Bruins' Southpaw Schaeb Commits to George Mason

November 8 - Lake Braddock may have graduated two NOVA Nine Team members from its Class 6 state championship team, but the cupboard is far from empty at the Burke school. 

Yesterday, junior left-hander and outfielder Andrew Schaeb announced via Twitter that he has committed to play for George Mason. He becomes the fifth Bruins pitcher since 2016 bound for a Division I program, joining teammate Mike Weidnger, Lyle Miller-Green, Rojo Prarie and Wade Strain. Weidinger has committed to William & Mary, where he’ll follow Prarie and Strain.. 

“I’m really happy for Andrew,” Bruins coach John Thomas said. “He has certainly put the work in and he’s steadily gotten better and better from the day he walked through the door at Braddock.”

Lake Braddock tied a school record with 26 wins en route to its second state title behind the leadership of NOVA Nine Team selections Lyle Miller-Green and Bobby Leitzel. Miller-Green, who swept the Class 6 State, All-Met and NOVA Nine Player of the Year awards, is playing a George Mason and Leitzel is playing at Marymount. 

Schaeb emerged when it counted most during Lake Braddock’s run to the program’s second state title last spring. In his team’s seven region and state tournament games, the clean-up hitter batted .600 (9-for-15) with a .680 on-base percentage, eight runs and 11 RBI. 

For the season, he hit .333 with a .450 on-base percentage, 26 hits, two homers and 22 RBI. On the mound, he was 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 27.2 innings and went the final 3.1 innings in the Bruins’ 6-2 win over Westfield in the state final. He was a second-team All-Patriot District selection as an outfielder. 

This spring, he’ll join a formidable core along with Weidinger, senior lefty Jay Cassady, another postseason hero who has committed to Christopher Newport, and junior outfielder Ryan Cuadros, who is being scouted by several Division I schools. 

During the showcase circuit this offseason, Schaeb again shined on the biggest stage while with the Marucci Stars travel program. He helped the Stars advance to the semifinals at the Perfect Game WWBA Underclass World Championship last month and didn’t allow an earned run while recording 13 strikeouts in 13.1 innings between that tournament and while at Perfect Game’s WWBA 15U National Championship and 16U National Championship over the summer. 

At George Mason, Schaeb will join a 2021 recruiting class that includes right-hander Jackson Baird (Battlefield) and infielder Diego Barrett (C.D. Hylton). Patriots coach Bill Brown and his staff have three area recruits in their 2020 class, infielder Wyatt Miles (Woodgrove) and outfielders Drew Stieg (McLean) and Thomas Trinca (Centreville).

“I think Andrew is really good, and in addition to that, he’s a relentlessly-tough competitor,” said Thomas, who has helped develop 11 players who have pitched at the Division I level in his time as the head coach at McLean and pitching and now head coach at Lake Braddock. “Andrew is exactly the type of kid that is going to help get things turned around at Mason. He’s just a winner.

“It’s a great fit.”

Photo of Andrew Schaeb by Gregg Zelkin

The Thomas 10
Division I pitchers John Thomas has helped develop at McLean and Lake Braddock.
Pitcher College
Sean Fitzgerald (McL) Notre Dame
Denis Buckley (McL) Charleston Southern
Josh Sborz (McL) Virginia
Brock Hunter (McL) Coastal Carolina
Joey Sullivan (McL) Virginia Tech
Wade Strain (LB) William & Mary
Rojo Prarie (LB) William & Mary
Lyle Miller-Green (LB) George Mason
Mike Weidinger, (LB) William & Mary
Andrew Schaeb (LB) George Mason
note: Thomas' final season at McLean was in 2012, and Sullivan pitched his final two seasons under coach John Dowling