COLLEGE STATION - The Texas A&M Aggies announced the addition of five new players to the roster, including four that will suit up for the 2015 season.
The newcomers included catcher Michael Barash (West Boca Raton [Fla.] HS/LSU/Palm Beach State [Fla.]), outfielder Boomer White (Houston Memorial HS/TCU) and right-handed pitchers Cason Sherrod (Dallas W.T. White HS), Kyle Simonds (Grand Island [Neb.] Central Catholic HS/Hutchinson [Kan.] Community College) and Cody Whiting (Concordia Lutheran [Texas] HS/Crowder College [Mo.]).
Due to NCAA transfer rules, White will not see action in the 2015 season. Barash and Simonds will be juniors for the 2015 campaign and Whiting will be a redshirt sophomore.
The spring/summer signees join the seven players the Aggies inked last November.
Barash originally enrolled early at LSU, skipping his senior prep season, to play for the Tigers in 2013. He appeared in 18 games for LSU, including five starts, batting .269 with one double, one home run and four RBI. Last year, he played junior college baseball at Palm Beach State. He played in 51 games in 2014, batting .335 with nine doubles, one triple, four home runs and 33 RBI.
White was a two-year starter at TCU. In 2014, he helped lead the Horned Frogs to the College World Series. He started all 66 games, batting .315 with 49 runs, 14 doubles, two home runs, 49 RBI and 12 stolen bases to earn ABCA All-Midwest Region Second Team and All-Big 12 First Team honors. He garnered Most Outstanding Player recognition at the NCAA Fort Worth Regional. As a freshman in 2013, he appeared in 53 games, including 50 starts, batting .314 with 13 doubles, one triple, one home run and 27 RBI to earn Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America and Big 12 All-Freshman recognition.
Sherrod helped guide Dallas W.T. White High School to their 32nd consecutive state playoff berth. He posted a 5-2 record with a 1.45 ERA and 53 strikeouts and 43.1 innings during the regular season. Sherrod struck out 17 in nine innings of no-hit baseball in a 1-0, 10-inning loss to Dallas Jesuit in March. He was 2-4 with a 4.67 ERA as a sophomore before missing his junior campaign.
Simonds earned NJCAA Division I National Pitcher of the Year recognition and was the first player in Hutchinson Community College history to earn NJCAA All-America First Team status. He led the nation in wins going 13-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 103 strikeouts. Simonds set team records in compete-games (nine), shutouts (three) and strikeouts. Opponents walked just 12 times and batted .210 in 94 innings. Simonds logged six games with 10 or more strikeouts. In two seasons in Hutchinson he posted a 15-4 mark with a 3.02 ERA.
Whiting appeared in 12 games at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, logging a 7-0 record with 76 strikeouts a 2.59 ERA and 62.2 innings to help the Roughriders to a Region 16 title in his redshirt freshman campaign. As a senior in 2012 at Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball, Texas, he garnered TAPPS All-District 4-4A recognition.
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