Prep Baseball Report

Ohio State Lands 3 top 20 players

Rarely does a school make as big of a splash in the state as Ohio State did this past summer. Ohio State came in got three of the top 20 players in the state in one year. Tanner Tully, Troy Montgomery, and Curtis Irving will all be Buckeyes next fall. It is easy to understand, the coaching staff getting kids from Indiana as Coach Beals and Coach Stafford both spent time coaching at Ball State prior to moving over to Ohio State, but to grab the three kids they did it is an impressive feat.

Troy Montgomery is probably the most known of the three. Montgomery is an outfielder from Mt. Vernon HS. The left handed hitter possesses a smooth but explosive swing. Montgomery runs well and defensively has the ability to remain in centerfield in the coming years. Ohio director Chris Valentine said "he was his favorite player from Indiana he saw this summer" which speaks volumes for how talented Montgomery is.

Tanner Tully is a left handed pitcher from Elkhart Central. Tully for the last two years has pitched himself into the pitcher I want on the mound in a big game. Tully is quiet and humble off the field but on the mound he is a force. His fastball sits 85-89 occasionally touching 90-91.  Tully throws a college ready breaking ball and a plus change up making him one of the toughest pitchers to face in high school baseball. Tully's most impressive attribute to me however, is his ability to compete. With Tully on the mound Elkhart Central will never be out of game and I imagine that will continue for the Buckeyes. 

Curtis Irving is a 3B/ RHP from Greenfield Central. Irving has been well known long before he played an inning of high school baseball. I can not remember in recent years a kid more talked about or feared at the plate before he ever got to high school baseball than Irving. Every high school coach knew who the kid was and worked around him from the time he put on a varsity uniform. It is still undecided if Irving will hit or pitch at the next level as Irving is also 85-88; 89 on the mound.

These three could leave a major impression on Buckeye fans for the coming years.