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Penn State Baseball Signs Eight Recruits On National Signing Day

Update, 11/13: Penn State baseball announced that right-handed pitcher Tommy Molsky will also join its class of 2021, bringing the total number of players to eight.

“I chose Penn State because it is an amazing school that has an outstanding academics side to it,” Molsky said. “PSU baseball also gives me a great opportunity to prove myself, become more knowledgeable towards the game and to become a better person.”

Molsky is a Pennsylvania native and has seen his fastball jump up five mph over the past year, as he now tops out at 93 mph. In 16.1 inning pitched during the 2020 season, Molsky gave up no runs and struck out 31 batters.

Update, 12:40 p.m.: Penn State baseball announced three more signings Thursday morning.

Right-handed pitchers Ben DeMell and Chase Renner, as well as left-handed pitcher/first baseman Anthony Steele signed their letters of intent to join the program.

DeMell is from Concord, Ohio and his fastball tops at out 92 mph. He also plays third base and shortstop, according to his Perfect Game profile.

Renner is a Pennsylvania native and has seen his fastball velocity jump up three mph over the past year, now topping out at 91 mph.

Steele is from Shelton, Connecticut and has played some outfield in addition to his primary positions of LHP/1B.

“I chose Penn State due to the amazing atmosphere and coaching staff,” Steele said. “It felt like a home away from home as soon as I stepped onto campus. It also has one of the best Exercise Science/Kinesiology programs in the country.”

Original Story: Penn State baseball added four recruits to its class of 2021 on National Signing Day.

Three pitchers and one position player will join Rob Cooper’s squad after six players joined last year.

Right-handed pitcher Patrick DeMarco hails from Sherman Oaks, California. The 6’1″, 190-pounder is listed as a pitcher and a first baseman.

According to Perfect Game, DeMarco’s fastball tops out at 88 mph, and his PG score of 8.5 means he’s a “potential draft pick and/or excellent college prospect.”

Tanner Folds is a left-handed pitcher who also plays first base and the outfield. The Calhoun, Georgia native posted a 0.00 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched during his shortened 2020 season.

“I chose Penn State because of the world class education it will provide and because it has the best coaching staff in college baseball to develop me into a dominant pitcher at the next level,” Folds said. “The atmosphere in Happy Valley is unmatched and naturally draws me in. Penn State was the best decision for me and my family all the way around.”

Folds has seen his fastball velocity increase by a whopping 13 mph since March 2017, as he now reaches 86 mph.

Seneca Gregory is a right-handed pitcher and also plays the outfield. The 6’4″, 205 pounder attends Mountain View High School in Stafford, Virginia.

“From the moment I stepped on campus, I felt like I was home,” Gregory said. “I chose Penn State because of the incredible coaching staff, the fantastic academics, and the great competition in the Big Ten.”

Lastly, 1B/3B Connor Throneberry will come to Penn State from St. Louis, Missouri. Listed at 6’6″, 230 pounds, Throneberry owns a big, strong, and athletic build. His PG grade is a 9/10, which means he’s a “potential top 10 round pick and/or highest level college prospect.”

“I chose Penn State because of its excellent reputation in both academics and athletics,” Throneberry said. “I am excited about the opportunity to play in the Big Ten for great coaches with a commitment to excellence.”

Throneberry and the rest of the group will attempt to make an impact for the Nittany Lions when they arrive in Happy Valley next fall.

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