#TCCBaseball announces 2017 signees

Tanner Thomas
Photo courtesy of Greg Rowland

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 23, 2017) - Tallahassee Community College head baseball coach Mike McLeod has announced his 2017 signing class. 

McLeod, who is embarking on his 28th season as head coach, signed 15 players in this year’s class. The new Eagles will join the following rising sophomore signees: Malik Barrington (RHP/Jacksonville, Fla.), Christian Dearman (RHP/ Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Derick Garcia (RHP, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Tucker Rayburn (OF/INF, Minneola, Fla.), Alex Stobert (RHP/Sarver, Pa.), Tanner Thomas (INF/ Jacksonville, Fla.) and Cole Vann (OF/ Colquitt, Ga.). 

The class features seven signees from Florida, including Tallahassee’s own Logan Lacey, who earned Big Bend Player of the Year honors in 2017 at Godby High School, and Nick Standriff, a graduate of Lincoln High School. Five signees are from Georgia, two from South Carolina, and one from Virginia. 

“Our top priority was pitching,” said McLeod, when asked about the focus for this year’s recruiting class. “We wanted to bring in arms who will give us a good chance to be competitive and win in this tough conference.  Our main focuses this year were 1) Pitching, 2) Athletic guys, 3) Power guys.  We are returning our 3, 4, and 5 hole hitters from last year so we are looking to build our new team around this nucleus that is rare in JUCO.  We couldn’t be more excited.” 

Here’s a closer look at the Eagles’ 2017 signing class:  

Luke Ard (Valdosta, Ga./Valdosta HS) 

Coach McLeod on Ard: “He’s is a left handed pitcher and first baseman. Mid-80’s guy from the left side who has a good feel for his change-up and curve ball.  He should eat up some innings for us this year.  He is a great athlete and comes from good lineage, as I coached his father as well.” 

Jake Bogosian (Roswell, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic HS/Augusta State) 

Coach McLeod on Bogosian: “He came from a successful high school program and played well as a freshman last year with a good amount of at bats.  He’s a short, stocky, strong guy who will probably be a corner guy for us and a good aspect to our lineup.” 

Logan Lacey (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby HS) 

Coach McLeod on Lacey: We have been watching him for the last two-and-a-half years.  He is a tremendous athlete who will definitely have a chance to be a two-way player for us.  He can really swing the bat but he can also throw.  He has a really live, quick arm—always in the 90’s, sometimes as high as 94.  He will be really competitive because he has a power breaking ball that he can throw over the plate and can put hitters away late.  I think the competitive nature is what attracts you the most to him…he just gets after it.” 

Taylor Lomack (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing HS) 

Coach McLeod on Lomack: “Taylor is one of the fastest guys I have ever seen on the baseball field.  He has great pedigree as his grandfather played at FAMU and his father played football for the University of Florida and then the Tampa Bay Bucs. Being an athlete is in his blood.  He is raw but he will develop quickly with a few adjustments and we are extremely excited to have him.” 

Keith Lyle (Bainbridge, Ga./Bainbridge HS) 

Coach McLeod on Lyle: “He is a fantastic student and athlete with a lot of upside.  He is a tall, good body, rangy shortstop who we will work to move one step above where he is at and, if we can, he will have a very promising future here and beyond TCC.  He is a pro prospect no doubt.” 

Mason Miller (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes County HS/Valdosta State University) 

Coach McLeod on Miller: “We have known about him for a long time. Really quick, versatile guy, who can play both infield and outfield. He is definitely an offensive threat. He really knows how to work a pitcher over. He has a chance to be a real impact guy for us.” 

Alex Mills (Aiken, S.C./South Aiken HS/USC Aiken) 

Coach McLeod on Mills: “He is a very big, strong, athletic guy who had a very successful high school career. He went to Aiken and didn’t get the playing time he wanted so he came to us. He is a guy that will impact the middle of the lineup and be a gap to gap guy.  Strong, good looking with good power behind him that will be a great corners guy.” 

Trey Polewski (Aiken, S.C./South Aiken HS/Armstrong State University) 

Coach McLeod on Polewski: “Their program merged with Georgia Southern so he transferred to us.  He started 26 games as a freshman there and had a very successful season hitting over .300.  He is a smaller guy that plays with a lot of heart; we have heard many good things about him.” 

Brandon Reitz (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic High School/Florida State University) 

Coach McLeod on Reitz: “We’re very excited to sign Brandon. He remained loyal to us throughout the summer, and we were able to reward him with a scholarship at the twelfth hour. He has tremendous upside and he will be a great addition to our pitching staff.” 

Michael Richey (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS/Ball State University) 

Coach McLeod on Richey: “A versatile player as a catcher and outfielder who found success in high school and went to Ball State his freshman season. He’s very athletic and supposed to be very good behind the plate defensively and can swing the bat against anyone.” 

Billy Schopp (Fleming Island, Fla./Fleming Island HS) 

Coach McLeod on Schopp: Probably one of the best pitchers in the Clay County/St. Johns County area for the last three years.  We have been watching him for a long time and really liked him the first time we saw him and I like him even more now.  He is continuing to grow by the minute and we’re excited about his live, loose arm that can locate.  He has a really good feel for his off-speed pitches.  Highly competitive athlete and can probably play a position for us as well.” 

Justin Sorokowski (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis HS/ Florida State University) 

Coach McLeod on Sorokowski: “Big, strong, right-hander that fills the strike zone up. Has three pitches and probably an 88 mph fastball, an off-speed breaking ball, and a really fine change up. Excited to work with and coach another Sorokowski as I coached his father at Florida State in 1987.” 

Nick Standriff (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln HS) 

Coach McLeod on Standriff: “He was the closer at Lincoln his senior year. Got a good arm, 86-89 mph with a plus plus slider, more of a reliever probably for our staff.  Good hometown addition to the TCC lineup.” 

Cameron Wright (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence HS) 

Coach McLeod on Wright: A very good defensive catcher who is a catch-and-throw guy with a very solid and quick pop time.  Has a strong swing of the bat as well.” 

Vladimir Zavala (Brandon, Fla./Bloomingdale Senior HS) 

Coach McLeod on Zavala: He’s a smaller guy with a lot in the tank.  We have seen him throw as high as 90 mph this year with a really loose arm and a lot of upside.  Has a chance to have four good pitches when he leaves here.  He’s an exceptional student in the classroom and a well-rounded individual with a bright future at TCC.”