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today is nsd for a bunch of sports, including baseball. nli starting to roll in...

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Arriving to San Marcos from Richmond, Texas is 2-way player @CadeSitka #AllForTXST

https://www.perfectgame.org/players/pla ... ?ID=523201


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Second player to sign a NLI is @brett_brown26. A RHP out of Sinton, Texas that struck out 68 with a 1.57 ERA in 53.2 innings this past spring #AllForTXST

https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Pla ... ?ID=470255

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Welcome @IsaacPonce3 to San Marvelous! A RHP that was All-South Texas Third Team and 2x All-District selection out of Gregory-Portland HS #AllForTXST

https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Pla ... ?ID=526836

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A switch hitting catcher from Abilene, Texas, @CalebMunton has inked with the Bobcats #AllForTXST

https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Pla ... ?ID=524547

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Also arriving at #TXST with 2 years of eligibility left is @trevis_sundgren. Will play this season at Weatherford College after competing for Houston this past year #AllForTXST

https://uhcougars.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4165
https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Pla ... ?ID=371087

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Arriving via New Mexico JC with 2 years of eligibility remaining is RHP/OF @tstivors_13 #AllForTXST

http://www.nmjcthunderbirds.com/sports/ ... istan_2ufc
https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Pla ... ?ID=399131

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Fifth signing today is @sunseri__. An All-State utility player from The Woodlands HS #AllForTXST

https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Pla ... ?ID=442245

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Coming to the Bobcats from Shallowater HS is @HaydenVandy2. The RHP made the all-state second team & was named the District 2-3A MVP #AllForTXST

https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Pla ... ?ID=627126

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A JUCO transfer from Weatherford College, @jt_thompo is an infielder that hit .326 with 4 HR & 46 RBI as a freshman #AllForTXST

https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Pla ... ?ID=469925

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Adding some pop from the left side of the plate in 2020 will be @gabebriski from Keller, Texas #AllForTXST

https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Pla ... ?ID=513667

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Completing the early signing class is @jacobmillender. He is a 6-5 RHP from Blinn College that will have 2 years of eligibility remaining #AllForTXST

https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Pla ... ?ID=480959

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Texas State baseball head coach Ty Harrington announced the signing of 11 high school seniors and junior college transfers to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.

The new Bobcats are Gabriel Briski, Brett Brown, Jacob Millender, Caleb Munton, Isaac Ponce, Cade Sitka, Tristan Stivors, Trevis Sundgren, Casey Sunseri, Justin Thompson and Hayden VanderRoest. All of them call the state of Texas home.

"I would like to congratulate assistant coaches Steven Trout and Chad Massengale in signing a very athletic and competitive recruiting class," said Harrington. "The future of Bobcat baseball looks incredibly bright with the addition of not only the right athletes but also the right people."

Gabriel Briski – OF – 6-3, 210
Keller, Texas / Keller HS
Briski helped Keller High School to a 25-7 record, took home the District 3-6A title with a 10-2 record and reached the UIL 6A Region 1 quarterfinals. He hit .376, drove in 20 runs and drew 15 walks.

Trout on Briski: "Gabe is a big, physical left-handed hitter. He constantly finds a way to barrel up baseballs and with authority. He has a chance to really hit in out ballpark."

Brett Brown – RHP – 6-3, 185
Sinton, Texas / Sinton HS
Brown is coming off a junior season in which he struck out 68 and recorded a 1.57 ERA in 53.2 inning over 11 games for Sinton High School. At the plate, the future Bobcat batted .345 with a .424 OBP, 19 RBI and 20 runs. He was part of a team that went 17-10 on the year and reached the UIL 4A Region 4 Area finals. His performance earned him District 31-4A Junior MVP honors.

As a sophomore, Brown posted a 0.78 ERA with 55 strikeouts to 17 walks in 36 innings in seven appearances. He added a .347 average with 13 RBI at the dish to earn the District 31-4A Sophomore MVP accolade.

Brown was named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 4A All-State Third Team, earned Collin Street Bakery TSWA Class 4A All-State honorable mention and selected to the All-District 31-4A Second Team as a freshman. That season saw him make four appearance on the mound, totaling six frames with six strikeouts. He did his damage at the plate with a .452 average, .510 OBP and .559 SLG while driving in 19 runs and scoring 18 times. That year the Pirates finished 24-11-1 and reached the UIL 4A Region 4 semifinals.

In the classroom, Brown is a member of the National Honor Society and is part of Sinton's Student Council. This year he is serving as the Senior Student Council President.

Trout on Brown: "Brett has a ton of upside with a large frame and a big arm. He has played in the state tournament before and that experience is huge. He has a chance to develop into a power pitcher and have a big impact for us."

Jacob Millender – RHP – 6-5, 220
Houston, Texas / Lamar HS / Blinn College
Millender signed with TXST out of Blinn College. His freshman season with the Buccaneers saw him go 5-1 with a 3.39 ERA and 65 strikeouts. He tossed 61 innings in 14 appearances. His best performance of the season came at San Jacinto College-North when he went 7.2 strong innings, struck out 12 and allowed only four hits in the 4-2 victory.

For his accomplishments on the mound, Millender was selected to the all-conference team. In September, he participated in the Texas/New Mexico Junior College Coaches Association All-Star game.

A graduate of Lamar High School, Millender earned All-Region 3-6A honors, All-District 18-6A First Team and was named Pitcher of the Year. He was a three-time second team all-district selection as a freshman, sophomore and junior. The 6-foot, 5-inch right-hander helped Lamar HS to the fourth round of the playoffs in 2015 and the third round in 2016 and 2017.

Trout on Millender: "Jacob has a big right arm with unreal command. He only walked seven guys in an entire year of JUCO baseball which is unheard of. He has a lot of upside on the mound and we are excited to watch him win a lot of games for us."

Caleb Munton – C – 6-0, 210
Abilene, Texas / Wylie HS
Munton is a switch hitting catcher from Wylie High School in Abilene, Texas this spring. He is coming off a junior season in which he hit .426 with four home runs and 31 RBI. The Bulldogs ended the season in the UIL 4A Region 1 quarterfinals with a 22-5-1 record and claimed the District 5-4A crown.

The future Bobcat was a part of back-to-back UIL 4A State Champions in 2017 and 2016. The 2017 team finished 36-1 and finished No. 2 in the nation in the MaxPreps.com Rankings and No. 25 in the Xcellent 25 Writers' Poll. That season saw Munton be named the District 5-4A Newcomer of the Year and to the UIL 4A All-Tournament First Team.

Trout on Munton: "Caleb is a switch-hitting, power-hitting catcher that has won two state championships. He knows how to win and win big. That is valuable, especially behind the plate. He has a chance to hit for a lot of power on both sides of the plate in Bobcat Ballpark."

Isaac Ponce – RHP – 5-10, 185
Portland, Texas / Gregory-Portland HS
Ponce will arrive in San Marcos after graduating from Gregory-Portland High School. This past season he was selected as the All-District 29-5A Second Team. Along with being a first team all-district selection as a sophomore, the future Bobcat was also an All-South Texas Third Team pick and named to the All-South Texas Hooks Preseason All-Star Team.

Trout on Pounce: "Isaac is a right handed pitcher that can really sink the baseball along with having a plus slider. He has a chance to get a ton of ground ball outs for us and eat up a ton of innings. Guys with Isaac's similar stuff have had a ton of success for Texas State."

Cade Sitka – C/3B/RHP – 5-11, 175
Richmond, Texas / Foster HS
Sitka enters his fourth season on the baseball team at Foster High School. Last season, he helped the Falcons go 26-7-1 to claim the District 27-5A, Bi-District and Area championships. Coached by Mick Tosch, Sitka is a three-time All-District 27-5A honoree. He was a first teamer as a freshman at third base and his junior season as a utility player while making the second team as a catcher as a sophomore. All three seasons has seen him be selected to the Academic All-District team.

In 2018, Sitka hit .398 with a .555 on-base percentage and 1.350 OPS. He hit seven home runs, 10 doubles and two triples. In a game against Klein Oak High School he tossed a no-hitter.

Sitka enters his senior season with a career batting average of .372, a .519 OBP, .691 slugging percentage and 1.260 OPS. The future Bobcat has also hit 13 home runs, 20 doubles and three triples.

Trout on Sitka: "Cade is a two-way player that can play multiple positions and has a ton of juice in the bat. He will bring some power to our lineup. On the mound, he really knows how to pitch and get outs. He has a strong arm and will have a chance to help us win a lot of games."

Tristan Stivors – RHP/OF – 6-4, 200
Castroville, Texas / Medina Valley HS / New Mexico JC
Stivors will arrive in San Marcos after wrapping up his second season this spring at New Mexico Junior College. He helped lead the Thunderbirds to a 40-17 record and claimed the Western Junior College Athletic Conference championship with a 27-9 record. In September he was selected to play in the Texas/New Mexico Junior College All-Star weekend.

The Castroville, Texas native appeared in 11 games and started five on the mound where he finished with a 5-0 record with one save, 5.44 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 41.1 innings in 2018. His performance on the hill earned him NJCAA Region 5 West honorable mention honors. In his final action of the season, he struck out eight and held Howard College to four hits in six innings in the regular season to claim the conference title.

In limited action at the plate, he was 3-for-10 with three runs scored, hit one triple, one home run and recorded four RBI.

A three-year letterwinner at Medina Valley High School, Stivors was twice named First Team All-District 28-5A and once to the second team. As a senior, he was named the Panthers' MVP in which he amongst the strikeout leaders in Texas 5A baseball. His performance on the field in 2016 earned him invites to play in the both the Texas Select All-Star Showcase and San Antonio High School All-Star Game.

Stivors was also a standout on the gridiron and in track and field. He was a three-time all-district selection and played in the San Antonio High School All-Star Football Game while competing as a running back and linebacker. In track, he was an area qualifier in the discus, triple jump, 110m hurdles and 300 hurdles.

In the classroom, Stivors received the Academic Excellence Award all four years and was an Academic All-State selection in football. He was also a member of the Future Farmers of America, National Honor Society and Peers for a Positive Change.

Trout on Stivors: "Tristan is a two-way player with power form both the pitching and hitting sides. He has a big arm that has run it up into the mid-90s. He will have a chance to help us on the mound and at the plate in 2020."

Trevis Sundgren – RHP – 5-10, 185
Silsbee, Texas / Silsbee HS / Houston / Weatherford JC
Sundgren will have two years of eligibility remaining after spending the 2019 season at Weatherford Junior College. Last season he played at Houston where he made five appearances out of the bullpen and tossed 2.1 innings with a strikeout.

A graduate of Silsbee High School, Sundgren was a two-time All-State Pitcher, named Pitcher of the Year twice and earned First Team All-District 22-4A.

Trout on Sundgren: "Trevis is a complete pitcher with a really quick arm. He has a plus off-speed pitch to go with a big league fastball. He has experience at the D1 level before and he will be fun to watch in the maroon and gold."

Casey Sunseri – UTL – 6-0, 190
The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands HS
Sunseri will letter four years at The Woodlands High School on the diamond. His junior campaign ended with him batting .423 with a .464 OBP and .503 SLG. He recorded 23 RBI and scored 30 times as he helped the Highlanders go 25-16-1 and reach the UIL 6A State semifinals. After the season he was named to the Collin Street Bakery TSWA Class 6A All-State Third Team.

His performance in 2018 saw him be named Perfect Game Preseason All-American High Honorable Mention for the 2019 season.

Sunseri also plays quarterback and has helped The Woodlands go 7-3 this season and share the District 15-6A title with a 7-1 record. He has completed 72-of-117 passes for 809 yards and nine touchdowns. The Highlanders open the UIL 6A DI playoffs on Friday.

Trout on Sunseri: "Casey can literally play almost every position on the field. He can really hit as he lead his team to a state tournament appearance last year. He will collect a lot of hits in his Bobcat career."

Justin Thompson – INF – 6-0, 200
Frisco, Texas / Wakeland HS / Weatherford College
Thompson signed out of Weatherford College and will have two years of eligibility remaining. His freshman season saw him hit .326 with a .429 OBP and .511 slugging percentage. He smashed four home runs, 17 doubles and two triples while driving in 46 runs and scoring 49 times.

In 2017, Thompson graduated from Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas. His senior season saw him bat .411 with a .465 OBP, four homers, 28 RBI and 25 runs scored. He helped the Wolverines to a 38-5-1 record, finish 23rd in the nation in the Xcellent 25 Writers' Poll and advance to the UIL 5A State semifinals. That year also saw him be named to the THSBCA Class 5A All-State Third Team, Collin Street Bakery TSWA Class 5A All-State Honorable Mention, UIL 5A All-Tournament Team and District 13-5A Defensive MVP. He was selected to play for the North Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Team as well.

Thompson hit .386 with a .463 OBP and .652 SLG in his prep career. He also recorded eight home runs, 27 doubles, drove in 53 runs and came around to score 80 times. The future TXST player was a 2016 All-District 13-5A First Team honoree and the district's Defensive MVP. He also picked up all-district second team accolades in 2015.

Trout on Thompson: "JT is a guy that can hit for average and power, and has done so at multiple levels. He can play multiple infield positions and should be an impact bat for us. He played in the state tournament as well during his senior year in high school."

Hayden VanderRoest – RHP/INF – 6-0, 190
Shallowater, Texas / Shallowater HS
VanderRoest will arrive in San Marcos competing for playing time on the rubber and in the middle of the infield. He helped lead Shallowater High School to a 28-4-2 record, win the District 2-3A championship with a 10-0 mark and reach the UIL 3A Region 1 semifinals. The 6-foot right-hander hit .484 with eight homers and 53 RBI on his way to being named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 3A All-State Second Team, the Collin Street Bakery TSWA Class 3A All-State honorable mention squad and District MVP.

As a sophomore, VanderRoest was an All-District 2-3A First Team selection at shortstop. That season the Mustangs went 21-4-1, 10-0 in district play to claim the championship and advance to the UIL 3A Region 1 Area finals.

The future Bobcat is also a member of the football, power lifting and track teams. On the gridiron, he has twice been an all-district honoree with a selection at both defensive end and wide receiver. VanderRoest is also a student council member and part of the robotics team.

Trout on VanderRoest: "Hayden has a very developed right-handed arm that has been up to 93. He is also a linebacker on his football team, so any time you have the linebacker mentality on the mound is a good thing. We are excited for his future with us."

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Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:30 pm
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I feel like Harrington over-recruits JUCO players. 11 signees. 7 HS, 4 JUCOs.

Think we're only losing 7 seniors from last year's roster. Not sure why we need to recruit JUCOs unless they're just can't miss players.


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I used to look forward to baseball season and now I feel it will just be another .500 season or so. At least basketball has improved and gives me something to look forward to.


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There's reason for optimism in baseball.

Only losing 8 players from last year's squad to graduation/draft that I'm aware of. No reason to think we can't improve upon last year's 30-28 record.

Our entire starting rotation returns so starting pitching should be better. Fraze, Reich, Leigh, Engle could be a pretty good 4-man rotation and we have a couple other guys with starting experience (B Lewis, Pagano) that could be in the mix too.

Bullpen does lose our top lefty in Braden Pearson and one of the better righty relievers in Cam Baird but everyone else returns. We just don't lose much at all pitching-wise.

Offensively we lose a few big pieces:
Biggest losses will be in the middle of the infield with Ortega and Sherley getting drafted. Dalton Shuffield looks to be a pretty seamless transition for Sherley at SS though. He had a tremendous freshman year. Not sure what we do at 2B, that's one of the biggest question marks going into 2019. The other spots we'll have to fill are in the outfield losing Dylan Paul and Derek Scheible but Travon Benton and Skyler Valentine come off redshirt and can fill in there. Plus we have some other experienced players returning in the outfield like John Wuthrich and Jacob Almendarez. Jared Huber gone at catcher too but Felipe Rodriguez has a lot of experience back there and we seem to be recruiting catcher hard.

I only see two guys with eligibility left not showing on the roster. Ethan Klosterboer was going into his senior year and had barely seen the field during his time here. Tyler Clark-Chiaparelli was a freshman last year that redshirted.

I could cobble together an experienced lineup right now pretty comfortably at every position on the field other than 2B so feel pretty good about what we have coming back defensively. Pitching should be better with almost everyone returning. If we can not take a huge step back offensively we should be better in 2019 than we were this year.


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