Sports - Javelinas

Dec 11, 2013 5:34 PM by TAMUK.COM

TAMUK Baseball Signed Three in Early Period

KINGSVILLE, Texas - The Javelina Baseball team has signed three junior college players to National Letters of Intent for the 2015 baseball season. Head coach Jason Gonzales and his coaching staff are excited to bring these three players into the program and expect them to contribute immediately.

"We are extremely excited about these young men joining our program," said the Javelina head coach. "Our assistant coaches have done a great job of hitting the recruiting trail and getting us off to a great start on our 2015 recruiting season. Anytime you can add two left-handed pitchers and a middle infielder, you are setting the standard for a very successful class. These young men will be counted on to carry a tradition that will allow us to compete for a national championship."

Matias Terrones, a 6-2, 185-pound left-handed pitcher, will join the Javelinas after two successful seasons at Eastfield College. He is a projectable left-handed pitcher with a fastball in the upper 80s with more velocity to come. Terrones also throws a changeup and a curveball, both of which are capable of becoming plus pitches.

"Matias has a bright future on the mound," said recruiting coordinator Philip Middleton. "He is very projectable and has all the tools to be successful. We feel that with a full strength-and-conditioning program and daily work with pitching coach Jonathan Burns, he will become an elite arm in our conference."

A second lefty pitcher - Miguel Pontifis - has also signed with the Javelinas. He will come to Kingsville from North Central Texas College. In his freshman year, he was 3-1 on the mound with 12 strikeouts while opponents hit only .178 off him in 31 innings of work. Pontifis has tremendous movement on his pitches and is well composed on the mound.

"Miguel is a guy we will count on to step in right away and help us out from day one," said Middleton. "We feel that his abilities fit in well with our needs and he will be a huge asset to our program. Coach Burns says that Miguel is ready to compete for a starting position right now but still has his best pitching days in front of him."

The third signee - Zach Smith - will figure into the mix in the middle infield for the Javelinas in 2015. A 5-9, 170-pound middle infielder from Angelina College, Smith was selected to participate in the Texas-New Mexico Junior College All-Star Game after a solid freshman campaign. He hit .320 with 14 doubles and 31 runs batted in.

"Zach is a versatile infielder who is very athletic and can play premium defense in the middle of the field," said Middleton. "He is a very good runner who is also a proven hitter. We expect Zach to fit in one of our middle infield spots and hit at the top of the order. He fits in well with our game plan and should also be a great base stealer as well."

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