University of Delaware Baseball Signs Five To National Letters of Intent
NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware baseball head coach Jim Sherman has announced that three state high school standouts and two players at Mercer County (N.J.) Community College have signed NCAA National Letters of Intent with UD and will join the Blue Hens next fall.
The list of newcomers includes right-handed pitcher Joey Haass of Woodside, Del. (Polytech High School); catcher Zach Miller of Wilmington (Salesianum School); right-handed pitcher Billy Sullivan of Wilmington, Del. (St. Mark's HS); catcher Anthony Peroni of Mercer County (N.J.) Community College (Steinert HS); and infielder Vinny Vaccone of Mercer CCC (Neumann-Goretti HS, Pa.)
Haass (left), a right-handed pitcher at Polytech High School in Woodside, Del., was an All-Henlopen Conference selection and team captain last year for the Panthers. A two-year Carpenter Cup selection, Haass posted a 5-2 record with a 4.50 ERA, 43 strikeouts and two saves last season for Polytech before compiling a 4-0 record with a 2.19 ERA during the summer and fall travel ball season.
Haass, who also plays basketball at Polytech, has been named to the honor roll during his first three years of high school.
“Joey is one of three Delaware high school recruits in this class,” Sherman noted. “We’re excited to have him because he’s a quality pitcher that really knows how to compete. He shows very good command of several pitches, along with tremendous poise on the mound for a young pitcher. We expect that Joey will certainly push others on our pitching staff right away, and he will be a very important member of our pitching staff for the next four years.”
Miller (right) is a four-year varsity starter at Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del., where he has earned honorable mention All-State accolades as a catcher during each of the last two seasons.
Miller has represented Delaware North in the Carpenter Cup for three straight years, and batted .418 last season for the Sallies.
An outstanding student, Miller is a member of the Salesianum Honors Society and has completed many service hours during his high school career.
“Zack is a player that excites us with his offensive potential,” Sherman said. “He’s a strong kid with a lot of ability to be a legitimate power threat with his bat. He, along with incoming junior college catcher Anthony Peroni, should certainly help provide depth with handling our pitching staff as well as providing offense in our lineup.”
Sullivan (below) is a right-handed pitcher at nearby St. Mark’s High School, where he was a second team all-conference selection last spring and was the winning pitcher in the Spartans’ state championship game victory over Caravel. He was the 2015 State Most Valuable Player for American Legion state champion Stahl Post 30, and was selected to the 2017 Under Armour Preseason All-American Tournament in Mesa, Ariz.
Sullivan also plays football and basketball at St. Mark’s, and earned All-Conference honors in both sports.
“Billy is a very talented right-handed pitcher with an electric fastball,” Sherman stated. “He’ll come to UD from a very good program in St. Mark’s High School, and we expect that he will have an immediate impact in our program and factor as an important part of our pitching staff early in his career.”
Peroni and Vinny Vaccone will join the Blue Hens from Mercer County (N.J.) Community College, which is currently ranked second in the nation and finished third in last year’s Junior College World Series.
Peroni (right) batted .400 with 10 doubles, two triples, five homers and a team-leading .488 on base percentage a year ago, and will serve as team captain this spring.
Peroni, who was awarded an academic achievement scholarship at MCCC this year, graduated from Steinert High School in Hamilton Township, N.J. in 2015 after earning All-State and All-CVC honors as a senior.
“Anthony will provide us with significant catching experience, coming from Mercer County Community College along with Vinny Vaccone,” Sherman explained. “He has a high baseball IQ, and along with Zack (Miller), will provide us with some very good talent in our catching corps. Anthony also is a very powerful offensive player, which will give us an added power threat in the middle of our lineup.”
Vaccone (below) batted .351 with eight homers, 50 runs scored, 51 RBI and 19 stolen bases as a shortstop for MCCC a year ago, when he earned first team all-region and All-GSAC honors. A 2015 graduate of Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia, Vaccone was a first team All-Catholic League, first team all-city and third team All-State selection.
A Millay Club Award winner, he led the Saints to four city titles and a Catholic League championship.
“Vinny comes to us as a highly talented and experienced junior college shortstop and is exciting to watch play,” Sherman said. “Coming from nationally-ranked Mercer County CC, he’s extremely energetic on the field defensively and is also a very good offensive player. We’re really looking forward to having Vinny in our program as he will join us at a time when our other very talented players will be older and more mature, providing our program with a strong potential to be as good as we’ve been in years at Delaware.
“I am very pleased with this incoming recruiting class, as these players will be expected to make an impact right away," said Sherman. "The addition of these quality players should compliment an already talented club, and help our program seriously push to win a Colonial Athletic Association championship.”
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