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Former Tift County High Standout Joins ABAC Baseball Team

July 9, 2015

Former Tift County High School standout first baseman Blake Suggs will be one of five transfers expected to make an impact for the Golden Stallions of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in the 2016 baseball season.

Baseball coaches in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association are always looking for that one player who can come in and provide an immediate spark for their team.  Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Coach Brandon Reeder is no exception.

“We have five guys transferring in who could make a real difference for us this season,” Reeder, who guided the Stallions to a fourth place finish in the 2015 league tournament, said.

Suggs was a 2014 Georgia Dugout Club All-State Southwest team member when he played for the Blue Devils.  Last season he played for NCAA Division II member Young Harris College.

“Blake is a line drive hitter who is a smooth, reliable fielder,” Reeder said.  “He will give us a left-handed bat that projects well for our league.  I’ve known Blake since he was in high school, and he is really a great kid.”

Reeder said the other four players include Casey Moody, a shortstop from Spalding County High School; Judson George, a pitcher from Lowndes High School; Brandon Robinson, a second baseman from Arlington Christian School; and Doss Arnold, a pitcher from Opelika (Ala.) High School.

All five players were enrolled at other colleges last year but have now decided to spend the next year in an ABAC uniform.

Moody signed with the University of Georgia out of high school after being named the Class AAA Player of the Year.  He hit .588 during his senior season at Spalding County with 20 home runs.  He wound up at Southern Union (Ala.) State College after undergoing shoulder surgery.

“Casey can really swing the bat,” Reeder said.  “I look for him to be an immediate contributor and provide some experience and leadership for some of our younger guys.  He’s coming off shoulder surgery so we’ll be patient with his defense.”

George was a preseason Under Armour All-America team pick for Lowndes in 2014.  The righthander pitched 23 innings and posted a 4.30 earned run average at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Fla., last year.

“Jud has the physical makeup and mound presence of a starting pitcher,” Reeder said.  “He has a durable body, and he throws strikes with velocity from 88 to 90 miles an hour.  He commands his pitches well which I think will translate into consistency.”

Robinson was the Perfect Game fourth rated second baseman in Georgia and was rated 16th nationally for the class of 2014.  He was twice named to the preseason Under Armour All-America team.  Robinson played for Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist last season where he made the Dean’s List on two occasions.

“Brandon has good range in the middle infield and brings some athleticism to our lineup offensively,” Reeder said.  “He’s a contact hitter with good speed and instincts.”

Arnold played for Team Alabama in the Georgia vs. Alabama all-star game after he completed his high school career in Opelika.  He spent last year at Brewton Parker College.

“Doss has electric stuff on the mound,” Reeder said.  “He throws his fastball 87 to 89 miles an hour, and he has a good slider.  Right now, I’m projecting him for our bullpen because he has a closer’s makeup.”
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