Baseball To Add 16 For Fall 2012
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM The class is currently ranked 11th in the Perfect Game recruiting rankings
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
The class is currently ranked 11th in the Perfect Game recruiting rankings
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

Feb. 14, 2012

The Auburn baseball program will welcome 16 newcomers into the program next fall, head coach John Pawlowski has announced. The class consists of 11 high school seniors and five junior college transfers and is currently ranked 11th in the Perfect Game recruiting rankings.

"We are very excited about this group of 2012 signees and the talents that they will bring to the Plains." Pawlowski said. "Our coaching staff worked extremely hard in recruiting these special players to Auburn. We believe this is an elite class on a national level. We have two gold medalists, several all-Americans and a good mixture of high school and transfer players. We are committed to bringing the best student-athletes to Auburn University to compete for championships and we are very proud of the 2012 class."

2012 AUBURN BASEBALL SIGNING CLASS
NAMEHtWtPosYrB/TPREVIOUS SCHOOLHOMETOWN
David Dahl6-2185OFFRL/ROak Mountain HSBirmingham, AL
Terrance Dedrick5-10175RHP/OFJRR/RShelton State CCTuscaloosa, AL
Kyler Deese5-9175C/IFFRL/RAuburn HSAuburn, AL
Jordan Ebert6-0180IF/OFFRR/RBaldwin County HSFoley, AL
Sam Gillikin6-2195OFFRL/RHoover HSHoover, AL
Hunter Kelley6-1200OFJRR/RCalhoun CCAlexandria, AL
Conner Kendrick6-0185LHPJRL/LNW Florida State CollegeSharpsburg, GA
Cole Lipscomb6-0175RHPFRR/REdgewood AcademyPrattville, AL
Michael O'Neal6-1215LHPJRL/LChattahoochee Valley CCColumbus, GA
Colin Rodgers6-0185LHPFRL/LParkview Baptist HSCentral, LA
Rock Rucker6-4225OF/LHPFRR/RRedan HSAtlanta, GA
Addison Russell6-1195IFFRR/RPace HSPensacola, FL
Matt Schultz6-2200RHPFRR/ROswego East HSPlainfield, IL
Dylan Smith6-3215IFFRR/RClay-Chalkville HSPinson, AL
Damek Tomscha6-4225RHP/IFJRR/RIowa Western CCSioux City, IA
Trey Wingenter6-7190RHPFRR/RBob Jones HSMadison, AL

David Dahl, 6-2, 185, OF, FR, L/R, Oak Mountain HS, Birmingham, AL
- Ranked No. 6 high school prospect in 2012 by Perfect Game
- Ranked No. 3 high school prospect in 2012 by Baseball America
- Plays for Brian Breeze at Oak Mountain HS
- Hit .449 with 29 RBIs, 55 hits (25 XBH), 38 runs and a .523 on base percentage
- Also plays for Team Alabama and Rusty Riley
- Played on Team USA Baseball 18U Gold Medal Winner
- 2011 Perfect Game Aflac All-American Game
- 2011 Alabama Sports Writers 6A All-State outfielder
- 2009 and 2011 First Team Birmingham All-Metro
- 2009, 2010 and 2011 First Team All Over The Mountain
- 2011 Shelby County Hitter of the Year
- 2010 First Team All-Shelby County
- 2009 Alabama High School Coaches All-State Shortstop (HM)
- Perfect Game National Showcase Invitee
- East Coast Pro Showcase Invitee

Coach Pawlowski on Dahl...
"David is one of the premier high school players in the country. Offensively, he has the unique combination of speed, the ability to hit for a high average and the ability to hit for power. Defensively, he combines speed with great baseball instincts and an elite throwing arm. We are proud that David represented Auburn and our country and won a gold medal as the leadoff hitter for Team USA."

Terrance Dedrick, 5-10, 175, RHP/OF, JR, R/R, Shelton State CC, Tuscaloosa, AL
- Plays for Bobby Sprowl at Shelton State CC
- Hit .347 with 38 RBIs during his first season at Shelton State ... Also was 5-0 with a 1.41 ERA and 38 strike outs in 32 innings
- Second Team All-Northern League
- Played high school at Hillcrest HS for Todd Agee
- All-State Utility and West Alabama Super 11 for Hillcrest

Coach Pawlowski on Dedrick...
"Terrance is a legitimate two-way player that has a very high baseball IQ. He is a disciplined hitter with a compact, textbook swing. As a pitcher, he is extremely competitive and has great command of his fastball to go with an advanced feel for his breaking ball."

Kyler Deese, 5-9, 175, C/IF, FR, L/R, Auburn HS, Auburn, AL
- Plays for Matt Cimo at Auburn HS
- Also plays for the Excel Blue Wave and Matthew Maniscalso, Steve Gendron and Josh Beshears
- Hit .382 with four home runs and 27 RBI in 2011 ... Had a .443 on base percentage and a .608 slugging percentage
- 2011 AHSAA South All-Star

Coach Pawlowski on Deese...
"Kyler is a player that we have followed since his freshman year in high school. He is a throw-back type player who is very versatile defensively. He has competed and been successful at the highest levels of Alabama High School baseball and he has been successful on a national level in summer and fall baseball."

Jordan Ebert, 6-0, 180, IF/OF, FR, R/R, Baldwin County HS, Foley, AL
- Ranked No. 118 high school prospect by Perfect Game
- Plays for Peter Bezeredi at Baldwin County HS
- Also plays for East Cobb Braves and coaches Kevin Baldwin and Jarrod Roberts
- Is a .404 career hitter in high school with 30 doubles, 24 home runs, 142 RBIs and 53 stolen bases
- 2011 Louisville Slugger First Team All-American
- 2011 Perfect Game Second Team All-American
- 2011 Alabama Sports Writers 6A All-State
- 2011 AHSAA South All-Star
- 2011 First Team All-Region
- Perfect Game National Showcase Invitee
- East Coach Pro Showcase Invitee

Coach Pawlowski on Ebert...
"Jordan is an in-state player that has performed well on the national stage. He is an offensive force with a line-drive swing and terrific hand-eye coordination. He is athletic enough to play in the infield or the outfield in the SEC and he plays with a tremendous amount of energy."

Sam Gillikin, 6-2, 195, OF, FR, L/R, Hoover HS, Hoover, AL - Ranked No. 289 high school prospect by Perfect Game
- Plays for Rick Davis at Hoover HS
- Hit .372 with six home runs and 36 RBIs, stealing 21 bases in 2011
- 2011 UnderArmour All-American Game
- 2011 AHSAA North All-Star
- 2011 First Team Birmingham All-Metro and All Over The Mountain
- 2011 ESPN Fab 50 Player of the Week (football)
- East Coast Pro Showcase Invitee

Coach Pawlowski on Gillikin...
"Sam is an elite athlete who has been a multi-sport star for his career at Hoover High School. He is one of the fastest players in the country and he has a powerful left-handed swing. We are proud that Sam represented Auburn well in the UnderArmour All-American game last summer."

Hunter Kelley, 6-1, 200, OF, JR, R/R, Calhoun CC, Alexandria, AL
- Plays for Mike Burns at Calhoun CC
- Hit .407 with 23 doubles, 12 home runs and 52 RBIs during his freshman season at Calhoun CC, stealing 10 bases
- 34th Rd. draft pick of the Chicago Cubs in 2011
- 2011 First Team All-State
- Played for Andy Shaw at Alexandria HS
- 2010 Anniston Star Player of the Year
- 2010 East-West All-Star Game
- 2010 Alabama Sports Writers All-State Team

Coach Pawlowski on Kelley...
"Hunter possesses the type of polish and experience that we are looking for in a junior college signee. He had one of the best offensive seasons in Alabama Junior College in 2011 and we believe that he will continue that success this spring."

Conner Kendrick, 6-0, 185, LHP, JR, L/L, NW Florida State College, Sharpsburg, GA
- Plays for Doug Martin at NW Florida State College
- Played at Georgia Tech in 2011 and was 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in seven innings
- Played for Greg Hamilton at Northgate High School
- 2010 All-State pitcher and outfielder
- 2011 Alaskan Summer League All-Star

Coach Pawlowski on Kendrick...
"Conner fills a very important need for our program--left-handed pitching. He displayed electric stuff this fall during the recruiting process and we anticipate that he will be one of the top junior college pitchers in the country this spring."

Cole Lipscomb, 6-0, 175, RHP, FR, R/R, Edgewood Academy, Prattville, AL
- Ranked No. 266 high school prospect by Perfect Game
- Plays for Bobby Carr at Edgewood Academy
- Also plays for the Alabama Seminoles and Jerry Hendrix
- Was 13-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 72 innings in 2011, striking out 116 against just 13 walks
- 2011 AISA Pitcher of the Year
- 2011 AISA Player of the Year

Coach Pawlowski on Lipscomb...
"Cole has been one of the most dominating pitchers in our state over the last two seasons and has been rewarded with state championships and player of the year awards. He is a great competitor and has been successful on all playing fields (football, basketball, baseball) and in the classroom."

Michael O'Neal, 6-1, 215, LHP, JR, L/L, Chattahoochee Valley CC, Columbus, GA
- Plays for Adam Thomas at Chattahoochee Valley CC
- Was 11-2 with four saves and a 2.30 ERA in 121 innings of work as a freshman, striking out 110 against just 11 walks and throwing 10 complete games
- 2011 First Team All-State
- 2011 Great Lakes League All-Star
- Played at Pacelli HS for Ken Miller

Pawlowski on O'Neal...
"Michael had the best season statistically of any junior college pitcher in the state of Alabama in 2011. He throws strikes with all of his pitches and combines deception with tremendous movement. He adds valuable experience to the pitching staff for 2013."

Colin Rodgers, 6-0, 185, LHP, FR, L/L, Parkview Baptist HS, Central, LA
- Ranked No. 102 high school prospect by Perfect Game
- Plays for Darron Mitchell at Parkview Baptist
- Also plays for Marucci Elite and Chad Raley
- 2011 Perfect Game Pre-season Underclass All-American
- 2010 and 2011 First Team All-District Pitcher
- 2010 and 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase invitee
- East Coast Pro Showcase invitee

Pawlowski on Rodgers...
"Colin is a strong-armed left-handed pitcher who our staff has been able to follow very closely for three years. He solidified himself as one of the top lefties in the country by pitching well in many of the national tournaments during the summer and fall months. He brings with him a track record of winning and a great blend of power and finesse on the mound."

Rock Rucker, 6-4, 225, OF/LHP, FR, R/R, Redan HS, Atlanta, GA
- Ranked No. 130 high school prospect by Perfect Game
- Plays for Marvin Pruitt at Redan HS
- Also plays for Chad Raley and Marucci Elite
- Hit .450 with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs in 2011
- 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase invitee
- East Coast Pro Showcase invitee
- Area Code Showcase invitee
- 2011 All-DeKalb County
- MLB Breakthrough Series invitee

Pawlowski on Rucker...
"Rock is a physical two-way player that has excelled on the mound and at the plate. As a pitcher, he has the rare combination of being left-handed and being a power pitcher. He showed electric arm speed throughout the recruiting process. As a hitter, he has shown the ability to hit to all fields and has displayed true power."

Addison Russell, 6-1, 195, IF, FR, R/R, Pace HS, Pensacola, FL
- Ranked No. 24 high school prospect by Perfect Game
- Ranked No. 18 high school prospect by Baseball America
- Plays for Charlier Warner at Pace HS
- Also plays for Jared Goodwin and FTB Mizuno
- Played on Team USA Baseball 18U Gold Medal Winner
- 2011 Perfect Game Aflac All-American Game
- 2011 Louisville Slugger First Team All-American
- 2010 and 2011 Pensacola News Journal Hitter of the Year
- 2011 Pensacola News Journal Athlete of the Year
- 2010 and 2011 First Team 3A All-State
- 2010 UnderArmour All-American Game
- 2010 and 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase invitee
- East Coast Pro Showcase

Pawlowski on Russell...
"Addison is one of the best players in the country at any position. He is a sure-handed shortstop that also makes highlight reel plays. He has one of the most powerful swings in the country and has been the best hitter in the Florida panhandle area for the last three years. We are proud that Addison represented Auburn and our country and won a gold medal as the shortstop for Team USA."

Matt Schultz, 6-2, 200, RHP, FR, R/R, Oswego East HS, Plainfield, IL
- Ranked No. 216 high school prospect by Perfect Game
- Plays for Jim Vera at Oswego East HS
- Also plays for Illinois Reds and Kevin Sullivan
- Team America invitee
- Area Code Showcase invitee

Coach Pawlowski on Schultz...
"Matt has one of the best fastballs in the country. He is an aggressive pitcher that will challenge hitters with his velocity and movement on his fastball. His slider is a nice compliment as his second pitch. We are proud that Matt represented Auburn and our country on Team America last summer in Italy."

Dylan Smith, 6-3, 215, IF, FR, R/R, Clay-Chalkville HS, Pinson, AL
- Ranked No. 240 high school prospect by Perfect Game
- Plays for Brandon Johnson at Clay-Chalkville High School
- Also plays for Excel Blue Wave and Matthew Maniscalco, Steve Gendron and Josh Beshears
- Hit .453 with 17 doubles, 14 home runs and 57 RBIs ... Also had a .583 on base percentage
- 2011 Birmingham News North/East Hitter of the Year
- 2011 Alabama Sports Writers 6A All-State

Pawlowski on Smith...
"Dylan is one of the top hitters in the state of Alabama and he has a knack for driving in runs. He is a physical corner infielder who has power to all fields. His blend of power and hand-eye coordination makes him a valuable offensive weapon."

Damek Tomscha, 6-4, 225, RHP/IF, JR, R/R, Iowa Western CC, Sioux City, IA
- Ranked No. 18 JUCO prospect by Perfect Game
- 36th Rd. draft pick of the Florida Marlins in 2011
- 50th Rd. draft pick of Philadelphia Phillies in 2010
- Plays for Marc Rardin at Iowa Western CC
- Hit .377 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs as a freshman at Iowa Western CC
- Played for Brian Dent at North HS
- 2010 Gatorade, Louisville Slugger and Iowa High School Coaches Player of the Year
- 2009 and 2010 All-State
- 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 All-Conference

Pawlowski on Tomscha...
"Damek will be one of the top junior college hitters in the country this spring. He had a tremendous high school career and an outstanding freshman season in 2011. In addition to his offensive talents, Damek has one of the strongest throwing arms that our staff has seen. He will contribute on the mound as well."

Trey Wingenter, 6-7, 190, RHP, FR, R/R, Bob Jones HS, Madison, AL
- Ranked No. 202 high school prospect by Perfect Game
- Plays for Jeff Bell at Bob Jones HS
- Also plays for the Atlanta Blue Jays and Anthony Dye
- Area Code Showcase invitee

Pawlowski on Wingenter...
"Trey is a lean, projectable pitcher who pitches with a good downward angle to the plate. He is a very good strike-thrower with his fastball and secondary pitches and we believe that he will develop into a front-line pitcher for us. He pitched extremely well this summer against some of the best competition nationally."