AJ Mackey is returning for his third season with the Freedom. He previously played as an infielder during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In 2011 he had a batting average of .207 with six double and 15 RBIs. He played in 30 games with the Freedom, registering 19 hits and scoring 11 runs. Mackey is returning as a right handed pitcher from the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC.