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Friday, November 18, 2005 11:22 PM
Clemson Signs 15 Baseball Players in Fall Signing Period
by Press Release


CLEMSON -- Clemson Baseball Head Coach Jack Leggett and Recruiting Coordinator Kevin O'Sullivan announced the signing of 15 players during the fall signing period on Friday. The group, which includes 13 high school players and two junior college transfers, will enroll at Clemson in the fall of 2006 and be eligible for the 2007 season.


"We've brought in an exciting group of players who address our needs," said Leggett. "All of them are good players who will make a strong impact. Coach O'Sullivan and Coach (Tom) Riginos have done an outstanding job of recruiting a top-notch class that will help us to continue to compete with the best teams in the ACC and across the country. I like the talent level and versatility of this class, and am excited that they all will be a part of continuing our tradition."


2005 Clemson Fall Baseball Signees

Player             Pos.    B-T Hgt  Wgt Cl Ex Hometown        
J.D. Burgess       INF     R-R 5-11 170 Fr HS Pickens, SC     
Clay Caulfield     RHP     R-R 6-3  205 Jr JC Toronto, Ontario
Alex Cobb          RHP     R-R 6-2  185 Fr HS Vero Beach, FL  
Ryan Cooper        INF     R-R 6-0  175 Fr HS Lenoir City, TN 
Addison Johnson    OF/LHP  L-L 5-7  175 Fr HS Pfafftown, NC   
Alex Lee           OF      L-L 6-2  175 Fr HS Blythewood, SC  
Ryan Morris        LHP     L-L 6-3  175 Fr HS Charlotte, NC   
Tim Morris         1B/OF   L-L 6-4  210 Fr HS Villanova, PA   
Buddy Munroe       C       R-R 5-11 180 Fr HS Miami, FL       
Justin Sarratt     RHP/INF R-R 5-10 160 Fr HS Gaffney, SC     
Brock Schnabel     RHP     R-R 6-5  220 Jr JC Winter Haven, FL
Graham Stoneburner RHP/INF R-R 6-2  175 Fr HS Richmond, VA    
Jason Taylor       OF/INF  R-R 6-1  210 Fr HS Virginia Beach, 
Josh Thrailkill    RHP     R-R 6-4  185 Fr HS Asheville, NC   
Matt Zoltak        LHP     L-L 6-0  175 Fr HS Philadelphia, PA


Signee Highlights

J.D. Burgess, INF

* 2005 Big League World Championship

* Western AAA All-Region selection as a sophomore and junior

* Hit .366 with six homers and 28 RBIs as a junior

* 2003 USSSA 15U All-American



Clay Caulfield, RHP

* 32nd-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2004

* 17th-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2005

* Florida Junior College All-Star

* Had a 5-1 record and 3.60 ERA along with 43 strikeouts at Pensacola Junior College in 2005



Alex Cobb, RHP

* 8-2, 0.62 ERA, school-record 139 strikeouts in 90.0 innings in 2005

* Second-team all-state as a junior

* First-Team All-West Palm Beach

* Quarterback on his high school football team



Ryan Cooper, INF

* Has a career high school batting average of .482

* Needs 15 doubles as a senior to break the state high school record for doubles

* Hit .480 with eight homers, 11 doubles, and a .612 on-base percentage as a junior; also had a 3.13 ERA that season

* Hit .475 with nine homers and 20 doubles as a sophomore; also had a 2.80 ERA that season

* Hit .494 with 12 doubles as a freshman

* All-district selection as a freshman, sophomore, and junior



Addison Johnson, OF/LHP

* Ranked #56 prospect in the nation by Baseball America

* Ranked #100 prospect in the nation by Team One Baseball

* #1 ranked player in the state by Impact Baseball

* #2 ranked player in North Carolina according to Baseball America

* All-state selection as a junior

* All-conference pick as a junior

* Hit .388 as a junior with seven doubles, three triples, and five homers

* As a pitcher, was 3-0 with 47 strikeouts in 23.0 innings



Alex Lee, OF

* Won the Most Valuable Hitter award at the CABA World Series in 2005

* All-region as a sophomore and junior

* First-team all-area as a sophomore and junior

* Hit .488 with four homers, 33 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases as a junior



Ryan Morris, LHP

* #2 ranked player in North Carolina by Impact Baseball

* Charlotte Observer Player-of-the-Year as a junior

* Conference Player-of-the-Year as a junior

* Hit .440 with 29 RBIs as a junior

* Was 7-3 with 68 strikeouts in 59.0 innings along with a 2.14 ERA and .174 opponents batting average as a junior

* Member of the state AAAA runner-up as a junior



Tim Morris, 1B/OF

* MVP of the Pennsylvania Legion East-West Game

* Radnor High School MVP as a junior

* First-Team All-Central League as a junior

* First-Team All-Delaware County as a junior

* Main Line Times Player-of-the-Year as a junior

* Hit .450 with five homers, 35 RBIs, and 10 steals in 10 attempts



Buddy Munroe, C

* Ranked as the #236 player in the nation by Baseball America

* Hit .383 with eight homers, 39 RBIs, and struck out only seven times as a junior

* Member of East Coast Professional Showcase in 2005

* Member of Florida Diamond Club team in 2005

* In 2004, was rated the #6 player in the country by Perfect Game in the National Underclassmen Showcase

* Member of the Florida AAAAAA Champions as a freshman



Justin Sarratt, RHP/INF

* #1 in class academically

* 2005 Gaffney Legion MVP

* Gaffney High School Most Valuable Pitcher as a junior

* All-region choice as a junior

* During his high school and summer season of 2005, he had a combined record of 14-4 with 14 complete games in 152.0 innings; also had 152 strikeouts and a 1.48 ERA; also hit .343 at the plate.



Brock Schnabel, RHP

* All-Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman team selection at Jacksonville in 2005

* Had a 3.66 ERA with 32 strikeouts at Jacksonville; also ranked #3 in the league with a 2.67 conference ERA

* 2005 Florida Junior College All-Star

* 2004 Lake Region High School MVP

* First-team all-area as a senior in high school



Graham Stoneburner, RHP/INF

* Ranked as the #47 player in the nation by Baseball America

* First-team All-Metro as a junior

* Second-team all-district as a junior

* Had a 5-0 record, 0.16 ERA, and 74 strikeouts in 43.0 innings along with hitting .313 with three homers and 25 RBIs as a junior

* East Coast Professional Showcase member in 2005

* #2 ranked player in Virginia according to Baseball America



Jason Taylor, OF/INF

* Member of 2005 USA Junior National Team

* Ranked as the #61 player in the nation by Baseball America

* Ranked as the #93 player in the nation by Team One Baseball

* #3 ranked player in Virginia according to Baseball America

* Hit .370 as a junior

* Hit .321 and was 6-6 in stolen bases with the USA Junior National Team



Josh Thrailkill, RHP

* Ranked #40 player in the nation by Baseball America

* Ranked #46 player in the nation by Team One Baseball

* Member of 2005 USA Junior National Team

* #5 ranked player in North Carolina by Impact Baseball

* Went 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA with the USA Junior National Team

* As a junior, he was 7-1 with a 1.26 ERA, and had 65 strikeouts in 50.0 innings with two no-hitters

* #1 ranked player in North Carolina according to Baseball America



Matt Zoltak, LHP

* Ranked #222 player in the nation by Baseball America

* Member of Perfect Game National Showcase in 2005

* Had an 0.98 ERA with 82 strikeouts in 45.0 innings along with an 8-2 record as a junior

* First-team all-league as a junior

* Second-Team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania as a junior