Georgia baseball team signs top prospect Frazier

One of the top prospects in the country highlights the first five Georgia signings released Monday by Georgia coach David Perno.

Georgia picked up outfielder Clint Frazier from Loganville in addition to infielder Michael Bell from Union City, left-handed pitcher Connor Jones from Johns Creek, left-handed pitcher Ryan Lawlor from Middle Georgia College and catcher Skyler Weber from Gainesville. Perno is expected to announce another group of signees later in the week. The November signing period ends on Wednesday.

Frazier is rated by Perfect Game as the No. 1 prep prospect in the country for the 2013 MLB amateur draft and by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect. He batted .424 with 24 home runs, 58 RBIs and 14 stolen bases as a junior last year at Loganville. Frazier likely will become a prime target for the 2013 draft, diminishing his chances of playing at the college level.

“Clint is a great player and one of the best offensive players in the country,” Perno said in a news release. “It would be a first for us if he ended up in school here because he is projected as a premium pick in the Major League Baseball draft in June.”

Jones is also a highly rated prospect, the No. 1 left-handed pitcher as ranked by Perfect Game and a third-team All-American by Perfect Game. He played summer league baseball for the East Cobb Yankees and won the WWBA Perfect Game under-18 national title.

Lawlor comes out of Middle Georgia College and played high school ball at Savannah’s Calvary Day. He went 10-1 with a 0.70 ERA and 158 strikeouts as a senior in high school.

Weber is a left-handed batter who hit .373 with three home runs and 34 RBIs as a junior last year at Gainesville.

Bell batted .424 with four home runs and 20 RBIs at Langston Hughes in Union City last season and could play any of the infield positions.

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