Prep's Justin Snyder commits to Bryant

Recently-graduated St. John's Prep lefthander Justin Snyder has verbally committed to Bryant University for next season, Prep head coach Dan Letarte announced to Boston area high school media tonight.

The 6-foot-2 Snyder, a Georgetown resident, had initially planned on doing a post-graduate season at Salisbury (Conn.) Prep, which just produced two MLB Draft picks in Austin DeCarr and Will Toffey. Instead, Snyder will enroll at Bryant in the fall.

"Justin will be an impact pitcher for Bryant University. I'm proud of his hard work and dedication," Letarte said.

Snyder went 3-3 this spring for the Eagles, striking out 48 batters in 54 innings and posting a 1.55 ERA. The Eagles won the Catholic Conference outright in Letarte's first year as head coach, and earned the No. 2 overall seed in the inaugural MIAA Division 1A "Super Eight" State Tournament.

With Snyder's pledge to the Bulldogs today, that makes it five Prep baseball players to commit to a Division 1 college program over the last calendar year. Snyder joins seniors Mike Geaslen (Northeastern), Evan Roberts (Davidson) and Max Burt (Northeastern) as well as junior Keith Leavitt (Penn State) and sophomore Jacob Yish (Boston College).