Note: This is the first of a nine part series highlighting the Bucs' nine member 2006 recruiting class
Johnson City, Tenn. (11/22/05) - After a stellar high school career at Fort Oglethorpe High School in north Georgia, Brandon Langston was drafted in the 30th round by the Chicago White Sox, but Brandon opted to spend some time as a collegian, and the Bucs are glad he did.
The ETSU signee went 6-3 in his first season at Cleveland State Community College
with a 4.82 ERA, while striking out 66 batters and walking just 19 in 65.1 innings of work; all placing him in the top-three statistically on the squad.
Buccaneers head coach Tony Skole is looking forward to seeing similar stats on the ETSU stat sheet in 2007.
"Going into this recruiting class, we knew we needed to sign a front line right-handed pitcher," Skole said. "In the end, our evaluation was that Brandon Langston was the best fit at East Tennessee State of all the pitchers we had seen in the summer and fall. Brandon is one of the top junior college pitchers in the country and will be a dominant starter. We expect him to win a lot of games during his career at ETSU.
Brandon's freshman year success comes as no surprise considering the accolades he compiled while starring for Fort Oglethorpe. He was named North Georgia Player of the Year twice by the Chattanooga Times Press, and earned the Walt Gammon Pitching Award from the same publication. For his junior and senior seasons, Brandon combined for a 13-3 record with a 0.54 ERA. He struck out 145 hitters and surrendered only one walk in 93 innings of work. His efforts earned him a selection to Team Georgia for the annual Junior Sun Belt Tournament.
Skole expects those achievements to continue as Brandon brings his game to the next level.
"Brandon has already had earned many accolades and we are extremely excited that he has chosen ETSU as the place where he will take his education and baseball to the next level," he said. "Brandon is a tremendous young man, who will be an asset to our campus and community. He is a fierce competitor."
Brandon will complete his career at Cleveland State in 2006, and join the Bucs in time for fall practice.