CARROLLTON, Ga. – Head baseball coach Skip Fite announced today ten new signees to the 2017 class, bringing the total to 15 new players for the 2018 season for the Wolves.
Of the ten new players joining the Wolves, eight played high school ball in Georgia, with two coming from Alabama high schools. The Wolves add six junior college players, a Division I transfer, and three true freshmen.
Four of the ten signees are pitchers, with six position players. Dylan Johnson, a freshman out of Callaway High School has the potential to be a two way player on the mound and in the outfield.
Jordan Schmits is the Division I transfer in the bunch, coming back after a redshirt season at South Alabama. Schmits prepped at Northgate High School in nearby Newnan.
The Wolves signed one local Carroll County player as Thomas Brown comes to UWG by way of Mount Zion High School.
These ten players join five early signees, announced back in November. Dan Oberst, Andres Fernandez, Joseph Hill, Connor Stephenson, and Jacob Lane all signed back in November, to bring the total to 15 new players signed for the new season.
Oberst hit .392 in 97 at-bats in his sophomore season at Indian River State College in Florida. The catcher had one homer and 16 RBI on the season. Oberst caught Andres Fernandez who will also join the Wolves after a junior college career at Indian River. Fernandez went 4-6 in 2017 with a 4.52 ERA. He struck out 64 batters in 77.2 innings pitched.
Jacob Lane comes back to Carrollton after two seasons at Andrew College. The Central High product pitched 32.2 innings in 2017 for the Tigers. Lane had an ERA of 6.61 and went 2-3 on the season. Connor Stephenson, another pitcher who signed in November, went 1-0 in three games for Southern Union this past spring.
Joseph Hill was the lone high school player of the early signees and had an outstanding senior season for Heritage High School in Ringgold, Ga. Hill was an All-State selection in 2017 as he hit .386 with 14 doubles, 44 runs, and 36 RBI as he helped the Generals to the GHSA AAAA Semifinals.
For more detailed bio information on the five early signees, visit the original release.
JR | RHP
6-4 | 215
Greater Atlanta Christian
Played Junior college ball at Southern Union in Wadley, AL … made 13 appearances on the mound, starting seven contests … had a final record of 4-2 as a sophomore … amassed a total of 43.2 innings pitched … struck out 48 batters … had a 4.95 ERA … walked 25 batters … prepped at Greater Atlanta Christian
Coach Fite on Wes: "He's a hard thrower with a good slider and can start or come out of the pen. He played high-school ball at the always solid GAC in Atlanta."
JR | INF
6-0 | 185
Played at Southern Union in Wadley, AL … played in 43 games for the Bison with 132 at-bats as a sophomore in 2017 … hit .341 on the season with 45 hits … scored 22 runs on the season … had 20 RBI with 14 extra-base hits including one homerun on the year … stole 11 bases …
Coach Fite on Hunter: "He is a very versatile athlete that can play either second or third. Hunter is also a good baserunner and brings solid speed on the base paths."
JR | INF
5-10 | 195
Missed 2017 due to an injury … Hit .405 in 2016 at Snead State … Had 17 hits in just 15 games in 2016 with six doubles and two homeruns … drove in 11 runs … played in 31 games in 2015, hitting .289 with five doubles … drove in 14 runs and scored 10
Coach Fite on Brian: "He is a strong versatile athlete, who was having an All-American type year before he was injured. He is now fully healthy and will be an impact player for us."
FR | CF/LHP
5-11 | 175
Prepped at Callaway High School for head coach Dusty Hubbard … helped team to a 23-10 overall record with a 12-0 mark in region play in 2017 … reached the second round of the GHSA AA State Playoffs falling to Dodge County … four-year starter who was part of three Region Championship teams … hit .450 as a senior and also won six games on the mound
Coach Fite on Dylan: "Has a chance to be a big impact player for us. He's a high school kid who has four years here and he can be a two-way player contributing at the plate and on the mound."
JR | 1B/3B
5-11 | 195
Marion Military Institute
Played 45 games as a senior at Marion Military Institute … had 153 at-bats with 59 hits for a .386 average … also hits for power with seven doubles, a triple, and six homeruns … drove in 53 runs for the Tigers in 2017 … only had 13 strikeouts in 181 plate appearances … had an on-base percentage of .459 and a .562 slugging percentage … hit .333 with eight homers and 42 RBI as a freshman for Marion Military in 2016
Coach Fite on Logan: "Logan is a pure hitter that will be in the middle of our lineup."
JR | C
6-3 | 195
Played at Central Alabama Community College … caught in 41 games a senior in 2017 … hit .229 with seven RBI and seven doubles … had a .369 on base percentage … threw out six would-be base stealers and had a .971 fielding percentage
Coach Fite on Drew: "A very good defensive catcher, who has a cannon behind the plate to shut down runners."
SO | RHP
6-4 | 190
Earned a redshirt as a true freshman at South Alabama in 2017 … Lettered four years at Northgate High School in Sharpsburg, Ga. … Helped the Vikings to four straight playoff appearances ... Batted .340 as a junior … Hit .321 as a sophomore and .319 his freshman year.
Coach Fite on Jordan: "Jordan was redshirted at USA, but has a very strong arm and keeps his fastball in the high 80s and low 90s."
JR | SS
5-8 | 160
Played in 52 games as a sophomore for East Georgia JC as a sophomore in 2017 … had 165 at-bats with 43 hits, good for a .261 average … belted eight doubles, two triples, and a homerun … drove in 19 runs … drew 27 walks … stole seven bases in eight attempts … was part of the Georgia Junior College Championship Team at East Georgia as a sophomore … played at West Georgia Tech in 2016 … prepped at Sprayberry High in Marietta …
Coach Fite on Tucker: "He's a very talented shortstop that has a great arm and is very athletic. Should step in and be our shortstop next season."
FR | UTL
5-10 | 168
Mount Zion, GA
Prepped at local Mount Zion HS in Mount Zion for head coach and UWG baseball alumni Randall Wright … hit .293 as a senior … went 4-3 on the mound with a 3.80 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 2017 … hit .444 with 23 runs scored and 20 RBI in his junior season … Went 4-4 with a 4.43 ERA in 2016
Coach Fite on Thomas: "He's a very good athlete and a local product who will bring depth to our infield. Thomas has a good approach at the plate and can flat out hit."
FR | LHP
6-0 | 170
Prepped at Kell High School in Marietta for head coach Robert Horn … made 12 appearances as a senior in 2017 … went 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA … amassed 53.2 innings and struck out 56 batters … help opponents to a .241 average at the plate … helped Kell to a 22-13 record in 2017 … helped the Longhorns reach the second round of the GHSA AAAAA State Tournament where they fell to Final Four participant Starr's Mill.
Coach Fite on Chris: "Chris is a crafty lefty that has good control and throws a lot of strikes."