LAKE CHARLES – The McNeese baseball team completed its top notch signing class Thursday with the addition of seven student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent during the spring, as announced by assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Cory Barton.
The Cowboys will welcome Austin Briggs (Conroe, Texas), Tyler Day (Olathe, KS), Kris Molter (Jacksonville, FL), Ricky Ramirez (Deer Park, Texas), Lewis Guilbeau (Austin, Texas), Ethan Stremmel (Lake Jackson, Texas) and Garrett LaRosa (Long Beach, MS) to the team in the fall.
The seven late signees will join Joe Prevenzano (Downers Grove, IL), Bryce Packard (Houston, Texas), Harry Chairs (Kenner, LA), Clay Brast (Houston, Texas), Austin Sanders (Olathe, KS) and Connor Crane (Parker, CO) who signed their NLI during the early period in November.
“This group, along with the group that we signed in November, turned out to be a great class for us,” said Barton. “We addressed some needs on our roster and we have added some depth in a few areas as well. I think the biggest thing with this class is that we were able to target guys who will fit into what we want to do at here.”
Four of the signees will join the Cowboys from the high school ranks while the other nine will make the transition from junior college play. In the class of 13 signees, McNeese inked six pitchers, five infielders and two outfielders.
“On the mound all of the guys we will be bringing in have the ability to fill up the strike zone with quality pitches,” said Barton. “Position player wise we feel like we have added a nice blend of guys with power and some guys that can set the table and really defend. Along with that, we have signed a group of kids who will compete and know how to win. Almost every one of these guys played at a program where they were competing for championships at the end of the year. I know that we are very excited to get every one of these guys on campus and get to work for the 2015 season.”
Under the direction of first year head coach Justin Hill, the Cowboys scored thier first 30+ win season in nearly five years, finished with the most conference victories (17) since 2012 and finished as the third best team in the Southland Conference tournament.
Below is a list of the seven student-athletes signed during the spring:
AUSTIN BRIGGS- 6’1 180 LBS LHP- CONROE, TX- CONROE, TX “Austin is a left handed pitcher from Conroe, TX and has the tools to be very successful. He is a very good student and has a great work ethic. On the baseball side he has the potential to be very good. He has arm strength from the left side, which is hard to find. We are very excited to see how he progresses over his time in Lake Charles.
TYLER DAY- 6’ 170 LBS RHP-OLATHE, KS- COWLEY COLLEGE
STATS: 1-0 7 SAVES; 2.87ERA; 31IP, 28K, 4BB
“Tyler is a guy that we targeted very early in the process and we are thrilled that he decided to become a Cowboy. He can pitch in a variety of roles whether it’s as a starter or at the back end of the game out of the bullpen. He had two very successful years in Junior College and we expect big things from him at McNeese. “
KRIS MOLTER- 6’2 185 LBS INF- JACKSONVILLE, FL- COWLEY COLLEGE
STATS: .327BA, 9 2BS; 1 HR; 30RBI
“Kris is a physical left side infielder that comes to us from Cowley College in Kansas. We feel like he can play shortstop or third base and hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup. He spent his freshman year at Jacksonville University which should help him already having a year of Division 1 baseball under his belt.”
RICKY RAMIREZ- 5’10 195 LHP/OF- DEER PARK, TX- ALVIN CC
STATS: 4-0, 1.18ERA; 38 IP, 31K, 7BB/ .283BA, 4 2BS, 1 3B, 1 HR “Ricky comes to us from Alvin CC in TX. He was a 2 way player for them and we expect him to do the same for us. He had a great year on the mound and in the outfield for Alvin. He is a strike thrower from the left side on the mound with a good breaking ball. On the other side of the ball he is a table setter that can defend in the outfield.”
LEWIS GUILBEAU- 5’9 195 OF- AUSTIN, TX- ALVIN CC
STATS: .388BA, 14 2BS, 4 3BS, 4 HRS, 36 RBI “Lewis comes to us from Alvin CC and should hit somewhere in the top or middle of our order. He is a strong right-handed hitter and plays the game hard. He can play either of the corner outfield spots and is a very good athlete. Lewis will be a great addition to our team.”
ETHAN STREMMEL-6’1 RHP- LAKE JACKSON, TX- GALVESTON CC
STATS: 2-2 2.79ERA; 58 IP, 32K, 15 BB
“Ethan will transfer in from Galveston College. He is another guy that can fill several roles on the mound whether it is starting or late in games out of the bullpen. He has started in Junior College and had success and has the stuff to transition to the bullpen if needed. He has very good command of his fastball and a swing and miss slider.
GARRETT LAROSA-6’1 200lbs- LONG BEACH, MS-MERIDIAN CC
STATS: .283BA, 8 2BS, 2 HRS, 20 RBIS
“Garret is a guy that you feel comfortable with behind the plate because of his maturity and his ability to handle a pitching staff and to run the game as a “coach” on the field. He comes from a very good Junior College program and will have the ability to step in and contribute right away.”