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October 6, 2013Senior shortstop Logan Steinberg pounced on his first offer with a verbal commitment to St. Mary's.
Steinberg became a key piece for St. Ignatius last season while filling in at shortstop for an injured Nico Giarratano. The future Gael held a .309 batting average with seven doubles, a triple, and seven stolen bases.
Colleges including Columbia, Penn, San Jose State, UC Davis, and UC Santa Barbara took notice, but St. Mary's was the first school to extend an offer. Steinberg took unofficial visits to St. Mary's and UC Davis before making the decision.
"First of all the location is beautiful and the coaches really welcomed me onto the campus on my visit. [Head] Coach [Eric] Valenzuela is new to the program this year and is really passionate about putting St. Mary's on the map," said Steinberg. "I'm really excited about the direction that the program is headed in. SMC is very strong academically and the balance between academics and baseball was big for me as well."
The 6-foot-4, 190 pounder has plenty of size for the position to go along with some pop at the plate.
"I consider my size to be a big strength for me," said Steinberg.
"Being a 6'4" shortstop, I can drive the ball to the gaps as well as play solid defense up the middle." He also added that he's working on his footwork, speed, and rhythm in the batter's box.
Off of the field, Steinberg holds a 3.4 GPA and his favorite subject is English. He plans to major in Sports Management at St. Mary's.
For the upcoming season, the Wildcats will lose three Division I signees in Giarratano (San Francisco), Jack Klein (Stanford), and Matt Krook (Oregon), but Steinberg hopes to lead a new look St. Ignatius squad.
"I'm expecting us to be very competitive this year," he finished. "We have seniors returning in key spots and strong junior talent that can contribute right away. I'm excited for the year to get going so we can prove ourselves."