Baseball Signs 13 for 2017
The Yavapai College Roughrider baseball program has signed 13 players to the 2017 recruiting class.
Seven arms make up the majority and will replenish a sophomore heavy 2016 pitching staff. Cougill’s staff also added two infielders, three outfielders and a catcher. The class includes eight players from the state of Arizona, two from Nevada, one from Hawaii, Oregon and Puerto Rico.
“This is Coach Wise and Coach Dawson’s first recruiting class together and they’ve done a tremendous job. They have focused their efforts on adding student-athletes that will be ready to contribute as freshman in college. The players come from good programs where they’re used to winning and they complement our returning roster well. As in years past, our efforts continue as we build relationships with players and they continue to see the value in their education at Yavapai College and the expectations that are a part of our program. I welcome our 2017 class to the Roughrider family and congratulate Coach Dawson and Coach Wise on their efforts.”
Trent Bixby – RHP – 6’1”/180 – Basic HS – Henderson, NV
Cougill on Bixby: “Trent was one of our first commits in this class. He’ll pitch in the upper 80’s and throw 3 pitches for strikes.”
Zach Bain – RHP/IF – R/R – 6’2”/ 195 – Campo Verde HS – Gilbert, AZ
3rd ranked corner infielder in the state of AZ (azdiamondreport.com).
Cougill on Bain: “Zach has two big tools his arm and power. He’ll compete to play on both sides of the diamond.”
Alex Segal – LHP– 6’4”/185 – Chaparral HS – Scottsdale, AZ
Ranked top 500 nationally; 4th in the state of Arizona by perfectgame.org
Cougill on Segal: “Alex was an early D1 commit that sees the value in our program and working with Coach Dawson. He has all the makings to be an impact arm as a freshman and comes to us from one of the winningest programs in the state.”
Kevin Stevens – RHP – 6’2”/210 – Cienega HS – Tucson, AZ
Ranked top 500 nationally; 5th in the state of Arizona by perfectgame.org,; selected to the All-State team in ’14.
Cougill on Stevens: “Kevin is another power arm that is used to success. He’ll run a fastball into the low 90s and complements it with a strike out pitch for a breaking ball.”
Connor Zalewski, RHP– 6’3”/175 – Mid-Pacific Institute – Honolulu, HI
Cougill on Zalewski: “Connor is another early D1 commit that sees the great opportunity he has at Yavapai. He is long and athletic with a quick arm.”
Jacob Klein – RHP– 6’2”/185 – Liberty HS – Henderson, NV
Cougill on Klein: “Jacob attacks hitters with an above average fastball that he gets a lot of sink with. He’ll throw a SL and CH for a strike.”
Alan “Ace” Embree Jr– RHP – 6’8”/220. – Summit HS – Bend, OR
Cougill on Embree: “Ace has tremendous upside as a pitcher. He’s the son of an MLB veteran and he understands how to pitch.”
Parker Holland – MIF – R/R – 5’10”/170 – Mesquite HS – Queen Creek, AZ
2015 Arizona Division 1 State Champions. Ranked top 10 middle infielder in Arizona (azdiamondreport.com).
Cougill on Holland: “I’m excited about Parker…he knows how to hit, he comes from a baseball family and is a coach’s son. He brings a lot of intangibles to our club that I appreciate.”
Matt Mendibles – SS/3B – R/R – 6’3”/175 – Prescott HS – Prescott Valley, AZ
Cougill on Mendibles: “Matt is going to be a good one. He’s a second generation Roughrider and already shows a lot of pride in our program. He’s only scratched the surface and I expect good things from him.”
Travis Johnson – OF – R/R – 6’3”/220 –Saguaro HS – Scottsdale, AZ
.429 BA, 25 RBI’s, 10 2B, 18 SBs
Cougill on Johnson: “Travis is a natural hitter from a good HS program. He has a chance to be a middle of the order bat as a freshman.”
Dylan Cole – OF – R/L – 5’11”/165 – Chaparral HS – Scottsdale, AZ
Third ranked OF in the state of AZ (azdiamondreport.com), selected to the AZ Sunbelt Team.
Cougill on Cole: “Dylan has tools and is used to winning. He’ll add needed speed and athleticism to our lineup.”
Keaton Glover – OF – R/R – 6’0”/170 . – Hamilton HS – Chandler, AZ
Ranked 483 nationally and the number 1 Ranked OF in Arizona on perfectgame.org.
Cougill on Glover: “We’re happy to add another Hamilton product that knows how to win. Like Cole, he has all the tools to be an impact player right away.”
Ivan Arce – C/IF – L/R – 5’10”/190 – Pedro Falu HS– Rio Grande, PR
Cougill on Arce: “Ivan comes from the same area of former Roughrider standout, Alexis Olmeda. He has a big time bat and his energy is infectious.”