Sailfish Baseball Completes Recruiting Class for 2010
June 15, 2010
The PBA Baseball Program Signs 11 More for 2011 Season
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic Universtiy baseball team continues to build toward a strong future on the diamond following a successful first season under head coach Gary Carter. The Sailfish have announced the signing of 11 additional players to complete their 2010 recruiting class as they begin to prepare for all the new faces to report to school in the fall.
The 11 incoming players will provide the Sailfish with a good mix of youth and experience. The class is headlined by a strong group of junior college players and talented incoming freshman.
“We feel really good about our 2010 recruiting class and the direction the program is headed”, said Carter. “As a staff we set out to improve the overall talent of our roster and I feel that my assistant coaches have done an outstanding job of accomplishing that.”
Coach Ryan Holmes added, “We have continued to build on our early signings by adding players who we feel will step right in and make an instant impact on our program. We are looking for players with high character and work ethic and feel all of these players will bring that to our program next season.”
2010 PBA Baseball Recruiting Class (alphabetical order)
Name Position Hometown / School
Chris Allen INF Lake Worth, FL / Marion Military Institute
Jorge Chavarria SS St. Cloud, FL / Harmony High School
Kyle Cyr OF Woodridge, IL / Lemont High School
Bobby Dixon RHP Bradenton, FL / State College of Florida
Brooks Fleming OF Palm City, FL / Martin County High School
Kenny Frosch LHP Land O’Lakes, FL / Pasco Hernando CC
T.J. Harbuck RHP Ormond Beach, FL / State College of Florida
Jimmy Kelly RHP Deltona, FL / Seabreeze High School
Johnnie Kirkland RHP Lake Wales, FL / Polk State CC
Travis Murray C Spring Hill, FL / Pasco Hernando CC
Sean Noland OF / 1B Dallas, TX / J.J. Pearce High School
Chris Allen, a 5-11 infielder from Lake Worth, Florida, brings versatility to the Sailfish as well as a middle of the order bat. Allen can play both middle infield spots as well as third base. Over the past two seasons at Marion Military Institute, Chris has batted .382 with 20 HR and 110 RBI.
Jorge Chavarria, a 5-10 shortstop from St. Cloud, Florida, should step right into the middle of the infield next year. He is an outstanding defensive middle infielder with range, quickness, and an accurate arm. He was named the Osceola High School County Player of the Year as both a junior and senior and was named 2010 First Team All Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel. He is a three time All-Conference and All-County performer and was named the 2010 County Baseball Athlete of the Year by Bright House Sports Network. He was also named the best defensive shortstop in Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel. In addition to his defensive prowess, Chavarria is a threat at the plate after hitting .492 as a senior.
Kyle Cyr, a 5-11 outfielder from Woodridge, Florida, is a very good athelte. He was the quarterback on his high school football team in addition to being an all state golfer. On the diamond Cyr brings good speed and a good arm. He is an above average defensive outfielder at this point. He can also pitch if needed and was a starting pitcher for his high school team as a senior after working as the team’s closer as a junior.
Bobby Dixon, a 5-11 right-handed pitcher from Bradenton, FL, was the closer for a State College of Florida team that went on to win the FLCCAA State Championship this season. He was the Fireman of the Year for the Suncoast Conference and was named Fireman of the Year for the state of Florida. He will be given an opportunity to work as a starting pitcher in addition to being able to close out games for the Sailfish. This past season at SCF he didn’t allow a single earned run until the last inning of the last game of the season. On the season he posted a record of 3-0 with an ERA of 0.60 while saving nine games for the Manatees. He struck out 28 batters in 30 innings of work while surrending only 20 hits. He was also selected for the Fall Juco State Sophomore All-Star game.
Brooks Fleming, a 5-10 outfielder from Palm City, Florida, brings another athlete to the outfield for the Sailfish. Fleming was a star defensive back for the Martin County football team in addition to being an All- County baseball player last season. He will compete for playing time as a freshman and can help right away in a variety of roles for the Sailfish. He brings an exceptional arm to the outfield along with good speed.
Kenny Frosch, a 5-10 left-handed pitcher from Land O’Lakes, Florida, should help immediately out of the bullpen for the Sailfish. As a sophomore at Pasco Hernando CC, Frosch was named Fireman of the Year for the Suncoast Conference. He throws strikes and has command of three pitches. He isn’t afraid to attack hitters and possess a very good changeup. He posted a 3-1 record with an ERA of 3.86 while saving four games for the Conquistadors.
T.J. Harbuck, a 6-1 right-handed pitcher from Ormond Beach, Florida, should step into the starting rotation next season for the Sailfish. As a freshman at the State College of Florida he posted a record of 4-0 with an ERA of 2.85 in 35 innings of work. He only allowed 24 hits while striking out 30. He was also selected for the Fall Juco State Sophomore All-Star game.
Jimmy Kelly, a 5-9 right-handed pitcher from Deltona, Florida should help out of the bullpen as a freshman for the Sailfish. He throws strikes with four pitches, really attacks the zone, works fast, and just sets the tempo on the mound for his team. His ability to command his pitches and throw strikes will allow him to pick up innings early in his career. This past summer playing with an elite travel team he only allowed one walk in 45 innings of work.
Johnnie Kirkland, a 6-2 right-handed pitcher from Lake Wales, Florida should step into the starting rotation next season for the Sailfish. He was used both as a starter and closer at Polk CC and possesses a plus fastball and breaking ball. He has the ability to command his breaking ball to give him the ability to throw it at any time in any count. Final stats haven’t been posted for Polk State. Through a portion of the 2010 season he posted a record of 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA while saving two games for the Vikings. In 22 innings he struck out 31 while only allowing 16 hits.
Travis Murray, a 6-0 catcher from Spring Hill, Florida, will step right into the catching position for the Sailfish next season. This past season at Pasco Hernando CC he was named to both the First and Second Team All-Suncoast Conference teams. He is a tremendous defensive catcher with an excellent arm who will control the running game and isn’t afraid to throw behind runners. He was named First Team All-Suncoast Conference as a pitcher after posting a record of 4-1 with an ERA of 2.75 in 40 innings of work. He was named Second Team All-Suncoast Conference as a catcher. At the plate for the Conquistadors, he posted an average of .366 with 10 doubles while driving in 27 runs.
Sean Noland, a 6-2 outfielder / first baseman from Dallas, Texas, should contribute as a freshman to the Sailfish attack. He provides power from the left side of the plate and plays the game at full speed all the time. He played centerfield in high school and was awarded the Gold Glove for his conference. As he physically matures he will move into a corner outfield spot and has the ability to play first base as well. He has good speed for his size and can contribute on the base paths as well.
The PBA baseball coaching staff is excited about these additions to their 2010 recruiting class to go along with the three players that signed during the early signing period in November (Jordan Carter, Sawyer Smith, and Christian Wonders).
“You will notice a theme with most of the players we have signed. They are all athletic and can play a multitude of positions on the field for us. We needed to increase our overall team speed and I think we have done that while adding a bunch of versatile athletes to our program”, said Holmes.
Once the fall semester starts we will provide an update to include other players who have committed to PBA. Due to NCAA rules we can’t comment on those players at this time.