CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College baseball team has announced the addition of six high school standouts from around the region for the 2013 season, head coach Elton Pollock announced today.
Ryan Hagan (Suwanee, Ga.), Trey Hayes (Greenville, S.C.), Weston Jackson (Greenville, S.C.), Derek Long (Alpharetta, Ga.), Jacob Midkiff (Rock Hill, S.C.) and Michael Trebendis (Fayetteville, Ga.) will join the Blue Hose baseball program after signing National Letters of Intent.
Hagan will arrive at PC after an already-successful high school career at North Gwinnett High School as a middle infielder for coach Frank Vashaw. Hagan helped the Bulldogs to the Final Four finals his sophomore year and earned second team all-region honors as a junior, thanks to hitting .321 during the season and .537 in the state playoffs while maintaining a .956 fielding percentage. A "Georgia Top 100" selection, he has also captured three straight Baseball All-Academic awards, including an AAAAA All-Region Honorable Mention. Hagan plays club baseball for Team Elite and coach Brad Bouras.
"With the loss of key senior leadership, Ryan will provide much-needed depth in our middle infield," said Pollock. "His versatility and ability to play shortstop, second base, or third base will allow us to benefit from his talents and provide him with an opportunity for playing time early in his career."
Hayes has served as key member of the Palmetto High School baseball team for coach Jody LeCroy, earning all-region honors during each of his freshman, sophomore and junior years after leading the team in batting average and earning the squad's Mustang Award as an eighth grader. Hayes has batted at least .350 every year at Palmetto, including posting a .447 average as a junior, hitting 15 doubles and 29 RBI on his way to team MVP and First Team Anderson Independent honors. He also captured Second Team Anderson Independent laurels as a sophomore. The future Blue Hose has also compiled a 13-4 record as a pitcher, striking out 50 batters his junior year, and plays for the Upstate Mavericks club team and coach Chris Nall
"Trey is tough, very hard-nosed baseball player who will make an impact in our outfield early in his playing career. He literally plays and excels in every position on the baseball field and will prove to be a huge asset. He is a great fit for our program," said Pollock.
Jackson will not have far to travel to PC after wrapping up his career at Eastside High School for coach Scott Erwin. Jackson has captured three straight Region II 3A First Team All-Region honors, and is coming off of a junior year that saw him hit .551 and five home runs to earn 3A First Team All-State laurels. He has increased his batting average substantially every year in high school as a middle infielder and helped his West End Baseball and Diamond Dogs club teams to a 2011 Upper-State Championship and a 2011 Big League World Series Championship.
"Weston is versatile, hard-nosed player with the ability to play any position on the infield or in the outfield," said Pollock. "His leadership skills and ability to handle the bat should make him an asset at the top of our order early in his career."
Long will come to PC after his time at Alpharetta High School and coach Steve Bohn, where he has been a consistent producer as a catcher for the Raiders program. Long earned JV Defensive Player of the Year honors as a freshman before capturing the JV Offensive Player of the Year award as a sophomore. For the East Cobb Indians club team and coach Randy Acuff, Long has hit at least .368 and driven in a combined 98 runs over the last three years, helping the Indians to a Perfect Game No. 21 national ranking and a West Georgia Showcase championship this year. Last year, he guided the Indians to championships at the Panthers Wood Bat Tournament and the Southern Wood Bat World Series.
"Derek should compete for significant playing time at the catcher position as a freshman," said Pollock. "I am excited about his tremendous arm strength and his ability to control the running game. I expect him to add to the competition behind the plate during his initial fall session."
Midkiff will join former high school teammate Brad Zebedis when he wraps his career at South Pointe High School. As a junior, Midkiff went 4-3 on the mound and compiled a 2.89 earned run average, earning all-region and team MVP honors while serving as the squad's captain. He also showed strength at the plate, hitting .402 and posting a .580 on-base percentage while stealing 10 bases. Midkiff also captured Wheels Invitational All-Tournament team honors, as well as being named Battle of the Border MVP as a sophomore. An Academic Achievement Award winner, Midkiff also helped the CBC O's club team and coach Jeff Schaefer to a runner-up finish at the Labor Day Cup in Cary, N.C.
"Having played with All-American Brad Zebedis at South Pointe High School for head coach Jason Terry, I knew what type of kid I was getting in Jacob," said Pollock. "He is a very versatile athlete who will make the transition to being a primary pitcher for the Blue Hose. With his tremendous athleticism and our fall weight program, I am expecting Jacob to make huge strides on the mound."
Trebendis will arrive at PC after leaving Fayette County High School as key member of the team. Trebendis struck out 28 batters in 23 innings pitched as a junior and enters his senior year as a 2011 Under Armour Preseason All-American after capturing Perfect Game All-American Honorable Mention and Perfect Game National Underclass Showcase honors last year. Trebendis has also helped the Home Plate Chili Dogs to a 2011 CABA 17U national championship and to the final 16 of the 2011 Perfect Game WWBA World Championship.
"Michael has all the tools and athleticism to come in and make an immediate impact on our pitching staff," said Pollock. "I am confident that in working with our strength and pitching coaches, respectively, he will make a tremendous jump in his initial collegiate season. I am excited about his Blue Hose baseball future."
The 2012 PC baseball season begins on Friday, February 17 at Georgia.