Top '14 pitcher prospect visits Louisville

Cardinal Authority will post an occasional feature piece looking at some top University of Louisville baseball targets or commitments. Pitcher Brandon Bielak of Sayreville, N.J., St. Joseph High School visited campus last week.

One of the top right-handed pitchers in the Class of 2014, Brandon Bielak is hoping to make a college decision in the next few weeks.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Bielak is visiting some of the top schools on his list, including a trip last week to the University of Louisville.

"I wanted to see some schools," Bielak told Cardinal Authority. "I am probably committing in the next couple of weeks. I want somewhere I can get great academics and where I will get a chance to play."

Bielak, who is ranked as the No. 150 player in the '14 class by Perfect Game, had already visited Maryland, Rutgers and St. John's. He was at U of L on Thursday, Kentucky on Friday and Notre Dame on Saturday.

The standout from Sayreville, N.J., St. Joseph High School said he would visit North Carolina this weekend and then prepare to make a decision.

"It's all pretty amazing," Bielak said of the process. "It's overwhelming but exciting at the same time. A lot of people dream to have all of these schools after them, so I do feel very fortunate."

Bielak said he was impressed with his trip to U of L. He noted it was the first time he had ever been to the state of Kentucky.

At U of L, Bielak and his mother met with U of L coach Dan McDonnell and his staff, toured the facilities and said he talked a lot about academics.

"It was great and the facilities are amazing," Bielak said. "It's probably the best facilities of any school I have visited so far. The field was amazing there.

"The coaches were great and have good personalities. I just really liked it there and all of the surroundings."

Bielak said he throws four pitches and has topped out at 94 mph on his fastball, noting he's normally in the 88-92 range. He has played for the Full Count Baseball travel team since the eighth-grade.

"I've only been taught by my dad from when I was 2-years-old," Bielak said. "I have a brother (Chris) who plays baseball at Marist and will be a senior this year. He's really helped me (in the recruiting process)."

Bielak said his father, Brian, wasn't able to make the visits with him because he had to work. The elder Bielak works for the New Jersey Turnpike and had to stay back because of the recent damage by Hurricane Sandy. The younger Bielak said the family lost power for a week but felt "lucky."

Bielak finished 5-1 with a 1.37 ERA last season at St. Joseph and also batted .344.

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