Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bleday highlights 2016 recruiting class for Penn Quakers


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
September 27 2015, 11:00 AM EST.
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The University of Pennsylvania has added 13 players to the program for the 2016 season, including 11 freshmen and a pair of transfers.

“We are extremely excited to bring this group into our program,” head coach John Yurkow said in a statement. “As a group, they have experienced success at every level that have played at. Individually, they bring a wealth of talent and skills to our program. We have high expectations as a program, and I know that these young men believe in those goals and will do everything we ask of them to help us get to where we want to be.”

Highlighting the class is junior Adam Bleday. The left-hander began his college career at the University of Virginia before transferring and spending last season at Gulf Coast College where he posted nine wins to go along with a 2.36 ERA. He also notched 83 strikeouts over 80 innings pitched.

“Adam has succeeded on the mound at all levels so far," said Yurkow. "He is an athletic lefthander that we will count on to step right into our rotation. Adam has the talent to be a top Ivy League pitcher.”

Joining Bleday as the only other transfer to join the Quakers is outfielder Daniel Halevy from the University of Houston.

"Daniel will give us a strong bat and some versatility on defense," said Yurkow. "He should contribute from day one.”

As a class, Penn's recruiting group is ranked No. 87 overall in the county by Perfect Game.

The Quakers have gone 31-9 in Ivy League play over the last two seasons, both times faltering in a playoff for the Gehrig Division title.

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