If you have been a follower of CVCC Baseball, you know that since the 2006 season, the Pirates have been in a cycle of freshmen heavy teams one year and sophomore heavy teams the next. With the 2012 Pirates losing 17 sophomores, the recruiting season has been a busy one for Coach Thomas and his staff. As has been the trend, Coach Thomas and company feel very confident they have found the next batch of baby Pirates to continue the winning ways at Howard Lake Field. The very talented class is listed below in alphabetical order:
Chris Brown OF, Chapel Hill High School, Douglasville, GA – Chris is a guy that is the perfect CVCC hybrid in which he can hit for power and posseses very good speed. He is the former teammate of current Pirate, Martin Castro. Brown is on pace to break the Chapel Hill all time homerun record early in the 2012 season. Chris is also a member of Team Elite Baseball.
James Cunningham OF, Dunwoody High School, Dunwoody, GA – James is a multi-dimensional outfielder that will play all 3 outfield positions. A leadoff type of guy, Cunningham can absolutely hit. Tall and rangy, Cunningham is a great athlete that has big play capabilities. James plays his summer baseball with the elite East Cobb Astros. As a junior, Cunningham hit .394 and made the All Dekalb County Team. Additionally, he hit for the cycle in the Perfect Game Fort Meyers tourney.
Jesse Foster RHP, Parkview High School, Lilburn, GA – Jesse is the next line of very talented players from Parkviews powerhouse program. The big 6’5 righty is in reach of becoming the all time winningest pitcher at Parkview this season. With nearly 30 career wins in hand, Foster brings an upper 80’s fastball and big slider to the table.
Kaine Gibson C, Northwest Whitfield High School, Tunnel Hill, GA – Kaine is a strong armed catcher from north Georgia. He has big play abilities from the defensive end behind the dish. An athletic frame with plenty of room to grow, Gibson will be an excellent addition to the catching staff at CVCC next season. Kaine plays his summer ball with the East Cobb Braves.
Payne Kosobucki RHP, Harris County High School, Hamilton, GA – Payne will be one of the most fierce competitors you will see. This guy is an absolute winner. After leading the Tigers in nearly every pitching category as a junior, Kosobucki is primed for a big senior season. Mid to upper 80’s with 3 pitches, command, and competiveness, Payne will make and instant impact on the Pirate staff.
Dylan Lee RHP, White County High School, Cleveland, GA – Dylan is going to be special. The big rangy right hander is consistently in the upper 80’s with a “you can’t teach that slider”. An athlete in every sense of the word, Lee is going to be one of the key cogs in the 2013 pitching staff.
Zack Lemons SS, Cherokee High School, Canton, GA – Zack was a big sign for the Pirates, as he is a rare find in terms of a true shortstop at the junior college level. The tall, rangy shortstop is the son of a coach and brings all of those intangible aspects to the table along with his very good game changing baseball abilities. As a junior, Lemons hit .467 with 2 homers, 27 RBI’s and only 6 errors on the season.
Jared Martin C, Dunwoody High School, Dunwoody, GA – Jared may be the best kept secret in the state of Georgia. Another member of the East Cobb Astros, this kid brings all of the attributes that any coach is looking for in a catcher – leadership, vocality, and field awareness. Aside from those intangibles, Martin is an excellent reciever, blocker and thrower and can absolutely hit. As a junior, Martin hit .387 with 29 hits, a .600 slugging %, 2 homers, 23 RBI on his way to being named to the 1st Team All Dekalb County Team, as well as being named his team’s MVP. Additionally, Martin has been tabbed pre-season all state for his senior season.
Coltan Ramsey RHP, Peachtree Ridge High School, Suwanee, GA – Colt is a big 6’4 righty out of the same mold as lot of good ones that have toed the rubber at Howard Lake Field. At mid to upper 80’s, with a tight breaking ball and feel for a changeup, Ramsey has the ability to be the next big piece in a talented pitching staff.
Jeff Ronpirin 2B, Parkview High School, Lilburn, GA – Jeff can be described in 2 words – Pure Hitter. The clean up hitter for the state champion Parkview Panthers, Ronpirin was described by Parkview head coach, Chan Brown, as “our best, most consistent hitter the entire year during our championship season.” That bodes bad news for future Pirate opposing pitchers.
Crawford Traylor LHP, Stanhope Elmore High School, Millbrook, AL – Maybe the biggest steal of the signing class, Crawford transferred in from a private school and is about to make alot of noise in Alabama 6A baseball this season. An upper 80’s, low 90’s arm, this kid looks like a DI shortstop in a uniform. Traylor played his summer ball with Kaine Gibson with the East Cobb Braves.