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Baseball Announces Signings

February 10th, 2014 » filed under: Baseball News, Top Story

Yavapai College head baseball coach Ryan Cougill has announced that thirteen student-athletes have made NJCAA commitments to join the Roughrider baseball team starting in the 2014-15 academic year.

“Recruiting coordinator, Josh (Garcia) has worked extremely hard on this recruiting class.  We really think this class is a special group. We feel we have been able to bring in young men that have natural ability but more importantly we feel we’ve committed student-athletes that have a high expectation level and the willingness to continue the great work ethic and energy level on and off the field that our current ball club has.”  Cougill said.  “At quality JC programs around the country the hard work doesn’t stop at a commitment.  Josh and Jerry (Dawson) have also done a tremendous job of building relationships with these players which will serve invaluable when another NCAA signing period approaches in April, as well as the MLB draft pick signing deadline in July.  I want to congratulate the 2015 recruiting class and their families on joining the Roughrider baseball program.”

Gerard Hernandez – OF – 5’11’’, 195 lbs.  Bats: Left, Throws: Left. Pinnacle High School, Phoenix, Arizona. ranks Gerard #147 overall, #33 as an outfielder Nationally. Ranked #4 in Arizona overall and #2 at his position. Cincinnati Reds Area-Code team member.

Degan Harte – RHP/INF – 6’2’’, 215 lbs. Bats: Right, Throws: Right. Sandra Day O’Connor – High School, Glendale, Arizona. ranks Degan in the top 500, #207 Nationally as a RHP. Ranked #13 in the state, #4 as a RHP in Arizona. Member of the Arizona Sunbelt team.

Billy Oxford – RHP – 6’1’’, 195 lbs. Sunrise Mountain High School – Peoria, Arizona. ranks Billy in the top 500, #273 as a RHP nationally. Ranked #22 overall in the state and #7 as a pitcher.  Member of the Arizona Sunbelt team.

Tynan Holmstrom – IF – 6’3”, 195, Bats: Right, Throws: Right. St. Francis High School, Pasadena, CA. ranks Tynan #59 nationally as an infielder, #12 overall in the state of California.

Danny Siwek – RHP – 6’3’’, 190 lbs. Bonita Vista High School, Chula Vista, California. ranks Danny #296 as a RHP nationally. Danny is ranked #43 as a RHP in California.

Manny Gomez – OF – 6’4’’, 210 lbs. Bats: Right, Throws: Right. George Washington High School, New York, NY. ranks Manny #288 nationally as an outfielder, #47 overall in the state of New York.

Jesus Garcia – RHP – 6’3’’, 180 lbs. Tahquitz High School, San Jacinto, California. ranks Jesus #585 nationally and #80 as a RHP in his state.

Ryan Oberg – C/1B/RHP – 6’0’’, 200 lbs. Bats: Right, Throws: Right. Sunnyslope High School, Phoenix, Arizona. ranks Ryan #193 nationally, #4 catcher in Arizona. Member of the Arizona Sunbelt team.

Tarik Skubal – LHP – 6’3’’, 190 lbs. Kingman Academy, Kingman, Arizona. Named tournament MVP as he led Kingman Academy to their fourth straight state championship in baseball. Held opposing hitters to a .071 batting average while averaging 13.8 strikeouts per game.

Caleb Duhay – RHP – 6’0’’, 170 lbs. Iolani High School, Waipahu, Hawaii. ranks Caleb at #511 nationally as a RHP, #7 overall in Hawaii and #2 as a RHP.

Luis Valenzuela –  MIF – 5’10”, 170, Bats: Left, Throws: Right. Salpointe Catholic High School, Tucson, AZ.  Selected to the 2013 All-Star team for the Tucson Citizien.

Dallas Riggs –C – 6’1”, 180, Bats: Right, Throws: Right. Bradshaw Mountain High School, Prescott Valley, AZ.  Named to the Arizona All-Section team.

Ian Manzo – RHP – 6’3”, 180, Bats: Right, Throws: Right. St. Mary’s High School, Manitou Springs,  CO. ranks Ian #596 nationally and #6 at his position, in Colorado.