JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 18, 2015) – ETSU baseball head coach Tony Skole and his coaching staff announced five commitments on Wednesday for the 2016-17 season.
Of the commits, two hail from Georgia and three from Tennessee, and of those players, two are pitchers, two are infielders, and one is a catcher.
“I am so excited and honored to announce this early signing class for the 2017 season,” said Skole “My assistant coaches, Chris Gordon, Aaron Gershenfeld and Zach Lucas, deserve all the credit for putting this class together. They have been relentless during this process, and I believe it has resulted in one of the best early classes we have ever signed at ETSU. To complete this class, we still have a few more players to add, but that will come later this spring as we continue to evaluate our needs for the future.”
Here is what the ETSU baseball coaching staff says about these new Buccaneers:
Dylan Bice (RHP, Heritage High School, Ringgold, GA – HS coach Eric Beagles)
Bice is a physical right-handed pitcher at 6’4”, 219 pounds. His fastball runs in the low 90’s while topping out in the mid 90’s. He is ranked by PerfectGame as the eighth best high school pitcher in the state of Georgia and the 132nd best pitcher in the country. Bice is a two-sport athlete where he played basketball and quarterback at Heritage HS. Bice comes from a great family and is a mature, young man. Bice is one of the most touted recruits to ever sign at ETSU. His future is very bright, and we expect Bice to make an immediate impact on our team.
Cade Gilbert (INF, Ringgold High School, Rossville, GA –HS coach Brent Tucker)
Gilbert is a 6’0”, 185 pound middle infielder. Gilbert is the 20th ranked shortstop by PerfectGame in the talent-rich state of Georgia. He is an excellent defender, a very good runner, and profiles a top of the order bat. Gilbert fits the mold of an ETSU infielder, as he plays with great energy, passion and tempo. It is easy to see that he loves to play the game. Gilbert played for one of the best summer teams in the country with eXposure Baseball. He comes from a great family and is an excellent student.
Jackson Greer (C, Knox Central High School, Knoxville, TN – HS coach Matt Byrd)
Greer is a 6’2”, 198 pound catcher. Greer is a very good defender with a plus arm. He is rated by PerfectGame as the sixth best catcher in the state of Tennessee. Aside from his physical abilities, Greer was elected as the captain of both his high school team and summer team, the Atlanta Blue Jays. He will hit for power as he continues to fill out his large frame. Greer comes from a great family and high school that has produced some talented players in the past.
Daniel Shaw (LHP, Jackson State Community College, Memphis, TN – JUCO coach Tyson Malik)
Shaw is a 6’0”, 195 pound left-handed pitcher. He is one of the best left-handed pitchers in junior college baseball in Tennessee. He plays in a great program at Jackson State Community College, where current Buc, Blake Rowlett (Clarksville, Tenn.), spent two years. In high school, Shaw played for one of the most successful private schools in Tennessee, Christian Brothers High School. During his junior season, he won a high school AA playoff title. He features a high 80’s fastball and two plus off-speed pitches. We expect Shaw to compete for a spot in our rotation in 2017.
Cullen Smith (INF, Wilson Central High School, Lebanon, TN – HS coach Anthony Ford)
Smith is a 6’1”, 180 pound, left-handed hitting infielder who is one of the top players in the Nashville area. He was named to the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association All-Star team this summer as a shortstop. His father played at Southern Mississippi University and was a scout for a number of MLB organizations later in his career. Smith is a good defender and is athletic enough to play anywhere on the field. We anticipate Smith to become an excellent college hitter, and he has a great frame and is a strong kid. Smith will compete for a spot in our infield as a freshman.
“In our recruiting process and system, we are very specific in the type of young man and player we want at ETSU,” said Skole. “This group is extremely talented but what makes this group so special is their make-up as people. These young men are serious about baseball, their academics and being great representatives of our university. Our fans are going to enjoy watching them compete, and I’m excited about the impact they are going to have on our program and community.”
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