Bio: The 6-1, 180-pound right handed pitcher is a top pitching prospect in the 2009 recruiting class and was invited to the 2007 National Trials. He is ranked in the top 50 prospects in the 2009 class by Perfect Game (No. 49). He played summer travel baseball with The Bombers and starred at the 2008 and 2007 World Wood Bat Championships. Last season he batted .465 with 10 stolen bases, 31 runs batted in and 5 home runs in addition to working as the closer during Taravella’s 2008 6A Florida title run. Earlier this season Stiles pitched a one hitter against crosstown rival Coral Glades - striking out 14 batters in his complete game victory.
Recruitment: Stiles chose to sign with North Carolina over offers from Auburn, Louisville, Central Florida and Southern Florida. "I have always been interesting in North Carolina,” he said, “growing up as a little kid watching them on television. I never thought that I would be able to play for the Tar Heels being that I lived in Florida. Then this past October I played in an event and they approached me that night - they approached my mother. We set up a recruiting visit. I loved it up there, so it was spur of the moment - it happened over a week and a half."
Why Carolina? : "When I went up there I just felt like they were a really close knit team - almost kind of like a family. I felt I could really play with them as my team and with that coaching staff. I just felt really comfortable and at home with them and I thought it would be the best decision for me. As well they are a dynasty - they are a traditional powerhouse in college baseball."
Scouting Report: Stiles is a true two way player - on the mound and in the outfield. On the mound, Stiles features a mid 90s fastball in addition to a effective curveball, change up and slider. His curveball is of the 11-5 variety and both his fastball and change-up have sinking action. In the outfield, Stiles is a potential five-tool player, with defensive range and a strong arm in addition to being able to hit for average and power. He has been clocked as low as 6.84 in the 60-yard dash. Stiles has the talent to star as a pitcher or outfielder, but projects to have a higher ceiling as a pitcher at the next level. "The coaching staff stated that I would have the chance to play two ways in the fall,” Stiles said of his discussions with the Tar Heel coaches. “If I earn a spot, then I earn a spot. I like that a lot - I like that they are giving me a chance to play two ways instead just pitch.”
Coach Quote: "He means a lot to a baseball team,” Taravella coach Jason Stein said. “He hits in the middle of the lineup, hitting 3 or 4 for us. He is one of the top arms on our team and starts in center field when he is not pitching. Hard work and dedication and willingness to work to get better is what makes him so special. You are going to get a lot out of him. We play the best of the best every year. We have faced a number of top ten picks and at least four first-rounders. He has pitched in front of a scouts on a daily basis. He is able to pitch under pressure situations and having to perform on a daily basis will prepare him for the next level. Obviously it will be an adjustment, facing great hitters 1 through 9 in the ACC day in and day out."
Future Plans: "My parents and I have not really discussed a [contract] number yet. Coach Forbes stated that they will have to make me a rich man to keep me away from UNC."