TCC Baseball Announces 2012 Signing Class

By TCC Sports Information

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 1, 2012) – Tallahassee Community College baseball and head coach Mike McLeod has announced the signing of eleven student-athletes to first-time National Letters of Intent with the Eagles.

The eleven members of the 2012 signing class hail from five different states, as well as Mexico. Tom Watson, a 2012 Lincoln High School grad, and rising sophomore Tyler York, a former Leon High School standout, are the lone Tallahassee signees.

The group also includes Victor Cole, II, son of former major league pitcher Victor Cole.

“I am very excited about our signing class,” said McLeod. “With the nucleus we have coming back (in 2013) and the addition of these new student-athletes, we should be in a great position to compete in the Panhandle Conference.”


Cody Alling, Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola Catholic HS)

TCC coaching staff on Alling:  “Cody is a quick-armed lefty who can throw three pitches for strikes. He has a high baseball IQ and understands the game exceptionally well.”

Matt Bahnick, Laurys Station, Penn. (Bethlehem Catholic HS)

TCC coaching staff on Bahnick  :  “Matt is a versatile defender who can really hit the ball. He’s a multi-position guy. Also a great student.”

Michael Caballero, Valrico, Fla. (Brandon HS)

TCC coaching staff on Caballero:  “Michael is a big, strong left-handed hitter who hails from the talent-rich Tampa area. We expect him to play first base and pitch.”

Victor Cole, II, Cordova, Tenn. (Memphis University School)

TCC coaching staff on Cole:  “Victor is a left-handed pitcher out of Memphis. He’s more of a power lefty, hits 88 to 90 mph on the gun and has a sharp curveball. He’s a great student whose dad, Victor, Sr., pitched in the major leagues.”

Rashad Crawford, Atlanta, Ga. (Mundys Mill HS)

TCC coaching staff on Crawford:  “Rashad was the Georgia Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year this season. He batted .507 with three home runs, 15 RBI and 22 stolen bases. He’s very similar to (former Eagle and current Kansas City Royal) Lorenzo Cain, only a little more advanced at this stage.”

Robert Garcia-Quiroz, Mexico City, Mexico (International Baseball Academy of Puerto Rico)

TCC coaching staff on Garcia-Quiro:  “Robert is a big-armed right-hander out of Mexico City via Puerto Rico. Has a 90+ mph fastball. He’s a guy who really understands pitching. I’m looking forward to helping him develop his secondary pitches.”

Chad Mabini, Alpharetta, Ga. (St. Pius X Catholic HS)

TCC coaching staff on Mabini:  “Chad is a two-way athlete out of Atlanta. He’ll compete for a job in the infield. Reminds of (former Eagle and former major leaguer) Juan Padilla. He’s another great student.”

Bradley Robbins, Salisbury, N.C. (East Rowan HS)

TCC coaching staff on Robbins:  “Bradley is a strong-armed right-handed pitcher whose velocity varies from 88 to 92. His best pitch, though, is probably his slider. He’s a great competitor.”

Will Thompson, Graceville, Fla. (Holmes County HS)

TCC coaching staff on Thompson:  “Will is a lefty pitcher who led Holmes County to the (1A) state title game. He had a great senior year and was invited to pitch in the prestigious Florida High School All-Star Game. He has control of three outstanding pitches. He’s another outstanding student.”

Tom Watson, Tallahassee, Fla. (Lincoln HS)

TCC coaching staff on Watson:  “Tom pitched locally for Lincoln High School. He is an outstanding left-handed pitcher who throws strikes and has great instincts on the mound.”

Tyler York, Tallahassee, Fla. (Leon HS)

TCC coaching staff on York:  “Tyler is a front line catcher. Another local product who played at Leon High School and started for us as a freshman and was a first-team All-Panhandle Conference selection. We’re looking forward to another great year out of Tyler.”

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