Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Community College baseball and head coach Mike McLeod has announced the signing of nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2011-12 season.
The nine signees include three transfers – Jake Foley (Florida Gulf Coast), Connor Hitchingham (The Citadel) and Nolan Thomas (Meridian CC) – and three players who are returning for a second season at Tallahassee – outfielder Michael Arencibia, third baseman Matt Duval and pitcher Hayden Jordan.
Arencibia, a native of Key West, Fla., batted .277 with two home runs and 22 RBIs in 29 games as a freshman.
Duval, a native of High Springs, Fla., appeared in 38 games and posted a .221 batting average and 13 RBIs during his freshman campaign.
Jordan, a native of Peachtree City, Ga., appeared in 12 games and was 0-4 with a 6.37 ERA as a freshman.
The remaining three signees – prep standouts Brandon Fleming, Jared Stanley and Anthony Torres – will be true freshmen in 2012.
The group of signees was reduced by one when Ismael Salgado signed a contract with the Detroit Tigers. Salgado, a native of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, was drafted in the 16th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-year Player Draft by the Tigers. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The most recent signees join James Abbatinozzi, Nick Deckert, Nick Graganella, Trent Higginbothem and Bobby Rice in Tallahassee’s 2011 signing class, bringing the total number to 14.
Here is a closer look at the newest members of Tallahassee’s 2011 signing class (returning players are not included):
Brandon Fleming (Atlantic Beach, Fla./Stanton College Preparatory School)
TCC coaching staff on Fleming: “Brandon is a great student. He shows a great feel for throwing in the low arm slot. It seems like we always end up converting a pitcher – this time we’re bringing in a cable ready sidearmer.”
Jake Foley (Port Charlotte, Fla./Charlotte HS/Florida Gulf Coast University)
TCC coaching staff on Foley: “Might be one of the most complete players we’ve ever signed. He is an outstanding outfielder and has a “plus” arm. We’re looking forward to him being an Eagle.”
Connor Hitchingham (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Preparatory School/The Citadel)
TCC coaching staff on Hitchingham: “We are extremely excited about Connor, who is a transfer from The Citadel. He’s a big guy who has a high upside on the mound, but he can also swing the bat.”
Jared Stanley (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal High School of Jacksonville)
TCC coaching staff on Stanley: “He’s a left-hander out of Espicopal (High School) in Jacksonville and was one of the top hitters in Duval County. He’s the brother of FSU football player Jacob Stanley. He’s not a big guy, but has a very quick arm. He’s highly competitive.”
Nolan Thomas (Big Pine Key, Fla./Key West HS/Meridian Community College)
TCC coaching staff on Thomas: “He’s a versatile player who can pitch and play in the field. On the mound, he’s a power lefty; at the plate, he has a lot of power. We’re very excited about his ability to play two ways.”
Anthony Torres (Humacao, Puerto Rico/Urdaneta High School)
TCC coaching staff on Torres: "He’s a switch-hitting middle infielder and has excellent hands in the field and at the plate. He and (Ismael) Salgado were the two fastest players to come out of Puerto Rico this year. He is a very strong student.”