OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton baseball team announced the signing of Jeff Albrecht, David Gerber, Nick Lopez and Kevin Smith for 2014 on Thursday, Nov. 15.
An Omaha native, Albrecht is a 6-0 left-handed pitcher who led Creighton Prep to the Class A State Title last season. Albrecht led the Junior Jays in strikeouts as a junior, securing All-Nebraska Second Team honors and a Class A First Team selection. The hard throwing lefty also led the Creighton Prep Legion team (PI Midwest) to the Legion World Series and has excelled in the classroom as well, earning first honors and effort honors in each of his six semesters."Jeff came on strong last spring and continued that with a very successful summer," noted Creighton head coach Ed Servais. "He is a hard throwing left hand pitcher that will continue to grow and get better. I was very impressed with not only Jeff’s stuff but his mound presence, he has a chance to be a weekend pitcher for us during his time at Creighton."
Gerber is a 6-2 right-handed pitcher from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill. In his junior season, Gerber posted an 8-0 record with two saves and a 1.21 ERA. He recorded 64 strikeouts in just 52 innings and delivered a no-hitter on April 18, 2011 against Bartlett HS. Gerber also tossed two one-hitters last season. He capped his junior campaign by earning a spot on the DuPage County All-Area Team, the Upstate Eight Conference First Team and an All-State Second Team selection. Off the field, Gerber earned the 2012 Neuqua Valley Wildcat Award (recognizing strong character, work ethic, and leadership to the NVHS baseball team) and was a Neuqua Valley Senior Advisor.
"David has a chance to be a big part of our bullpen during his time at Creighton," said Servais. "David is a long and loose athletic pitcher with quality off-speed pitchers. He will give us a different look out of the bullpen."
Lopez comes to the Jays from Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Ill. The 5-9 middle infielder appeared in 40 games for Naperville Central last season, leading the RedHawks to the Super Sectionals. Lopez shined in conference play, posting a .379 batting average with nine stolen bases and a .457 OBP.
"I foresee Nick as a top of the order hitter in our lineup," said Servais. "He is an outstanding defensive middle infielder with the ability to make an impact early in his career at Creighton."
Smith is a 6-3 right-handed pitcher/shortstop from St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Ill. The two way athlete posted a 10-1 record on the mound last season and a .398 average, leading St. Laurence to a sectional final. Smith closed his junior campaign by earning the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) MVP. He was named to the CCL First Team, the Southtown All-Area Second Team and the Chicago Tribune All-Area Team.
"Kevin is one of the top players in the Chicago area," noted Servais. "He has a chance to be a very good two way player for us. I believe he will be a middle of the order hitter and also a guy that we will use on the mound. Kevin’s ability is unique in that he has power but he also can fit in nicely with our situational hitting that we like to do."
"Overall very impressed with this class. All four of these players have a chance to contribute early in their careers at Creighton," concluded Servais. "We will add two or three more players in the second signing period."
"Spencer Allen and Tom Lipari did an excellent job in bringing this class in and will continue to do an excellent job in finding the right players for our program," added Servais.