Baseball Inks Seven for 2011
Nov. 11, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU baseball head coach Jim Schlossnagle announced the signing of seven athletes to National Letters of Intent. All seven members hail from the state of Texas. The class features six high school players and one junior college transfer.
Three of the signees are from the Metroplex in Brett Johnson (INF, Plano/Plano Senior High), Teddy Nowell (LHP, Mesquite/Navarro J.C.) and Tony Rizzotti (RHP, Arlington/Martin High School). The other four members of the class are from the Houston area in Stefan Crichton (RHP, Katy/Cinco Ranch High School), Nicholas Frey (RHP, The Woodlands/The Woodlands High School), Tyler Green (RHP/INF, Lake Jackson/Brazoswood) and Andrew Mitchell (RHP, Houston/Stratford High School).
"This class is, again, very representative of some tremendously hard work on the part of Todd Whitting and Randy Mazey," raved Schlossnagle. "Depending on how the draft plays out this spring, we will lose some quality pitchers off this year's team to both graduation and professional baseball so we felt like we needed to continue to add to the pitching staff.
"Brett Johnson, Tyler Green and, possibly, Teddy Nowell will help us fill the few losses we may have on the offensive side of the game," said Schlossnagle. "I am particularly excited about Green and Johnson and their ability to impact us at the plate and in the field."
A three-time letterwinner at Plano Senior High, Johnson is a two-time first-team all-district performer. As a sophomore, he earned team MVP honors. In his last two seasons, Johnson is hitting .350 with 19 doubles, five home runs, 43 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Johnson plays for the D Bat organization during the summer.
"Brett is a tremendous sign for this class as he is a left-handed hitter who can play multiple positions on the field," remarked associate head coach Todd Whitting. "He brings needed depth to left side of the plate for our team. Johnson has solid power and should hit for high average."
The lone junior college transfer, Nowell was an all-conference performer as a freshman at Navarro Junior College. Nowell had a decorated high school career that saw him earn all-district honors four times as well as district MVP accolades as a junior and senior. He was also a two-time first-team all-state performer and played in the all-state game as a senior. He completed high school with a 28-1 career record. Nowell previously participated in the D Bat baseball organization in high school.
"Nowell was one of top pitchers in Texas junior college baseball last season and will once again be the ace of the Navarro College pitching staff," said Whitting. "He is a workhorse type pitcher who will bring additional depth to our staff in regards to left-handed pitching."
Rizzotti has earned two letters at Arlington Martin High School. As a junior, he earned first-team all-district honors and was named to the Star-Telegram's first-team Super Team. An honorable mention all-state member, Rizzotti took part in the Area Code games as part of the Texas Rangers team. As a junior, he compiled an 8-1 record in 65 innings pitched with 82 strikeouts and a 0.74 ERA. He is a member of the National Honor Society. Rizzotti also participated in the Texas Scouts Association All Star Game.
"Tony is a tremendous strike thrower with a great feel for pitching." remarked Whitting. "He has a swing and miss breaking ball and great deception. He will be one of top players in Metroplex this spring and should have an immediate impact in our program."
Crichton earned team MVP honors on the strength of a successful junior campaign at Katy Cinco Ranch High School that saw him finish with a 5-3 record to go along with a 3.20 ERA. He fanned 63 batters in 51 innings pitched. He was selected first-team all-district and was a Houston Chronicle Player of the Week runner up on April 13. He was also selected to play for the Houston Kyle Chapman summer baseball team.
"Crichton has a great deal of projection and easy delivery to go along with low 90's fastball," stated Whitting. "He has great command of zone and continues to emerge as one of premier players in Texas."
Green, a two-time all-district performer, has lettered three years at Brazoswood High for head coach Bobby Williams. As a junior, he led the Houston area in home runs and posted a .400 batting average. On the mound, he finished the campaign with a 1.98 ERA. Along the way, he picked up first-team all-county, all-greater Houston and second-team all-state honors. As a sophomore, he was a first-team all-county performer and a second-team all-greater Houston honoree. He was selected to play for the Texas Rangers Area Code Team, the Texas Scouts Association All-Star Game and is a member of the Houston Kyle Chapman summer program.
"Tyler, in our opinion, is one of the top two-way players not only in Texas but in the entire country in the 2010 class," remarked Whitting. "He will hit for not only average but should put up big power numbers for the Frogs during his career. He is also an elite pitcher with a mid 90's fastball and power breaking pitch. Tyler is a great athlete and a fierce competitor."
Mitchell is a two-time all-district performer at Houston Stratford High School. After honorable mention honors as a sophomore, he earned first-team all-district accolades following his junior season. He appeared in the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association Junior All-Star game. Mitchell is a member of the Houston Heat Summer Baseball program.
"Mitchell really came on the scene late in the summer with a low 90's fastball and continues to get a better feel for his secondary pitches," remarked Whitting. "He will be one of top pitchers in the Houston area next spring."
A two-time letterwinner at The Woodlands High School, Frey was an honorable mention all-district performer following his junior campaign. He was selected to participate in the HABBA Futures game as well as the Area Code games as a member of the Texas Rangers squad. Frey is a member of the Houston Heat Summer Baseball program.
"Frey comes from powerhouse program at The Woodlands High School and should have an immediate impact for the Frogs," said Whitting. "He is a very athletic pitcher, who has a tremendous upside and feel for pitching. He will be one of top arms in Texas next spring."
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