Douglas Freeman infielder/pitcher Macho Santiago, a rising junior, committed to VCU during the weekend.
His teammate, rising senior right-handed pitcher Will Lynch, committed to Samford in Birmingham, Ala., earlier this summer.
As a freshman in 2019, Santiago hit leadoff, played second base and third base, and pitched some. The 6-foot, 200-pound left-handed hitter batted .442 with 17 RBIs. His sophomore season was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.
Freeman coach Ray Moore said he expects Santiago to be a corner infielder or corner outfielder in college.
“He’s fast, he’s quick, he’s big, he’s strong and he has developed physically at a young age pretty well,” Moore said.
“Great talent. Very intelligent player. Instinctive. Knows where he’s supposed to be. He’s played a lot of baseball and understands the game. He’s an awesome kid to coach. He gets good grades. He does everything you want him to do.”
Moore said Santiago had other offers but said VCU was a good fit.
“His family will be able to see him,” Moore said. “I don’t think he was the type who was going to go really far away. I think he wanted to be relatively close to home. When they made an offer, it was something that he was interested in.”
Lynch is the brother of pitcher Daniel Lynch, who played at Freeman and UVA and was picked in the first round of the 2018 draft by the Kansas City Royals.
“He would have had a breakout year this [past] year if we had had a season,” Moore said. “He was our No. 2 starter as a sophomore in 2019 but didn’t have spectacular numbers. We could see the potential and knew it was coming.”
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