2019 Baseball Signing Class
By ODU Athletics
|PLAYER||POS||HOMETOWN||HIGH SCHOOL||PREV. COLLEGE|
|Caleb Balgaard||INF||Fenton, Mich.||Howell||Indiana & Iowa Western CC|
|Joey DeChiaro||LHP||Flemington, N.J.||Hunterdon Central|
|Chris Dengler||INF||Charleston, S.C.||Bishop England|
|Jeff LaRosa||INF||West Hartford, Conn.||Conard|
Tune in to the latest episode of the ODU Baseball Podcast for more discussion on the 2019 signing class. Discussion on the signees begins at approximately the 11:20 mark.
Hometown: Fenton, Michigan
Previous School: Iowa Western Community College
Biography: Balgaard is currently at Iowa Western after transferring to IWCC following a year at Indiana. A highly-recruited player out of Howell High School in Michigan, Balgaard was an All-State perfomer in his prep days, hitting .445 as a senior and concluding his career as Howell’s all-time leader in career hits. At Indiana, Balgaard did not see game action.
"Caleb is a big physical player who runs well and projects to be a middle of the order hitter. He started his career at the University of Indiana before transferring to IWCC. We love Caleb’s work ethic, energy and versatility.” - Coach Finwood on Balgaard
Hometown: Flemington, New Jersey
High School: Hunterdon Central
Biography: DeChiaro, a left-handed pitcher out of New Jersey, had a breakout season as a junior in 2018. He went 9-1 with a 0.98 ERA for Hunterdon Central, helping play a part in five shutouts. The Skyland Conference Player of the Year by NJ.com, DeChiaro ended the season with seven consecutive wins and a 55/13 K/BB ratio. With a career record of 21-3, DeChiaro is three wins shy of tying the school record.
“Joey plays for coach Kevin Cuozzi at Hunterdon Central high school in Flemington, New Jersey. Joey is a tough-minded competitor who really mixes his pitches well and has been to three NJ state finals. Joey has won 21 games so far in his high school career.” - Coach Finwood on DeChiaro
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
High School: Bishop England
Biography: Dengler comes to ODU with a championship-winning pedigree. At Bishop England High School in South Carolina, Dengler helped lead the team to back-to-back AAA state championships in 2017 and 2018. A well-rounded athlete, Dengler also excelled on the gridiron for Bishop England, averaging 80 yards receiving per game in 2018.
“Chris plays for coach David McCabe at Bishop England high school and is also a member of the Evoshield Canes Program. We love Chris’ athleticism; he also played wide receiver on his football team. Chris projects as a middle infielder for us.” - Coach Finwood on Dengler
Hometown: West Hartford, Connecticut
High School: Conard
Biography: LaRosa comes to ODU from Conard High School in Connecticut, where he excelled on both the diamond and the football field. A career .333 hitter, LaRosa has played all four infield positions, primarily shortstop and third base, and also pitched during his prep career.
“Jeff is a good hitter with a strong arm and should be capable of playing all four infield positions. We like Jeff’s athleticism and savvy. His versatility will fit in well with our philosophy. Jeff plays for coach Sanjay Rambhia at Conard High School in Connecticut.” - Coach Finwood on LaRosa
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