With a sophomore laded pitching staff, the 2018 recruiting class was of vital importance on the mound, as well as at some key positions being vacated due to graduation. With the signing date being moved up to November, the Pirate coaching staff was able to address and fill some of those needs early with what looks like another strong class of incoming freshmen.
Signees listed in Alphabetical Order:
JORDAN ARMSTRONG RHP
Jordan fits the mold of the long tradition of Pirate pitchers: Athletic with a live arm and plus off speed. A former Auburn University commit, the Ola High School product from McDonough, Georgia will be an immediate impact arm for Coach Thomas and company in 2019. With a 3/4 arm slot and pinpoint control, expect Armstrong to be the next in line of the big time arms at CVCC.
TEDDY BENDA OF/RHP
Teddy is a product of the Auburn High School baseball powerhouse in Auburn, Alabama. A dynamic 2-way player and former Auburn University commit, Benda has elected to attend Chatt Valley after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. Fully recovered, Teddy has game changing power at the plate and 90 mph fastball and power breaking ball in his arsenal on the mound.
JACOB GILLILAND RHP
A Mississippi native, Gilliand has moved to Next Level Academy in the Montgomery, Alabama area. Gilliland is just like the rest of the pitching class. Tall, athletic and throws gas. The hard throwing Gilliland has been up to 93 mph this fall and is one of the fast rising prospects in the state. With no short of ability or confidence, expect Jacob to fill right into one of the soon to be vacated conference rotation spots.
SLADE GORMAN UTY
Slade comes to Chattahoochee Valley from right here in Phenix City, Alabama as a Central-Phenix City High School product. The 2-time All State Player, Gorman has become one of the top power hitters in the state of Alabama. As both a catcher and outfielder, Gorman is a pure athlete that gives both he and Coach Thomas options in terms of where he may play defensively.
TREY LINGO C
A Chatt Valley legacy, Lingo is a Brookstone High School product, right next door in Columbus, Georgia. The younger brother of former CVCC great, Drew Lingo, Trey looks to tighten up the catching situation as another big, tall athletic player with an absolute cannon and big time college power. Although Lingo is slated to work behind the dish, expect to see him in multiple defensive roles because of his athleticism and versatility.
NATHAN MAPSTONE LHP
Mapstone comes to CVCC as a product of Alexander High School in Douglasville, Georgia. The big lefty has future draft pick written all over him, as he has plus command of an upper 80’s to low 90’s fastball with a big breaking ball. One of the fast risers in the state of Georgia baseball prospects, Nathan will certainly have the stuff and makeup to come in earn a big role on the Pirate pitching staff immediately.
EVAN MICHELSON RHP
Evan is one of the more high profiled signees at CVCC in recent memory. The Jacksonville, Florida native is a product of Mandarin High School. With a fastball that sits 90+ mph, Evan can run it up to 93-94 and commands the zone exceptionally. Expected to come in and be an immediate player for the Pirates, the MLB draft is definitely in Evan’s future.
NOAH UPSHAW RHP
Another power righty, Noah comes to CVCC as product of Fairhope High School in Fairhope, Alabama. A very projectable 6’5″ 170 lb righty, Noah can run his fastball up to the low 90s and was not on a lot of radars when the Pirate coaching staff found him. However, like the others, he is climbing the prospect ladder with his projectability and performance this fall. Upshaw has all of the makings of a power throwing righty with exceptional secondary pitches and will make an immediate impact on the staff.
BRANDON WILLOUGHBY UTY
Another CVCC legacy, Brandon is a Harris County High School product out of Hamilton, Georgia. The younger brother of former Pirate All Conference infielder, AJ Willoughby, Brandon fits almost the exact mold of his brother – PURE HITTER and BASEBALL PLAYER! Probably an infielder by trade, it is really unfair to pigeon hold Willoughby as he is so versatile and can literally play every position on the field, ala John Devine and Big Brother, AJ. Expect Brandon’s bat to put him in the lineup immediately somewhere on the diamond at Howard lake Field next season.