Musashi Briem contributed to this story.
CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team announced the addition of 10 players as Tanner Chock (Loris, S.C.), Ryan Hedrick (High Point, N.C.), Grant Hormuth (Roswell, Ga.), Hayden Manuel (Thomasville, N.C.), Jack McLaughlin (Norcross, Ga.), Tyler Prescott (Johns Creek, Ga.), TJ Richardson, Jr., (Sugar Hill, Ga.), Bob Shisler (Deptford, N.J.), Russell Thompson (Alcolu, S.C.) and Craig Williams (Duluth, Ga.) will join the Blue Hose for the 2015 season.
“While in the early stages of this year’s recruiting, my coaches and I knew we had something special,” said head coach Elton Pollock. “It is difficult to find words to appropriately describe the quality of players we’ve been able to sign, but this is arguably our best recruiting class in my tenure as head coach. My hat goes off to my first year recruiting coordinator Mark Crocco and newly hired pitching coach Jamie Serber for a job well done."
"The class is highlighted with a group of new young arms (Tanner Chock, Ryan Hedrick, Ryan Thompson, and Craig Williams) that are sure impact the program immediately. Additionally, we’ve been blessed with two two-way players (Tyler Prescott and Jack McLaughlin) who will compete for playing time both on the mound and as position players,” Pollock said. “Rounding out our class are two new catchers (T.J. Richardson and Bob Shisler), one middle infielder (Hayden Manual), and one outfielder (Grant Hormuth), all of whom will have numerous opportunities to impact the program early in their college careers. I am extremely excited about each of these players and the impact they will have on Blue Hose baseball for years to come.”
Tanner Chock, a 6’ 1,” 200-pound pitcher/catcher/infielder, will join the Blue Hose after a sterling high school career in Loris High School in Loris, S.C. Chock holds the Diamond Prospects No. 9 pitcher ranking in South Carolina and compiled a 19-8 record last season as a junior with a 1.13 earned run average and nine wins. The future Blue Hose earned All-Region AA-VIII baseball honors and helped Loris to 11 straight wins before falling in the Lower State semifinal, striking out the side at a crucial point in the game.
Ryan Hedrick, a 5’ 11,” 175-pound pitcher/infielder, will don a Blue Hose uniform after compiling a solid career at Southern Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C. Hedrick received All-Conference honors twice in high school, playing both third base and pitching from the right side. The future PC player was also named the Mid-Piedmont Athletic Conference Player of the Year last season and a Perfect Game 2013 Underclass Honorable Mention. Hedrick played club ball for Yak Baseball and earned News & Record Honorable Mention for his 2013 season that saw him post a 1.87 ERA with 88 strikeouts and a .357 batting average.
Grant Hormuth, a 6’ 2,” 190-pound outfielder/pitcher, will bring a left-handed arm to the Blue Hose pitching staff. Playing his high school ball at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Ga., Hormuth contributed with his bat as well as with his arm in helping the Titans reach the Georgia Region 6-3A quarterfinals. The future Blue Hose also played in the East Cobb club organization, starting in the outfield and batting cleanup for the Blue Jays. This fall, Hormuth batted .406 with four home runs as an everyday starter for the Blue Jays. Hormuth played football and swam for Blessed Trinity as well, holding the school record in the 200 relay.
Hayden Manuel, a 5’ 9,” 165-pound middle infielder, has compiled a decorated career at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C. As a junior, Manuel earned the team’s Most Valuable Player award as well as hauling in All-Conference and All-State laurels. He finished runner-up for the PACIS Player of the Year honor and was named to the Greensboro News & Record Spring Sports Team. He batted .529 last season with 20 RBI and a .584 on-base percentage from the leadoff spot to go along with a .950 fielding percentage as a second baseman. He has helped Wesleyan Christian Academy three state conference championships and trips to the Class 3-A state finals and semifinals.
Jack McLaughlin, a 6’ 5,” 200-pound infielder/pitcher, will wrap notable a two-sport career at Greater Atlanta Christian before joining the Blue Hose. McLaughlin battled .321 while playing first base, third base (currently ranked the No. 8 third baseman in Georgia) and pitching en route to helping the Spartans to the first round of the state playoffs. He also played for club team 17u 643 Jaguars, posting a .462 batting average along with a .474 on-base percentage and 18 RBIs. McLaughlin also plays football for the Spartans as a quarterback and tight end, guiding the squad to the final four in 2012 and a 9-1 record in 2013 with a playoff appearance.
Tyler Prescott, a 6’ 1”, 170-pound righthanded pitcher/outfielder, will come to Laurens County from Johns Creek High School in Johns Creek, Ga. The 117th-ranked prospect in Georgia by Perfect Game, Prescott helped Johns Creek win a region championship last year and earned the Coach’s Award as a freshman. Over two seasons at Johns Creek, Prescott boasted a 2.52 ERA and hit .265 at the played. Prescott also played with the 643 DP Jaguars and enjoyed success there as well, earning 2013 Defensive Player of the Year honors and batting .302.
TJ Richardson, Jr., a 5’ 10,” 185-pound All-Region catcher, will play for PC after graduating from Lanier High School in Sugar Hill, Ga. The future Blue Hose boasts a number of rankings, including the top 500 players in the country, the 99th-ranked catcher in high school and the 72nd-ranked overall prospect in Georgia by Perfect Game. Richardson earned Lanier’s Offensive Player of the Year award for three consecutive years, as well as the school’s Most Valuable Player laurels for the past two years. He also enjoyed success in Perfect Game WWBA tournaments, earning a spot on the All-Tournament hitting team in both 2012 and 2013.
Bob Shisler, a 5’ 10,” 175-pound catcher, will bring a strong playing resume to PC after a stellar high school career at Deptford High School in Deptford, N.J. Shisler backstopped Deptford for three years as a varsity catcher, throwing out 36 would-be base stealers and earning the No. 45 ranking in the state from Perfect Game. At the plate, he posted a .352 batting average and showed a keen eye by leading the team in walks as a freshman. Shisler also played for the All-Star Baseball Academy and played varsity football as well.
Russell Thompson, a 6’ 3,” 230-pound righthanded pitcher, signs with PC while compiling a winning career at Laurence Manning Academy in Manning, S.C. Thompson has earned All-State and All-Region honors along with North-South laurels and a Most Valuable Player award. In 2013, Thompson boasted a 0.25 earned run average, picking up four wins and nine saves in 15 appearances. He struck out 35 batters and issued only eight walks with one earned run and helped his squad to the semifinals in two straight years.
Craig Williams, a 6’0, 170-pound right handed pitcher, will look to continue his high school success as a Blue Hose. At Peachtree Ridge High School, in Duluth, Ga., Williams posted a 1.95 ERA while helping the team to the Sweet 16 and a region runner-up finish. Williams also posted an outstanding 20:10 strikeout to walk ratio to go with a 1.95 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. The future Blue Hose also played club ball for the Upstate Mavericks and holds a top 1000 ranking from Perfect Game, as well as the No. 463 pitcher ranking and the 117th-ranked prospect in Georgia.
PC's 2014 baseball schedule will be released soon on GoBlueHose.com.