Walsh Jesuit senior Joe Mockbee has made an oral commitment to continue his academic and baseball careers at the University of Cincinnati.
Mockbee, whose birth name is Jeffrey, is a 6-foot-3 and 185-pound left-handed pitcher.
Mockbee had a 3-0 record on the mound in 2012 with a 1.50 ERA. He struck out 22 in 23 innings pitched and only six walks in 2012, and helped the Warriors win the North Coast League. Mockbee received All-NCL second-team honors and has recently been named a Collegiate Baseball Magazine/Louisville Slugger Ohio Player to Watch.
“Joe has a remarkably consistent and confident demeanor when he takes the mound, and he is a winner,” Walsh coch Chris Kaczmar said.
“I admire so much his passion for life, passion for excellence, and his passion for baseball. Being part of the baseball program at a program like Cincinnati and a conference like the Big East is a tremendous opportunity, and it speaks volumes about the determination that this intense, skilled, and humble young man possesses. Putting aside his tremendous athletic and baseball ability, he is a fine person whom I consider a close friend and an asset to Walsh Jesuit baseball. We will really miss him next year, but are thrilled he is headed to be a part of Coach [Brian] Cleary’s program at UC.”
Mockbee, who intends to major in Accounting at UC, lives in Bath Township with his parents.