NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb baseball head coach Jeff Forehand announced the addition of six players to the Bisons 2016 recruiting class who signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday.
Forehand and his staff, who have signed 27 players in the last three years, bolstered their roster with the addition of two pitchers and four positional players.
“All six of these guys have qualities that we are going to be able to add to what we have done in the previous two bigger classes,” Forehand said. “They are all going to be special players and we can’t wait to get them on campus.
“I love this class that’s coming in. We have not only signed quality players, but also quality people that fit our program and our school.”
The Bisons, who are well-stocked for the future with 23 freshmen and sophomores on the current roster, looked to add depth and create competition at positions of need with this class.
Christopher Bashlor | C | R/R | 6-2 |210 | Richmond Hill, Georgia (Calvary Day Baptist)
- Perfect Game Underclass Third Team All-American 2015
- First Team All-State 2014
- First Team All-Region 2014 & 2015
- Named to the All-City team in 2014 & 2015
- Hit .479 as a sophomore and .355 as a junior, while finishing both seasons with an on-base Percentage over .500.
- Also recruited by Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State and Georgia Southern.
- His brother, Michael, played baseball at South Georgia College, and also played football at Georgia Southern. His cousin is currently playing in the New York Mets Organization.
- Favorite book is Tim Tebow’s Through My Eyes.
- Favorite pro athlete is Stephen Curry.
"Bashlor is a guy we identified early as a really good baseball player. He can play a lot of different positions, but he is really coming into his own behind the plate. His bat is going to play and play quickly. We are really excited about what he is going to be able to bring to our team.”
Ethan Cady | 1B/OF | L/L | 6-2 | 205 | Soddy Daisy, Tennessee (McCallie School)
- Rated the top first baseman in the state of Tennessee and the 19th-best player overall by Perfect Game. Also named the 46th-best first baseman in the nation.
- 2015 Underclass High Honorable Mention by Perfect Game.
- Helped lead the Blue Tornado to a 2014 State Championship.
- Named the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year at McCallie.
- Led the team in doubles (9) home runs (5) in 2014-15, and pitched 7.2 innings with 17 Ks and 2 earned runs.
- Five times named to the Perfect Game All-Tournament Team.
- Also recruited by Tennessee Tech, UT-Martin and Wofford.
- Favorite movie is The Dark Knight.
- Favorite Pro Athlete is David Ortiz
“Cady is a solid option for us and is someone who is going to fit right into our scheme with what he can do offensively. He is someone that is probably going to play a couple of different positions just so we can get his bat into the lineup.”
Coleman Goodwin | INF |R/R |6-3 | 210 | Brentwood, Tennessee (Ensworth School)
- Ranked as the 51st best overall player in the state of Tennessee by Perfect Game.
- Four-year letter winner in baseball and football for the Tigers
- 2015 Perfect Game WWBA All-Tournament Team
- Plans to major in Engineering
- His mother graduate from Lipscomb and his uncle played baseball at Faulkner University.
- Favorite professional athlete is Mike Trout (L.A. Angels)
- Favorite music group is Jason Aldean and Justin Moore
“Coleman is an all-around good athlete. He is a corner-type player who is very versatile and athletic kid that is really about to come into his own offensively. He is a smart kid that we are excited about and someone who will make an impact for us.”
Parker McHale | RHP | R/R | 5/11 | 185 | Las Vegas, Nevada (Odyssey Charter HS)
- Rated as the fifth-best player in the state of Nevada and the 157th right-handed pitcher in the nation by Perfect Game.
- Helped lead the Owls in a playoff win over nationally-ranked Bishop Gorman.
- Plans to major in business.
- Is the brother of fellow signee, Ryan McHale.
- Favorite movie is Lone Survivor.
- Favorite professional sports team is the Kansas City Royals.
“The sky is the limit for Parker and he is a great addition to our pitching staff. He comes to Lipscomb with a huge ceiling to what he can do on the mound. Coach Ogden views him as a raw talent that has the ability to help us from day one.”
Ryan McHale | 1B/OF | R/R | 6-2 | 210 | Las Vegas, Nevada (Arbor View HS)
- Rated the eighth-best player in the state of Nevada and the 27th-best first baseman in the nation by Perfect Game.
- 2015 Louisville Slugger First Team All-American
- 2015 Max Preps Second Team All-American
- Set the Arbor View single-season home run record with 16 in 2015. That total also led the state of Nevada in all classes.
- Hit .371 with 16 HR, 50 RBI and a .504 OBP to earn the Arbor View most outstanding hitter award
- First Team All-State 2015
- First Team All-Sunset Region 2015
- First Team All-Sunset Northwest Conference 2015
- Earned three varsity letters for baseball at Arbor View HS.
- Plans to major in Management: Entrepreneur/Marketing
- Also recruited by Oregon, San Diego, New Mexico State and San Diego State among others.
- Favorite professional sports team is the Green Bay Packers.
- Brother of fellow signee, Parker.
“Ryan is a big, power-hitting corner guy. Any time you can add that type of guy into your lineup it is a good thing. He is a true power hitter and is someone that we are going to be able to build around in the future that will hit in the middle of the order and drive in runs.”
Sam Springer | LHP | L/L | 6-0 |175 | Knoxville, Tennessee (West HS)
- Rated the 8th-best LHP in the state of Tennessee and the 61st best overall player in the state by Perfect Game.
- 2014 National Amateur Baseball Federation All-American
- Earned All-District honors in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- Voted Team Captain (’14) and Team Pitching MVP (’14 & ’15)
- Four-year letter winner in baseball.
- Picked off 19 base runners in 2014.
- Threw a complete-game shutout in the NABF Southeast Qualifier in 2014 while also striking out 10.
- This past spring, he finished with a 1.48 ERA in 47.1 innings pitched and had 60 strikeouts.
- Chose Lipscomb over Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and Tennessee Tech.
- Grandfather played basketball at Tennessee Wesleyan
- Favorite music group is the Zac Brown Band.
- His ambition is to get to Omaha and play in College World Series
“Springer is a left-handed pitcher. We have been looking for depth at the left-handed pitcher and we feel he provides that for us. He is a guy that gives us some insurance on the mound as he develops into what we think can be a conference starter for us someday.”