FORT MYERS, Fla. – Three-time reigning Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year Dave Tollett, and his staff, have announced the addition of seven student-athletes for the 2011-12 FGCU baseball campaign.
“Our staff has recruited another outstanding group of athletes to join the FGCU baseball program,” said Tollett. “Next year’s newcomers will be some of the most athletic student-athletes to ever play for the Blue and Green, and they have a chance to be a top 25 signing class on the national stage.”
With their senior seasons set to unfold in the coming months, the commitments include infielders Brady Anderson (Arcadia, Fla./DeSoto County HS), Thomas Grillo (Massapequa, N.Y./St. Dominics HS), Brandon Raaf (Coral Springs, Fla./Douglas HS) and Zack Tillery (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS), outfielder Granden Goetzman (Palmetto, Fla./Palmetto HS), and right-handed pitchers Alex Miller (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips HS) and Gabe Rivera (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty HS).
Anderson wrapped up his junior campaign with a .439 batting average at the top of the DeSoto High School lineup. Scoring an area-leading 30 runs, he also stole 15 bases in 18 attempts and finished the season with the area’s highest OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage).
Hitting .400 with nine doubles, four triples and two home runs last year at Palmetto High School, Goetzman was also able to drive in 17 runs. The newcomer scored 24 times and held a .701 slugging percentage, while swiping 20 bases in 21 attempts in his junior season.
Grillo will look forward to a senior season much like his junior year, which saw him hold a .408 average with 25 singles, five doubles and four triples. Additionally, Gillo added six round-trippers for St. Dominics High School a season ago.
As one of two arms to join the Blue and Green next year, Miller will look to improve upon a solid junior year in which he went 6-1 with a .99 era over 50 innings at Dr. Phillips High School, adding four saves and sitting down 41 batters faced.
Also building on the Eagles’ rotation, Rivera threw 22 innings on the bump in his junior season at Hagerty High School and finished the year with a 1.83 ERA. The future Eagle also fanned 32 opposing hitters, while walking just seven.
Playing 24 error-free games at first base for Douglas High School in his junior season, Raaf batted for a .412 average and added six home runs, while driving in 43 RBI and snagging nine stolen bases.
Helping Barron Collier to a district championship last season, Tillery spent some time on the mound and in the infield. Rounding out the class of 2011-12, Tillery held a .473 batting average and tied for the team lead with 31 RBI in his junior campaign.
The Blue and Green will get the 2011 season underway when they play host to the Central Michigan Chippewas. The first contest in the four-game set is scheduled for Friday, February 18, with a 6:30 p.m. opening pitch. The Eagles return 16 student-athletes, including seven position starters and eight pitchers, from a season ago. The Blue and Green also welcome many new faces to the team, including four MLB First-Year Player Draftees.