Brown and staff ink 16 in early signing period

Brown and staff ink 16 in early signing period

BRISTOL, Tenn. – During the early signing period, King University Head Baseball Coach Blaine Brown and his staff announced the signing of 16 players for the 2017-18 season.

"We are so excited about this incoming class," Brown said. "They are quality men on and off the field that exude what it means to be a student-athlete. This class is very athletic and we couldn't be more excited for the future of King University baseball. I would like to thank Coach Howard, Coach Montague, and Coach Helke for their exceptional work on the recruiting trail. They are tireless workers and their efforts are seen in the quality and depth of this class."

Ezra Baier – 6-0, 200, R/R
Position – OF
Hometown – Madison Heights, Va.
High School – Amherst County High School

Quote from Coach Brown
"Ezra is a physical kid with a lot of upside. He is a middle order type hitter, but also has some mobility. He is also a high character kid that will fit right into the culture with in our baseball program. We are excited about Ezra being a part of this program and watching him mature."

Harrison Barger – 5-9, 160 L/L
Position – LHP/OF
High School – Grace Academy
Hometown – Hagerstown, Md.

Quote from Coach Brown
"Harrison is a possible two way guy in our baseball program who can really run. Harrison is a high academic kid that will fit into this baseball program from the time he steps on campus."

Nathan Jaye – 5-11, 170, R/R
Position – Middle Infield/RHP
Hometown – Winchester, Va.
High School – Millbrook High School

Quote from Coach Brown
"We believe Nate is going to be a true two way guy. He is polished on both sides of the ball. Nate has an infectious personality and we look for him to be a leader with in our baseball program."

Sebastian Cianelli – 5-10, 160, R/R
Position – Middle Infield
Hometown – Blacksburg, Va.
High School – Blacksburg High School

Quote from Coach Brown
"Seb is very athletic and will have some versatility in the positions he may be able to play. He is another high character kid that exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete.

Bret Fogle – 6'0"/165, R/R
Position – RHP/Middle Infield
High School – Grace Academy
Hometown – Hagerstown, Md.

Quote from Coach Brown
"Bret is another athletic kid who will have an opportunity to come in and be a two way guy. He is a kid who fits into our program both on and off the field."

Ryan McEachern – 6-3, 205, R/R
Position – RHP
Hometown – Roanoke, Va.
High School – Patrick Henry High School

Quote from Coach Brown
"Ryan is a big body pitcher who we think will make a jump when he gets into our program and fills out his body. He is a kid who competes on the mound which is something that stood out to us."

Adam Dofflemyer – 5-10, 155, L/L
Position – LHP/OF
Hometown – Harrisonburg, Va.
High School – Spotswood High School

Quote from Coach Brown
"Adam is a three sport athlete who will come in and compete both as a pitcher and outfielder. He is also a very high academic kid who will be a leader with in our program."

Nicholas Gregson – 6-1, 185, R/R
Position – RHP
Hometown – Elkton, Md.
High School – Elkton High School

Quote from Coach Brown
"Nick is a pitcher who we believe has a ton of upside and we look forward to watching mature both on and off the field. He is another young man who has high character and will fit right into the culture with in the program."

Taylor Griffey – 6-0, 180, R/L
Position – RHP/1B
Hometown – Knoxville, Tenn.
High School – Knoxville Catholic High School

Quote from Coach Brown
"Taylor is another one of the kids who will have an opportunity to be a two way player. We really like the fact that he swings from the left side along with his versatility of being able to pitch. Once again he will fit right into our culture."

Cooper Fandel – 5-11, 205, R/R
Position – Catcher
Hometown – Mint Hill, N.C.

High School – Independence High School

Quote from Coach Brown
"Cooper is a physical kid that exudes confidence, which is what you want in a catcher. We look for him to be a leader in this baseball program in the future. We are excited about Cooper becoming a part of our baseball program."

John "Jay" Patto Jr. – 6-0, 155, R/R
Position – RHP
Hometown – Chesapeake, Va.
High School – Western Branch High School

Quote from Coach Brown
"Jay is a kid that we saw pitch a few times this summer and liked him the more we watched him because of the way he competed on the mound. He is a high character young man that we think will be an asset to our program."

Robert Sari – 5-10, 195, R/R
Position – 1B/3B
Hometown – High Point, N.C.
High School – High Point Christian Academy

Quote from Coach Brown
"Robert is a kid who can really swing the bat. We are excited about the potential power he will bring to our baseball program."

Nathan Rebich – 5-11, 175, R/L
Position – LHP/OF
Hometown – Penn Laird, Va.
High School – Spotswood High School

Quote from Coach Brown
"Nathan is someone who will have the opportunity to contribute both as a pitcher and as a position player. We are excited to watch him grow and see what the future holds."

Johnathan Cook – 6-3, 175, L/R
Position – RHP
Hometown – Leesburg, Va.
High School – Tuscarora High School

Quote from Coach Brown
"Jonathan's frame and room for growth makes his ceiling very high. He is going to fit right into this baseball program with the high character that he has. We look forward to watching what the future holds for him."

Bennett McCann – 6-0, 160, R/R
Position – RHP/Middle Infield
Hometown – Ringgold, Va.
High School – Dan River High School

Quote from Coach Brown
"Bennett is very athletic who will be a two way player. He also has a lot of room to grow which makes his ceiling very high. Bennett comes from a great background and will fit right into the culture of this program."

Nicholas Wishon – 6-0, 210, L/R
Position – 1B/2B
Hometown – Bluff City, Tenn.
High School – Tennessee High School

Quote from Coach Brown
"Nick is a local kid who we are very excited to keep here at home. He has some power from the left side and has a lot of the intangibles that we look for in a young man. The future is bright for Nick and we look forward to watching him develop."

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