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Baseball Signs Eight to NLIs

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 11/21/2005
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Canisius College baseball coach Mike McRae announced today that eight players have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Canisius and play baseball, beginning in the 2007 season.

"This class of student-athletes might turn out to be the most successful group to move through our program,” said McRae. “There are several potential pro prospects in the group, and all have the ability to make an immediate splash in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. I could not be any happier with the quality of athlete and the character of these young men. These eight signees, along with a very talented group of freshmen already on campus, should enable us to compete for a conference title.”

Ian Choy, OF, 6-0, 180 lbs, Mississauga, Ontario/Rick Hansen Secondary Played for Team Ontario from 2003-2005... Owns a .340 career batting average with 13 doubles, 10 homers and 43 RBIs with Team Ontario... Currently a member of the Intercounty Terriers... Won a Gold Medal at the Canadian National Championships in 2003 and a Silver Medal in 2001... Named 2003 Ontario Baseball Association Junior Player of the Year... Also played for the 2004 Ontario Baseball Association champions, the Mississauga Twins... Honor Roll student at Rick Hansen Secondary School since 2002.

McRae on Choy - “Ian is a very mature and advanced hitter. He has succeeded against some top-caliber pitching and should make the adjustment to college very quickly. Ian’s short stroke and decent power should flourish in the confines of the Demske Sports Complex.”
Chris Cox, RHP, 6-1, 180 lbs., St. George, Ontario/St. John’s College Has played for the Intercounty Terriers the last two seasons, where he has compiled a 17-3 record and pitched over 190 innings... Won Most Valuable Pitcher at the St. Mary’s Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Tournament in July of 2005... Played for Team Ontario from 2003-05; has complied a career ERA of 4.21 with 65 strikeouts in 153.1 innings pitched... Has been invited to various Perfect Game and Blue Chip Prospect Showcases... Has also played in the NABF World Series and the Sunbelt Classic... Also lettered in volleyball and basketball at St. John’s College.

McRae on Cox - “Chris is an extremely competitive strike-thrower who will battle for mound time. He is very efficient on the mound and has a knack for winning. A tireless worker, Chris’ <#IMAGE:3#>energy level and desire to succeed will propel him to be successful.”
Shane Davis, LHP, 6-0, 195 lbs., Belmont, Ontario/East Elgin Secondary Selected to Team Canada Junior National Team training roster in 2005... Won a gold medal with Team Ontario in the 2005 Canada Cup... Pitched the semifinal game against Alberta and gave up just two hits in six innings while striking out six... Played for the St. Thomas Jr. Intercounty Tomcats in 2005; compiled a 1.57 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 40.2 innings... Pitched for the London Tecumseh Minor Midget Team in 2004; posted a 2.08 ERA with 124 strikeouts in 70.2 innings.

McRae on Davis - “Shane is one of the top pitchers in Canada. He throws in the mid to upper 80s and will compete for a spot with Team Canada. With the world of pro baseball already <#IMAGE:4#>knocking on his door, Shane will make an immediate impact in the MAAC.”

Kevin Mailloux, INF, 6-1, 175 lbs., Windsor, Ont./St. Annes/Kellogg Community College Played last season for Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich... Helped team to a 46-9 record and an appearance in the 2005 National Regional final... Hit .417 with 15 doubles, three triples, 12 homers and 60 RBIs... Won Gold Medal with Team Ontario at the 2005 Canada Games and was named all-tournament; hit .473 with a homer, a triple and three doubles in the tourney.

McRae on Mailloux - “Kevin is a key piece of this recruiting class as he brings some age and experience to Canisius. He has put up some monster offensive numbers at a very good junior college program. Gifted with raw athleticism, I expect Kevin to hit <#IMAGE:5#>for average, power and steal some bases for us as a middle of the lineup guy.”

Paul Panik, C, 6-0, 200 lbs, Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay Two-time Poughkeepsie Journal all-star and named All-Dutchess County, all-league and all-section in 2004 and 2005... Has a career batting average of .443 and a slugging percentage of .613... Has been the starting catcher for John Jay High School the last three seasons... Starting catcher for Hudson Valley at the 2004 and 2005 Empire State Games; won Bronze Medal in 2004... Starting catcher for the Hudson Valley Hurricanes, who were the 2004 U-18 Connie Mack State Finalists; hit .488 with a .655 on-base percentage that season... Won the Scholar Athlete Award in 2004 and 2005.
McRae on Panik - “ We are excited to add the most dominant catcher at the 2005 Empire State Games in Paul Panik. He is the complete package behind the plate - outstanding defense and an offensive weapon. The catching position is extremely demanding at the collegiate level, and Paul will be a great complement to our existing personnel behind the plate.”

<#IMAGE:6#>Eric Panko, LHP, 6-2, 175 lbs, Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep Four-year letterwinner at Cathedral Prep... Named all-tournament at the Shorecrest Prep Invitational in Tampa, Fla., last summer after posting a victory on the mound in the championship game... Named the top prospect at the Baseball Factory/PUMA National Tournament Team tryout in June of 2005... Named one of the top-30 prospects in the Team One Midwest Showcase in July of 2005.

McRae on Panko - “Eric has a great arm and a terrific pitcher’s frame. With continued development, he has a chance to pitch at the next level. By pitching for one of the top high school teams in the northeast, Eric will bring a winning attitude to our program.”
Perry Silverman, OF, 6-0, 190 lbs., Del Ray Beach, Fla./American Heritage <#IMAGE:8#>Set high school home run record with eight... Named to the Lake Highland Prep all-tournament team... Invited to the Canadian Junior National Team training camps in 2004 and 2005... Member of the Canadian Cup championship team in 2004 and named to the tournament all-star team; hit .320 in 206 at-bats with Les Ailes du Quebec.

McRae on Silverman “Perry is an electric player. He possesses that rare combination of power and speed. Perry brings a great deal of competitive experience to Canisius - high school ball in Florida in addition to time with the Canadian National Youth team.”
Bryan Smith, RHP, 6-5, 200 lbs., Cicero, N.Y./Cicero North Syracuse <#IMAGE:7#>Pitches for Cicero North Syracuse... Pitched on the Central Team at the Empire State Games... Also lettered in basketball at Cicero North Syracuse and a member of the National Honor Society.

McRae on Smith - “With a frame that reaches 6-foot-5 and growing and a fastball already in the upper 80s, there is no telling how good Bryan can become. Although he needs to get stronger, Bryan has a tremendous amount of upside and a work ethic to support it.”
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