Wake Forest is sending a trio of their Demon Deacons to Harrisonburg this summer. Connor Kaden will be returning for his second season with the Turks and bringing along with him freshman Ben Breazeale and sophomore Luke Czajkowski. Meet the Deacons;
Connor Kaden, a Toms River, New Jersey native, is a pitcher for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Kaden is a 6’4 200 lb junior and is currently working towards a degree in communications. The righty spent most of his sophomore season in relief for the Demon Deacons appearing in 21 games. Kaden has shown to be a consistent starter for the Demon Deacons in 2014 thus far appearing in 9 games and starting in 6. He has an ERA of 3.37 and has fanned 33 strikeouts. Kaden, also a member of the 2013 Turks team, led the Turks and VBL in strikeouts with 69. He was an impressive 5-0 in 8 starts and 9 appearances and bolstered an ERA of 2.55. He was a member of the 2013 Valley Baseball All Star Team and named to the 1st Team All Valley League Team.
Ben Breazeale is a 6’0 210 lb freshman catcher from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Breazeale has been trying to break his way into the starting line up coming up to bat 64 times and producing 9 runs, 11 hits, 4 doubles, and 7 RBIs this season for the Deacons.
Luke Czajkowski is a 6’4″ 210 lb sophomore outfielder from Fleming Island, Florida. His most memorable moment in baseball was hitting the first ever grand slam in the history of Fleming Island High School. Czajkowski earned the Principal Scholar Athlete of the Year at his high school. He was ranked 225 nationally by Perfect Game and named to a 2011 Perfect Game Underclass High Honorable Mention. He helped Fleming Island reach the Regional Finals in 2011 for the first time in school history.
Georgia Institute of Technology will be sending a trio of young freshman to Harrisonburg for their first summer of collegiate baseball but they won’t be alone. Yellow Jacket leader junior, Thomas Smith will be returning to the Turks for his third and final season of eligibility. Smith will definitely be able to help his team mates feel at home in Harrisonburg. Read more
As a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, the Georgia State Panthers are no stranger to the friendly confines of JMU Veterans Memorial Stadium after playing there against the James Madison University Dukes several times each season. Making the transition to Harrisonburg and the artificial turf playing surface is even easier when you’ve already spent a summer playing there as returner Garret Ford and Joey Roach will be able to tell their teammate Matt Rose. Read more
It is that time of year when Turks fans can finally get excited and ready for the upcoming summer season. The roster is set, the players are in the middle of their seasons, spring is officially here, and all that adds up to Turks baseball being around the corner. This year’s roster will return 13 players from the 2013 team and promises to bring entertaining baseball and hopefully plenty of wins. The 2014 Turks come from many different college conferences and multiple teams. So without further adieu, let’s get familiar with this summer’s stars.
Today we want to introduce you to players coming from DUKE UNIVERSITY: Read more
Despite the 2013 season ending with an early playoff loss for the Turks at the end of July, the organization has been hard at work on crafting the roster for the 2014 season since late September. This year’s incarnation will feature an exorbitant number of returning players, 13 in total, making it the highest return rate in over a decade. This high number of returners is fluid, of course, and will depend heavily on the draft and injuries. Of those who could return from last summer, 11 are eligible for the draft with another two from 2012′s championship squad and three new faces also eligible. While it is a blessing to have a wealth of talent, having a high number of alumni and contracted players go in the the draft is just as nice, speaking to the team’s prior performance, prospect strength, and ease for scouts to judge summer ball performances.
The Turks 2014 roster can be seen by clicking on the “2014 Roster” tab above.