November 9 - Madison freshman Bryce Eldridge has yet to play a high school game, but expectations already loom for the 6-foot-6, 195-pound right-handed pitcher and left-handed swinging first baseman.
Eldridge, who recently turned 15, was rated No. 6 nationally in Perfect Game’s rankings released yesterday of Class of 2023 players. He played this year with Georgia’s Team Elite Prime as well as with the Marucci Stars travel programs
“[Eldridge] oozes projection with all the components of his game on the mound. The delivery, frame, upper-80s fastball and feel to spin are worthy of following closely for top Division I programs throughout the country,” Perfect Game wrote in its scout notes at the WWBA Freshman World Championship earlier this fall. “The lanky right-hander creates steep plane from a loose arm action and a low-effort delivery.”
The latest Division I prospect who will suit up for the Warhawks, Eldridge has already generated attention from some of the top college programs in the country. He did not appear among the Top 10 in Prep Baseball Report’s 2023 rankings, which were also released earlier this week.
Madison is expected to be one of the area’s top teams and a Class 6 state championship contender this spring. They have three players who have committed to Division I programs in senior pitchers Ryan Murphy (James Madison) and Michael Schultz (Charleston) and sophomore transfer James Triantos (North Carolina).
LeClair Becomes Area’s First Freshman Commit, Will Play for Virginia
Marcus LeClair, a freshman at Gonzaga (D.C.) and resident of Oakton, committed yesterday to play for Virginia. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound switch-hitting first baseman and left-handed pitcher announced his decision on Twitter.
“I am honored to announce that I have committed to the University of Virginia to further continue my academic and baseball career,” he posted on his Twitter handle.
Leclair, who plays in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program, becomes the first area freshman to make his college decision.
Germanowski, 2017 State Champ at Briar Woods, Transfers to Liberty
Tyler Germanowski, who helped Briar Woods win the Class 5 state championship in 2017, will transfer to Liberty after spending the past semester as Polk State, a junior college in Florida.
Germanowski spent his first two collegiate seasons at St. Bonaventure, but will retain three years of eligibility with the Flames. The 6-foot-4 right-hander struggled this past season with the Bonnies, going 0-5 with a 9.98 ERA in 30.2 innings after redshirting his freshman year. As a senior at Briar Woods, he was 1-2 with a 3.78 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 16.2 innings while hitting .297 with 20 RBI.
At Liberty, Germanowski joins a team that went 43-21 overall and 15-9 in the Atlantic Sun Conference, winning the league title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament last spring under coach Scott Jackson.
Photos of, clockwise from left, Bryce Eldridge courtesy of Perfect Game, Marcus LeClair courtesy of Marucci Stars, and Tyler Germanowski courtesy of Polk State Athletics