June 14, 2012

The Citadel Baseball Team Adds 14 Newcomers for 2013 Season

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel head coach Fred Jordan has announced the addition of 14 newcomers who will join the Bulldog baseball program this fall.

The group includes players from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and features several all-state performers and two named the best in their state for the recently concluded 2012 season.

"This is an exciting recruiting class we have coming in," said Jordan. "We feel like we've addressed some pitching needs for the future and added some very versatile players who can help us across the field. Coach (David) Beckley and Coach (Britt) Reames should be commended on an excellent job hitting the recruiting trail."

Following is a look at the newest members of The Citadel baseball team.

Nate Brecklin, LHP, 6-3, 195, Orlando, Fla. (Eustis HS)

Brecklin is a four-year letterman in baseball who earned a spot in the starting rotation as a freshman and also lettered twice in football. His senior season culminated in his selection as the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Class 5A District 8 player of the year and participation in the Florida All-Star Game. Brecklin was an all-county, All-Central Florida and all-state choice and Eustis High School's athlete of the year. He played for FTB Mizuno and helped his squad win the USSSA National Wood Bat championship and second-place finish in the Perfect Game WWBA world championships, earning a nod as one of 32 pitchers on the all-tournament team.

Jordan on Brecklin: "Nate is a very polished left hander. He had three to four different pitches and throws a ton of strikes with all of them. We really like his deceptiveness and pitchability. He seems very advanced in his plan of attacking hitters. He will add much-needed depth from the left side of the mound."

Steven Hansen, OF, 6-0, 160, Summerville, S.C. (Pinewood Prep)

Hansen was a member of the SCISA Class 3A state championship team coached by former Citadel player Phil Tobin while also earning all-region and all-state accolades. He was named the Class 3A co-player of the year and played in the SCISA North/South All-Star Game.

Jordan on Hansen: "Steven is an athletic outfielder who will be a nice addition to our program. He moved to South Carolina from Virginia this year, and we are fortunate to have gotten someone with his skills this late in the year."

Matthew Hill, RHP, 6-3, 215, Toccoa, Ga. (Stephens County HS/Truett-McConnell College)

Hill was a four-year letterman and was named to the all-region team. He was also an outstanding student, having been named a scholar-athlete award winner all four years.

Jordan on Hill: "Matthew will join our team next year as a graduate student after graduating from Truett-McConnell in the spring and will have two years of eligibility remaining. He is another big, physical pitcher who has been at the top of his rotation at Truett-McConnell. He could be utilized in a starting role or out of the bullpen."

Bret Hines, IF, 5-10, 175, Hanahan, S.C. (Hanahan HS)

Hines is a five-year letterman who joins brothers Ryan and Bryce on The Citadel roster. He was twice named to the all-region and All-Lowcountry teams, chosen the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association Class 2A player of the year as a junior and was tabbed to the all-state team as a senior. Hines was rated the No. 2 second baseman in the state by The Diamond Prospects, and was also a member of the Diamond Devils eight-time national championship program.

Jordan on Hines: "Bret is a very good hitter and a versatile infielder who will be able to play any position."

Tim Holmes, RHP, 6-2, 200, Jacksonville, Fla. (Arlington Country Day HS)

Holmes lettered three times in baseball and also competed in basketball and swimming. He also played for FTB Mizuno which won the USSSA National Wood Bat championship.  Holmes was rated the 375th best prospect in the country by Perfect Game and No. 68 in the state of Florida. He likely missed out on several postseason accolades following his senior year as a result of a late season injury.

Jordan on Holmes: "We are extremely excited about Tim joining our program. He is a fierce competitor who learned how to pitch even before his gained his velocity. He has turned into a power pitcher, and we expect him to step in right away and compete at a high level."

Skylar Hunter, C/RHP, 6-2, 180, Hanahan, S.C. (Hanahan HS)

Hunter was named to the all-region team for the second straight year and added All-Lowcountry and all-state honors as a catcher his senior season while being selected to play in the North Carolina/South Carolina Select Game. He was rated as one of the top 500 prospects in the country by Perfect Game and the No. 10 right-handed pitcher in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects.

Jordan on Hunter: "Skylar is a very talented two-way player who we expect to contribute right away behind the play and on the mound. He could be utilized like former Bulldog greats Gettys Glaze, Britt Reames and Jay Morgan."

Drew Joiner, OF, 5-10, 175, Greer, S.C. (Riverside HS)

Joiner was a three-year letterman in baseball and also lettered in football. He was rated the No. 19 outfielder in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects.

Jordan on Joiner: "Drew is another kid who benefited from coming to our camp. We like his athleticism in the outfield along with his strong arm. He has good speed and seems to be an advanced base runner."

Zach Lavery, RHP/OF, 6-1, 165, Goose Creek, S.C. (Goose Creek HS)

Lavery lettered four times each in baseball and football and has twice been named to the all-state team for his play on the diamond. He earned the No. 17 spot in South Carolina in The Diamond Prospects rating of right-handed pitchers in the state. Lavery also played for the Goose Creek Diamondbacks AAU team.

Jordan on Lavery: "Zach is a local talent who grew up in our camp. We feel like he will really blossom into a solid college pitcher, especially now that he will get to focus on just baseball. He was a starting receiver on the state championship football team last year. We are excited about his future.

Austin Livingston, RHP/3B, 6-1, 215, Summerville, S.C. (Ashley Ridge HS)

Livingston was a four-year letterman in baseball and enjoyed an outstanding senior season which saw him named all-region and all-state, the Lowcountry player of the year and co-Mr. Baseball in South Carolina by the High School Sports Report. Livingston was the winning pitcher in the Class 4A state championship game. He was a member of the Diamond Devils eight-time national championship program and rated the No. 9 right hander in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects.

Jordan on Livingston: "Austin is a proven winner on the mound and throws a lot of strikes. We feel like he will step in right away and has the versatility and attitude to start or come out of the bullpen."

Austin Mason, RHP, 6-2, 210, Greer, S.C. (Eastside HS)

Mason earned four letters in baseball and was a three-time all-region selection. He was rated the No. 6 right-handed pitcher and No. 13 overall prospect in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects and played in the North/South All-Star Game. Mason was a member of the Diamond Devils eight-time national championship program.

Jordan on Mason: "Austin is another big, physical pitcher who will expect big things from. He has had a very good high school career. He is a power pitcher who will be expected to step in right away and contribute."

Layton Meacham

RHP, 6-1, 190, Greenville, S.C. (Mauldin HS)

Meacham was a four-year letterman in baseball and also played one season of football. He was rated the No. 14 right hander in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects and played on the Diamond Devils U-18 CABA World Series national championship team.

Jordan on Meacham: "We feel very fortunate to have added Layton to our class as late as we did. He has very good stuff and velocity, and we feel confident he will only get better."

Jason Smith, OF, 6-1, 170, Gilbert, S.C. (Gilbert HS)

Smith played on the Class 2A state championship team this spring while earning all-region and all-state honors. He was the No. 4 rated outfielder in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects and was a member of the Diamond Devils eight-time national championship program.

Jordan on Smith: "Jason is a very athletic player who will help patrol our outfield. We are very excited about his speed, and his bat has gotten a lot better in the last year. "We feel like he will only continue to improve throughout his career."

Zach Wimmer, RHP, 6-3, 215, Ladson, S.C. (Cane Bay HS)

Wimmer lettered four times in baseball and was named all-region and a member of the High School Sports Report all-state team each of his final three seasons. He also earned a pair of nods to the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association all-state squad. Wimmer was chosen for the North/South All-Star Game, was rated the No. 9 right-handed pitcher in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects and was a member of the Goose Creek Diamondbacks AAU team.

Jordan on Wimmer: "Zach is a big, physical kid who we expect to really mature into a power pitcher. "He also possesses potential at the plate. "He could be used as a catcher, first baseman or designated hitter."

Stephen Windham, C, 6-1, 185, Summerville, S.C. (Summerville HS)

Windham was named all-region, All-Lowcountry and all-state following his senior season and played in the North/South All-Star Game. He was rated the No. 6 catcher in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects and was a member of the Diamond Devils eight-time national championship program.

Jordan on Windham: "Stephen is a good catcher with a very accurate arm. He possesses all the leadership skills behind the plate you look for in a catcher."

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