Gopher Baseball Signs Five to National Letters of Intent

Go Gophers!
Coach Anderson and staff sign five in the early signing period

Go Gophers!
Coach Anderson and staff sign five in the early signing period
Go Gophers!

Nov. 29, 2012

University of Minnesota head baseball coach John Anderson has announced the signing of five athletes to National Letters of Intent. The Golden Gopher baseball program welcomes Toby Anderson (Nampa, Idaho), Austin Athmann (Cold Spring, Minn.), Cody Campbell (Naperville, Ill.), Brian Glowicki (Downers Grove, Ill.) and Tyler Hanson (Savage, Minn.) to the Gopher family in the fall of 2013.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the class we have coming in,” Anderson said. “Coach Rob Fornasiere did an excellent job of heading up our recruiting efforts. We relied heavily on pitching with the potential of losing current pitchers due to graduation and potential draft choices. In this process, this group repeatedly brought up a few factors in what led them here. The new Siebert Field, the longevity of our coaching staff and our credibility within the baseball community helped in choosing this university. It’s a strong class not only in athletic ability, but in the classroom and how these individuals fit into our program.”

Toby Anderson, a 6-foot, five-inch right-handed pitcher, is from Nampa, Idaho and Skyview High School. As a junior, Anderson was a first-team all-conference honoree in 2012 and named to the 2013 pre-season watch list for all-conference and player of the year. A four-time letterwinner, Anderson pitched 72 innings in 2012 and recorded an 11-1 record. With 83 strikeouts, he held an ERA of 0.98, walked 19 batters and allowed just 47 hits. He also played with the Nampa American Legion Chiefs the past two years. In his high school career, Anderson was invited to the Seattle Mariners Northwest Workout, the Northwest Area Code Workout Day and the 2012 Baseball Northwest Championships. Also a two-time letterwinner in basketball, Anderson was an all-conference honorable mention last season. Holding a grade point average of 3.6, he is the son of Jeff and Kim Anderson.

“What really stood out to me and was a major reason for my choosing the University of Minnesota were the coaches and their organization in the recruiting process,” Anderson said. “Most important was the fact that they made an effort to recruit my family to the program, not just me. They made sure my parents were comfortable with the process. The coaching staff is committed to the University of Minnesota which shows in the number of years they have all been on staff with Gopher Baseball. This stability and commitment to Gopher Baseball also carries over to the players in the program.”

Athmann, a 6-foot, 2-inch catcher, is from Cold Spring Minn., and Rocori High School. Athmann enters his senior year as a two-time all-conference selection his junior and sophomore seasons. As a freshman, Athmann was a member of the 2010 state championship team and in his high school career, was also a member of Team Minnesota at the Midwest Classic Baseball Tournament. Playing with the Cold Spring Legion team this past summer, Athmann batted .489 with three home runs.  A four-year letterwinner in hockey, Athmann holds a 3.6 grade point average and is on the honor roll. He is the son of Brian and Sheila Athmann.

“My dream has always been to play baseball for the Gophers,” Athmann said. “I liked the team atmosphere and under these coaches, the game is played right. “Staying in Minnesota, my family is able to watch me play, especially my grandpa who loves every aspect of baseball.”

Cody Campbell, a 6-foot, 3-inch right-handed pitcher, is from Naperville, Ill., and Naperville Central High School. Campbell was a part of the Naperville Central team that was 27-13 last year. Listed as one of the top prospects from Illinois, Campbell was a member of the Midwest Future Games Illinois roster this past summer. An all-conference selection for baseball, he also is a two-time all-conference honoree in football. Earning seven letters so far in his high school career (four in baseball, three in football), he held a 9-5 record over the past three years in baseball. Along with his high school team, Campbell also played summer baseball with the Downers Grove Longshots. The son of Andrew and Andrea Campbell, Cody excels in the classroom with a 3.7 grade point average and is a Lamp of Learning recipient.

“The one thing that stood out to me is that players don't transfer from Minnesota to other schools,” Campbell said. “This showed me that the coaching staff treats their players well and that respect is also within the players.”

Brian Glowicki, a 6-foot right-handed pitcher, is from Downers Grove, Ill., and Downers Grove South High School. In 2012, Glowicki was voted the team’s most valuable player after he was an all-conference, all-area and all-state honorable mention selection in 2012. Competing on the varsity team since his sophomore year, he threw 60 innings of work and went 8-2 on the season as a junior. Along with his winning record, he struck out 86 batters, walked seven and held a 1.20 ERA. He also played summer ball with the Downers Grove Longshots travel team. Receiving academic honors, Glowicki is on the honor roll and the son of Tom and Diane.

“I chose Minnesota because I really liked the coaching staff and having the opportunity to be coached by a man (Todd Oakes) who has numerous years of pitching experience at various levels,” Glowicki said. “Once I met the team I felt like I would fit in really well.”

Tyler Hanson, a 6-foot 2-inch pitcher/infielder hails from Savage Minn., and Burnsville High School. An all-conference selection as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore, Hanson was named a team captain for the 2012-23 season. As a junior, Hanson pitched in seven games and held a 1.11 ERA. As a hitter, he batted .293 in 75 at bats and had 10 runs batted in. A two-year starter for the Blaze, Hanson was named a two-time Game USA Preseason High School Underclassmen All American honorable mention. With the Burnsville American Legion Post, he was a two-year starter as a pitcher and third base. With the Cobras, he batted .433 in 150 plate appearances and 31 RBI. A letterwinner in football, he has been on the honor roll and is the son of Ed and Becky Hanson. He was a teammate of current Gophers Dan Motl and Matt Stemper.

“I chose Minnesota because I wanted to play for my home state team and be part of the Gophers’ winning tradition,” Hanson said. “I’m excited about the chance to play Big Ten baseball, which I have followed my whole life, and ready to step up to the challenge. A big bonus is having my family, friends and the community come to support me right here in Minnesota and play on the new field. I would like nothing better than to play ball with my former Burnsville teammates Matt and Dan again. Bringing home a Big Ten Championship would be icing on the cake.”

Assistant Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Rob Fornasiere Scouting Report:

On Toby Anderson: Toby is a tall, lanky pitcher with a plus fastball, sharp breaking pitch and very good overall athleticism.  His father played college baseball with Gopher pitching coach Todd Oakes. Toby projects well and has a very loose arm with 88-91 mph velocity right now.  He is also a top basketball player in the State of Idaho and is the first ever Idaho player to sign with Gopher baseball.

On Austin Athmann: Austin fills a need for catching on the roster with the graduation of Kurt Schlangen in 2013. He is a very strong player with superior blocking, receiving and throwing skills. Austin has a strong bat with power potential. He is the latest in a long line of Gophers from Cold Spring Rocori including Troy Stein, Ben Griffin, Steve Huls and Eric Decker. 

On Cody Campbell: Cody has a powerful pitching body with 90 mph velocity right now. He is athletic (football player), tough and smart. Cody comes from tradition rich Naperville Central Baseball program.  He projects very well and has the physical maturity to contribute early in his career.

On Brian Glowicki: Brian is a fierce competitor with lots of movement on his pitches. He has a loose arm and very good command of all his stuffBrian sinks the ball, has a very good change and a sharp slider. He comes from a solid high school program at Downers Grove South.

On Tyler Hanson: Tyler is a versatile talent that will be used both as a pitcher and position player. He has a very strong arm, athletic body (football WR) and speed for his size. Tyler emerged as a pitching prospect in 2012 after playing third base for the State Championship team in 2011 at Burnsville HS. 

Name

Pos.

B/T

Ht

Wt

Hometown/Previous School

Toby Anderson

RHP

R/R

6-5

175

Nampa, Idaho/Skyview HS

Austin Athmann

C

R/R

6-2

200

Cold Spring, Minn./Rocori HS

Cody Campbell

RHP

R/R

6-3

210

Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central HS

Brian Glowicki   

RHP

R/R

6-0

170

Downers Grove Ill./Downers Grove South

Tyler Hanson

RHP/IF

R/R

6-2

210

Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville HS