Georgia Prospect Blake Cairnes Signs With @MemphisBaseball
Nov. 22, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – University of Memphis head baseball coach Daron Schoenrock announced Friday that Hiram (Ga.) High School right-handed pitcher and third baseman Blake Cairnes signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Tigers for the 2015 season. Cairnes is the seventh signee for Memphis’ 2014-15 class.
A native of Douglasville, Ga., Cairnes has started four years for the Hiram Hornets under the direction of coach Chad Tittle. Ranked in the top-500 of the Perfect Game 2014 Class, Cairnes has totaled a 9-4 career record on the mound and a .329 average with 10 home runs and 72 RBI at the plate. He was named first team all-region the past two seasons and an all-county selection the last three years. Cairnes holds the school record for most strikeouts in a single game with 14 in a complete game, one-hit effort against Lithia Springs in March.
In 2013, Cairnes helped the Hornets to an 18-10 record and an appearance in the Georgia Class 5A state playoffs. Cairnes compiled a 6-4 record with four complete games and two saves, striking out 78 batters and allowing just 16 walks in 60 1/3 innings for a 2.31 ERA. At the plate, he hit .381 and had a .554 on base percentage with 41 walks, 39 RBI, 17 doubles, four homers and two triples.
“Blake is a true baseball player that has the ability to overpower hitters with velocity as a pitcher, and can develop into a quality RBI-type guy as a hitter,” Schoenrock said. “Blake’s decision to become a Memphis Tiger thrills us and we look forward to seeing his career at Memphis unfold. We look for him to make an early impact on our roster.”
Cairnes attended both the Percent Game USA 2012 Jr. National and 2013 National Showcases in Minneapolis, Minn., where the top high school players perform drills and compete in games in front of college coaches and professional scouts.
Cairnes was recently named a 2014 Under Armour Pre-Season All-American and is invited to attend the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament, Jan. 17-19, in Tucson, Ariz. He is the son of Rick and Elizabeth Cairnes.