Two pitching standouts sign with ETSU baseball

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (November 29, 2011) – The ETSU baseball program has added two more standouts to the 2013 squad as Griffin Krieg (Nashville, Tenn.) and Jared Burton (Knoxville, Tenn.) signed with the Bucs for 2013, head coach Tony Skole announced on Tuesday.

Krieg is a 6-foot-3 190-pound right-handed pitcher, where he was a four-year letterwinner for Coach Mike Mascari at Father Ryan High School. Krieg also played for the highly regarded Royals Baseball Club in 2011. His stock began to rise after an impressive summer and is considered to be one of the top pitchers in the Nashville area.

“Griffin was a huge sign for our program,” said Skole. “To be able to sign a player of his caliber out of the Nashville area is great for our program. Throughout last summer and during the fall season, Griffin quickly established himself as one of the top arms in the state of Tennessee.  Every time we saw him he lit up the radar gun and threw a ton of strikes. Griffin has the ability to come in and pitch at a very high level as a freshman. His ceiling is very high and his potential is through the roof. Our staff is anticipating Griffin to be a top of the line guy for us, for many years to come. Griffin is a great competitor and a great addition to our program.” 

Burton is a 6-foot, 196-pound left-handed pitcher that comes to ETSU from Cleveland State Community College, where he currently plays for head coach Mike Policastro. Last season at Cleveland State CC, he led the team with a 5-1 record, while earning a 3.64 ERA in 59.1 innings pitched. Burton earned three letters at Halls High School in Knoxville, where he led the Red Devils to three regular season and district championships. During his final season at Halls, Burton hit .495 with seven home runs, 16 doubles, three triples and 65 RBIs, while earning a 6-1 record and a 2.95 ERA on the mound. In 2009-10, Burton was named to the Tennessee Baseball Report (TBR) All-Two Way Team and earned All-District honors. He was also named to the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association (TBCA) All-Region Team and was a TBR Super Sophomore.

“In Jared Burton, we feel like we signed one of the top junior college left handed pitchers in the state of Tennessee,” said Skole. “Jared is very clean mechanically and can really pitch. He had a very good freshman season at Cleveland State for Coach Mike Policastro and we believe he is only going to continue to get better. It was a priority for our staff to bring in a left-handed pitcher who was going to be able to step right in and immediately contribute and Jared fits that mold. Over the years we have had a lot of very good players from the Knoxville area and we are excited to add Jared to that group.  Jared is a great young man and will definitely fit in well in our program.”

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