Head coach Bobby Pierce and the Troy baseball team announced four more signees today. HERE is the official school release.
** Garrett Pitts (SS, Central Alabama CC) - From Fairhope, started career at Mississippi State. He had an OBP of .459 and is in line to be the SS and a top of the order hitter at Troy.
** David Hall (OF, Indian River CC) - Hall hit .373 with 11 HRs. Last week Pierce told me they wanted to sign a guy who was like Boone Shear, and this guy put up JUCO numbers like Boone Shear. Middle of the order type guy.
** Austin Sullivan (RHP, Northwest Florida State) - Went 2-1, 2.05 ERA, 45 Ks in 30 IP. He should find himself somewhere in the pitching plans.
** Justin Hancock (C, Central Alabama CC) - Originally from Enterprise High School. Hit .250 with 2 HR and 11 RBI at CACC, but he's very good defensively.
FALL SIGNEES - HERE is original release
** Levi Tate (LHP, Enterprise High School) - Tall lefty with an excellent changeup will compete early. Dothan Eagle Super 12 selection who pitched Enterprise to the Class 6A quarterfinals and has been the ace since his sophomore year.
** T.J. Binder (C/SS, Ooltewah, Tenn.) - Perhaps signed as a catcher, played a good bit of shortstop and hit around .400, earning all-area honors. Versatile left-handed bat.
** Will Starling (RHP, Southern Union CC) - Went to Pike Liberal Arts High. Went 11-4, 2.89 as a freshman to pitch SU to World Series. Went 5-6, 4.85 ERA, 4 saves, as a sophomore. Will contend for rotation spot and also played infield.
** Ben Tidwell (LHP, Gulf Coast CC) - From G.W. Long in Skipperville before going to JUCO, but could miss the 2013 season after talented left-hander suffered elbow injury this year.
** Trae Santos (LHP, OF/1B, NW Florida State) - Big left-handed bat and arm. Went to Pelham High School. Hard to say where he'll make a bigger impact (likely with the bat) but he should make an impact.
** Matthew Howard (RHP/IF, NW Florida State) - 2-time Fireman of the Year in the Panhandle Conference according to coach Bobby Pierce, Howard went 5-2 with 1.46 ERA and 9 saves. From Southside-Gadsden High. Will be a valuable arm at the back end of games but could hit a little bit as well.
** Tanner Hicks (RHP, Central Alabama) - Went 10-1, 2.76 ERA for CACC as a sophomore. From Stanhope Elmore High School. This guy could be the No. 1 pitcher next year.
Troy may have a few more newcomers on next year's roster via walk-ons or academic scholarship guys.