bradley Brave."
Isaac Smith - OF - 6'0" - 165 - Richmond, Ky. - Madison Central H.S.
The son of Pat and Donya Smith, Isaac has been a four year member of the varsity baseball team at Madison Central. Isaac also played basketball for the Indians as a freshman and sophomore and won the Academic award for posting the best grade point average both seasons. Playing for head coach Steve Roof on the diamond, Smith was a member of the 2010 11th Region All-Tournament Team and was selected for the Kentucky East-West All-Star Game. Smith boasts a .380 high school batting average with 40 stolen bases, including a streak of 30 consecutive successful attempts, and five home runs.
Smith also was invited to the 2010 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series in September.
"Isaac could be the most athletic player in the group," said Dominguez. "He ran the second-fastest time at the Area Code workout this summer and at the USA Team Trials. After watching him in tournaments this summer, we were pleased that his athleticism translated to the games."
Paul Solka - IF - 6'2" - 180 - Des Plaines, Ill. - Maine West H.S.
The son of David and Linda Solka, Paul already has earned three varsity letters on the baseball diamond for Maine West High School head coach Joe Pederson. A two-time all-conference and all-area pick, Solka hit. 364 as a freshman, .419 as a sophomore and .400 as a junior last spring.
"Paul is a really good offensive infielder," said Dominguez. "He is a great hitter with a lot of power and he has tremendous upside. He is a two sport star at Maine West, playing both basketball and baseball."
Stephen Toma - P - 6'5" - 185 - Bristol, Ill. - Yorkville H.S.
The son of Joy Toma, Stephen won the Yorkville High School Pitching Award for head coach Scott Luken. He also has played high school golf and helped the Foxes to the 2009 state tournament.
"Stephen is one of the most projectable pitchers in the Midwest," said Dominguez. "He started out last spring with his velocity around the 80 miles-per-hour range and has evolved into an upper 80's pitcher now. We look forward to watching him continue to develop during his time at Bradley."
Graig Weber - P - 6'2" - 215 - Columbia Heights, Minn. - Fridley H.S.
The son of Donn and Marie Weber, Graig plays baseball, basketball and football at Fridley High School, where he also is a member of the student council and National Honors Society. Playing baseball for head coach Danny Nalepka, Weber has excelled as both a pitcher and hitter. Earning all-conference honors in 2010, he posted a 4-4 record on the mound with 78 strikeouts and a 1.29 earned run average, while batting .411 with three home runs.
"Graig caught our eye early this summer with a good, strong arm and big, durable body," said Dominguez. "His true strength might be his curveball. It was probably the best curveball we saw all summer."