August 24, 2016

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MARTIN, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin head baseball coach Rick Robinson has announced the signing of eight junior college transfers to the 2017 Skyhawk roster.

Seven of the eight additions will begin their Skyhawk career as juniors, while one player will be a sophomore. In these additions, UT Martin added three pitchers and five position players to round out the 2017 recruiting class.

“I am excited about our final additions to the Skyhawk family,” Robinson said. “It is a well-rounded group that will add to our already talented group of newcomers.”

Creighton Eldridge, OF, 6-0, 173, Jr., L/L, Mansfield, Tex. (McLennan CC)

The Mansfield, Texas native was a junior college standout at McLennan Community College where he helped lead the Highlanders to a Region V Championship and a second place finish at the JUCO World Series in 2015. In his final season with McLennan CC, Eldridge hit .273 with 21 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 40 games. He was a second team all-district selection for Mansfield Summit High School in 2014.

Tyler Borski, LHP, 6-3, 175, Jr., L/L, Riverton, Ill. (Lincoln Land CC)

Borski comes to the Skyhawks by way of Lincoln Land Community College where he was one of the top performers on the Loggers’ pitching staff. In his sophomore season, Borski took the mound six times, earning a record of 3-1 over 22.1 innings pitched. He finished the year with a 2.42 ERA (surrendering just six runs) while striking out 17 batters. In 2014, Borski led LLCC to a ninth place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament and he was named the Region 24 Most Valuable Player.

Seth Rayburn, RHP, 6-1, 200, Jr., R/R, Vancouver, Wash. (Mt. Hood CC)

Rayburn makes his way to UT Martin from Mt. Hood Community College, where he put up impressive numbers in his final season as a member of the Saints. In 12 appearances, Rayburn had a record of 6-3 with a 2.46 ERA and 35 strikeouts. His sophomore season was highlighted by a win over Southwest Oregon Community College where he pitched a complete game, allowed zero earned runs and struck out 11 hitters.

Keylen Steen, C, 5-10, 190, Jr., R/R, Chehalis, Wash. (Tacoma CC)

Steen begins his career with the Skyhawks coming out of the NWAC wood bat junior college league. In 2016, Steen was amongst the leaders for the Titans, batting .278. His patience and toughness at the plate made him one of the toughest outs in the conference, drawing 16 walks while only striking out seven times on the year. Defensively, Steen was the leading catcher at Tacoma CC, recording 85 putouts and 18 assists without committing an error.

Jonah Brody, C, 5-9, 185, Soph., R/R, Hoover, Ala. (Lawson State CC)

The Hoover, Ala. native joins UT Martin after spending his freshman year at Lawson State CC. At the plate, Brody was an extremely tough out for opposing pitchers with an on base percentage of .443 and a batting average of .316. Brody was one of top defensive catchers in the Alabama Community College Conference, recording 108 putouts.

Jordan Lambert, OF, 6-3, Jr., 190, L/R, Savannah, Tenn. (Lawson State CC)

Lambert is a dual-threat outfielder that brings some extra power to the Skyhawks lineup. He was the team leader for the Cougars in 2016 with six home runs and 33 RBI’s. During his prep career, Lambert was selected to the All-West Tennessee, All-District, and Tennessee Super Freshman and Sophomore teams as a four-year starter and a .351 hitter throughout his time at Hardin County High School.

Ben Aslett, IF, 5-11, 180, Jr., L/R, Melbourne, Australia (Allen CC)

Aslett joins UT Martin out of Allen CC, where he was one of the most effective bats in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. Over his career, Aslett hit .328, slugging 11 home runs and driving in 59 runs. He also racked up 90 hits over the course of his career with the Red Devils. Aslett was the team’s leader in stolen bases as a sophomore, and the Skyhawks hope to capitalize on his rare combination of power and speed.

Zach Denney, RHP, 6-2, 185, Jr., R/R, Russellville, Ky. (Lincoln Trail CC)

Denney was a key reliever for Lincoln Trail CC in 2016, where he was amongst the team leaders with 28 strikeouts in 17 appearances. His versatility will be an important asset for the Skyhawks as Denney has shown to be an effective starter as well as a key part of the bullpen. During his freshman year, Denney lead the Statesmen in saves while racking up 20 innings pitched in only six appearances. 

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