CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team and head coach Elton Pollock announced the signing of 16 student-athletes on Monday. The group will begin classes later this month and join the squad for the 2017 season.

“It is difficult to find words to appropriately describe the quality of players we’ve been able to recruit in recent years, and this year is no exception,” said Pollock. “This is arguably one of our best recruiting classes in my tenure as head coach. My hat goes off to all the hard work of my assistant coaches for their efforts and a job well done. I am extremely excited about each of our incoming recruits and the impact they will have on the Blue Hose baseball program for years to come.”

The class features eight players from South Carolina, four from North Carolina and one each from Colorado, Florida, Georgia and New Jersey. By position, seven come in as pitchers to go with four infielders, three outfielders, one catcher and one utility player.

Signing Class
Jake Bahen – C – Summerville, S.C. – Summerville HS
Andrew Bladt – INF – Longmont, Colo. – West Hills State CC
Russ Branch – RHP – Polkville, N.C. – Burns HS
Tanner Byrd – INF – Johnston, S.C. – Strom Thurmond HS
Carter Fox – RHP – Pawleys Island, S.C. – Waccamaw HS
Rob Greco – INF – Franklin Lakes, N.J. – Indian Hills HS
Hunter Grover – UTL – Summerville, S.C. – Ashley Ridge HS
Ryan Hall – RHP – Clinton, N.C. – Brunswick CC
Connor Jahn – LHP – Tallahassee, Fla. – Pensacola State College
Mike McHugh – OF – Winston-Salem, N.C. – Mount Tabor HS
Eric Miles – RHP – Lancaster, S.C. – Buford HS
Linc Powell – RHP – Johnsonville, S.C. – USC Lancaster CC
Tristan Roberts – LHP/OF – Canton, Ga. – Georgia Highlands CC
Grayson Stoneking – RHP – Murrells Inlet, S.C. – St. James HS
Chris Thompson – OF – Greenville, S.C. – JL Mann HS
Craig Zalewa – INF – Huntersville, N.C. – Catawba Valley CC

Signee Highlights

Jake Bahen – C – Summerville, S.C. – Summerville HS
Three-time All-State selection at Summerville High School…helped the Green Wave to a State Championship in 2016…picked for the 2015 Palmetto Games…named to Perfect Game’s All-Perfect team five times

Andrew Bladt – INF – Longmont, Colo. – West Hills College
Played one season at West Hills State Community College after one season at Marshall…played 30 games for the Falcons, recording 23 hits with 15 runs and 10 RBIs…four-year letterwinner at Longmont High School…named Area Player of the Year…also named All-State and All-Conference twice

Russ Branch – RHP – Polkville, N.C. – Burns HS
Four-year letterwinner at Burns High School…named All-Conference as a pitcher for his junior season, going 6-0 on the mound…named school’s Honor Male Athlete for 2016…received the Cleveland County FCS Honor Athlete award for 2016…Wendy’s High School Heisman Winner in 2016…Atlantic Region Honorable Mention by Perfect Game…MVP of the Perfect Game Evoshield Underclass Championship in 2014…named to the Perfect Game All-Tournament team seven times…went 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 11.0 innings pitched in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League in Summer 2016

Tanner Byrd – INF – Johnston, S.C. – Strom Thurmond HS
Three-time All-Region selection at Strom Thurmond High School…named All-State as a senior by High School Sports Report, Diamond Prospects and South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association…named to Diamond Prospects All-Academic team in 2015 and 2016

Carter Fox – RHP – Pawleys Island, S.C. – Waccamaw HS
Four-year letterwinner at Waccamaw High School…named Atlantic Region All-American by Rawlings in 2016…All-Region selection in 2015 and 2016…picked for the North-South All-Star Game…selected as Player of the Year by the South Strand News in 2016…led the Warriors with an 0.97 ERA as a senior…totaled 50 strikeouts as a junior and 55 as a senior

Rob Greco – INF – Franklin Lakes, N.J. – Indian Hills HS
Team captain as a senior at Indian Hills High School…named second team All-State in 2016…named Team’s MVP…ranked a top 100 prospect in New Jersey…led the conference in extra base hits…batted .380 on the year with 13 doubles

Hunter Grover – UTL – Summerville, S.C. – Ashley Ridge HS
Four-year starter at Ashley Ridge High School…ranked as the fifth-best middle infielder in South Carolina by Perfect Game…twice named Underclass Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game…Atlantic Region Honorable Mention All-American in 2016…All-State pick as a junior…named All-Region in 2014 and 2015…WWBA 17U National Championship All-Tournament team in 2015…WWBA Southeast Qualifier All-Tournament team in 2014 and 2015…named to the top prospect team at the Southeast Underclass Showcase in 2013

Ryan Hall – RHP – Clinton, N.C. – Brunswick CC
Played two seasons at Brunswick Community College…won Region 10 Championship and advanced to the JUCO World Series in his sophomore season…compiled a 10-3 record on the mound in two seasons at Brunswick, while throwing 50.2 innings as a sophomore with 53 strikeouts…a standout at Union High School prior to attending Brunswick

Connor Jahn – LHP – Tallahassee, Fla. – Pensacola State College
Played two seasons at Pensacola State College…made 16 appearances on the mound over his two seasons, going 3-1 as sophomore with 32.2 innings pitched…played at Lawton Chiles High School before attending Pensacola State

Mike McHugh – OF – Winston Salem, N.C. – Mount Tabor HS
Four-year letterwinner at Mount Tabor High School…named to the All-Conference in 2014, 2015 and 2016…earned Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015 and 2016

Eric Miles – RHP – Lancaster, S.C. – Buford HS
Three-time All-Region pick at Buford High School…named All-State in 2015 and 2016…selected to the North-South All-Star Game and the Palmetto games…named Team MVP as a senior…earned team’s Best Offensive Player award in 2015…received the Trustee Award for baseball from the school district…also received the Scholar-Athlete award…selected for Diamond Prospects South Carolina Pro Day

Linc Powell – RHP – Johnsonville, S.C. – USC Lancaster CC
Played two seasons at USC Lancaster…recorded an 8-2 record as a sophomore and recorded 73 strikeouts in 71.0 innings pitched…played at Laurence Manning Academy prior to attending USC Lancaster…earned All-State and All-Region honors in high school…ranked the No. 28 right-handed pitcher in South Carolina by Diamond Prospects…ranked as the No. 6 RHP in SC, No. 19 overall player in SC and top 350 RHP in the nation by Perfect Game...Atlantic Region Honorable Mention in 2014 and Underclass Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game in 2013

Tristan Roberts – LHP/OF – Canton, Ga. – Georgia Highlands CC
Played two seasons at Georgia Highlands College…went 3-1 as a sophomore, tossing 27.2 innings over 10 appearances…played at Sequoyah High School before attending Georgia Highlands…ranked as the 12th best left-handed pitcher in Georgia out of high school by Perfect Game…also ranked in the top 125 players in GA overall and top 150 left-handed pitchers in the nation by Perfect Game…team’s MVP in high school…named Underclass Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game in 2013…Atlantic Region Honorable Mention All-American in 2014

Grayson Stoneking – RHP – Murrells Inlet, S.C. – St. James HS
First team All-State and All-Region as a senior at St. James High School…picked to the North-South All-Star game in 2016…selected to the Palmetto Games in 2015…made the Diamond Prospects 90+ Club

Chris Thompson – OF – Greenville, S.C. – JL Mann HS
Four-year letterwinner at JL Mann High School…ranked No. 2 outfielder in SC and top 150 nationally by Perfect Game…No. 12 overall player in SC by Perfect Game…Honorable Mention All-American and Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Region as a senior by Rawlings and Perfect Game…twice named Underclass Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game…batted .302 as a senior and led the team in stolen bases…helped the Patriots to back-to-back Region and Upperstate Championships in 2015 and 2016

Craig Zalewa – INF – Huntersville, N.C. – Catawba Valley CC
First team All-Region at Catawba Valley Community College…holds school single-season records for doubles (25), RBIs (58) and slugging percentage (.700)…finished second in the nation in doubles (25) in 2016 among NJCAA schools…named NJCAA Player of the Week on February 25, batting .500 with a double, two home runs, four runs and 10 RBIs in four games…attended Hopewell High School in Huntersville, N.C. prior to junior college