Prep Baseball Report

Sittinger Gives the Latest

Brandyn Sittinger recently crept into the top 25 rankings for Ohio’s Class of 2012.

The 6-foot, 165-pound right-handed pitcher from Keystone High School in northeast Ohio began making a name for himself late this summer.

He has been lighting up radar guns with a fastball that sits 86-89 mph and touches 90-91 mph. His fastball is mixed with a 73-75 mph curveball and a 78 mph changeup.

Unlike many members of the 2012 class, Sittinger played at the 16U level this summer for the North Coast Gladiators.

However, he doesn’t regret his decision one bit.

During his sophomore year, Dwayne Calloway (an associate scout for the Cleveland Indians) noticed Sittinger during a game against Avon. While Calloway first thought Sittinger was a senior, he later realized that he was only 15 at the time, so he asked him to play for the North Coast Gladiators.

Sittinger notes, “It was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. He got me more looks than I could have ever asked for and he was the best coach that I have ever had.”

In order to supplement his tournament schedule, Sittinger hit the showcase circuit. At this point, he is talking with the University of Tennessee, the University of Cincinnati, Marshall, and Youngstown State.

When asked about his decision making process, Sittinger says, “The biggest factors for me are academics, coaching staff, immediate playing time, and the conference.”

Recalling his list, he notes, “All of the schools that I am considering include great academics, good coaching staffs, well rounded conferences, beautiful campuses, and strong baseball programs.”

When looking for advice on how to handle the recruiting process, Sittinger needs to look no further than his high school teammate, Caleb Shillace, a recent Toledo commitment and the #28 ranked player in the Class of 2012.

“We talked about recruiting some this summer, but it was hard because we both played on different teams. I am glad Caleb has found a college he really likes … now, hopefully we can commit and do our best our senior year to bring our school its first baseball state championship.”