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Clemson Baseball Head Coach Jack Leggett announced the addition of 19 players, who have already begun classes, on Thursday.  Eighteen of the 19 players are eligible for the 2013 season.  The newcomers include three players who were selected in the 2012 Major League draft.  Infielder Tyler Krieger (Johns Creek, GA) was a 35th-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners, infielder/catcher Kevin Bradley (Pennington, NJ) was a 36th-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies, and righthander/infielder Clate Schmidt (Acworth, GA) was a 36th-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers.

2013 Clemson Baseball Newcomers
Player Pos. B-T Hgt. Wgt. Cl. Exp. Hometown Previous School
Kevin Bradley INF/
C
S-R 6-2 200 Fr. HS Pennington, NJ Hopewell Valley Central HS
Jackson Campana INF/
RHP
R-R 6-6 225 Fr. HS Charlotte, NC Providence Senior HS
Andrew Cox OF/
1B
L-L 6-1 200 Fr. HS Belton, SC Belton-Honea Path HS
Matthew Crownover LHP R-L 6-0 200 Fr. HS Ringgold, GA Ringgold HS
Steven Duggar OF L-R 6-2 185 Fr. HS Moore, SC James F. Byrnes HS
Zack Erwin LHP L-L 6-5 190 Fr. HS Duluth, GA Duluth HS
Maleeke Gibson OF L-L 6-0 160 Fr. HS Sumter, SC Thomas Sumter Academy
Shane Kennedy INF R-R 6-3 190 Jr. JC Orlando, FL Santa Fe College
Brody Koerner RHP R-R 6-2 200 Fr. HS Concord, NC Jay M. Robinson HS
Tyler Krieger INF S-R 6-2 170 Fr. HS Johns Creek, GA Northview HS
Jake Long^ RHP R-R 6-0 180 Jr. TR Anderson, SC East Tennessee State University
Garrett Lovorn RHP R-R 6-3 200 Fr. HS Pendleton, SC Pendleton HS
John Mulkey OF R-R 6-1 180 Fr. HS Greenwood, SC Emerald HS
D.J. Reader RHP/
INF
R-R 6-3 335 Fr. HS Greensboro, NC Grimsley HS
Matt Reed C R-R 6-2 200 Fr. HS Purcellville, VA Woodgrove HS
Clate Schmidt RHP/
INF
R-R 6-2 185 Fr. HS Acworth, GA Allatoona HS
Kyle Schnell RHP R-R 6-3 170 So. JC Alpharetta, GA Lake Sumter (FL) CC
Wales Toney RHP L-R 6-3 210 Fr. HS Anderson, SC T.L. Hanna HS
Kyle Whitman INF/
RHP
L-R 6-3 225 Fr. HS Fort Mill, SC Nation Ford HS
^ - ineligible in 2013 due to NCAA transfer rules

Signee Highlights

Kevin Bradley, INF/C

  • Drafted in the 36th round (#1098 overall) by the Colorado Rockies
  • #476 player in the nation and #6 player in New Jersey by Perfect Game
  • Area Code Games
  • All-state selection as a senior
  • Lettered four times in baseball and one time in basketball
  • Coached by Ken Harrison at Hopewell Valley Central High School
  • His father, Scott, has served as the Princeton baseball head coach since 1998; he played nine seasons in the Major Leagues (1984-92) with the Yankees, White Sox, Mariners, and Reds and totaled 424 hits, 18 homers, and 184 RBIs in 604 games; he also played baseball at North Carolina
  • His uncle, Bob Bradley, was the U.S. Men's Soccer National Team head coach from 2006-11
  • Major is undeclared
  • Born Kevin William Bradley on January 9, 1994 in Pennington, NJ

Jackson Campana, INF/RHP

  • #460 player in the nation and #13 player in North Carolina by Perfect Game
  • East Coast Pro Showcase
  • Three-time all-conference selection
  • Member of the conference champions four times
  • Lettered four times in baseball
  • Coached by Danny Hignight at Providence Senior High School
  • His mother, Susan, played softball at Carnegie Mellon
  • Majoring in pre-business
  • Born Jackson Ross Campana on August 29, 1993 in Winston-Salem, NC

Andrew Cox, OF/1B

  • #11 player and #2 outfielder in South Carolina by Diamond Prospects
  • South Carolina Select All-Star
  • Two-time all-state selection
  • Three-time all-region selection
  • Defensive MVP as a sophomore, junior, and senior
  • International Paper Classic All-Tournament team as a junior and senior
  • Member of the state championship team as a freshman
  • Lettered five times in baseball and three times in football
  • Coached by Steve Williams at Belton-Honea Path High School
  • His father, Jimmy, was a member of the Clemson football team in 1979,80
  • His brother, Jay, was an outfielder on the 2011 Clemson baseball team
  • Majoring in community recreation, sport, & camp management
  • Born Andrew Levi Cox on November 23, 1993 in Greenwood, SC

Matthew Crownover, LHP

  • #62 player and #7 lefthander in the nation and #5 player in Georgia by Perfect Game
  • #87 high school prospect in the nation by Baseball America
  • All-American by Perfect Game and Rawlings
  • East Coast Pro Showcase
  • Georgia state player-of-the-year as a sophomore and junior
  • Three-time all-state selection
  • Had 176 strikeouts in one season
  • Lettered four times in baseball, two times in football, and two times in basketball
  • Coached by Brent Tucker at Ringgold High School
  • Majoring in communication studies
  • Born James Matthew Crownover on March 5, 1993 in East Ridge, TN

Steven Duggar, OF

  • #166 player in the nation and #4 player and #1 position player in South Carolina by Perfect Game
  • #215 prospect in the nation and #2 high school prospect in South Carolina by Baseball America
  • #4 player and #1 outfielder in South Carolina by Diamond Prospects
  • East Coast Pro Showcase
  • South Carolina Select All-Star
  • All-state selection as a junior and senior
  • All-region selection as a sophomore, junior, and senior
  • Two-time offensive MVP
  • Member of the Upperstate champions as a sophomore, junior, and senior
  • Lettered five times in baseball
  • Coached by Michael at Maus at James F. Byrnes High School
  • His mother, Susan, was a swimmer at Evansville
  • Majoring in community recreation, sport, & camp management
  • Born Steven Michael Duggar on November 4, 1993 in Spartanburg, SC

Zack Erwin, LHP

  • East Coast Pro Showcase
  • Gwinnett County All-Star team
  • Georgia State All-Star team
  • Team Pitching MVP
  • Set school and career season records for wins and strikeouts
  • Lettered three times in baseball and three times in basketball
  • Coached by Matt Champitto at Duluth High School
  • Major is undeclared
  • Born Zachary Scott Erwin on January 24, 1994 in Chicago, IL

Maleeke Gibson, OF

  • #10 player in South Carolina by Perfect Game
  • #34 prospect and #7 high school prospect in South Carolina by Baseball America
  • #15 player and #3 outfielder in South Carolina by Diamond Prospects
  • Region MVP as a senior
  • Lettered five times in baseball
  • Coached by Bill DeLavan at Thomas Sumter Academy
  • Majoring in general engineering
  • Born Maleeke Sirion Gibson on February 20, 1994 in Sumter, SC

Shane Kennedy, INF

  • Junior college All-American and all-state selection
  • Freshman All-American at North Florida in 2011
  • Hit .324 with two homers, 24 RBIs, and six steals in 43 games (40 starts) at North Florida in 2011
  • Lettered multiple times in baseball at Olympia High School
  • Coached by Johnny Wiggs at Santa Fe College
  • Coached by Smoke Laval at North Florida
  • Coached by Randy O'Neal at Olympia High School
  • Majoring in communication studies
  • Born Shane Hilton Kennedy on January 31, 1992 in Orlando, FL

Brody Koerner, RHP

  • #16 prospect and #5 high school prospect in North Carolina by Baseball America
  • East Coast Pro Showcase
  • Played in the North Carolina State games and North Carolina vs. South Carolina Border Games
  • Two-time all-state selection
  • Two-time region pitcher-of-the-year
  • Lettered three times in baseball, three times in basketball, and one time in football
  • Coached by Jason Sarvis at Jay M. Robinson High School
  • His father, Loren, and mother, Brenda, both played basketball at Davis & Elkins College
  • His sister, Tabby, was a junior basketball player at Gardner-Webb in 2012-13
  • Majoring in political science
  • Born Brody Tyler Koerner on October 17, 1993 in Winchester, VA

Tyler Krieger, INF

  • Drafted in the 35th round (#1061 overall) by the Seattle Mariners
  • East Coast Pro Showcase
  • Area Code Games
  • All-state selection by ESPN.com
  • Team offensive MVP
  • Lettered three times in baseball
  • Coached by Josh Bartlett at Northview High School
  • His father, Bram, played baseball at Ithica
  • Majoring in pre-business
  • Born Tyler Bram Krieger on January 16, 1994 in Laguna, CA

Jake Long, RHP

  • Will sit out in 2013 due to NCAA transfer rules
  • Had a 2-9 record, one save, a 4.38 ERA, .256 opponents' batting average, and 70 strikeouts against 36 walks in 88.1 innings pitched over 19 appearances (15 starts) at East Tennessee State in 2012
  • Played at Spartanburg Methodist College in 2011
  • Member of the Alaska All-Star team in the summer of 2012
  • Lettered multiple times in baseball
  • Coached by Tony Skole at East Tennessee State
  • Coached by Tim Wallace at Spartanburg Methodist College
  • Coached by Adam Comstock at T.L. Hanna High School
  • Played alongside his brother, John, at East Tennessee State in 2012
  • His brother, Matt, played baseball at Erskine
  • Majoring in economics
  • Born Jacob Paul Long on October 19, 1991 in Anderson, SC

Garrett Lovorn, RHP

  • #12 pitcher in South Carolina by Diamond Prospects
  • North/South All-Star game participant
  • Member of the district champions
  • Lettered four times in baseball
  • Coached by David Skelly at Pendleton High School
  • Majoring in secondary education
  • Born Garrett Wade Lovorn on May 7, 1994 in Anderson, SC

John Mulkey, OF

  • #9 outfielder in South Carolina by Diamond Prospects
  • South Carolina Select All-Star
  • All-state selection
  • Team offensive MVP as a junior and senior
  • Member of the district champions as a junior and region champions as a senior
  • Lettered four times in baseball
  • Coached by Stanley Moss at Emerald High School
  • Majoring in pre-business
  • Born John Frederick Mulkey on November 6, 1993 in Kennesaw, GA

D.J. Reader, RHP/INF

  • All-conference as a sophomore, junior, and senior
  • All-region as a junior and senior
  • Team MVP as a junior and senior
  • Batted .529 as a junior
  • Defensive tackle on the 2012 Clemson football team
  • #19 offensive guard in the nation and #20 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com
  • #20 offensive guard in then nation by Scout.com
  • #58 offensive guard in the nation and #27 player in North Carolina by ESPN.com
  • #41 defensive lineman in the nation and #8 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep
  • SuperPrep All-American
  • Had 50 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and five sacks as a senior
  • Starting center on the basketball team
  • Lettered four times in football, four times in baseball, and four times in basketball
  • Coached by Jason Simmons at Grimsley High School
  • His mother, Felicia, played softball at North Carolina A&T from 1985-88
  • His uncle, Glenn Ford, played football at Tennessee from 1978-80
  • Majoring in communication studies
  • Born David Vernon Reader, Jr. on July 1, 1994 in Greensboro, NC

Matt Reed, C

  • First-team all-district as a senior
  • Second-team all-region as a senior
  • First-team all-district as a junior
  • First-team all-district catcher as a sophomore
  • Second-team all-region as a sophomore
  • Second-team all-district outfielder as a freshman
  • Lettered four times in baseball and two times in football
  • Coached by Brad Bauder at Woodgrove High School
  • Majoring in elementary education
  • Born Matthew Isaac Reed on March 8, 1994 in Purcellville, VA

Clate Schmidt, RHP/INF

  • Drafted in the 36th round (#1114 overall) by the Detroit Tigers
  • #31 player and #10 righthander in the nation and #4 player in Georgia by Perfect Game
  • #171 prospect in the nation and #14 prospect in Georgia by Baseball America
  • East Coast Pro Showcase
  • All-American by Perfect Game
  • Under-18 Team USA member
  • All-state selection as a senior
  • Cobb County Pitcher-of-the-Year as a senior
  • All-Cobb County selection as a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior
  • Lettered four times in baseball and three times in basketball
  • Coached by Keith Hansen at Allatoona High School
  • His father, retired Marine Colonel Dwight Schmidt, flew F-18 fighter jets for 20 years, including an extended tour over Iraq, before retiring to become a pilot with Delta
  • Majoring in pre-business
  • Born Clate Connor Schmidt on December 10, 1993 in Beaufort, SC

Kyle Schnell, RHP

  • Sun Belt All-Star team in junior college
  • All-region selection in high school
  • Member of the region champions as a junior and senior
  • Lettered three times in baseball
  • Coached by Rich Billings at Lake Sumter (FL) Community College
  • Coached by Joey Ray at Milton High School
  • Majoring in pre-business
  • Born Kyle Stephens Schnell on October 15, 1992 in Alpharetta, GA

Wales Toney, RHP

  • #20 prospect in South Carolina and #5 high school prospect in South Carolina by Baseball America
  • #150 player in the nation and #3 player in South Carolina by Perfect Game
  • #3 player and #3 pitcher in South Carolina by Diamond Prospects
  • South Carolina Select All-Star
  • East Coast Pro Showcase
  • All-state and all-region selection as a senior
  • Lettered four times in baseball
  • Coached by Adam Comstock at T.L. Hanna High School
  • Majoring in pre-business
  • Born Wales Brantley Toney on July 7, 1994 in Anderson, SC

Kyle Whitman, INF/RHP

  • #12 player and #1 first-baseman in South Carolina by Diamond Prospects
  • All-state selection
  • Four-time all-region selection
  • Team MVP and Offensive Award winner as a junior
  • Lettered five times in baseball
  • Coached by Dell Corley at Nation Ford High School
  • His father, Steve, played golf at Spartanburg Methodist College
  • Majoring in sociology
  • Born Kyle Rogers Whitman on February 11, 1994 in Fort Mill, SC

 


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