Preseason Countdown #9: Meet the newcomers — Freshmen


Maryland baseball’s new-look 2019 squad not only features seven transfers, but a large 11-player freshman class entered the program in the offseason.

Many opportunities opened up after last year, including five starting spots in the field and a weekend starting pitching role.  Head coach Rob Vaughn will need immediate contributions from first-year Terps. Let’s meet the new guys:

RHP Sean Burke — Sutton, Mass. (St. John’s High School) 

Among the incoming freshman class, six will be taking the mound for the Terps. With a 5-0 record and 0.44 ERA in his senior season, righty Sean Burke is ranked as the No. 7 freshman in the Big Ten. A versatile arm led his team to a Division 1A State Super 8 Championship in his last year in high school.

RHP Will Glock — Fallston, Md. (Loyola Blakefield) 

Will Glock earned 41 strikeouts in 32 innings in his senior year, finishing with a 2.20 ERA. He also fanned 20 in an equal number of innings pitched with a 3.10 ERA as a junior. He led his team at Loyola Blakefield to a Conference Championship, the school’s first in 71 years.  

RHP Trevor LaBonte — York, Maine (York High School)

The Terps gain an all-around athlete from right hander Trevor Labonte. With a 10-0 record and 0.83 ERA in his senior season, Labonte was equally lethal from the plate, batting .413. He was named Western Maine Player of the Year in this season, and in 2016 was awarded an All-Conference selection. Off the diamond, Labonte averaged over 23 points and 11 rebounds a game in basketball and threw for over 1,000 yards in football. He was also an All-Conference player for his work on the hardwood.

RHP Sean Heine — Medford, N.J. (Shawnee High School)

Out of the Garden State is Sean Heine, a new big right-hander for the Terps. Ranked as the No. 57 freshman prospect in the Big Ten, Heine looks to earn some key innings on the bump this season. As a senior, he was awarded Northeast All-Region First-Team.

LHP Andrew Vail — Woodstown, N.J. (Gloucester Catholic)

The only southpaw for the Terps’ freshman class is Andrew Vail. At Gloucester Catholic Vail won two consecutive state championships. He was named first team All-South Jersey as a senior after going 7-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. He is the No. 22 freshman prospect in the conference.

RHP Daniel O’Connor — Towson, Md. (Calvert Hall)

Daniel O’Connor is another local addition to the Terps roster. The righty earned All-MIAA in 2018 and an Atlantic Region All-American Honorable Mention.

INF Benjamin Cowles — Newark, N.Y. (Newark High School)

On the other side of the ball is infielder Benjamin Cowles. The New Jersey native earned a number of awards in his high school career, including a 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game honorable mention All-American, 2017 and 2018 Finger Lakes East player of the year, 2018 Section V Class B player of the year, and Class B first team All-State. Cowles batted .512 as a senior, with a .650 OBP and four home runs.

INF/OF Maxwell Costes — Baltimore, Md. (The Gilman School)

A familiar name in College Park is Costes. Three-year Terps player Marty Costes was a 22nd round pick to the Houston Astros in the 2018 draft. Now, his younger brother Maxwell is set to take the field in a Maryland uniform. A versatile player in both the infield and outfield, Costes had a .392 average with nine doubles and six homers his senior year. He was named to the 2018 Baltimore Sun first team All-Metro. He is the No. 27 freshman prospect in the Big Ten.

INF Josh Maguire — Newark, Del. (Salesianum)

Infielder Josh MaGuire batted over .300 in all four seasons of his high school career, with a .415 average his senior season. He was named to second team All-State in his final high school year.

INF Kody Milton — Severna Park, Md. (Severna Park)

With potentially the longest resume out of all the incoming freshman, infielder Kody Milton has surely made his name known in the baseball community. The Maryland native holds the home run (21) and hits (116) records at his high school in Severna Park. He batted .514 with eight homers his senior season, while having a .580 average his junior year.

Milton’s accolades include 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game All-American honorable mention, 2018 Washington Post All-Metro Player of the Year, and 2018 Baltimore Sun All-Metro first team. His father, Eric, was a pitcher at Maryland from 1994-1966 before going on to have an 11-year MLB career.

C Zach Doss — Waldorf, Md. (North Point High School)

Zach Doss had an incredible .593 batting average his senior year, .493 his junior year, and .518 his sophomore year. Doss is a three-time All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference First Team. He was also named the 2018 Charles County Male Athlete of the Year and a member of the 2018 First-Team All-State. Doss is the No. 50 freshman prospect in the Big Ten.