Bright future: Tiger baseball welcomes 9 signees, has 8 commitments for 2014

Catcher Chris Okey headlines 2013 freshman class, while two recent additions bolster 2014 list

Michael Chavis (Perfect Game photo)

Michael Chavis (Perfect Game photo)

The Clemson baseball program continues to secure its future via a high level of recruiting, with 17 players currently slated to join the program between now and August, 2014.

Headlined by projected high draft pick Chris Okey, Clemson's incoming 2013 class includes nine players.

Meanwhile, coaches Jack Leggett, Bradley LeCroy and Dan Pepicelli have put together a list of eight commitments for the class of 2014. Those players will sign this November, and then will have to pass through the 2014 Major League draft before enrolling next summer.

Following is a brief look at the next two classes of Tigers:

Class of 2013

Glenn Batson: A 6-2, 200-pound infielder from Greenville High in Greenville, S.C., Batson batted .480 with 10 homers as a sophomore, but then missed much of his junior season due to a shoulder injury. He was a Perfect Game Underclass Third-Team All-American.

Alex Bostic: A 6-4, 205 pound lefthanded pitcher from Weddington High in Matthews, N.C., Bostic has a 90 MPH fastball and good control of his pitchers. Prior to his senior season, MaxPreps tabbed him as the best player in North Carolina. As a junior, he earned all-state honors, had 11-0 record as a pitcher, and batted .400 with eight homers and 30 RBIs.

Tucker Burgess: A 6-2, 170-pound righthanded pitcher from Easley, S.C., Burgess worked his way back into form as a junior after undergoing 'Tommy John surgery' on his elbow the previous year. He played last summer on the host team for the Big League World Series in his hometown.

Drew Moyer: A 6-2, 185-pound righthanded pitcher from Gilbert, S.C., Moyer had a 5-1 record last season and earned all-state honors. He originally committed to Winthrop before switchin to Clemson.

Chris Okey: A catcher from Eustis, Fla., Okey will realize a lifetime dream when he first plays for the Tigers. His mom is a former Clemson cheerleader and his grandfather is a former president of IPTAY. One of Florida's highest rated players, he was being projected as a second or third-round draft pick before informing pro teams of his intentions at enroll at Clemson.

Reed Rohlman: A 6-2, 200-pound lefthanded-hitting outfielder from Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C., Rohlman batted .444 as a sophomore and .346 as a junior. He's was a 2012 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American.

Cody Smith: A 6-0, 170-pound infielder/pitcher from Lexington, S.C., Smith is a teammate of Drew Moyer's on the Diamond Devils club team. He is a Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American.

Eli White: A 6-3, 175-pound infielder from Wren High in Easley, S.C., Smith wass widely rated as one of the state's top prospects for 2013, and is the Independent Mail's area player of the year. He batted .330 as a sophomore and .337 as a junior.

Weston Wilson: A 6-3, 190-pound infielder from High Point, N.C., Wilson is a 2012 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American and a member of Prospect Wire's 'top prospects' team. He chose Clemson over South Carolina and N.C. State.

Commitments for Class of 2014

Charlie Barnes: A 6-2, 160-pound lefthanded pitcher from Sumter, S.C., Barnes earned Class 4-A all-state honors while serve as the ace of his high school team's class. He struck out 13 and walked none in a Sumter playoff victory over Beaufort.

Michael Chavis: A standout performer as a third baseman on East Cobb's prestigious travel team, the 5-11, 175-pound Chavis plays at Sprayberry High in Marietta, Ga. He hit home runs in five different tournaments this summer, and projected as a possible third-round draft pick next June. He picked Clemson over Georgia Tech and Georgia, and is a first-team 2013 Perfect Game Underclass All-American.

Austin DeCarr: A 6-3, 215-pound righthanded pitcher from Foxboro, Mass., DeCarr graduated from Xaverian High last month and will spend a post-graduate year at the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn. before enrolling at Clemson. Plagued by injuries during his junior and senior high school season, he has recently returned to form with a string of strong performances in tournaments and camps. In the recent regional Area Code games he showed a fastball in the 90-92 range, as well as a polished curve ball.

Dalton Ewing: A 6-1, 180-pound outfielder from Milton High in Alpharetta, Ga., Ewing has been committed to Clemson since last September. He's being projected as a possible draft pick in the fifth-round range.

Katon Harwood: A 6-3, 210-pound righthanded pitcher from T.C. Roberson High in Asheville, N.C., Harwood is the first player from his high school ever to commit as a sophomore. "Clemson is my dream school," he told the Asheville Citizen-Times. His fastball tops out at 88 MPH.

Chase Pinder: An outfielder from Poquoson, Va., Pinder picked Clemson over Duke and Virginia Tech, where his older brother, Chad, starts at third base. As a junior, he batted .463 with seven triples and had a .701 slugging percentage.

Adam Renwick: A 6-1, 175-pound shortstop from Dorman High in Spartanburg, S.C., Renwick committed to Clemson after his freshman year in high school.

Drew Wharton: A 6-3, 185-pound outfielder from Peachtree Ridge High in Suwanee, Ga., Wharton is being projected as a possible fifth to seventh-round draft pick. He earned all-region honors after batting .351 against region competition, and also had a 2.74 ERA and three saves as a relief pitcher.

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