BRYAN -- The Brazos Valley Bombers are announcing the signing of four new pitchers to bolster their pitching rotation this summer. Garrett Fanchier, Geoff Lomax, Mitchell Pitts, and Travis Smith provide the Bombers with four additional right-handed arms to give the team more depth and balance as they enter the 2009 season.
Versatile enough to play multiple positions including infield and pitcher, Fanchier is a welcome addition to the 2009 Bombers. Serving mostly as a starting pitcher for Belmont this past spring, he finished the season with a 3-3 record in 15 appearances. In just his first season with the club, he racked up 53 innings, which was good enough for fourth on the team.
No stranger to the Bryan/College Station area after playing high school baseball at A&M Consolidated, Lomax will undoubtedly make a big impact for the Bombers this summer. Appearing in 20 games for Hendrix College this spring, he led the team with five saves and struck out 11 in 22 innings.
Pitts figures to be an important piece in the Bombers rotation. Although he is just 5’10”, he has all the makings of a power pitcher. As a freshman this past spring at Texas State, he struck out 16 hitters in just 12 innings, which was the highest strikeout ratio on the team.
With a wealth of talent and experience, Smith has the making of being an ace for the Bombers rotation this season. After a successful freshman season that included a 5-1 record and 4.40 ERA, Smith avoided the “sophomore slump” this past spring. In 15 appearances, he was 6-5 with a 4.50 ERA and struck out 44 batters in 50 innings of work. Before coming to Michigan, Smith starred at Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas, going 6-3 with a 1.80 ERA his senior year.