The Pitt baseball program is looking for a bounce back year in 2020, and the club has a totally revamped roster to prove it.
Head coach Mike Bell and his coaching staff have added 21 freshman and transfers to the roster for the upcoming second year under Bell.
The Panthers will hit off this year’s fall campaign against Akron on Sept. 27 and Youngstown State on Oct. 5, before having a three-game Blue-Gold scrimmage at Cost Field, October 9-11.
Pittsburgh Sports Now profiled 10 of the 21 newcomers back in July.
Below are the other 11 new Panthers that will be on the diamond when the new season rolls around, all of which are coming from junior colleges.
⚾ Jordan Anderson, OF, 6-foot-1, 185 lbs, Chipola College, Mississippi State, R/R
Anderson is from Madison, Alabama. He had a great 2019. He hit .300 with three home runs and 30 runs batted in. He also stole 21 bases.
He was named to the Florida JUCO All State Team in 2018-2019. Justin played travel ball for FTB Tucci.
— Perfect Game USA (@PerfectGameUSA) March 17, 2017
⚾ Justin Clark, OF, 5-foot-10, 190 lbs, Ohlone College, R/R
Originally from Pleasanton, California, Clark had a solid year last year in JUCO ball. He had a 363 average with 21 doubles, one triple, four homeruns and 45 runs batted in.
He was named 2019 Preseason JUCO All-American, 2019 Academic All-American, holds record for most doubles (21) in season at Ohlone College, and PCC First Team All-Conference. Clark played travel ball for the West Coast Kings.
Justin Clark, OF
85 games (2 Years)
65 Runs, 71 RBI, 19/25 SB
31 Doubs / 5 Trips / 4 HRs
‘18, ‘19 All-Conference
Pitt (PA) pic.twitter.com/SpN2XeJx2W
— OC Baseball (@OhloneBaseball) July 21, 2019
⚾ Samuel Frontino, INF, 5-foot-11, 183 lbs, John A. Logan College, R/R
The slugging infielder is from Fairport Harbor, Ohio. Last season he hit .353 avg/OBP .478, with 9 home runs and 56 runs batted in.
Frontino was named 2019 All-GRAC Team and 2019 All Region XXIV Team.
⚾ Matt Gilbertson, RHP, 6-foot, 190 lbs, College of Southern Nevada, R/R
Grew up in Henderson, Nevada. Had filthy stuff last season. Went 10-1 with a 2.39 ERA in 71.2 IP. Gilbertson struck out 73 batters with only allowing 12 free passes.
⚾ Bryce Hulett, 1B, 6-foot-2, 200 lbs, State College of Florida, L/L
Originally from Lake Wales, Florida. He had two solid years and the State College of Florida. He had his best stuff in 2018 when he hit .327 with 15 doubles. Last season he had 49 runs batted in.
He was named FCSAA 2017-2018 All-Conference Second Team, 2018 South Florida Collegiate League All-Star, and 2018 JUCO All-Star Game participant.
⚾ Dylan Lester, RHP, 6-foot-1, 210 lbs, San Jacinto CC/University of Houston, R/R
The right hander is from Brenham, Texas. Lester had a 2.27 ERA and notched 48 K in 31.2 innings pitched.
— Houston Baseball (@UHCougarBB) November 9, 2016
⚾ C.J. McKennitt, RHP, 6-foot-2, 210 lbs, St. Mark’s School/College of Holy Cross, R/R
Originally from Concord, Massachusetts. Had a stellar 2019 season appearing in 21 games.
Video of one of C.J. McKennitt’s ‘18 three strikeouts in his start for Holy Cross against Dartmouth yesterday. C.J. picked up the win on the mound and also had 1 hit & 2 RBI. pic.twitter.com/AcNdd5T1Fz
— St. Mark's Baseball (@StMarksBaseball) April 5, 2019
⚾ Mitch Myers, RHP, 6-foot-2,190 lbs, Florida Southwestern State College, R/R
The right hander is originally from Opelika, Alabama.
He played travel ball for Game on West. Last year he pitched 79.1 innings with a 3.29 ERA, 88 strikeouts and 23 walks.
— Doug Freeman (@DougFreemanPBR) October 28, 2018
⚾ Grant Powell, LHP, 6-foot, 188 lbs, Lackawanna College, L/L
Lefty from Kingston, Pa., Powell played travel ball for the Moosic Mets.
Last season he appeared in 14 games with a 5-2 record and one complete game. He had 62 strikeouts with a 3.54 ERA.
Powell was named Region 19 Playoff MVP and played in the NJCAA DII World Series.
⚾ Riley Wash, C, 6-foot-2, 192 lbs, St. Johns River State, R/R
The Longwood, Florida native played travel ball for the Orlando Scorpions. Last season he hit .262 with 17 runs batted in and four homeruns.
Wash was named 2017-2018-FCSAA All-Academic Team, 2017-2018-Mid-Fla. Conference Scholar-Athlete Award, 2017-2018 All-Conference Honorable Mention, and 2018-2019 Second Team All-Conference.
— Riley Wash (@RileyWash03) March 14, 2017
⚾ Ryan Culley, LHP, 6-foot-1, 195 lbs, Parkland College, L/L
The southpaw is from Swansea, Illinois. Last season he threw 54.2 innings, 76 strikeouts, and a 3.46 ERA. He played for Southern Illinois Batters Box for travel ball.