MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University baseball program and head coach Tom Carty have announced the results of the early signing period, bringing in eight new Bobcats for the 2010 season.
Six pitchers, a catcher and a utility player will join Georgia College in 2009-2010, with seven of the eight hailing from the Peach State.
"We are extremely excited about this early period signing class for the 2009-2010 season," said Carty, entering his second year as Bobcat head coach. "Our coaching staff has worked hard to identify and recruit these young men. I want to thank (assistant coaches) Zeke Mitchem and Clay Kuklick for their tireless hours of work in helping the Bobcat Baseball program bring these quality student-athletes to Milledgeville. This is the biggest and most talented early signing class we have brought in since my arrival in 2005. This class is going to help us continue producing quality teams who can compete for Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championships and working toward our goal of a National Championship. "
Tyler Brown - 6-3 200 RHP, Lizella, Ga./Stratford
Tyler went 1-2 with a 1 save and a 3.67 ERA in 27 IP ... Opponents hit .173 with four extra-base hits off him as he struck out 20.
Carty Comments - "Tyler is a strong, lanky right hander who pitched quality innings last season coming out of the bullpen for Gordon. He fits the mold of former Bobcat pitchers Mike Newman (2005-08) and Matt Howard (2006-07) as a go-to guy out of the pen with great movement and groundball stuff."
Brandon Gamel - 6-3 185 RHP, Acworth, Ga./North
Brandon is also on Perfect Game Cross Checker as one of the top-80 players in the state ... In Gamel's junior season, he helped lead North Cobb High to the state semifinals ... He had 6 3/4 innings with 11 strikeouts, tallying a win and a save ... Over the past summer, Gamel was a member of the 17-under East Cobb Cubs (with fellow Bobcat recruit Cody Maas) that won the Winthrop University Summer Blast Tournament, Sandlot Baseball Southern Super League and was Ranked No. 1 in the Sandlot Baseball 17U/HS Division.
Carty Comments - "Brandon is a pitcher we are excited about having as I think he will only continue to get better each year. It would not surprise me to see Brandon as a potential impact freshman and big time pitcher for GCSU during his career here."
Chris George - 6-7 195 RHP, Woodstock, Ga./Shiloh Hills
Christian/Young Harris College
A redshirt freshman at Young Harris ... Will have 3 years eligibility at GCSU.
Carty Comments - "Chris is a projectable right handed pitcher who will fit in well with our staff next year. He features an upper 80's fastball with a good feel for his off-speed pitches. He comes from a good junior college program and will be prepared to make the jump into the Peach Belt next season."
Drew Goodman - 5-11 195 OF/IF, Kennewick,
Wash./Kamiakin/Columbia Basin College
A Second Team All-Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) as an outfielder playing for one of the best programs in the northwest ... This season CBC, he will play third base ... He hit .329 with 10 2B, 3 3B, and 39 RBI in a wood bat junior college league; only striking out 15 times in 213 at-bats ... Played on a national runner-up American Legion Team.
Carty Comments - "Drew is a great sign for GCSU. He comes from winning programs in high school and junior college. Columbia Basin is one of the best junior college programs in the country and we are excited about getting a player like Drew from their program. He brings great versatility and a team first attitude. He was an All-NWAACC selection as a freshman in the outfield and now makes the move this season to third base. This says a lot about his character and is a big reason why he fits our program philosophy."
Matt Hill - 6-2 185 LHP, Lawrenceville,
Ga./Grayson/Georgia Perimeter College
Pitched at Chattahoochee Valley CC in 2008 ... Went 5-4 in 77 IP with 82 Ks and a 3.14 ERA ... Ranks sixth all-time for CVCC single-season strikeouts ... Teammate of fellow Bobcat recruit Will Mathis.
Carty Comments - "Matt is a power lefty who has No. 1 starter stuff. We are very excited about Matt coming in next year and giving GCSU another frontline starter who can dominate a game. He has the ability to strike people out and as a great competitive streak in him to be the best."
Michael Jeanes - 6-1 185 RHP, Peachtree City,
Mike is one of the top 60 players in the state of Georgia according to Perfect Game Cross Checker ... He is ranked 13th in the state for his position ... PG Cross Checker says "86-87 mph, much more coming soon, quick arm, low 3/4 and 87 at WWBA" ... This summer at an AAU, he was 6-0 with a 1.22 ERA.
Carty Comments - "Michael is one of the best high school pitchers in the state and comes from a very good high school baseball program. I really like his maturity on the mound and feel his pitch ability will allow him to compete for quality innings next season as a true freshman."
Cody Maas - 6-3 200 C, Alpharetta,
First Team All-Region 5A ... Dugout Club All-Tournament Team ... Honorable mention AJC All-Northside Team Defensive Player Award ... Surrendered just one stolen base all season ... Played this summer with the East Cobb Cubs and fellow Bobcat recruit Brandon Gamel ... Led team in RBI's with 42 ... Hit .327 and was selected as Team MVP ... Another top-100 player in Georgia according to PG Cross Checker.
Carty Comments - "Cody is a strong young man who is a solid defensive and offensive catcher. He fits our program as a potential offensive threat with power while playing at a high level defensively as a catcher."
Will Mathis - 6-0 180 LHP, Peachtree City, Ga./Starr's
Mill/Georgia Perimeter College
Went 3-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 49 IP ... Was ranked 17th in the nation for 1.35 strikeouts per nine innings while only walking 18 ... Teammate of fellow Bobcat recruit Matt Hill.
Carty Comments - "GCSU is looking forward to having Will join our program. He was the best pitcher last season at Georgia Perimeter and will be a member of a good pitching staff this season with the addition of Matt Hill to Georgia Perimeter. Will is a strike thrower who has the ability to put hitters away. He will bring a great deal of experience to our staff next season."
The current Bobcats start the 2009 season Thursday, Feb. 5, hosting Erskine College at John Kurtz Field. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 NCAA Division II athletic programs over three seasons. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.