UT Baseball signs 10 for 2014

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 14, 2013 at 4:43 PM

The University of Texas baseball program has received National Letters of Intent from 10 student-athletes for the class of 2014, head coach Augie Garrido announced Thursday.

 

Eight of the 10 student-athletes are from the state of Texas, while two come out of California. The group includes four pitchers and six positional players who will join the program in the fall semester of 2014.

 

“Tommy Nicholson, our recruiting coordinator, and Skip Johnson, our pitching coach, did a great job putting together this class,” said Garrido. “We feel these players are at the same talent level as last year’s class, only at different positions. It fulfills the needs we’ll have in 2014 and offers the opportunity to come in and earn playing time right away.”

 

The Longhorns added four pitchers – all right-handers – in Kyle Johnston (Flower Mound, Texas), Connor Mayes (Austin, Texas), Parker Joe Robinson (Coto de Caza, Calif.) and Tyler Schimpf (Citrus Heights, Calif.). A pair of catchers join the program in Michael Cantu (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Michael McCann (Round Rock, Texas), as do a pair of infielders in Joe Baker (McKinney, Texas) and Travis Jones (Humble, Texas). Outfielder Patrick Mathis (Venus, Texas) and shortstop/outfielder Kaleb Denny (Baytown, Texas) round out the class.

 

2014 University of Texas Baseball Signing Class (as of Nov. 14, 2013)

·   Joe Baker – SS – McKinney, Texas (McKinney HS)

·   Michael Cantu – C – Corpus Christi, Texas (Corpus Christi Moody)

·   Kaleb Denny - SS/OF – Baytown, Texas (Barber’s Hill HS)

·   Kyle Johnston – RHP – Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound HS)

·   Travis Jones – IF – Humble, Texas (Atascocita HS)

·   Patrick Mathis – OF – Venus, Texas (Venus HS)

·   Connor Mayes – RHP – Austin, Texas (Lake Travis HS)

·   Michael McCann – C – Round Rock, Texas (Cedar Ridge)

·   Parker Joe Robinson – RHP – Coto de Caza, Calif. (Junipero Serra HS)

·   Tyler Schimpf – RHP – Citrus Heights, Calif. (Capital Christian HS)

 

Joe Baker – SS – McKinney, Texas (McKinney HS)

- 2013 Perfect Game Underclass High Honorable Mention All-America

- 2013 All-District 10-5A first team as an infielder

- Defensive MVP of the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico

- Hit .381 with 18 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 2013

 

Nicholson on Baker: “Joe is instinctually off the charts. He has a great sense of the game, is an elite defensive player, can run, hit and bunt. He can rally catch and throw at multiple positions.”

 

Michael Cantu – C – Corpus Christi, Texas (Corpus Christi Moody)

- Ranked No. 112 nationally and the No. 1 catcher in the state of Texas by Perfect Game

- 2013 Perfect Game Underclass Second Team All-America

- 2013 Texas Sports Writers Association First Team All-State selection at catcher

- 2013 Texas Rangers Area Code Team

- Played pitcher and catcher and helped lead Moody to the 4A title game in 2013

- Also plays quarterback for the football team

 

Nicholson on Cantu: “Michael has really soft hands behind the plate along with an accurate and strong throwing arm. He’s a great receiver, a great catch and throw guy. He has as much raw powers as maybe anyone in the country for high school.”

 

Kaleb Denny - SS/OF – Baytown, Texas (Barber’s Hill HS)

- Ranked No. 361 overall and the No. 53 shortstop nationally by Perfect Game

- 2013 All-District 19-4A First Team by the Houston Chronicle

- 2013 Perfect Game Underclass Third Team All-America

- Member of the 2012 WWBA 17U All-Tournament Team

- Named the District 19-4A Offensive MVP by the Houston Chronicle in 2012

- Son of David Denny, who played at Texas from 1982-85 and was a member of the 1983 College World Series Championship team

 

Nicholson on Denny: “Denny can really hit, he’s a good defender, runs well and throws well. He comes from a good baseball family – his dad played at Texas. He’s a very clutch, big time player with great instincts.”

 

Kyle Johnston – RHP – Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound HS)

- Helped Flower Mound go 31-5 and win the District championship in 2013

- Went 3-1 with five saves in 28 2/3 innings as a junior in 2013

 

Johnson on Johnston: “Kyle is a strike thrower with a great delivery. He comes from a great high school program and works primarily with a fastball, curveball and changeup. He has a really easy, repeatable delivery, and has been a closer.”

 

Travis Jones – IF – Humble, Texas (Atascocita HS)

- Ranked No. 128 overall and the No. 21 shortstop nationally by Perfect Game

- 2013 Perfect Game Underclass Second Team All-America

- 2013 Texas Rangers Area Code Team

- 2012 All-District 14-5A Second Team at Shortstop

- Also plays wide receiver on the football team

 

Nicholson on Jones: “Travis is very athletic and a good-sized kid who can run, hit for power and throw. He’s a really exciting player all around. Out of this class he’s potentially a five-tool guy, a guy that makes your team go. He’s really exciting on the bases and has played in a lot of games and come up with a lot of big hits.”

 

Patrick Mathis – OF – Venus, Texas (Venus HS)

- Ranked No. 262 nationally and the No. 4 outfielder in the state of Texas by Perfect Game

- 2013 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-America

- District Offensive MVP in 2013 at Venus after hitting .561 with 49 RBIs, 31 runs and 11 home runs

- All-State outfielder and District MVP in 2012 at Moody High School before moving to Venus

 

Nicholson on Mathis: “Patrick has lots of power. He can throw and catch too. He’s got very good tools. He’s a really good hitter and outfielder, and throws well from the outfield. I’d put him up there with as much power from a left-handed hitter in the state.”

 

Connor Mayes – RHP – Austin, Texas (Lake Travis HS)

- 2013 All-District 15-5A First Team at pitcher

- Threw two no hitters and went 6-4 with a 1.20 ERA in 2013

- Pitched in the 2013 Connie Mack World Series

 

Johnson on Mayes: “Connor is another strike thrower and a physical kid that comes from a great program in Lake Travis High School. He has good fastball command and also a great curveball with an easy delivery.”

 

Michael McCann – C – Round Rock, Texas (Cedar Ridge)

- Ranked No. 369 nationally and the No. 3 catcher in the state of Texas by Perfect Game

- 2013 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-America

- Played in the 2013 Perfect Game WWBA World Championship

- 2013 All-District 16-5A Second Team at catcher

- Hit .369 in 2013 for Cedar Ridge

 

Nicholson on McCann: “Michael is a really quick catch and throw guy. He can also play corner infield and is athletic – he’s the quarterback of the football team. He can really hit and he’s disciplined.”

 

Parker Joe Robinson – RHP – Coto de Caza, Calif. (Junipero Serra HS)

- Ranked No. 328 nationally and the No. 15 RHP in California by Perfect Game

- 2013 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-America

- 2013 Milwaukee Brewers Area Code Team

- His father, Jeff Robinson, pitched for Garrido at Cal-State Fullerton from 1980-83 and in the Majors for nine seasons

 

Johnson on Robinson: “Parker Joe is a big, physical kid with a lot of grit and a lot of upside. He throws a sinker-slider and has a lot of moxy. He’s a tough kid who is not going to give in. Looks like a tight end. His dad was a big leaguer and he has pitched at a very competitive high school.”

 

Tyler Schimpf – RHP – Citrus Heights, Calif. (Capital Christian HS)

- Ranked No. 379 nationally and the No. 16 RHP in California by Perfect Game

- Pitched in the 2013 Perfect Game WWBA World Championship

- 2013 Oakland Athletics Area Code Team

 

Johnson on Schimpf: “Tyler is a physical kid that’s very athletic. He’s a fastball, curveball, changeup guy and a plus athlete. He’s a tough kid who has pitched in big situations.”

 

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