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APSU Baseball announces 16-man incoming class

 

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APSU Baseball - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – A 16-man recruiting class will join Austin Peay State University’s baseball team for the 2017 season, the team announced in conjunction with the opening day of classes, Monday.

The Governors incoming class will be its largest in program history – topping the 14 added to the roster for the 2014 season.

Austin Peay Governors Baseball releases names of incoming class. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Governors Baseball releases names of incoming class. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay’s coaching staff went on a signing spree during the spring, bringing 12 newcomers on board to join the four-man fall signing class.

Austin Peay’s incoming class is balanced with eight freshmen and eight junior college transfers in the mix. Five pitchers highlight the group along with four infielders, a pair of two-way players (pitcher/defense), two catchers and two outfielders.

“I felt it was important to maintain balance on our roster, both positionally and within the individual classes,” said head coach Travis Janssen. “We leaned towards the junior college ranks in the spring because we lost a lot of experience during the offseason. I believe we have done a good job adding talented players that will help us challenge for OVC Championships.”

Austin Peay saw 14 letterwinners depart after a 2016 season that saw it finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season race. Three of those departures were juniors – and members of the 2014 freshman class – who were drafted in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.

However, the Governors return 19 players, including 15 letterwinners, from that team. Austin Peay will see its entire weekend starting rotation return – Alex Robles, Michael Costanzo and Caleb Powell – a trio that combined to post a 24-12 record last season and tossed 247.0 of the team’s 506.2 innings pitched.

The Governors 16-man recruiting class is as follows. Complete bios of each of the signees will be presented at www.LetsGoPeay.com on the baseball home page during the upcoming week.

Full Name Position Ht. Wt. Year Hometown High School Previous School
Fall Signing Class
Landon Kelly 3B/RHP 6-1 200 Fr. Southaven, Miss. Christian Brothers HS
Ryan Selner RHP 6-5 200 Fr. Milwaukee, Wis. Milwaukee Lutheran HS
Tyler Thompson RHP 6-6 190 Fr. Knoxville, Tenn. Hardin Valley Academy
Will Wacaser RHP 6-1 170 Fr. Hendersonville, Tenn. Hendersonville HS
Spring Signing Class
Andrew Flaherty 1B/OF 6-2 185 Fr. Conifer, Colo. IMG Academy (Fla.)
Garrett Giovannelli IF 6-0 170 R-Jr. San Luis Obispo, Calif. San Luis Obispo HS Cuesta CC
Tyler Hubbard OF 6-2 168 Fr. Arlington, Tenn. Arlington HS
Brandon Kelley OF 6-3 195 Fr. Eagleville, Tenn. Eagleville HS
Garrett Kueber IF 5-9 180 Jr. Chatsworth, Calif. Chatsworth HS Moorpark College
David Martinez C 5-11 195 Jr. Port St. Lucie, Fla. Treasure Coast HS Broward CC
Jacques Pucheu LHP 6-1 205 Jr. Gulfport, Miss. West Harrison HS East Mississippi CC
Josh Shrouder IF 5-9 165 Fr. Coconut Creek, Fla. Cardinal Gibbons HS
Nick Walker OF 6-4 210 Jr. Spring Hill, Tenn. Summit HS Columbia State CC
Ross Walker RHP 6-0 172 Jr. McMinnville, Tenn. Homeschooled Park University/Kansas City Kansas CC
Kyle Wilson IF 6-1 170 Jr. Johnson City, Tenn. Science Hill HS Walters State CC
Cody Young C 6-1 210 Jr. Collierville, Tenn. Collierville HS Itawamba CC/Walters State CC

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