UMaine baseball signs 3 more players in large recruiting class

Posted May 24, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
Last modified May 25, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine baseball team has signed three more players amidst a large 2014 recruiting class.

Coach Steve Trimper announced that Brett Chappell (Rock Falls, Illinois), Alex Cabrera (Miami, Florida) and Danny Diaz (Miami, Florida) will join the Black Bears next fall.

Chappell played for his father, Donny, at Rock Falls High School in Illinois. He hit .476 with 112 RBI and six home runs. He was a three-time first-team, all-conference selection and a three-time all-area selection.

As a senior, he was named Sauk Valley Player of the Year and set the program record with 59 runs scored. He was also named Quad City Times Player of the Year. He comes to the Black Bears via Parkland College where he hit .360 with 50 runs scored and 30 RBI. He had 11 doubles and two home runs.

“We are really pleased to have Brett join the Black Bears infield for the 2015 season,” said Trimper. “He comes from a winning tradition, playing for his father’s highly successful high school program. I am confident he will have an immediate impact on our field next year.”

Cabrera played at Belen Jesuit Preparatory in Miami. He is a two-year starter at shortstop for coach Jerry Albert and served as captain in 2014.

Cabrera hit .441 with a .558 on-base percentage, stole nine bases and hit two home runs. He was named 2014 Team MVP and was a 2014 HSBN Senior Dade All-Star. He was recently named first-team HSBN All-District and a Florida Atlantic Coaches Association All-Star.

He was also named Miami-Dade 6A-16 All-District Team and was selected to an All-Dade County Team. He was named the Belen Jesuit Male Sportsman of the Year.

“Alex impressed me as a great defender, but also grew this past season into a solid hitter for coach Albert’s team at Belen Jesuit,” said Trimper. “He will be able to add great depth to our middle infield and be an asset as a table setter on offense.”

Diaz played third base at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami. He batted .377 as a senior with 10 doubles, seven homers and 28 RBI. He was named first-team All-District Dade County at third base and was named second-team All-Dade County. He was a 2014 HSBN Senior Miami Dade All-Star and also a 2014 FACA All-Star nominee.

“Danny comes from one of the most successful high school programs in south Florida at Columbus HS and Coach (Joe) Webber,” said Trimper. “I feel he can be a great power threat in our line up, along with a solid corner player in the infield.”

The eligibility of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

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