Neil Hardon Becomes Latest PBA Baseball Recruit Signing
June 20, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- With a large graduating class after the 2008 season, Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball coach Rob Avila knew he would have some work ahead of him as far as replenishing his roster with high-level players. One of the new faces for 2009 will be Arizona native and junior college transfer Neil Hardon.
After completing a successful two-year stint at Chandler Gilbert Community College, Hardon comes to PBA with the hope of continuing where he left off.
A player with the ability to play many positions around the diamond, Hardon has mostly spent time in the outfield while being a valued asset on the offensive side of the game.
With the PBA baseball program graduating such strong hitters such as Zach Grau and Mariano Jimenez in 2008, Avila knew he needed to find some strong candidates to fill that gap.
”Neil is a tremendous athlete and is one of those special players that doesn’t come around too often,” said Avila.
“We are very fortunate to have a player of his caliber choose PBA. He will be counted on to drive in a lot of runs and solidify the heart of our line-up next year. He will also bring some experience to a young team that will prove to be very valuable as we move forward in becoming a championship program,” continued the third-year leader of the Fish.
A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Hardon competed on the high school level at Saguaro High School under head coach Ryan Dyer where he finished out a strong prep career before being selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft in 2006.
A versatile athlete, Hardon lettered all four years in baseball at SHS while also playing on the school’s varsity soccer team his senior year. For his efforts, Hardon was named to the All-Region team in both baseball and soccer.
With a desire to major in Communication when he arrives on campus, Hardon seems like a good fit all around for his future at Palm Beach Atlantic.
“I’m really excited to play baseball at PBA with the Lord at our side,” said Hardon.
Hardon marks the third official recruit signing for 2009 for PBA baseball with more press releases to follow so stay tuned to PBASailfish.com.