Auburn, Ala.--Needing an infusion of talent in every area, Coach Butch Thompson and his staff added to their first signing class beginning with the addition of five more players this week to the group that inked with the Auburn Tigers during the early signing period in November. Leading the way is a talented junior college hitter, Josh Anthony, from Western Oklahoma State College.
Originally from Columbus, Ga., the 5-11, 195 third baseman/outfielder has been one of the most dominant forces in junior college this season. In 35 games played he is batting .476 with 14 home runs, 57 RBI, and 60 runs scored. He’s also added 31 stolen bases in 34 attempts to go along with 26 walks. His on-base percentage is .573. He’s expected to contend immediately for a starting role at third base for the Tigers.
Josh Anthony is a dynamic prospect who could be a game-changer for the Tigers.
A 6-3, 170 right-handed pitcher out of Ranger College in Texas, Calvin Coker is expected to be a bullpen guy for the Tigers exclusively after dropping down to pitch sidearm as a sophomore. Currently 7-4 with an ERA of 2.31, Coker has six complete games this season with a pair of shutouts.
A 6-3, 200 power hitter out of Blessed Trinity in Roswell, Ga., Conor Davis could play first base or even outfield for the Tigers down the road. Also with interest from Alabama, Miami, South Carolina, UCLA, Vanderbilt and others, Davis has the tools to be an impact player early for Thompson’s Tigers. Playing in just seven games since coming back from an injury he already has a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, and seven RBI.
A talented shortstop from Collins Hill High in Lawrenceville, Ga., athletic William Holland was originally committed to Kentucky before switching to Auburn in January. A 5-11, 175-pounder with pop at the plate and good range in the field, Holland is expected to be an immediate help on the infield for the Tigers.
Rounding out the spring signees for the Tigers is 5-10, 175 shortstop Luke Jarvis from Saddleback College in California. Featuring a very good glove and a player who is expected to play right away for Auburn, Jarvis leads his team with a .376 average and has one home run, four triples and 10 doubles. He’s batting .429 in conference play with 12 RBI in 13 games so far.
That group combines with a large early signing class for the Tigers. Included in that group are:
Elliot Anderson--A 6-4, 225 power lefty on the mound, Anderson is yet another big arm who should get plenty of early work for the Tigers next season. He plays for one of the top programs in Georgia at Cartersville High.
Tucker Bradley--A 6-0, 190 outfielder from Gordon Lee (Ga.) High, Bradley is athletic and should have the chance to contribute early at one of the corner spots for the Tigers. Diagnosed with Graves’ disease and now treated for it, Bradley has had a monster senior season, batting .566 with six home runs, six doubles, three triples, 22 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Also a very capable pitcher, he could be a two-way player for the Tigers.
Christian Camacho--A 6-0, 175 right-handed pitcher from Elk Grove, Ill., Camacho has great command and is a player with a ton of upside on the mound.
Davis Daniel--A 6-1, 175 right-hander from St. James in Montgomery, Daniel is a big-time talent that would have the chance to be a weekend guy right away for the Tigers if they don’t lose him in the draft.
Davis Daniel is a big-time talent from Montgomery.
Jay Estes--Another middle infielder out of Chipola (Fla.) Junior College, the 5-10, 175 Estes currently leads his team with a .344 average and has 22 stolen bases to go along with four home runs and 11 doubles.
Corey Herndon--A pitcher originally from Christian Brothers High in Tennessee, Herndon started his career at Central Arkansas before transferring to Columbia State in Tennessee for his sophomore year. Starting five games this season with eight total appearances on the mound, Herndon is currently 3-1 with a save and an ERA of just 2.35. In 30 2/3 innings he has struck out 34 with just 10 walks.
Trevor Hillhouse--A six-foot-six lefty, Hillhouse was originally committed to Kentucky before switching his decision to Auburn. The Woodstock (Ga.) High standout should be a big boost for Auburn right away.
Welby Malczewski--A six-foot-six, 230 lefty redshirt freshman at Heartland Community College in Illinois, Malczewski with 2-0 this season with an ERA of 4.58. He has struck out 14 in 17 2/3 innings this season and has two complete games. He will have three seasons to play for the Tigers.
Bowen McGuffin --A talented outfielder for Gulf Coast State Community College in Florida, McGuffin hit .308 as a freshman and has been even better as a sophomore. He’s currently batting .327 with five home runs and 33 RBI in 44 games played this season.
Alex Speas--This 6-4, 190 right-handed pitcher from McEachern High in Powder Springs, Ga. signed with the Tigers in the early period and has a chance to be a first round pick in this summer’s MLB Draft. One of the top prep power pitchers in the country, Speas routinely pitches in the mid 90's and has an arm that is only getting stronger.
Ryan Watson--A 6-5, 215 right-handed pitcher from Auburn High School, Watson has shown the ability to throw with power during his high school career and could be a player to keep an eye on down the road.