- Inside Athletics
DETROIT, Mich. -- Marygrove Baseball's Inaugural Signing Day came to a close in style Tuesday (April 29) with a commitment from L'Anse Creuse High School's Daniel Bailey. Bailey inked his 2014-15 Letter of Intent inside Marygrove's Alumnae Hall committing to continue his career at the Detroit-based institution. Bailey, considered one of many key recruits by head coach Ryan Kottke, signed in the middle of a stellar senior campaign for the Lancers.
The signing marked the seventh of the day as Kottke and the Mustangs now set their sights on adding more local talent to their inaugural roster in the coming weeks.
"Receiving commitments from seven young men at this stage of the process tells you there is great belief and confidence in what we are building here at Marygrove," Kottke relayed. "The signings are just the beginning for this team as we continue to bring in the area's top talent and build a winning program right away in the city of Detroit. We couldn't be happier with our first signing day and look forward to many more."
Bailey, a 5'11 pitcher and third baseman, will step onto the diamond collegiately with three years of varsity playing experience. During his time on with the Lancers, Bailey commanded the bump en route to three Cy Young awards – an honor doled out to the Lancers' top pitcher each season. The talented pitcher also put together a sound resumé at the plate to earn a First Team All-Macomb County appearance and All-Region Honorable Mention nod. Bailey's ability to manage the hot corner was also a key reason why he received honors throughout his high school career.
Much like future teammate Drew Johnson, Bailey hits the lanes to bowl for his school in the offseason. The two-sport student-athlete boasted a near 200 average during his two seasons on the varsity squad – the only two years of the new program at L'Anse Creuse.
With the signing, Bailey rejoins former Lancer teammate Raleigh Wilson at Marygrove.
COACH KOTTKE'S TAKE
"Danny is a kid I have had the pleasure of watching grow as a player throughout his high school career," said Kottke as the program's first signing day came to a close. "His knowledge of knowing what he can do on the mound, while having the ability to spot multiple pitches, has made him a very successful high school pitcher. We will look to Danny to be a front end starter for the program over the next four years. We look forward to signing more student-athletes soon as commitments continue to roll in."