Grider, Pollack named Southeast Region ”Players to Watch” in Collegiate Baseball Magazine


Grider, Pollack named Southeast Region ”Players to Watch” in Collegiate Baseball Magazine
Wednesday, February 4, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz. - Newberry College's Casio Grider and Jim Pollack have been named as Preseason "Players to Watch" in the Southeast Region for the 2009 season by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.

Collegiate Baseball listed multiple "Players to Watch" and "Newcomers to Watch" at each position in all eight NCAA Division II regions. Grider was named as a "Player to Watch" and Pollack was named a "Newcomer to Watch."

Grider, a senior shortstop from Hephzibah, Ga., hit .297 in the 2008 season with eight double and 21 RBIs, and has once again earned the starting shortstop position at Newberry for the 2009 year. Grider was named a "Newcomer to Watch" prior to the 2008 season.

Pollack, a junior outfielder from Homer, Alaska, joins the Newberry squad this year from Polk Community College in Florida. He was a 50th round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies out of high school in 2005.

Grider, Pollack and the rest of the Newberry squad stand at 1-1 overall on the young season and are prepared for an upcoming swing of nine straight home games. The homestand starts on Friday at 7 p.m. with the first of a four-game set against the College of Saint Rose (N.Y.).

Collegiate Baseball
DII Preseason All-Americans
from the Southeast Region
Dan Ford - 3B - Sr. - Lenoir-Rhyne
Chas Anthony - 2B - Jr. - Erskine
Bryan Fogle - OF - Jr. - Erskine
Mike Moore - RHP - Sr. - Erskine
Boo Morrow - RHP - Sr. - Tusculum
Raymond Ruggles - RHP - Sr. - Tusculum
Jared Barkdoll - C - Sr. - Francis Marion
Alex Vertcnik - C/OF - Sr. - Mount Olive
Shannon Wilkerson - OF - Jr. - Augusta State
Ryan Kirkman - RHP - Sr. - UNC Pembroke
Josh Wilson - OF - Jr. - Armstrong Atlantic
Blake Ketner - P - Sr. - Catawba
Jarrett Coker - P - Sr. - Columbus State
Danny Davidson - P - Sr. - Columbus State
Mike Dobre - C - Sr. - Mars Hill

Collegiate Baseball
DII Preseason “Players To Watch”
from the Southeast Region
Michael Raymond - Sr. - RHP - Belmont Abbey
Casio Grider - Sr. - SS - Newberry
Zach Glass - Sr. - 1B - Lenoir-Rhyne
Kyle Norris - Sr. - C - St. Andrews
Aaron Hudgins - Sr. - SS - Tusculum
David Walters - Sr. - RHP - Francis Marion
Mills Rogers - Jr. - SS - Carson-Newman
Ken Raborn - Sr. - 1B/3B - USC Aiken
Sean Harrell - Jr. - OF - GCSU
Anders Oster - Sr. - SS - North Georgia
Atlee Pearson - Soph. - RHP - Erskine
Zach Whitman - Jr. - LHP - Georgia Southwestern
Rich Racobaldo - 3B - Sr. - Mount Olive
Tim Rawlings - Sr. - OF - Augusta State
Kevin Dietrich - OF - Sr. - UNC Pembroke
A.J. Nunziato - SS - Soph. - Lander
Kenny Cail - 1B - Sr. - Armstrong Atlantic
Chris Ahearn - Sr. - SS - Catawba
Nick Siega-Riz - OF - Sr. - Wingate
Brian Gordon - Sr. - C - Columbus State
Jonathan McDaniel - Soph. - RHP - Pfeiffer
Brian Williams - Sr. - OF - Mars Hill

Collegiate Baseball
DII Preseason “Newcomers to Watch”
from the Southeast Region
Nate Cudney - LHP - Fr. - Belmont Abbey
Jim Pollack - C/OF - Jr. - Newberry
Max Loveland - Jr. - CF/P - Lenoir-Rhyne
Samson Williams - Jr. - OF - St. Andrews
Jared Richmond - Jr. - OF - Tusculum
Barrett Kleinknecht - Jr. - SS/P - Francis Marion
Antonio Nickel - Fr. - C - Carson-Newman
Jeremy Smith - Jr. - RHP - USC Aiken
Steve Muolo - Jr. - 3B - GCSU
Jordan Erisman - Fr. - OF - North Georgia
Jarrett Miller - Fr. - RHP - Erskine
Chris Lingham - Jr. - OF - Georgia Southwestern
Will Rodriguez - Jr. - 1B - Mount Olive
Dillon Roark - Jr. - RHP - Augusta State
Matt McGovern - Jr. - RHP - UNC Pembroke
Darrin Tew - Jr. - LHP - Lander
Alex Wyche - Jr. - OF - Armstrong Atlantic
Trevor Mullins - Jr. - P - Catawba
Jacob Karr - Fr. - 3B/RHP - Wingate
Alex Montes - Jr. - OF - Columbus State
Myles Pearl - Jr. - OF - Pfeiffer
Mike Kitt - Jr. - INF - Mars Hill
Listings courtesy of Armstrong Atlantic State Sports Information