Lake announces 13 signees for 2017 season; Class ranked No. 87 nationally

Lake announces 13 signees for 2017 season; Class ranked No. 87 nationally

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Thirteen high school seniors have signed to join the Charleston Southern baseball program for the 2017 baseball season, Buccaneers' head coach Stuart Lake announced on Thursday. After the early signing period, these players form a class that is currently rated as the 87th best signing class in the country by Perfect Game.  

"We are very excited about the group of players that chose to sign with us in the early signing period," said Lake, who enters his eighth season at Charleston Southern. "This is a quality collection of players that has a chance to make a big impact on our team on the mound and at the plate. Our staff worked very hard to put this class together, and I am looking forward to seeing all of our signees play in a Buccaneer uniform in the spring of 2017." 

The 2016 Charleston Southern baseball team will open its season on February 19th at 4pm as they host West Virginia in the first game of a three-game series at CSU Ballpark. Practice for the 2016 season opens in late January.

2017 CSU Baseball Signing Class
Name Pos Ht Wt B/T Hometown/Previous School
Jaret Bennett LHP/UTL 6-1 175 L/L Federalsburg, Md./Colonel Richardson 
Ryan Brown OF 5-10 175 R/R Hagerstown, Md./St. James HS
Cem Caglayan RHP 6-1 175 R/R Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head Prep
Nik Constantakos RHP 6-0 190 R/R Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter Christian HS
Justin Dahill INF 6-2 190 L/R St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Pete. Catholic
Parker Futrell RHP 6-4 180 R/R Hanahan, S.C./Hanahan HS
Corey Ireson RHP 6-2 175 R/R Seminole, Fla./Osceola HS
Bishop Jones RHP 6-0 185 L/R Weddington, N.C./Charlotte Christian
Aaron Miller 1B 6-3 235 R/R Summerville, S.C./Ashley Ridge HS
Seth Owens RHP 5-11 175 R/R North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta HS
Ryan Stoudemire RHP/1B 6-2 235 R/R Pomaria, S.C./Mid Carolina HS
Danny Vaughan INF 6-0 195 L/R Homestead, Fla./South Dade HS
Caleb Watkins OF 6-2 225 R/R Gilbert, S.C./Gilbert HS

 

Jaret Bennett—LHP/UTL - Colonel Richardson High School/Federalsburg, Md.
- Baseball and football standout at Colonel Richardson High School in Maryland.
- 8-0 with an 0.71 ERA as a junior in 2015.
- Batted .553 with three home runs and 11 doubles as a junior in 2015.
- Led his team to a 2015 Bayside Conference Championship.
- 2015 Bayside Conference Player of the Year.
- 2016 Preseason Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches All State Team honors
- Played for the Maryland Monarchs travel baseball organization.
- Rated as the 12th best player overall and the 3rd best left-handed pitcher in the state of Maryland by Prep Baseball Report.
"Jaret is a promising left-handed pitcher that we are happy chose to sign with us this week. He is a good player already as evidenced by his impressive high school career, and, with his potential and work ethic, he has a very high ceiling. I'm excited to see his progress on the mound and at the plate in the coming years." --Stuart Lake (Head Baseball Coach Charleston Southern) 

 

Ryan Brown—OF - St. James High School - Hagerstown, Md.
- Three-year letter winner at St. James High School in Maryland.
- Batted .479 with 16 extra base hits as a sophomore in 2014 and batted .462 with 18 extra base hits as a junior in 2015.
- Career total of 108 hits, 11 short of the Washington County career record.
- All-MAC Conference honors and All-Herald Mail First Team, All-Washington County honors as a sophomore and junior.
- All-IPSL honors as a junior.
- One of only three juniors selected to represent the West Region of Maryland in the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Classic.
- 2016 Preseason Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches All-State Team honors
- Played for the Mid-Atlantic Red Sox travel baseball organization.
- Rated as a top 500 prospect in the country by Perfect Game. 
- Rated as the 8th best player overall and the best outfielder in the state of Maryland by Prep Baseball Report.
"Ryan is everything you look for in a leadoff hitter. He runs extremely well, handles the bat, and has some power. What sets him apart is his competitiveness at the plate. He's the guy you want at the plate in big situations. Ryan has a chance to break a lot of high school hitting records this spring, and we are excited to follow his pursuit of those records." --Stuart Lake (Head Baseball Coach Charleston Southern)

 

Cem Caglayan—RHP; Hilton Head Prep; Hilton Head, S.C.
- Three-year varsity letter winner
- Posted a 1.30 ERA striking out 56 batters in 44 IP as a junior in 2015.
- Posted a 1.56 ERA striking out 40 batters in 32 IP as a sophomore in 2014.
- All-Region honors as a junior in 2015.
- All-State honors as a junior in 2015.
- Played for the Carolina Prospects travel baseball organization.
- Led Carolina Prospects to 2015 17U CABA World Series Championship.
- Rated as a top 1,000 prospect in the country by Perfect Game.
 
"A summer ball teammate of fellow signee Parker Futrell, Cem is a lower slot righthander that we are excited to add to our signing class. He is an extremely hard worker who is a very knowledgeable pitcher and, as a result, has a big upside on the mound." --Stuart Lake (Head Baseball Coach Charleston Southern)

 

Nik Constantakos—RHP; Jupiter Christian HS; Jupiter, Fla.
- Three-year varsity letter winner and starter at Jupiter Christian High School in Florida.
- Posted a career ERA of 1.47 in 152 IP, while striking out 208 batters in three years at the varsity level.
- First Team All-County honors as a sophomore and junior.
- All-District Team honors as a junior.
- Earned the 2014 Jupiter Christian "Man of Valor" award for his efforts in a complete game, one hit shutout victory in a quarterfinal district playoff game. 
- Earned the 2015 Jupiter Christian Most Valuable Player Award.
- Played for the Easton Rockets travel baseball organization.
- Rated as a top 500 prospect in the country and one of the top 50 pitchers in Florida by Perfect Game.
"Nik is a talented righthanded pitcher from Florida. He pitches with a calm demeanor but, at the same time, is an intense competitor. He throws a ton of strikes with three above average pitches. I could see him being able to excel in a lot of different roles on a collegiate pitching staff because of his ability to fill up the zone."--Stuart Lake (Head Baseball Coach Charleston Southern)

 

Justin Dahill—INF; St. Petersburg Catholic; St. Petersburg, Fla.
- Three-year varsity letter winner and starter at St. Petersburg Catholic High School in Florida.
- All-District Honors as a sophomore in 2014 and as a junior in 2015.
- Led his district in batting average (.443) and slugging percentage (.544) in 2014.
- Posted a career batting average of .392.
- All-Tournament Team honors at the 2015 Perfect Game 17U BCS Finals Tournament.
- Played for the Chain National travel baseball organization.
- Rated as a top 1,000 prospect in the country and the 15th best first baseman in Florida by Perfect Game.
"We are very excited about adding Justin to our team next year. With his strength and smooth lefthanded swing, you could see him hitting for power and a high average early in his college career. He is exactly what you look for in a middle of the order hitter, and he will have an opportunity to compete for a lot of at bats as early as next spring." --Stuart Lake (Head Baseball Coach Charleston Southern)

 

Parker Futrell—RHP; Hanahan HS; Hanahan, S.C.
- Two-year varsity letterman at Hanahan High School in South Carolina.
- 2-1 with two saves and a 1.28 ERA as a junior in 2015.
- Named Hanahan's Most Valuable Pitcher in 2015.
- Played for the Carolina Prospects travel baseball organization.
- Posted a 8-3 record with an ERA of 1.65 in 17 appearances in the summer and fall of 2015 with the Carolina Prospects.
- All Tournament team honors at the 2015 Perfect Game 17U WWBA National Championship Tournament and at the 2015 Perfect Game WWBA Southeast Qualifier.
- Led the Carolina Prospects to the 2015 17U CABA World Series Championship by pitching 12 scoreless innings and winning 2 games, including the championship game.
"Parker is a very projectable arm that we are happy chose to sign with Charleston Southern this week. He has an ideal pitcher's frame and a strong work ethic, and with that the potential to make big velocity gains in the near future. Since he already has a good feel for pitching and how to get hitters out, we expect Parker to have a big role on our pitching staff in the coming years." --Stuart Lake (Head Baseball Coach Charleston Southern)

 

 Corey Ireson—RHP; Osceola HS; Seminole, Fla.
- Three-year letter winner at Osceola High School in Florida.
- Led his team to district championships in 2013 and 2014.
- Posted an ERA of 0.65 while striking out almost 8 batters per nine innings and walking only 2 batters per nine innings as a junior in 2015.
- As a member of the Florida Burn summer baseball organization, led his team to a championship in the 2015 Perfect Game WWBA Florida Qualifier Tournament.
- All Tournament Team honors at the 2015 Perfect Game 17U WWBA National Championship Tournament and at the 2015 Perfect Game WWBA Florida Qualifier Tournament. 
- Rated as a top 500 prospect in the country by Perfect Game.
"Corey is another very talented righthander out of the state of Florida. He is extremely competitive on the mound and really attacks hitters. He has an upper 80s fastball, which has a chance to improve a great deal, and he pairs that with a very good breaking ball and changeup. Corey has a good chance to be a power righthander that could be effective in a starting or relief role." --Stuart Lake (Head Baseball Coach Charleston Southern)

 

Bishop Jones—RHP; Weddington, N.C.; Charlotte Christian
- Two-year letter winner at Charlotte Christian in North Carolina.
- 6-2 with a 2.45 ERA as a junior in 2015.
- Led Charlotte Christian to back-to-back NCISAA 3A State Championships in 2014 and 2015.
- Played for the SBA Canes travel baseball organization.
"Bishop is a pitcher that has had an outstanding high school career so far winning multiple state championships. It's always good to be able to find players that come from winning high school programs, and Bishop has handled himself well on the mound in a lot of big situations the past few years. He has a swing-and-miss slider, and we are looking forward to seeing him on the mound for us in some big situations as early as next spring." --Stuart Lake (Head Baseball Coach Charleston Southern)
 
Aaron Miller—1B; Ashley Ridge HS; Summerville, S.C.
- Three-year letter winner at Ashley Ridge HS in Summerville, S.C.
- All Region 8-AAAA honors as a sophomore and junior.
- All State honors as a junior in 2015.
- Led Ashley Ridge to a region championship in 2014.
- Member of North Charleston Dixie Baseball summer organization. 
- Led North Charleston to a 2015 Dixie Pre Majors World Series Championship.
- Rated as the 2nd best first baseman in South Carolina by Diamond Prospects
"Aaron is a very physical right handed hitter with outstanding raw power. The cousin of former Buccaneer outfielder Bobby Ison, he is a feared middle of the order hitter that opposing pitchers must game plan for at the high school level, and I would not be surprised if he was able to be that same type of hitter at the collegiate level very soon." --Stuart Lake (Head Baseball Coach Charleston Southern)

 

Seth Owens—RHP; North Augusta HS; North Augusta, S.C.
- Two-way player at North Augusta HS in South Carolina.
- Posted a 2.08 ERA in 21 relief innings as a junior in 2015. 
- Played for the Carolina Combat travel baseball organization.
"We saw Seth pitch in camp this summer, and we were immediately intrigued by his deception. He's a sidearm righthanded pitcher with good movement on the fastball and a good slider/changeup combination, and he looks to be a matchup nightmare for right-handed hitters." --Stuart Lake (Head Baseball Coach Charleston Southern)

 

Ryan Stoudemire—RHP/1B; Mid Carolina HS; Pomaria, S.C.
- Three-year letter winner and starter at Mid-Carolina High School in South Carolina.
- All State Rookie Team honors as a freshman in 2013.
- Three-time All Region honors.
- All State honors as a freshman in 2015.
- Led Mid-Carolina High School to two region championships.
- As a junior in 2015, posted a 9-0 record with a 1.61 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 56.2 IP while also batting .494 with six homeruns and 49 RBIs. 
- Most Valuable Pitcher in the 2015 American Legion State Tournament.
- Led Chapin-Newberry to the 2015 American Legion World Series Championship.
- Rated as a top 1,000 prospect in the country by Perfect Game.
- Rated as the 14th best player overall in the state of South Carolina by Diamond Prospects.
"We are very excited to add a two way talent like Ryan to this year's signing class. He has a chance to make an impact with his bat, and we are very excited about his potential on the mound. He is a hard thrower and has a good feel for a changeup. He also knows how to win as evidenced by the big role he played on an American Legion World Series Championship team this summer."
--Stuart Lake (Head Baseball Coach Charleston Southern)

 

Danny Vaughan—INF; South Dade HS; Homestead, Fla.
- Four-year letter winner and starter at South Dade High School in Florida.
- Led South Dade HS to a 28-4 record and Florida State Championship as a sophomore in 2014. 
- Batted .380 with two homeruns, seven doubles, and four triples as a junior in 2015.
- As a member of the South Florida Elite summer baseball organization, led his team to a championship in the 2015 Perfect Game 17U BCS Finals Tournament in Fort Myers, Florida.
- Rated as a top 1,000 prospect in the country by Perfect Game.
- Rated as the 81st best player overall and the 8th best third baseman in the state of Florida by Prep Baseball Report.
"Danny is another physical left-handed hitter that we are excited about signing with us this week. Capable of being able to play anywhere on the infield, he has good hands and moves well. While he has a chance to be a good defender, we are most excited about his potential at the plate. He is regarded as one of the top hitters in the state of Florida, and he is another guy that has the potential to hit for power and a high average at the Division I level." --Stuart Lake (Head Baseball Coach Charleston Southern)

 

Caleb Watkins—OF; Gilbert HS; Gilbert, S.C.
- Two-time preseason underclassman of the year in South Carolina.
- All-Region honors as a sophomore and junior.
- Led Gilbert HS to a 23-7 record and a AAA Lower State Runner-Up finish in 2015. 
- Posted a batting average of .396 and a slugging percentage of .681 with five homeruns and 38 RBIs as a junior in 2015.
- Silver Slugger Award winner at the Palmetto Games. 
- Played for the Diamond Devils travel baseball organization.
- 2015 CABA World Series All Tournament Team honors.
- Rated as a top 1,000 prospect in the country by Perfect Game.
- Rated as the 28th best player overall and the 4th best outfielder in the state of South Carolina by Perfect Game.
"Caleb is an in-state outfielder with good tools that we are excited to see in a Buccaneer uniform very soon. He is an extremely hard worker that loves to hit. With his work ethic and strength, Caleb has a chance to be a very good corner outfielder that hits for a lot of power for us." --Stuart Lake (Head Baseball Coach Charleston Southern)

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