Mavs add 13 to baseball team
The Colorado Mesa University baseball team picked up a few pitchers, junior college transfers and high school players in its 2012 recruiting class.
The Mavericks added 13 players, nine of whom pitch and seven who are junior college transfers.
All 13 had grade-point averages of 3.0 or better, CMU coach Chris Hanks said.
Leading the recruiting class is Denver Post All-Colorado selection Tony Audino. The Highlands Ranch High School graduate is an infielder and pitcher.
Mesa targeted pitchers this year after losing five. The Mavs lost 10 players total, including two outfielders and three first basemen.
“It’s true every year,” Hanks said of the need for pitchers. “You can never have enough pitching. We talked to a lot of kids and narrowed it down.”
Five of them were starters, and three pitched in relief for their high school or junior college.
Four of the eight pitchers are incoming freshmen, but Hanks said they all will get a chance to play next season.
The eight pitchers in the recruiting class include College of Southern Idaho closer Tyler Dunnington, whose brother is a pitcher in the San Francisco Giants organization. He played second base for the Golden Eagles.
Joey Danner was Glendale (Ariz.) Community College’s ace pitcher.
“He pitches in the mid-80s and has great command,” Hanks said.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College pitcher Jeff Wilson has been the setup man and closer.
“The pro scouts turned us on to him,” Hanks said. “He has a fantastic curve.”
Ohlone (Calif.) College pitcher Trent Allianic was a highly recruited pitcher by many four-year institutions, but several schools dropped off after Allianic injured his right elbow and needed Tommy John surgery. He likely will miss next spring. Hanks, though, invited him to walk on.
Pitcher Matt Allen comes from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins. Brian Green of Prosper, Texas, threw a no-hitter, and Trevor Moheit was a relief pitcher at Murrieta Mesa High School in Temecula, Calif.
Kennedy Kinkade could replace Dustin Fackrell at first base. The Salt Lake (Utah) Community College player was a second team All-Region pick and a gold glove recipient. He is from the same town as former Mesa pitcher Jared Christensen and played shortstop in high school.
Taylor Hagar comes to Mesa from Rancho Mirage, Calif. His uncle, Jake Hagar, played for Mesa in the mid-1990s.
Mesa signed two outfielders to replace Jeff Popick and Bobby Cozine.
Cody Ray is an outfielder from Centralia (Wash.) Community College and knew of the CMU program from catcher Colton Schoelkopf.
Bobby Pappin is a Western Nevada Community College transfer. He played in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series this past season.