November 15th, 2016

Two Rocks a part of Bellarmine baseball class

Adam Pruiett

Bellarmine University Assistant S.I.D

Two Rocks a part of Bellarmine baseball class
photo provided by the Bellarmine athletic department

The Bellarmine University baseball team has landed four student-athletes in the November signing period, which includes Brandon Pfaadt (Trinity High School, Louisville, Kentucky), Matthew Higgins (Trinity High School, Louisville, Kentucky), Jacob Mulcahy (Owensboro Catholic, Owensboro, Kentucky) and Alex Cleverly (Noblesville High School, Noblesville, Indiana), the program announced Tuesday.

This is Head Coach Larry Owens' fourth recruiting class with Bellarmine and first with Nick Eversole as the recruiting coordinator. The previous three were with Terry Davis, who is now an assistant coach at New Mexico State University. Davis also played a role in signing several of these student-athletes.

"I am excited about this year's recruiting class," Owens said. "We have been very particular in the type of student-athlete we sign since our arrival. In this class, we needed to address offense, pitching and catching with a little room to be more patient than we have in the past. Building a baseball collegiate program is unique to the builder, and we are not different. It's a process and we like the path we are on."

Brandon Pfaadt

RHP/6'2/205/Trinity High School (KY)

Pfaadt will be joining a long list of Pfaadt family members to enter Bellarmine, including his older brother, Brady, who is currently a junior catcher on the team. Owens said Pfaadt is a right-handed pitcher with an electric arm that the Bellarmine coaching staff is very excited about. According to Prep Baseball Report, Brandon is the 25th-ranked player in his class in the state of Kentucky and has the potential to make an impact right away.

Owens on Pfaadt: "Bellarmine has an obvious relationship with the Pfaadt family. However, we do know that Brandon is his own person and he made it well known to us that he was going to seek the best fit for him. We are fortunate he chose Bellarmine. Brandon has a great arm and bright future. He is projectable in every way: size, stuff, arm strength, aptitude and a passion to play. He has the ability to be in our rotation sooner rather than later. Trinity High School Coach Rick Arnold and I have been friends for many years, so I know Brandon is going to be as prepared as he possibly can be when he arrives on campus next fall."

Eversole on Pfaadt: "Brandon is someone we've had our eye on for quite some time. He has a very live arm and athletic body. Once Coach Owens is able to fine-tune some small issues, he will be in position to be a big-time pitcher for us. We're thrilled to welcome him to our program and are excited about his future."

Pfaadt looks to be a three-year letter winner for Trinity after making first-team All-District, All-Region and All-Area in Kentuckiana for his 2016 season. He also received an all-student-athlete regional award.

Matthew Higgins

OF/6'1/185/Trinity High School (KY)

Joining Pfaadt will be his high school teammate, Higgins. A left-handed hitting outfielder, Higgins was ranked 21st in Prep Baseball Report among Kentucky players in his class. He is the highest-ranked player to sign with a Division II school.

Owens on Higgins: "We feel Matthew is one of the top two hitters in Louisville and one of the better hitters in the state. We will not be in a position to sign hitters like Matthew on a regular basis. Matthew projects as a corner outfielder who will hit in the middle of the order. He has a natural ability to not just put the barrel on the ball but put the barrel on the ball violently. He, like all of the kids in the class, have mid-major, Division-I ability, and we are very excited Matthew chose Bellarmine to continue his academic and baseball career."

Eversole on Higgins: "Matthew's ability to hit from the left side is a tremendous asset to our program. He has the chance to be one our most advanced hitters the day that he steps on campus. He also has the ability to be a threat on the base paths, which could make him even more valuable as he develops. Due to his work ethic and pure love of getting better, we are confident that Matthew will be a great player for us."

Higgins was an All-Region selection last season and looks to be a three-year starter for Trinity this spring.

Jacob Mulcahy

3B/1B/6'2/205/Owensboro Catholic High School (KY)

Mulcahy was the first 2017 commitment for Bellarmine. Owens said his ability to go gap-to-gap is very valuable as a corner infielder. Owens said Mulcahy has the potential to impact the lineup and excel as a Bellarmine student-athlete.

Owens on Mulcahy: "Jacob is another advanced hitter in this class. Offense was a priority and between our former recruiting coordinator, Terry Davis, and our current recruiting coordinator, Nick Eversole, offense was certainly addressed. Jacob is your typical baseball rat. He lives and breathes baseball. Jacob has the ability to hit in the middle of our order and projects at a corner infield spot with the ability to play other positions if needed. Owensboro Catholic High School Coach Adam Hines played one summer for me in Rochester, Minnesota, for the Rochester Honkers back in the mid '90s. Adam's baseball background from playing and coaching collegiately will serve Jacob well."

Eversole on Mulcahy: "Jacob is the type of hitter that you look for out of a corner infielder. He has the ability to drive the ball to all fields and hit for power. He has the attitude and commitment we're looking for and the work ethic to develop into one of our top hitters. We are very excited to welcome Jacob and get started."

Mulcahy hit .458 with 18 extra-base hits while earning All-District, All-Region and third-team All-State honors, and was selected to play in the East/West All-Star Game as a junior. He looks to be a four-year starter this spring while also playing basketball for his high school team.

Alex Cleverly

C/6'1/185/Noblesville High School (IN)

Cleverly is the third catcher in as many years to commit to Bellarmine. Owens said his defensive ability, knowledge of the game and leadership skills were very impressive to the Bellarmine coaching staff during the recruiting process. A soon-to-be graduate of Noblesville High School, north of Indianapolis, Cleverly has the tools that Bellarmine values in a catcher, Owens said.

Owens on Cleverly: "Alex does exactly what we look for in catchers. He handles his position; he can catch, throw and block. He has size, which is important to me, and he can communicate, which will serve him well in dealing with our pitching staff. We do not call pitches so we count on development in this area. It is imperative we find someone who is capable of getting the most out of our pitching staff. Alex also has the ability to hit, which is a bonus for me. We are very excited to have Alex join our baseball program and feel he will be a front-line catcher here."

Eversole on Cleverly: "Alex is exactly what we were looking for in a catcher. He is a great receiver, blocker and thrower. His ability to call pitches and handle a pitching staff is very important to us, and he's shown not only the ability to do so, but the willingness to work hard in those areas. As he continues to grow and mature physically, we're confident he'll be a great player for us. We're very excited about his commitment to our program, and we'd like to welcome him to the Bellarmine family."

Cleverly won the Indiana state championship with Noblesville in 2014 and will look to be a three-year varsity letter winner. He was the recipient of Noblesville's Golden Glove Award last season.


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