NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University Baseball Head Coach Dave Jarvis and the Baseball staff are pleased to announce the signing of six athletes to a National Letter of Intent for the 2018-2019 season.
Joshua South – Pitcher – Cookeville, Tenn.
South will join Belmont's talented pitchers as a right-handed hurler. South, a native of Cookeville, Tenn., has earned many accolades while playing for Cookeville High School under the direction of head coach Butch Chaffin. He has earned All-District honors after the 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons while being named to the 2016 Tennessee Baseball Report All-Region Team. In addition, South was named to the 2015 and 2016 Tennessee Baseball Report Super Freshman and Sophomore Team. He was tabbed the 2017 District Pitcher of the Year.
"We are excited to have Josh join our family and pitching staff," said assistant coach Matt Barnett. He possesses all the qualities we look for as an incoming pitcher. He is projectable, has good secondary pitches and most importantly throws strikes. We look forward to watching his development over the next four years."
The pitcher played summer league with the Nashville Knights under the direction of former Belmont baseball players Eric Fruechtemeyer and Jason Anderegg.
Aaron Hubbell – Pitcher – Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Hubbell will join the Bruins' as a right-handed pitcher. The hurler hails from Mt. Juliet, Tenn. and currently plays for head coach Anthony Ford at Wilson Central High School.
"Aaron is a big strong right handed pitcher that we feel can make an immediate impact on our pitching staff," said assistant coach Aaron Smith. "He is a good athlete that also was the starting quarterback at Wilson Central. We like his ability to compete as well as still having room to grow as a pitcher."
Grayson Taylor – Infielder – Cullman, Ala.
Taylor hails from Cullman, Alabama and will join the Belmont infield. He currently plays under the direction of Head Coach Brent Patterson at Cullman High School.
"We are thrilled that Grayson has chosen to come to Belmont!" assistant coach Aaron Smith said. "He is a plus defender that might remind some of a former Bruin in Tyer Walsh. He is a long lean defender that we think is just now tapping into his offensive ability."
Taylor spends the off season playing for Viper Baseball Academy under the direction of Rickie Diehl.
Austin Ehren – Outfielder – Hawthorn Woods, Ill.
Hailing from Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Ehren is a four-year starter in the outfield at Carmel Catholic High School. Under the direction of head coach Bill Taylor, he earned ESCC all-conference honors in 2016 and 2017 as well as ESCC all-area honors in 2017.
"Austin is a plus runner that can really defend in the centerfield. He also is another great athlete that also had much success as a soccer player at Carmel Catholic," assistant coach Aaron Smith said. "At the plate, Austin is a top of the order better that realy controls the strike zone and can pressure the defense."
In the off season, Ehren plays for the Top Tier Americans in Chicago, Ill.
Tommy Crider – Catcher – Madison, Ala.
Crider will be behind the plate for the Bruins as a catcher. He currently plays at James Clemens High School under the direction of Cory Hamrick. At James Clemens, Crider earned 2016 7A Second Team All-State and All-State Honorable Mention. During his sophomore campaign, Crider posted a .400 batting average and was named the All-Huntsville Region Catcher.
Crider is a top 500 prospect and the second best catcher in the state of Alabama according to Perfect Game.
"Every time I saw Tommy play he really impressed me. He has the makings to be a middle of the order batter as well as being a great catcher in our program," said assistant coach Aaron Smith. He also possesses the energy that you look for in a catcher."
Crider plays summer baseball at Viper Baseball Academy under the direction of Rickie Diehl.
Jack Capobianco – Infielder – London, Ky.
The London, Ky. native will join the Belmont squad in the infield. Currently he plays at North Laurel High School under the direction of Head Coach Darren McWhorter. Capobianco is a top 500 recruit and is ranked the number one second baseman coming from the state of Kentucky.
"Jack was our very first commitment in our 2018 class," assistant coach Aaron Smith said. He is a switch hitting infielder that really enjoys playing the game. He is a grinder that will work tirelessly to be the best he can be."
Capobianco spends his off season playing for the Indiana Mustangs under the direction of Mike Farrell and Chris Estep.
Jack McLaughlin - Pitcher - Nashville, Tenn.
McLaughlin will join a talented Belmont Pitching Staff as a right-handed hurler. He currently plays at Father Ryan in Nashville, Tenn. under Head Coach Mike Mascari. McLaughin boasted 2017 Perfect Game Preseason All-American Honorable Mention honors.
"We are thrilled to have jack in the pitching corp. He is yet another we saw through the recruiting process that throws strikes, has a good frame and shows projection. He comes from a good program at Father Ryan as well as the Knights travel organization that has prepared him for the next step," said Assistant Coach Matt Barnett.
McLaughlin plays for the Knights Baseball 17u Platinum squad in the summer under the direction of Eric Fruechtemeyer and Jason Anderegg.
Welcome to Belmont Jack! pic.twitter.com/U7njUbV4YA— Belmont Baseball (@BelmontBaseball) November 10, 2017