NASHVILLE, Tenn. --Vanderbilt baseball announced the addition of 14 players for the 2008-2009 school year today.
The Commodores class includes six pitchers and eight position players with 12 high schoolers and two junior college transfers.
"We are excited about this class and its future potential," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "The class was compiled to help offset the loss of our upperclassmen to graduation and the draft. The incoming group are very talented players and we look forward to seeing them on campus next fall."
The 14 member class is made up of student-athletes from nine different states, including three ranked as the top player in their state. Below is the list of signees with brief information on each. Rankings were taken from Perfect Game Crosschecker and Baseball America.
Players and Their Bios:
Jack Armstrong RHP/1B Jupiter, Fla. (Jupiter High) Armstrong is the # 1 ranked righthander pitcher in Florida and one of the top two way players in the nation. At 6'7'', he is extrememly athletic and also a Division I caliber basketball player. He is rated the No. 28 player nationally by Perfect Game. His father, Jack Armstrong, pitched at the University of Oklahoma and in the major leagues from 1988-1994 with Cincinnati, Cleveland, Florida and Texas.
Will Clinard RHP Cross Plains, Tenn. (East Robertson High) Clinard is a 6'4'' righthanded pitcher that consistently throws 88-92 mph. He is the fourth ranked high school prospect in Tennessee and the 218 ranked prospect nationally by Perfect Game.
Jason Esposito INF Bethany, Conn. (Amity High) Jason is the #1 ranked overall player in Connecticut and one of the top infield prospects in the nation. His best tools are his defense, arm strength, and hitting ability. He is the ranked as No. 63 in Baseball America's Top 100 High School Prospects.
Grayson Garvin LHP Suwanee, Ga. (The Wesleyan School) Garvin is the #1 ranked lefthanded pitcher in Georgia and one of the top pitching prospects in the country. He has outstanding command, a 86-90mph fastball and a very good changeup. He is the No. 55 ranked high school prospect in the country by Baseball America.
Sonny Gray RHP Smyrna, Tenn (Smyrna High School) Gray is the No. 6 ranked high school prospect nationally by Baseball America. He is a 5'10'' and has a power arm that tops out around 96 mph and a dominant 84-86mph slider. He is considered by many experts as the most talented Tennessee High School prospect since David Price.
Andrew Harris INF Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell Academy) Harris, the brother of current Commodore infielder Brian Harris and son of former Commodore Robert Harris, is a very athletic infielder and a physical left handed hitter. He is extremely motivated, driven and his competitiveness will stand out immediately.
Joe Loftus INF Savage, Minn. (Academy of Holy Angels) Loftus is the #1 ranked position player in Minnesota and one of the premier power hitters in the nation. In three years of high school, he has already broken Joe Mauer's (current Minnesota Twins starting catcher) Minnesota High School home run record. Perfect Game lists him as the No. 147 player nationally.
Matt Marquis OF Annandale, N.J. (Immaculata High School) Marquis is the #1 ranked position player in New Jersey and one of the top hitters in the country. His best tools are his extrememly advanced hitting ability and natural power. He is listed as No. 67 in Perfect Game's Top High School prospects list.
Adam Milligan OF Savannah, Tenn. (Walters State CC) Milligan is a returning First Team Junior College All-American at Walters State. He has been drafted twice already by the Atlanta Braves (28th round in 2006, 27th in 2007) and is a physical specimen at 6'3'' 235lbs. Last season he hit .395 with 13 homers, 18 doubles and 58 RBIs as a freshman.
Navery Moore RHP Franklin, Tenn. (Battle Ground Academy) Moore was considered by many as the nation's No. 1 high school prospect before undergoing arm surgery last spring. He is expected to return to action in the spring for BGA. He is listed as the No. 3 prospect in Tennessee and the No. 155 prospect nationally by Perfect Game.
Dylan Pratt UTIL Gray, Tenn. (Walters State CC) Pratt, a freshman this season, is another 6'2'' 220lb physical specimen from Walters State along with fellow signee Adam Milligan. He is versatile and can catch and play in the outfield. Pratt was a first-team All-State selection a year ago after hitting .480 with eight homers and 41 RBI at Daniel Boone High.
Riley Reynolds INF Lee Summitt, Mo. (Blue Springs South High) Reynolds is an extrememly athletic middle infielder from the Kansas City area. He has natural raw hitting ability with smooth defensive actions and will progress quickly as he adds more strength. He is listed as the No. 3 prospect in Missouri and the No. 157 prospect nationally by both Baseball America and Perfect Game.
Ryan Westmoreland OF Portsmouth, R.I. (Portsmouth High School) Westmoreland is the two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Rhode Island and the top position player prospect in New England. His best tools are speed, hitting ability, and arm strength. Baseball America has him at No. 113 nationally among high school players.
Corey Williams LHP Huntsville, Ala. (Madison Academy) Corey is a very polished lefthanded pitcher who has great command of three pitches. He is the No. 4 high school prospect in the state and is ranked No. 327 nationally. He went 9-2 as a junior for Madison Academy with a 1.89 ERA. He struck out 68 with 19 walks in 63 innings.