Michael Wein signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Wake Forest University last week. Here is Coach McPhearson's speech from signing day:
"This is the 4th signing ceremony that I've been a part of now and each one is always as special as the last. Today is no different as we get to celebrate Michael Wein and his decision to sign a letter of intent to attend and play baseball at Wake Forest University next fall. I want to take the time to recognize all of Michael's family and friends that are here with us this morning, and even more specifically his parents John and Ava.
John, Ava, I want to personally thank you for the tremendous amount of support you've given myself, our staff and the entire program over the past 4 years. More importantly I would like to thank you for the support you've given Michael through the years and for the sacrifices that you've made to help get him to where he is today.
When I evaluate Michael as a player, it's easy to see that he possesses all the tools and physical attributes to play the game at a very high level. A switch hitter, Michael has the ability and potential to hit with power from both sides of the plate. He exhibits great plate discipline and an understanding of the strike zone that is well beyond his age.
Defensively, Michael has the athleticism and arm strength to make any play on the field and is versatile enough to play several different positions on the field. Oddly enough though, when a teammate was asked what sticks out most to them about Wein, Carter Buchanan says it's that "not only is Michael, hands down, the worst baserunner in King's Ridge history but that he is also the worst baserunner in the history of baserunners," - again that's according to Buchanan.
As a 2 year starter and member of 2 region championship teams, Michael has started in 66 games for the Tigers while earning All-region honors in both 2016 and 2017. Michael enters his senior season ranking top 10 in school history in almost every offensive category including hits, batting average, RBIs, runs scored and with 7 more free passes this upcoming spring, Michael will become the Tigers all-time leader in Walks. A member of the Senior Beta Club and FCA, Michael plans to major in Business while at Wake Forest.
Michael, I want to thank you for your commitment, dedication and respect that you've always given to me and I couldn't be prouder of the way you have represented yourself, your family and the baseball program these past 4 years, and I want to urge you to take the time to really soak this moment in and enjoy what's left of your time here at King's Ridge. I pray nothing but the best for you as you transition into the next stage of your life." -Coach McPhearson