CARROLLTON, Ga. – University of West Georgia Baseball and head coach Skip Fite are pleased to announce the signing of eight future Wolves to the 2019 Signing Class.
The Wolves add eight total players, signing five high school players and three junior college transfers. Of the eight, six are originally from Georgia while two more come across the state line from Alabama.
“We have added some very good arms and key position players to keep this team atop the Gulf South Conference,” said head coach Skip Fite. “We still need to add a couple of pieces to this class, but very excited about the guys we have signed in this early period.”
RHP | 6-2 | 200
Plays at Wallace State for head coach Randy Putnam … played in 10 games, earning two wins … amasses 19.1 innings, giving up 17 hits, and 6 earned runs … had a 2.79 ERA and averaged 6.98 strikeouts per nine innings with 15 total … prepped at Minor High School … was a four-year starter … three-time All-County selection … was a team captain for two seasons
Coach Fite on Robert: “Robert was a big sign for us. He should come in and be one of the better starters in the Gulf South. He has a strong arm with a lot of movement and a good breaking pitch.”
RHP | 6-3 | 210
Plays for West Brooks at Oxford High School in North Alabama. Jarin played with the well-known East Cobb Astros 17u travel baseball team.
Coach Fite on Jarin: “Jarin was rated as the 12th best pitcher in AL, by “Perfect Game”. He is another big strong arm “90 mph” that will be good for us for 4 years. Will pitch early in his career for us.”
RHP | 6-0 | 165
Plays at Parkview High School for head coach Chan Brown. Scholar Athlete … was a Cobb-Gwinnett All-Star … won the Gio Vizzi Award … National & GA State Champion 2018 … was 4 yr. Academic letterman.
Coach Fite on Brad: “Brad is from the best H.S. program in GA. He is a submarine style pitcher that should fit in well as a closer as time goes.”
RHP | 6-1 | 170
Peachtree City, GA
Union Grove HS
Plays for Coach Allen Franklin at Union Grove High School … had .429 season AVG his junior year … played in 14 games last season … 3.00 ERA over 7 innings … recorded 10 strikeouts in 6 appearances … allowed no home runs in his appearances.
Coach Fite on Andrew: “Andrew is another big sign for us. He came on this summer as one of the best pitchers in the state. He throws 86-88 with a lot of movement and has a very good change and slider. Will compete for a weekend job early in his career.”
OF | 5-9 | 160
Collins Hill HS
Plays at Gordon State College for Head Coach Travis McClanahan … totaled 36 runs in 46 games at Gordon State last season … he swiped 24 stolen bases … amassed a whopping 50 hits … was a leader in fielding percentage in the league.
Coach Fite on Jason: “Jason is a pure CF and lead-off hitter. Has a lot of speed and covers a lot of ground. Will be a quality replacement for Cade.”
RHP | 6-3 | 155
Peachtree Ridge HS
Plays for Coach Nick Hogan at Peachtree Ridge High School … 2018 Gwinnett County All-Star … has a mid-80s fastball.
Coach Fite on Jack: “Jack is a quality RHP with a ton of upside. He throws 85-87 with a lot of movement. When he gets stronger he will be very good for us.”
OF | 6-2 | 225
Heard County HS
Southern Union State
Plays at Southern Union State Community College for Head Coach Jabo Jordon … played in 39 games at Southern Union State … had 120 at bats with 19 runs and 33 hits … totaled five doubles, two triples, 4 homeruns, and 15 RBI’s … finished the year with a .275 BA.
Coach Fite on Ethan: “Ethan is a big physical OF that runs a 6.6 “60”. Will be an impact player for our program.”
Catcher | 6-0 | 225
Connor plays for Coach Jim Tejeck at Rome High School … had ten doubles and three home runs his junior season … totaled 32 RBIs … ended his junior season with a .390 average.
Coach Fite on Connor: “Connor is a pure hitter. Strong catcher that will get better every year. Has the potential to contribute as a freshman as a hitter.”
These eight Wolves will be in Carrollton next fall as they each have a season at their current respective schools. As for the Wolves and the 2019 season, practice will begin in early January with the season beginning February 2 at Wingate with a 1 p.m. doubleheader.