COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The back-to-back Big 12 champion Texas A&M baseball team signed 10 student-athletes to national letters of intent, head coach Rob Childress announced Monday.
“This strong and versatile class is a tribute to the tireless work that (assistant coaches) Matt (Deggs) and Jeremy (Talbot) put in all year long,” Childress said. “We feel this is a group that will not only fill the needs of our program, but is one that is made up of players that can excel in the tough, hard-nosed style of play that is Aggie baseball.”
The class is made up of nine high school seniors and one junior college player, with all but one hailing from the state of Texas.
“We are really excited about this class as a whole,” assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jeremy Talbot said. “Of the 10 guys, eight can pitch, so this is a very pitching-heavy class. All of them are very athletic and are strike-throwers. The position players we signed bring a blend of strength and speed that is a big part of Aggie baseball. This is a class that we think can help us continue the tradition of success that we are building at Texas A&M.”
The back-to-back Big 12 Champion Aggies open the 2009 season on Friday, Feb. 20 against Wright State at Olsen Field. Season ticket information is available by calling 1-888-99-AGGIE.
2008-09 TEXAS A&M BASEBALL SIGNING CLASS (10)
Name Pos. Yr-Exp. Ht. Wt. B/T Hometown (High School/College)
Jake Feckley RHP Fr-HS 5-10 180 R/R Wylie, Texas (Wylie)
Todd Glaesmann OF Fr-HS 6-4 200 R/R Waco, Texas (Midway)
K.C. Hobson 1B/LHP Fr-HS 6-3 210 L/L Bakersfield, Calif. (Stockdale)
Mason Leavitt LHP Fr-HS 6-0 160 L/L Frisco, Texas (Legacy Christian Academy)
Kyle Martin RHP Fr-HS 6-7 185 R/R Austin, Texas (St. Michael’s Academy)
Dylan Mendoza LHP/OF Fr-HS 5-10 170 L/L Austin, Texas (Lake Travis)
Shelby Miller INF/RHP Fr-HS 6-1 180 R/R Brownwood, Texas (Brownwood)
Cody Rogers OF Jr-TR 6-2 175 L/R Hallsville, Texas (Hallsville/Panola College)
Michael Wacha RHP Fr-HS 6-5 195 R/R Texarkana, Texas (Pleasant Grove)
Brandon Wood OF/RHP Fr-HS 6-4 190 R/R Fort Bend, Texas (Clements)
Jake Feckley · RHP · 5-10 · 180 · Bats: Right · Throws: Right · Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)
Two-time District Pitcher of the Year for coach Dustin Toth at Wylie High School … posted a 1.85 ERA, 74 strikeouts and just six walks in 68 innings of work as a junior (2008) … an honorable mention all-state selection as a sophomore (2007), went 9-2 with a 1.92 ERA with 89 punchouts in 80 innings … tossed four shutouts and a no-hitter while being named the district’s most valuable player … joined fellow signee Mason Leavitt in playing summer ball for the 17U McKinney Marshals, coached by former A&M All-American Brian Thomas, helping lead the team to the Perfect Game World Series title last fall in Fort Myers, Fla.
Todd Glaesmann · OF · 6-4 · 200 · Bats: Right · Throws: Right · Waco, Texas (Midway HS)
Was a second-team all-state selection as a junior (2008) for coach Tom Gladney at Midway High School in Waco … pegged as the No. 8-ranked high school prospect in Texas and No. 55-ranked prospect nationally by Baseball America … was a first-team all-district selection as a junior and was named Central Texas Player of the Year by the Waco Tribune-Herald after hitting .473 with 11 home runs and 56 RBI … was a member of the 2008 Texas Rangers Area Code team and played in the 2008 Under Armour All-American Classic game.
K.C. Hobson · 1B/LHP · 6-3 · 210 · Bats: Left · Throws: Left · Bakersfield, Calif. (Stockdale HS)
The Aggies’ lone out-of-state signee, plays for coach Dan Lemon at Stockdale High School in Bakersfield … tabbed the No. 19-ranked high school prospect in the state of California and No. 65-ranked prospect nationally by Baseball America … named The (Bakersfield) Californian’s Baseball Player of the Year as a junior (2008) after hitting .505 with seven home runs, 17 doubles and 57 RBI, and going 10-0 on the hill with a 3.03 ERA and 84 strikeouts … was an all-area selection by The Californian as a sophomore (2007), posting a 2.33 ERA and hitting .463 with three home runs … is the son of former major league player and manager Butch Hobson … attended high school in Nashua, N.H. as a freshman.
Mason Leavitt · LHP · 6-0 · 160 · Bats: Left · Throws: Left · Frisco, Texas (Legacy Christian Academy)
A three-time TAPPS first-team all-state pitcher for coach Andrew Embry at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco … led team to a state runner-up finish as a junior (2008), going 8-2 on the mound with a 0.81 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched … joined fellow signee Jake Feckley in playing summer ball for the 17U McKinney Marshals, coached by former A&M All-American Brian Thomas, helping lead the team to the Perfect Game World Series title last fall in Fort Myers, Fla.
Kyle Martin · RHP · 6-7 · 185 · Bats: Right · Throws: Right · Austin, Texas (St. Michael’s Academy)
A second-team all-state selection for coach Calvin Schiraldi at St. Michael’s Academy in Austin … went 3-1 with a 3.27 ERA as a junior, fanning 48 batters in just over 36 innings of work … hit .366 for the Crusaders in 2008 with four doubles, three triples, two home runs and 22 RBI.
Dylan Mendoza · LHP/OF · 5-10 · 170 · Bats: Left · Throws: Left · Austin, Texas (Lake Travis HS)
A second-team all-district selection for coach Roy Kinnan at Lake Travis High School … helped the Cavaliers to a 30-10 record and a berth in the regional semifinals … summer team, the Austin Black Wings, won the Premier Junior national championship in Joplin, Mo.
Shelby Miller · INF/RHP · 6-1 · 180 · Bats: Right · Throws: Right · Brownwood, Texas (Brownwood HS)
A third-team all-state selection and district MVP as a junior (2008) for coach Scotty Nichols at Brownwood High School … rated the No. 2 high school prospect in Texas and No. 4 prospect nationally by Baseball America … went 8-2 with a 1.11 ERA and 131 strikeouts in just 63 innings of work in 2008 … tossed three straight no-hitters, one shy of the state record, and followed that with a two-hit shutout … a strong two-way player, hit .413 with nine home runs and 32 RBI … was a member of the 2008 Texas Rangers Area Code team … as a sophomore (2007), fanned 129 batters while compiling a 10-6 record … a two-sport standout, earned second-team all-state honors as a punter for the Lions last fall.
Cody Rogers · OF · 6-2 · 175 · Bats: Left · Throws: Right · Hallsville, Texas (Hallsville HS/Panola College)
Plays for coach Todd Shelton at Panola College in Carthage … started 52 games as a freshman (2008), hitting .339 with a team-high seven home runs and team-best 43 RBI … led the Ponies with 60 runs scored and ranked second on the team with 19 stolen bases … helped his team reach NJCAA Regionals … played in the Texas/New Mexico Junior College All-Star Game.
Michael Wacha · RHP · 6-5 · 195 · Bats: Right · Throws: Right · Texarkana, Texas (Pleasant Grove HS)
An all-state and all-state tourney team selection for coach Craig Jones at Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana … led the Hawks to the state championship game, going 13-3 with a 0.96 ERA … fanned nine in 3 1/3 innings of work in the 2008 state title tilt against Snyder.
Brandon Wood · OF/RHP · 6-4 · 190 · Bats: Right · Throws: Right · Fort Bend, Texas (Clements HS)
A first-team all-district selection and leadoff hitter for coach Herb Espinosa at Clements High School in Sugar Land … hit .406 as a junior with 12 home runs, 40 RBI, 22 walks, 45 runs scored and 13 stolen bases … earned second-team all-area honors from the Houston Chronicle and first team all-greater Houston from Houston5ABaseball.com … a two-time Houston5ABaseball.com Hitter of the Week selection.