The following student athletes have signed letters of commitment to attend South Suburban College next fall. These players join an impressive legacy of SSC Bulldogs Baseball. The current student athletes’ graduation rate is 75% and some of whom have gone on to study and compete higher levels including the Major Leagues.
Head Baseball Coach Steve Ruzich has coached eleven All-Americans including 2013 1st team Steve Letz and 2006 1st team (and present assistant coach) Lee Fischer, who was also voted best defensive player in the nation that year. As a player himself, “Coach Ru” was named second team All-American Catcher, All-District Catcher and All-Area Catcher.
SSC has had 210 players have continued on to four-year college programs. 24 of Bulldog baseball players were drafted by major league teams including six players that have reached the big leagues including Rob Mackowiak, Tim Brydak, Ron Mahay and Tony Cingrani. Cingrani is currently pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
These recruits will be on the upcoming Fall baseball roster.
Jordan Baker (signed 2019)
Jordan is a right-handed pitcher and pitches for Marian Catholic High School.
Josh Bentley (signed 2019)
Josh plays second base for Lockport High School.
Ethan Bishop (signed 2019)
Ethan is a utility infielder from Kennedale High School in Kennedale, Texas.
James Costello (signed 2019)
James is an infielder from Bremen High School.
Tommy Dougherty (signed 2019)
A right-handed pitcher and outfielder, Tom plays for Shepard High School.
Shane Elliott (signed 2019)
Shane is a left hander from Canada who pitches for Huron Park Secondary School (HPSS) in Woodstock, Ontario.
Nicholas Fies (signed 2019)
Nick is an infielder from Munster High School in Indiana.
Nicholas Johnston (signed 2019)
Nicholas is a catcher from Australia.
Ryan McGrath (signed 2019)
Ryan is a right-handed pitcher for St. Lawrence High School in Burbank, IL.
Jalen Metz (signed 2019)
Jalen plays outfield for La Porte High School in La Porte, Texas.
Ryan Rinearson (signed 2019)
Ryan catches for Mt. Carmel.
Jaime Rivera (signed 2019)
Jamie plays outfield for West Aurora High School in Aurora, IL.
Lonnie Rocha (signed 2019)
Lonnie is an infielder from Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Mateo Saenz (signed 2019)
Mateo plays first baseman for San Diego High School in San Diego, Texas.
Jorge Santos (signed 2019)
Jorge played outfield for Homewood Flossmoor High School.
Joe Tor (signed 2019)
A right-handed pitcher, Joe is from Lockport High School.
Tommy Windt (signed 2019)
Tommy is a right-handed pitcher and infielder from Carl Sandburg High School.