College of Charleston adds 17 for 2009-2010 school year

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

CollegeofCharleston College of Charleston baseball coach Monte Lee will welcome 17 new student-athletes for the 2010 season, it was announced on Thursday.

The class is made up of five pitchers, nine position players and three players who pitch and play a position.  The class represents three states (South Carolina, Florida and Georgia), including 12 from the state of South Carolina.

"We are excited about this class and what they bring to our program," said Lee, who enters his second season as coach of the Cougars. "I look forward to this group coming in and competing at a high level."

Here’s a breakdown of Charleston’s recruiting class:

Daniel Aldrich … 6-2, 200 … OF … Wando HS … Mt. Pleasant, S.C. … hit .461 with 43 RBI … led the state with 13 homers … stole nine bases … scored 35 runs … 41-for-89 at the plate … added six doubles and a triple … two-time All-State … World Wood Bat MVP … Baseball America second team All-American … Rawlings 3rd team pre-season All-American.

Ross Hanna … 6-4, 275 … INF … Spartanburg Methodist JC … Spartanburg, S.C. … JC South East Region Tournament MVP … JUCO World Series appearance … 4-time All-Region performer in high school … hit .416 with 15 HR and 71 RBI last season.

Heath Hembree … 6-4, 200 … RHP … Spartanburg Methodist JC … Cowpens, S.C. … 7-0 with a 1.22 ERA at SMC … first team JC All-Region … HS Region 2-AA Player of the Year.

Jamie Holler … 6-0, 170 … RHP/INF … USC Sumter JC … Rock Hill, S.C. … JC Academic All-American … second team JC All-Region … at USC Sumter JC, hit .301 with a homer and 11 RBI … 3-0 with a 2.94 ERA over 64.1 innings … had 52 Ks and just 17 walks.

Cameron Holmes … 6-0, 175 … LHP … Boiling Springs HS … Spartanburg, S.C. … 2008 4A State Champ … 2009 All-State … S.C. Select All-Star … 2009 4A Player of the Year.

Jimmy Holton … 6-1, 190 … C … Cardinal Newman HS … West Palm Beach, Fla. … All-State … team captain junior and senior years … first team All-Area … led county in home runs and RBI as a senior.

Baker Knox … 5-8, 170 …INF/OF … Daytona Beach JC … Daytona Beach, Fla. … 2-time  Academic JC All-American … first team JC All-Conference … hit .374 with six HR and 15 doubles last season.

Jesse Mesa … 5-8, 182 … INF/OF … Central Florida JC … Ocala, Fla. … 2009 JC 1st team All-Conference … hit .390 with 12 doubles, four triples and 34 RBI … posted 78 hits in 200 at bats … 2nd team All-State … 2008 JC second team All-Conference … son of former major league pitcher Jose Mesa.

Matt Pegler … 6-1, 200 … RHP … Riverside HS … Greenville, S.C. … Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American … three-time All-State … four-time All-Region.

Frank Peters … 5-11, 175 … INF … Pace Academy … Atlanta, Ga. … All-Region … member of East Cobb Astros’ World Series championship team.

Christian Powell … 6-4, 195 … RHP/OF … Greenwood HS … Greenwood, S.C. … 47th round selection by the Cleveland Indians in 2009 Draft … four-time All-Region, two-time All-State … Lakelands Player of the Year … S.C. Select All-Star.

Robert Pritcher … 5-11, 190 … C … Spartanburg Methodist JC … Charleston, S.C. … hit .260 with 25 RBI … James Island High team MVP … North/South All-Star … All-Region.

Jose Rodriguez … 6-1, 215 … OF … Broward JC … Miami, Fla. … drafted in the 17th Round by the Minnesota Twins in 2007 … SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2008 … transferred to Broward JC after spending 2008 at South Carolina … Dean’s List Student in 2009 … member of the WWBA national champions Florida Bombers.

Kevin Rufus … 5-9, 185 … OF … USC Sumter JC … Andrews, S.C. … USC Sumter JC Defensive Player of the Year … hit .306 with five homers and 38 RBI … had 20 stolen bases … scored 52 runs.

Josh Salay … 6-3, 195 … RHP … Spartanburg Methodist JC … Rock Hill, S.C. … JC 2008 and 2009 secnd team All-Region … was 10-1 with a 3.82 ERA at SMC … 68.1 innings pitched … 61 strikeouts … 13 appearances.

Dre Watts … 6-2, 210 … RHP/OF … Laurens HS … Laurens, S.C. … region Player of the Year … All-Region … First team All-State … S.C. Select game participant.

Jake Zokan … 6-2, 185 … LHP … Spring Valley HS … Columbia, S.C. … team MVP … All-Region. … All-State … S.C. Select team All-Star … All-Area Pitcher of the Year.