Upstate Baseball Adds Eight to 2015 Signing Class

July 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm

USC Upstate baseball head coach Matt Fincher announced Wednesday that Brendan Brundage, Nick Bryson, Pat Gaudard, Hunter Gilbert, Mike Gonzalez, Pat Raiff, Sam Rogers and Anthony Viglica have joined the Spartans as part of the 2015 class. They join early signees Colton Chupp, Elijah Willingham and Trey Van Der Weide.

Below is a complete breakdown of each student-athlete along with an analysis from Spartan pitching coach and recruiting coordinator Ethan Guevin.

Brendan Brundage | Coconut Creek, Fla. | American Heritage High School

  • 2015 Florida Region Honorable Mention
  • 2014 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention

“Brendan is an outfielder we expect to come in and make an immediate impact. He adds a lot of athleticism and versatility to our outfield and should be a great player for us right away.”

Nick Bryson | Spartanburg, S.C. | Dorman High School

  • Region 2 All-Region
  • Dorman High School Scholar-Athlete
  • Dorman High School Offensive Award winner

“Nick is a local kid who had a really sold year at Dorman. He is a kid we had on our radar, and after seeing him a few times, we thought we would have to be crazy not to go after him. He is a physical left-handed hitter who will push for playing time right away.”

Pat Gaudard | Hickory Corners, Mich. | Jackson College | Gull Lake High School

  • Hit .301 with a .340 on-base percentage and a .459 slugging percentage last season
  • Finished with 12 doubles, three triples and one home run last season

“Pat is a workhorse that can play a numbers of different positions on the infield. He hits for power and will be a guy we look at to replace Erik Samples’ offensive production. He will come in and make everyone around him better right away, and we are looking forward to that ripple effect from the weight room to the diamond.”

Hunter Gilbert | Mount Juliet, Tenn. | Volunteer State Community College

  • Hit .346 with a .415 on-base percentage
  • Had 24 RBIs and seven stolen bases
  • Named Tennessee Community College Athletic Association All-Conference second team

“Hunter is a rangy middle infielder who will compete for a starting position and hit at the top of the order. He is a great addition to this class and will give us flexibility with our infielders. He is an above average defender and had a great year at Volunteer State Community College this season.”

Mike Gonzalez | Miami, Fla | Gulliver Preparatory School

  • Posted an 8-0 record with a 1.82 earned run average in 2015
  • Named All Miami-Dade first team
  • District 4A-16 Pitcher of the Year
  • Voted to the high school baseball network senior all-star team

“Mikey is a great competitor who comes from a great program in a very good baseball area. He pitched big game after big game for his high school team and did nothing but win. He can spot up three pitches for strikes and has plus command with all three. His frame tells us he is just scratching the surface of his potential.”

Pat Raiff | Dayton, Ohio | Carroll High School | USC Salkehatchie

  • Hit .363 with a .441 on-base percentage
  • Had 21 stolen bases in 2015

“Pat is your prototypical pain at the top of the order. He is the type of hitter who will foul off three or four tough pitches and get a hit. His left-handed bat and ability to track down balls in the outfield makes him a threat on both sides of the ball. He is another kid who we feel like will bring toughness and a great work ethic.”

Sam Rogers | Elkton, Md. | Loyola Blakefield High School | Cecil College

  • Logged 17.1 innings pitched in 2105
  • Averaged 10.9 strikeouts per game in 2015
  • Led his team in saves

“We are very excited to have Sam on board for next year. He was a two-way player at a very good community college in Maryland, but will focus his efforts on pitching when he gets here. He has tremendous arm strength and sits upper 80s, low 90s with his fastball. He wants the ball in big situations, and because of his stuff and mindset, he is a huge addition to the staff.”

Anthony Viglica | Asheville, N.C. | Christ School

  • Hit .480 with a .524 on-base percentage and 35 RBIs in 2015
  • Collected 13 doubles
  • Carolina Athletic Conference Player of the Year
  • Carolina Athletic Conference All-Conference selection
  • North Carolina All-State first team
  • Christ School Team MVP
  • Christ School Athletic Cup winner

“Anthony is another tough kid that was also a very good football player. He has a plus arm behind the plate, hits for average and power and outworks everyone. We feel like he had advanced maturity and poise that will allow him to be an immediate contributor.”

Colton Chupp | Myakka City, Fla. | Lakewood Ranch High School

  • Ranked by Perfect Game as the 172nd-best left-handed pitcher in the nation
  • Ranked by Perfect Game as the 24th-best left-handed pitcher in Florida
  • Rated as the 219th-best player in Florida by Perfect Game
  • Featured a 0.74 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 38 innings as a junior
  • Earned all-area first team and all-state accolades in 2014
  • Posted a .443 batting average, a .557 slugging percentage and a .483 on-base percentage in 2015
  • Struck out 36 batters in 32.2 innings pitched in 2015

“Colton is going to be a great addition to our staff. He knows who he is on the mound and shows great poise. He throws three pitches for strikes and has already shown the ability to reach back and throw his fastball into the upper 80s.”

Elijah Willingham | Hiram, Ga. | Paulding High School

  • Ranked by Perfect Game as the 24th-best left-handed pitcher in Georgia
  • Rated as the 209th-best left-handed pitcher in the nation by Perfect Game
  • Posted a 1.89 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 51 innings in 2014
  • Named the 2014 Paulding County Pitcher of the Year

“Elijah continues to get better every time I see him throw. He has added a plus slider to his three-pitch repertoire. He has the confidence and ability to be very good at this level if he keeps working.”

Trey Van Der Weide | Longwood, Fla. | Lake Brantley High School

  • Tabbed a 2014 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention
  • Member of the 2014 Perfect Game Baseball Championship Series finals 17U All-Tournament Team
  • Posted a 4-0 record, a 2.50 earned run average and 33 strikeouts in 30.1 innings in 2015

“I would take a team full of guys with Trey’s mentality. He just brings that hard-nosed, junk yard dog attitude that I love. In addition to that, he shows power pitcher type stuff that will make him a go-to guy from day one.”

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