Baseball Signs 14 for 2015 Season

ANDERSON, S.C. – After a 2014 season closed with a trip to the South Atlantic Conference Tournament and seeing former standout Landon Beck get drafted in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft, Anderson University baseball looks to continue its recent success by adding 14 recruits for the 2015 season.

The 14 additions is one signee larger than last year’s class, when head coach Joe Miller inked 13 for the 2014 season. The class is the largest signing class since the 2012 season, when Miller brought in 14 new players.

"We are very excited about our incoming class for 2014,” assistant coach Kaleb Davis said. “This group of young men is as talented as any group we have ever brought in. There's potential for some of these guys to make impacts on the field the second they step on campus. This class is highlighted, in large part, by the amount of pitchers we're bringing in. There's a healthy mixture of first-year freshmen and transfers that will give us the much needed depth across the field."

Name: Nick Benedetto
Hometown: Waxhaw, N.C.
High School: Cuthbertson H.S.
Position: LHP

Benedetto was a member of the SBA Canes during the summer where he was named to the 2014 Perfect Game Atlantic Region Honorable Mention list.

Name: Grayson Butler
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: W.A. Hough H.S.
Position: LHP

After each season at W.A. Hough, Butler was named to the North Carolina/South Carolina Battle of the Boarder Showcase. Following his career, Butler was selected to the Perfect Game WWBA National All-Tournament team and was named to the Perfect Game Prospect to Follow list in North Carolina.

Name: Anthony Carco
Hometown: Cumming, Ga.
High School: Pinecrest Academy
Position: UT/RHP

Carco closed his senior season with a .448 average, 33 runs scored, seven doubles and two home runs, while tossing 11.2 innings on the mound with 16 strikeouts and a 0.60 ERA. Defensively, Carco totaled 52 assists, 37 putouts and just three errors.

Davis on Carco: “Carco is a senior out of Cumming, Ga. who has the ability to play all over the field. Anthony may be one of the better athletes in the class, as his speed and arm strength give him the versatility to move from position to position.”

Name: Nick Contafio
Hometown: Waxhaw, N.C.
Previous School: Charleston Southern
High School: Cuthbertson H.S.
Position: LHP

As a high school senior, Contafio led all Union County pitchers with 86 strikeouts and paced Cuthbertson with a 1.03 ERA in 61 innings pitched. Perfect Game ranked Contafio at the No. 5 left-handed pitcher in the state of North Carolina and No. 154 in the country.

Davis on Contafio: “Nick is a player we are extremely excited about. He has the ability as a left-handed pitcher to sit in the mid-80s and can mix and match pitches for strikes at any time in the count. We are hoping for big things out of Nick early in his career for us at Anderson.”

Name: Mason Covey
Hometown: Pickens, S.C.
High School: Pickens H.S.
Position: RHP/OF

A standout on both the baseball diamond and the football field, Covey was an all-region quarterback and defensive back for Pickens during the fall. In the spring, Covey hit .254 with a .405 on-base percentage through his first two seasons of his prep career.

Name: Andrew Dill
Hometown: Hilton Head Island, S.C.
High School: Hilton Head H.S.
Position: RHP

Playing under former AU standout Blair Carson, Dill has been the ace for the HHHS pitching staff for the last two seasons. Through his sophomore and junior seasons, Dill posted more than 60 strikeouts.

Davis on Dill: “Andrew is one of the better right-handed pitchers in the state and has a huge ceiling. We are excited about what Andrew is going to bring to our program, as he could be a contributor on the field as soon as he steps on campus.”

Name: Cal Garner
Hometown: Bowman, Ga.
High School: Commerce H.S.
Position: RHP/OF

During his senior year at Commerce, Garner hit .445 with five home runs and 32 RBI. Playing with the Georgia Monarchs during the summer, Garner was named to the 2013 17U World Wood Bat Perfect Game All-Tournament team and the 2013 17U BCS Perfect Game All-Tournament team, while being picked at the team’s pitcher of the year. For the summer, Garner tossed 59 innings while recording 51 strikeouts.

Name: Ryan Hardee
Hometown: Rock Hill, S.C.
High School: Northwestern H.S.
Position: OF/RHP

A two-year letterwinner at Northwestern, Hardee hit .383 with four doubles and two home runs during his senior season.

Name: Zach McIlroy
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Charlotte Christian
Position: INF

As a prep standout, McIlroy has been a key piece to Charlotte Christian three straight state championships. McIlroy anchored the middle infield while hitting .327 with seven doubles and 23 RBI as a senior. Defensively, McIlroy posted 66 assists with 41 putouts with just two errors, earning a .982 fielding average.

Name: John McMicking
Hometown: Summerville, S.C.
High School: Pinewood Prep
Position: RHP

McMicking is coming off a senior season where he was named the team’s pitcher of the year after finishing the season with a 7-1 record and a 0.67 ERA. During the summer and fall seasons, McMicking tossed 60 innings and recorded an 8-1 record with 42 strikeouts and a 1.20 ERA. In the classroom, McMicking was named to the school’s headmaster’s list and was a member of Beta Club.

Name: Tyler Miller
Hometown: Anderson, S.C.
High School: T.L. Hanna H.S.
Position: INF

Son of head coach Joe Miller, Tyler Miller hit .291 with a .429 on-base percentage in his final season with the Yellow Jackets. Miller brought in 12 RBI, while crossing the plate 23 times. Out in the field, Miller posted 29 assists with four errors.

Name: Matthew Reitz
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Charlotte Christian
Position: RHP

Reitz was a major part of a Charlotte Christian team that claimed its third straight state championship in North Carolina. On the hill, Reitz tossed 29 innings and claimed a 4-1 record, allowing just 21 hits and notching 31 strikeouts. Reitz closed his senior campaign with a 1.70 ERA.

Name: Patrick Roth
Hometown: Greenville, S.C.
High School: J.L. Mann H.S.
Position: LHP

As a high school senior, Roth completed 39.2 innings with a 2.12 ERA and 21 strikeouts, headlining his senior year with a no-hitter against Greenwood on March 22. Following the no-hitter, Roth carried a shutout streak of 17 consecutive innings. Away from his prep career, Roth tossed 31.1 innings during the summer and fall and posted a perfect 3-0 record with 31 strikeouts and a 0.45 ERA.

Name: Johan Wylie
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Charlotte Christian
Position: LHP

Teammate of fellow signees Zach McIlroy and Matthew Reitz, Wylie was also a key contributor on Charlotte Christian’s three straight state championships. Wylie completed the 2014 year with 15 innings pitched and allowed just two earned runs for the year.

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