University of Georgia baseball coach David Perno announced the signing of eight additional student-athletes during the early signing period for the 2013-14 academic year. Here is a glance at the latest group of signees that completes this year’s early class.
Michael Carpin: Went 5-2 with a 2.02 ERA for the Wando High School Warriors and coach Dirk Thomas as a junior in 2012…He struck out 54 in 45 innings pitched in helping the team to a 20-6 mark and the district playoffs…Son of Tracey and Dennis Carpin.
“Michael is a solid right-handed pitcher with a plus breaking ball, and he’s got very good command with a bright future as a Bulldog,” said Perno.
Jarrett Freeland: An All-Region left-handed hitting catcher/infielder/pitcher that batted .371 with four home runs and 23 RBI for the national champion Parkview Panthers and coach Chan Brown…Team went 31-6 en route to region and state titles…Also named a Georgia Dugout Club All-Star and to Team Georgia squad…Hit .417-5-28 as a sophomore as Panthers won state title with a 29-10 record…Played summer baseball with the East Cobb Astros…Son of Tina and Buddy Freeland…“I grew up watching the UGA baseball team, and I had always dreamed of wearing the ‘G’ on my chest,” said Freeland. “I am very humbled and honored for the opportunity to fulfill my dreams of playing at Foley Field for the Dawgs!” …. “Jarrett is a physical, big body, versatile student-athlete,” said Perno. “He is a catcher, can play the infield and has a stiff fastball on the mound so he’s got a lot of possibilities for our program.”
Wesley Jones: Ranked No. 31 in the ESPN High School Top 60 and No. 83 among Baseball America Top 100 High School Prospects for the 2013 MLB Draft…A three-year starter at shortstop/pitcher for the Redan Raiders and coach Marvin Pruitt…Batted .566 with 30 RBI as a junior and hit .400-3-27 as a sophomore…Named preseason 1st Team Perfect Game Underclass All-America in 2011 and 2012…Also plays shortstop for the East Cobb Astros summer league team…Son of Lana and Emmett Jones. … “Wesley is one of the best defenders in the Southeast with good action, arm strength, and his bat is coming along,” said Perno. “He is a pro prospect so we’ll see how the draft goes.”
Nick Senzel (Sen-ZELL): An Honor Roll student and All-State selection, batted .407 with seven home runs and team-high 46 RBI as a junior for the Admirals and coach Matt Buckner in 2012…In the 2012 state playoffs, he hit .600 (6-for-10) with seven RBI in helping Farragut post a 35-9 record…Part of state championship team as a sophomore in 2011, batting .341-1-27 to earn All-Region and All-District honors…Played on Diamond Baseball/Simcox Academy 17U summer league team and named to 2012 Perfect Game World Wood Bat All-Tournament team…Son of Jeff Senzel…“I felt like the University of Georgia was the right fit for me,” said Senzel. “It’s going to be a great place to attend school and play baseball.” …. “Nick is a blue-collar baseball player who comes from a tremendous program that is used to winning,” said Perno. “He is a versatile infielder, a plus runner and a good student-athlete.”
Zack Sims: A three-sport standout in baseball, football and basketball and preseason All-State selection as a first baseman by the Georgia Dugout Club…A two-time First Team All-Region 8-AA selection and First Team All-State pick by the Georgia Dugout Club as a sophomore…Hit .313 with one home run and 13 RBI as a junior for the North Oconee Titans and coach Dwayne Sapp…Led Titans offensively as a sophomore by hitting .408-7-30 in 25 games…Part of Titan Leadership Club and EPOCS (Excellence Promoted in Oconee Co. Schools) Award for 2010 and 2011…Played summer baseball for Team Elite including second place finish in tournament in Jupiter, Fla. And third in Perfect Game 17U event in East Cobb…Son of Lori and Mitch Sims…“I am excited to be a Georgia Bulldog and look forward to the opportunity to play SEC baseball,” said Sims. …. “Zack is a strong, athletic, left-handed hitter who suits our ballpark well,” said Perno.
Blake Shouse (like House): A Dean’s List student and All-Region hitter who batted .349 with nine doubles, three triples and 35 RBI in 57 games and made one appearance on the mound for Middle Georgia College and coach Craig Young…Helped the Warriors go 46-13 and win the conference and runner up in the region…A 2011 Honor graduate of Rutland High School in Macon where he played for coach Wally Pritchard…Tossed school’s first no-hitter as a senior against Veterans…A four-time All-Region selection for the Hurricanes…Son of Tammy and Steve Shouse…“I’m excited and honored to have the opportunity to join the UGA baseball program,” said Shouse … “Blake is a two-way guy for Middle Georgia, and pitching is in his future but he does swing a good bat too,” said Perno. “He is a potential star on the mound.”
Robert Tyler: Ranked No. 98 among Baseball America Top 100 High School Prospects for the 2013 MLB Draft… Participated in the Perfect Game All-America Classic at Petco Park in San Diego as well as the Under Armour All-America game at Wrigley Field…Went 8-0 with a 0.73 ERA and averaged 10.9 strikeouts per game in the regular season for the Crisp County Cougars and coach Bill Pate…Also batted .377 with a team-best 24 RBI…Named Region Player of the Year along with Scholar Athlete of the Year…Son of Andrea and Rob Tyler…Played summer baseball for the Savannah Chain … “Rob is the most projectable right-hander in the state with a 93-to-95 mile per hour fastball,” said Perno. “He’s a guy who can log many innings in his career at Georgia if he gets through the draft.”
Stephen Wrenn: Ranked No. 36 in ESPN High School Top 60 and No. 53 among Baseball America Top 100 High School Prospects for the 2013 MLB Draft…A scholar-athlete and outfielder/pitcher for the Walton Raiders and coach Shane Amos…Batted .404-3-21 with a team-high 25 stolen bases as a junior plus went 5-2 with a 2.82 ERA and team-best 60 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched…Two-time MVP selection, also won Hustle Award and team’s Cy Young Award…Led team in batting as a sophomore at .422-3-23 and posted a 6-3 record, 2.03 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched…Earned 2012 East Cobb Offensive Player of the Year in summer baseball league and won WWBA National Championship for East Cobb Yankees…Son of Lisa and Steve Wrenn…“I can’t wait to join the Georgia baseball family and compete for a College World Series title,” said Wrenn … “Stephen is an impact freshmen who can step in and play the outfield,” said Perno. “He has great tools and is one of the fastest players in his class who will be one to watch in the pro draft.”
Along with the five members announced earlier this month, this year’s early class features a total of 11 high school seniors and two from the junior college ranks. Eleven of the 13 new Bulldogs hail from Georgia with one each from South Carolina and Tennessee.
– Information courtesy of UGA sports information