Yale Baseball Introduces Class of 2017

David Toups scores a run. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
David Toups scores a run. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Seven Freshmen Join Bulldogs for 2014 Season


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team announced the addition of seven freshmen players to the roster for the 2013-14 season today, and all seven student-athletes are already making an impact to produce for the Bulldogs in the early stages of the fall season.

The Bulldogs' Class of 2017 includes infielders Derek Brown, Alec Hoeschel, Richard Slenker, and Harrison White, pitchers Chasen Ford and Jackson McClain, and catcher Andrew Herrera.

"We could not be any happier with the seven young men entering our baseball program," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "Each of them has a highly decorated athletic and academic resume and we fully expect them to have an immediate impact at Yale both on the diamond and in the classroom. They have all enjoyed an exceptional start to the fall season and our staff looks forward to helping them continue to improve in the months ahead as we prepare for our 2014 slate."

Here is a closer look at the Class of 2017:

  • #20 • Derek Brown • INF
  • Bats: R/Throws: R • 5-11/165 • Houston, Texas/Episcopal High School

A three-sport letterwinner and a three-year letterwinner in baseball at Episcopal High School, Brown contributed to three consecutive Southwest Preparatory Conference state championships. He was named the Knights' most improved player as a junior following the 2012 season. He served as a team captain and was awarded the team's sportsmanship award in his senior season, and he was also nominated as the school's male athlete of the year. Brown graduated summa cum laude after finishing in the top 8 percent of his class and was a member of the National Honor Society. He also played for C2 baseball from 2012-2013.

  • #15 • Chasen Ford • RHP
  • Bats: R/Throws: R • 6-3/215 • Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro High School

Ford finished his senior season with a 20-3 overall record and a 1.17 earned run average at El Toro High School. He was the Chargers' rookie of the year as a junior and was a All-South Coast League First Team selection in his junior and senior seasons. He was also the South Coast League Co-MVP in his senior season. He earned an Academic Excellence award in Math, Science, and History, and he also earned a Top 20 GPA award.


  • #7 • Andrew Herrera • C
  • Bats: R/Throws: R • 5-10/180 • Allendale, N.J./Don Bosco Prep

Herrera was a four-year letterwinner in baseball in each of his four seasons at Don Bosco Prep and was the Ironmen's team captain in his senior season. Herrera was an All-Big South Conference Second Team selection in 2013 and a First Team selection in 2012. He was also named an All-Bergen County First Team selection and an All-State Second Team selection in 2012. He batted a team-high .441 in 2012 in leading Don Bosco Prep to the state championship, and he also led the Ironmen to back-to-back Bergen County titles. He was the Danny Gaine award recipient in his senior season, which is awarded to the player who is the Ironmen's best leader and most respected teammate. Herrera was Don Bosco Prep's sole representative at the 20th Annual Scholar Athlete Program. He was a letterwinner in football in 2010 and was a linebacker on Don Bosco Prep's 2010 state championship team. Academically, Herrera was a member of the National Honor Society, the National Math Honor Society, and the National Hispanic Recognition Program, and he was a recipient of the Kinchley's Involved in Sports and Scholastic Scholarship.


  • #17 • Alec Hoeschel • INF
  • Bats: L/Throws: R • 6-3/195 • Hockessin, Del./Charter School of Wilmington

A four-year letterwinner for the Charter School of Wilmington, Hoeschel led the Force to the Delaware state playoffs in each of his final three seasons. He was also a two-time selection to the Delaware North Carpenter Cup Team. Hoeschel was named to the 2013 ESPN Delaware All-State Team and the 2013 Perfect Game Rawlings Preseason All-Region First Team, and he was a 2012 Perfect Game Underclass High Honorable Mention selection. He also played summer baseball for the Delaware Warriors. Academically, he earned a spot on the Charter School's honor roll in each of his four years, and was a member of the National Honor Society. He also won the Stephen McGowan Magnanimity Award for outstanding character and leadership.


  • #21 • Jackson McClain • LHP
  • Bats: L/Throws: L • 6-3/215 • Ooltewah, Tenn./Ooltewah High School

A three-year starter in both football and baseball at Ooltewah High School, McClain was 13-1 in his final two seasons with a 1.69 ERA as a junior and a 1.07 ERA as a senior, pitching in both clinching games in leading the Owls to back-to-back District 5-AAA championships. In addition, McClain was named to the Southeast Tennessee All-District Team as a starting pitcher and was also named to the Tennessee All-Star Team. He earned a Perfect Game Southeast Team Honorable Mention selection and pitched in the Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Game. McClain also played summer baseball for the Chattanooga Cyclones and earned the team's Pitcher of the Year award. He was also ranked as the fifth best pitcher for the Southeast Perfect Game tournament. McClain was an honors student at Ooltewah High School, where he maintained a 3.9 grade point average, and he was a member of the Beta Club and the National Honors Society.


  • #9 • Richard Slenker • INF
  • Bats: R/Throws: R • 5-10/190 • Pound Ridge, N.Y./Fox Lane High School

Slenker was a three-year letterwinner at Fox Lane High School, serving as the Foxes' team captain in his final two seasons. Slenker was a three-year varsity starter batting .423 as a sophomore, .457 as a junior and .494 as a senior. Over his final three years, Slenker collected a total of 102 hits, 70 RBIs, and 82 runs scored, with 25 doubles, 11 home runs and 37 walks. In his senior season, he had 40 hits, 40 RBIs and 40 runs scored, with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 13 walks. He struck out just 16 times in three seasons, with only four strikeouts in his senior season. Slenker was named The LOHUD Journal Newspaper Westchester/Putnam Counties 2013 Player of the Year and was given the 2013 Tony Zimbalatti Coaches Award for Most Valuable Player for Section 1 Lower Hudson Valley New York. He was a 2013 New York State Sportwriters Association All-State First Team selection. He also earned a place on the Section 1 All-League team in each of his final three seasons, and the Section 1 All-Section team in his final two seasons. Slenker played summer baseball with the Bullpen Titans from Effort, Pa., as well as Bobby Valentine's All-American Team and the Tri-State Arsenal out of Voorhees, N.J. He won the 2012 Marine Corps Award for Leadership, Academics and Athletics and the 2013 Diamond 9 Award for outstanding performance in the classroom.


  • #5 • Harrison White • INF
  • Bats: L/Throws: R • 5-9/170 • Laguna Niguel, Calif./St. Margaret's High School

White was a four-year varsity starter at shortstop and pitcher at St. Margaret's High School, serving as the Tartans' team captain in his final two seasons. He hit a stellar .498 over his four seasons with the Tartans. He also recorded a school-record 33-game hitting streak. He helped lead the Tartans to the CIF playoffs in 2012 and 2013, lifting the team into the semifinals in 2012. White was an All-Academy League selection in each of his four seasons, winning the Academy League's MVP award in 2013, and he was an All-CIF selection in each of his final two seasons, winning the 2012 Coaches Award, which is given to the player who best represents the heart and soul of Tartan Baseball. White was the Orange County Register's 2012-13 "Player to Watch" and was the 2013 recipient of the California Scholar-Athlete Award. He was the 2013 recipient of the John Balak Award, given to one male and one female athlete at St. Margaret's that best displays integrity, leadership, and work ethic, and he was also a 2013 Kiwanis Club Orange County All Star. White was a Quality At-Bat Champion from 2011-2013 and participated in the Quakes Baseball Academy for three years. White also played varsity football for four years as a slot receiver, defensive cornerback, and a kick holder, earning an All-Academy League selection in 2011 and 2012 while helping to lead the Tartans to four consecutive CIF championships. Academically, White was a member of the Cum Laude Society, and he was an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Scholar. White was the recipient of the 2012 Williams College Book Award, the 2013 Principal's Cup, the 2013 Spanish Department Excellence Award and the 2013 Music Excellence Award. He was also listed on the Headmaster's Honor Roll in each of his eight high school semesters.


Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity