With another season upon Coach Adam Thomas, comes the need to replinish talent with the departure of numerous outgoing sophomores. As has been the case, the Pirates have been extremely fortunate to do a lot of reloading, as opposed to rebuilding. The inital signing class of 2013 appears to be no different.
Keltin DeVoe SS/3B, Flowery Branch High School, Flowery Branch, Georgia
Keltin is a tall, rangy infielder capable of playing all three infield positions. Strong armed and athletic, DeVoe will be relied upon to fill one of the left side of the infield spots being vacated next year by outgoing sophomores. Keltin brings the surehandedness and powerful throwing arm needed to compete at a high level for the Pirates. Said Coach Thomas, “Keltin has all of the tangible attributes to be the next great infielder at CVCC. He has a cannon for an arm and is extremely reliable on the routine ball, but has the athleticism and range to be a game changer, defensively.”
Drew Dunagan UTY, Winder-Barrow High School, Winder, Georgia
Drew, the younger brother of former Pirate, Dustin Dunagan, will come to CVCC this fall as a multi-talented baseball player with the ability to play every position on the field. Dunagan, former shortstop turned centerfielder, is a 6.60 runner that can handle the bat, as well as can toe the rubber as a pitcher. Dunagan’s fastball sits in the upper 80’s. Drew possesses an athletic frame with room to grow and will make an impact for CVCC at numerous positions. Coach Thomas had this to say, “Drew fits the mold of the type of player we’ve made a living with at CVCC. He’s so versatile in that he is just an athlete and can play all over the ballpark for us, not to mention he brings a power right arm to the mound, as well.”
Logan Haner RHP, Mt. Paran Christian School, Marietta, Georgia
Logan may be the biggest sleeper in this class. The 6’5 righty boasts a frame that says “future draft pick”. The son of a former college baseball player, Haner brings a mid to upper 80’s fastball to the table with some serious pitchability. At a 170 pounds, Logan will certainly grow into his body, and with that, comes increased velocity. Haner is out of the same mold as former Team Elite players, Derek Varnadore and Jeff Shields, to get bigger and stronger, add velocity and have ultra-success at CVCC, the SEC, and in pro baseball. “I am a pitching guy, and the one thing I can tell you about Logan Haner is that he is going to be one of the next great ones to come out of Chatt Valley. That frame and arm action just screams big time prospect”, said Coach Thomas.
Trevor Kieboom 3B/1B, Clemson University (Walton High School), Marietta, Georgia
Trevor is certainly one of the more high profile signees at CVCC in recent years. After signing with Clemson out of high school, Kieboom has had 2 shoulder surgeries while serving as both a pitcher and infielder. His pitching days are now over and Trevor will be an absolute force of a power hitter in the middle of the Pirate lineup. At 6’5″ and 230 lbs, Kieboom is a ready made professional prospect will fill the voided spot at either first or third base for Chatt Valley next season. Said Coach Thomas, “Trevor will give us a legitimate power threat in our lineup that we haven’t had since 2011 with Dial and Shipman. This guy is a serious 20-30 homerun threat next year.”
Tyler Welch RHP, North Forsyth High School, Cumming, Georgia
Tyler is a much heralded signee that will make an immediate impact on the mound for the Pirates next season. After originally committing to the University of South Alabama, Welch decided he wanted to go the junior college route and chose CVCC. The extraordianary athletic Welch brings an upper 80’s to low 90’s fastball to the mound, along with a devastating slider. Possessing number one stuff, Tyler will be in the mix for a conference rotation slot as a true freshman. Coach Thomas had this to say, “Welch is one of those guys we feel like we stole. We have a Division I caliber arm that is going to be absolutely dynamite for us during his career.”