December 4, 2010

Incoming Class for Islanders Baseball Earns National Praise

CORPUS CHRISTI -

The Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi baseball team's group of 2010-11 newcomers has been lauded by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The publication gave the Islanders' incoming class honorable mention in its list of top recruiting classes nationally.

Southeastern Louisiana was the only other program from the Southland to garner mention from Collegiate Baseball, and only six other schools in the state of Texas (four Big 12 schools, Rice and TCU) earned recognition.

"It is exciting to have our program recognized on a national level," head coach Scott Malone said. "This group of student-athletes puts us in a position to have a special season in 2011. Our recruiting coordinator, Chris Ramirez, has done an excellent job of assembling a class that will be a difference maker in the Southland Conference."

The Islanders' group of newcomers includes TCU transfer Sean Hoelscher, Moody High School product Justin Meza, and a trio of junior college players expected to make an immediate impact - left-handed pitcher Todd Simko (Cuesta JC), catcher Jumpy Garcia (Southeastern JC) and righty Michael Boyle (Alvin JC).

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will open its 2011 slate on Friday, Feb. 18, with a four-game set against Mississippi Valley State. The next weekend, the Islanders will play host to the Kleberg Bank College Classic, where they will be joined by Indiana, Oregon State and Connecticut at Whataburger Field.

2011 Newcomers

Player Position B/T Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (Previous School)
Alaniz, Arnold LHP L/L 5-9 195 Fr. Hebronville, Texas (Hebronville HS)
Botello, Roland RHP R/R 6-2 225 Fr. San Antonio, Texas (Jay HS)
Boyle, Michael RHP R/R 6-1 185 Jr. Houston, Texas (Alvin JC) (Tombal HS)
Bragg, Chance RHP R/R 6-2 195 Jr. Abilene, Texas (Vernon JC)
Garcia, Jumpy C R/R 6-3 225 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y. (Southeastern JC)
Greene, Tanner RHP R/R 6-2 185 Fr. Georgetown, Texas (Georgetown HS)
Guys, Garrett RHP R/R 6-4 205 Fr. La Vernia, Texas (La Vernia HS)
Hoelscher, Sean RHP R/R 6-3 220 Jr. Corpus Christi, Texas (TCU) (Calallen HS)
Jack, Alex LHP L/L 6-4 230 Jr. Arroyo, Calif. (Chabot JC)
McNeil, Jake RHP R/R 6-4 175 Fr. League City, Texas (Clear Creek HS)
Meza, Justin RHP/OF R/L 6-0 160 Fr. Corpus Christi, Texas (Moody HS)
Nottebrok, Logan SS R/R 6-4 190 Fr. San Antonio, Texas (Reagan HS)
Perez, Chris UTL R/R 5-7 190 Fr. Corpus Christi, Texas (King HS)
Ruiz, Santiago C R/R 5-10 195 Jr. San Antonio, Texas (Blinn JC) (Reagan HS)
Sciantarelli, Dan 3B R/R 5-10 190 Jr. Corpus Christi, Texas (Northcentral Texas JC) (Ray HS)
Simko, Todd LHP L/L 6-4 220 Jr. Arroyo Grande, Calif. (Cuesta JC)
Valdez, Michael C R/R 6-2 190 Jr. Fort Worth, Texas (Texas Wesleyan Univ.)
Vest, Drew SS R/R 5-9 150 Jr. Missouri City, Texas (Alvin JC)
Washington, Sean OF R/R 5-7 180 Fr. Houston, Texas (Bellaire HS)
Zak, Bryce RHP R/R 6-3 175 Fr. Angelo, Texas (Central HS)