TBC Eagles head baseball coach Jon Copeland recently announced the second group in the Eagles’ 2017 recruiting class, and it is a large group of five outstanding players — all Florida products. The group includes the following:

Daniel Burnsed, Catcher/First Baseman, Middleburg HS. 

The 6’2” Burnsed led the Broncos into the 7A/District 3 playoffs this past season and was a vital player for the Next Level American Legion squad who placed third in the Florida State Tournament during the summer.

Greyson Wright, Pitcher, Middleburg HS.

TBC landed a familiar face in Wright, as he and Burnsed were one of the top pitcher/catcher combos for the Broncos — and for the Next Level American Legion team. Greyson, who proved to be one of the top arms in the Jacksonville area this past season, is also the younger brother of returning NCCAA All-American Jon Shiver.

Austin Hillier- Pitcher/Infielder, Centennial HS, Port St. Lucie. 

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Hillier was one of the top players in the Palm Beach area for the Eagles, as the 6’3” two-way player batted close to .300 while combining for a 2.72 ERA in over 46 innings during his junior and senior seasons. For his efforts, Austin was named to the 2017 9A All-District 7 squad. He was also a key player for the American Legion Post 358 team that made it to the Florida State Tournament this summer.

Jean Rivera, Outfielder/Catcher, Gateway HS, Kissimmee.

Rivera was one of the top players for a Panthers squad that rolled to a combined 32-19 record during his junior and senior seasons. His team reached the 9A regional tournament both years, including a loss to national powerhouse Alonso HS in the regional final during his junior year.

Cole Collier- Pitcher, Eagle’s View HS, Jacksonville.

Collier led the Warriors to a third-place and second-place finish in the 2A/District 2 standings in his junior and senior seasons. Cole was also a vital member of the pitching staff for the Next Level squad that, along with Burnsed and Wright, captured third place at the American Legion state tournament.

Coach’s thoughts

All five players are a welcome addition to a TBC Baseball program that reached the NCCAA South Region Final in 2017. The Eagles were the last team out of the selection process for the NCCAA World Series last season in only their third year of existence. This second group in the recruiting class of 2017 brings a wealth of talent to an already strong and experienced roster.

–Jon Copeland, head coach, TBC Eagles Baseball