What appears to be an annual tradition on the diamond for Head Coach Ryan Beckman's club continued as two Titans signed their Letters of Intent to play at 4-year programs. Gabriel Rincones and Leo O'Shinski signed to play at Florida Atlantic and Valdosta St, respectively.
With COVID-19 creating a backlog at all levels due to eligibility rule changes, SPC athletes signing at winning programs only serves to magnify their accomplishments " We are super excited for the young men signing their NLI's to continue their careers. We feel like Rincones will have a chance to dominate offensively at the D1 level and that Leo will continue to get hitters out at Valdosta- a powerhouse D2 program". The success of these players is no shock to Beckman, who contends that both Rincones and O'Shinski took ownership of their careers at SPC.
O'Shinski, a second year Business Administration major serves as the closing pitcher for the Titans and led the team in appearances last spring. Posting a 1.47 earned run average over 18.1 innings, O'Shinski earned high praise from Titan pitching coach Sean O'Connor for his freshman campaign " Leo is great because he never gets too high or low emotionally, and that's ideal for a closer. Combine that with the fact he limits his walks and its obvious that he earned the chance to further his career". O'Connor's intuition proves true, as O'Shinski has a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio, first among Titan hurlers with more than 15 innings.
O'Shinski was quick to credit the coaching staff and the workout program at SPC with his development. When asked why he chose Valdosta State to be his next baseball home, the Titan hurler explained "I've always loved the state of Georgia, and Valdosta has a beautiful campus and facility. They were also a fantastic fit academically with their Project Management major". Leo wishes to become a construction manager after his baseball career.
Rincones, also a second year Business major inked his intention to play Division 1 baseball at Florida Atlantic University. Rincones' recruitment towards the Owls began this past spring, where he hit a state leading .423 before the COVID shutdown. Rincones followed up those numbers this summer in the Florida Collegiate Summer league, among the most competitive summer ball circuits in the country last summer. Rincones says FAU's competitive conference, incredible location, and coaching staff were key to his commitment. Coach Beckman lauds Rincones as a legitimate D1 talent "he dominated last year plain and simple. He transformed himself into a Division 1 player and he deserves every bit of this accomplishment". Following O'Shinski's lead, Rincones credits the coaching staff at SPC for helping him navigate the recruiting process and for his development.
With this duo's signing, this now makes 8 Titan baseball players committed to four-year programs over the past calendar year- with Beckman and staff confident there will be more to follow as the winter turns to spring. But as for this year, Rincones and O'Shinski aim to take care of business at SPC before moving on "we aren't here to take part, we are here to take over" says Rincones. Not unsurprisingly, O'Shinski echoed the same sentiment "Its time to win. I'm happy Gabe and I found homes and programs for next year, but as for this year our only goal is to help the team win". With 2021 on the horizon, it will be game time for the Titans baseball program soon enough.