Turpin baseball player Jake Silverstein has signed a national letter of intent to play at the University of Dayton starting in the 2018-2019 season. Silverstein's parents joined him at the signing ceremony at Turpin High School
The Cincinnati Enquirer wriote about Silverstein during the 2017 season:
ANDERSON TWP. - Turpin head baseball coach Drew Schmidt thought Jake Silverstein was a Division I college baseball player last year, after his sophomore season.
Seeing what Silverstein did this year as a junior, left Schmidt even more convinced, and it’s not simply his numbers or what he does between the white lines.
“The thing that’s impressed me the most, is that he’s a better kid than he is a baseball player,” said Schmidt. “For example, the first game at Covington Catholic (an 8-7 loss), he went 3-for-4 and hit a home run and he was the only guy in the dugout picking up trash and putting it in the garbage can. Then, he put all the helmets back in the bag and carried the bag back out. And he does that consistently every game. You know, you hear things about kids who are really good at baseball being punks, but there’s not an ounce of meanness in the kid.
“He’s an awesome kid; the kind of kid that makes being a coach special. We have an entire team of great kids and Jake is arguably one of the nicest kids of the bunch.”
Silverstein, who’s started since his freshman year for the Spartans, had one of the best seasons in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference this season. His .461 batting average and 24 runs batted in each rank third in the conference. He was also Turpin’s top pitcher, going 4-2 with a 2.17 earned-run average and 42 strikeouts in 42 innings.
“I’m not gonna say I’m surprised, I knew it was in him,” said Schmidt. “I thought last year he was a Division I baseball player in college and he’s now showing everyone that can be and should be.”
The one thing that has surprised Schmidt was Silverstein’s power. His four home runs tied for second this season in the ECC.
“He’s an athlete and he’s got some pop in his bat,” Schmidt said. “The power in his bat this year has definitely surprised me. He’s just a gamer. People always say that but he just competes. He’s a difficult out at the plate and he goes 100 percent in the outfield every day. He pitches one day and the next he’s in the outfield.”
On the mound, Silverstein stays mid to low 80s with his fastball, said Schmidt, and he can locate his pitches and keeps hitters off balance in the box.
“He’s a quiet kid so he leads by example for sure. He’s not an in-your-face type of kid (who says) ‘I’m gonna demand more from you than I’m gonna show you.’ He’s gonna show you more than he demands from you,” Schmidt said.
Silverstein, whose freshman brother, Justin, started at shortstop this season, and senior Marc Gendreau took leadership of the Spartans this season.
While it may have been an 11-13 season for Turpin’s ball club, the Spartans proved they’re always up for the competition.
“We are seven pitches away from being 17-5 … which anybody can say that,” said Schmidt. “We’ve literally had with two outs or later in the sixth inning, we’ve had an error that has cost us to lose seven games. It’s very evident that we are literally seven pitches away … it’s a bounce here or a bounce there.
“I don’t know if it’s catching a break to get the confidence … I’m at a loss of words to be honest with you. These guys deserve to win. They come early, stay later and compete.”
When the calendar rolls around in a year, the Spartans will look to snap a streak of more than five straight losing seasons on the diamond. This season, Turpin finished above .500 (8-6) in conference play for the first time in more than five seasons.