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Texas Tech Baseball Announces Recruiting Class


Tadlock and the Red Raiders signed 12 players during the early signing period

Nov. 21, 2013

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LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech baseball program and second-year head coach Tim Tadlock have announced the Red Raiders early recruiting class Thursday morning as 12 student-athletes signed national letters of intent during the early signing period to join the Tech baseball program in the fall of 2014.

The Red Raiders signed two junior college prospects and 10 high school standouts, including four pitchers, three infielders, two outfielders and three two-way players. The Red Raiders class includes nine players from the state of Texas and also players from New York, Ohio and Mississippi.

Tech's recruiting class features four of the top 20 ranked high school left-handed pitchers in the state of Texas. The recruiting class is also highlighted by signing the eighth ranked prep outfielder in Texas and the No. 2 ranked outfielder in the state of Mississippi to name a few.

"To be able to add 12 guys to our team with the make-up and character of this group will keep our program on the path to Omaha," Tadlock said. "This group of pitchers is a compliment to Coach Ray Hayward and the reputation that comes with having one of the best on our coaching staff. J-Bob has done a great job with the class of 2014 and continues to be ahead of the pack. The five hitters we feel like could step in on any campus in America and make an impact.

"Each year we keep attracting players that are a little more ready to step in right away and if that keeps happening we really like the way it looks on paper for the next couple of years. In our sport, many of these young men will have the opportunity to play professionally after the upcoming spring and we feel like this group consists of families that understand the value of their education and are committed to putting Texas Tech baseball on the map nationally again. They are all aware that the three or four years they spend in Lubbock will be some of the best times of their lives."

TEXAS TECH BASEBALL 2014 EARLY RECRUITING CLASS
PlayerPOSHTWTB/THometown/High School/Previous School
Quinn CarpenterRHP/OF6-5190R/RGoshen, N.Y./Goshen Central/Iowa Western CC
Tucker DavidsonLHP6-2215L/LAmarillo, Texas/Tascosa
Tanner DriskillRHP/INF6-0160R/RRound Rock, Texas/Round Rock
Orlando GarciaSS6-2195R/REl Paso, Texas/Americas
Tanner GardnerINF/OF5-11190S/RFrisco, Texas/Centennial
Donivan LopezSS5-11175R/RSinton, Texas/Sinton
Rudy MartinOF5-7160L/LOlive Branch, Miss./Lewisburg
Parker MushinskiLHP/1B6-0210L/LArgyle, Texas/Argyle
Jacob PattersonLHP6-2180R/LGarland, Texas/Berkner
Jay RawlinsLHP6-2180S/LWolfforth, Texas/Frenship
Tanner ScottLHP6-2215R/LWarren, Ohio/Howland/Howard College
Dalton StarkOF5-11170L/RCypress, Texas/Cypress Ranch

Quinn CarpenterRHP/OF 6-5190R/RGoshen, N.Y./Goshen Central/Iowa Western CC

• Son of Russell Carpenter and Patricia Kretschmer.
• Plays for coaches Marc Rardin and Rob Allison at Iowa Western Community College.
• Played high school baseball at Goshen Central High School in Goshen, N.Y.
• Perfect Game: #103 Junior College Prospect in 2013.
• Went 8-2 with a 1.52 ERA with 76 strikeouts and 22 walks in 64.2 innings (2013).
• Selected in the 27th round (841st overall) by the Boston Red Sox in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft.
• Went 6-3 with a 1.11 ERA in 44 innings with two shutouts, 81 strikeouts and 22 walks as a senior in high school (2012).
• Perfect Game: #84 Junior College Prospect in 2012.
• Rawlings/Perfect Game Northeast First Team All-Region (2012).
• Perfect Game: #7 High School Prospect (New York) in 2012.
• Perfect Game: #349 High School Prospect (National) in 2012.
• Ranked "Best Breaking Ball" in the Area Code Games (2011).
• One of the top high school pitchers in the Northeast part of the country out of high school.
• • • Chose Texas Tech over interest from: Oklahoma

Coach Tadlock on Carpenter: "He is an old-school, power pitcher who will attack the zone with fastballs. Very competitive and has a great presence. He will also hit for Iowa Western when he isn't pitching."

Tucker DavidsonLHP 6-2215L/LAmarillo, Texas/Tascosa

• Son of Andrea Davidson and the late Joe Davidson.
• Plays for coach Jason Patrick at Tascosa High School.
• Played summer baseball for coaches Jermaine Van Buren and Mark Jones for the Amarillo Titans.
• Went 5-3 with a 1.54 ERA in 11 games, 68.1 innings with 106 strikeouts and 28 walks as a junior (2013).
• Member of Texas Sunbelt Team (2013).
• Perfect Game: #6 High School Left-Handed Pitcher Prospect (Texas).
• Perfect Game: #48 High School Left-Handed Pitcher Prospect (National).
• Ended regular season with a no-hitter against Odessa Permian High School (2013).
• First Team All-District 2-5A selection (2013).
• Perfect Game Third Team Preseason High School Underclassmen All-America (2013).
• First Team All-District 2-5A selection (2012).
• Is also the starting quarterback for the Tascosa High School football team.
• • • Chose Texas Tech over interest from: Oklahoma State, TCU

Coach Tadlock on Davidson: "A two-sport athlete that played quarterback for two years. Should bring some toughness and attitude. Have seen him up to 91 with a good breaking ball and slider."

Tanner DriskillRHP/INF 6-0160R/RRound Rock, Texas/Round Rock

• Son of Travis and Natalie Driskill.
• Plays for coach Johnny Carter at Round Rock High School.
• Played summer baseball for coaches Travis Williams and Chris Almendarez for Express Baseball.
• Texas Scout Association Game participant at Minute Maid Park (2013).
• During his prep career is 9-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 21 outings with 96.1 innings pitched and 83 strikeouts.
• Second Team All-District 16-5A selection as a sophomore (2012).
• Helped team to a 27-12 overall record and to a district championship with a 15-3 league record (2012).
• Son of former Red Raider and Major League pitcher Travis Driskill... Travis pitched three seasons at Tech (1991-93) before being taken in the fourth round (No. 111 overall) of the MLB Draft in 1993 by the Cleveland Indians... Travis was the 11th All-American in Texas Tech history (1993 - NCBWA 2nd Team) and was the 12th Red Raider to make his MLB Debut as a member of the Baltimore Orioles in 2002... Travis pitched five seasons in the big leagues with an 11-14 record, 5.23 ERA and 57 appearances (19 starts) with 196 career innings pitched... Travis played one season at Tech with head coach Tim Tadlock, who was in his senior season in 1991.
• • • Chose Texas Tech over interest from: Baylor, Dallas Baptist, Texas State

Coach Tadlock on Driskill: "Right now he has a very good breaking ball and a quick arm. Could defend as a shortstop for a lot of people as well. Tanner will study education at Tech, which is an academic area at Tech that has really taken off."

Orlando GarciaSS 6-2195R/REl Paso, Texas/Americas

• Son of Tito and Martha Garcia.
• Plays for coach Jesse Munoz at Americas High School.
• Played summer baseball for coach Ryan Brewer for ABA.
• Cincinnati Reds Area Code Team (2013)... Team managed by Clark Crist.
• Perfect Game: #11 High School Shortstop Prospect (Texas).
• Perfect Game: #130 High School Shortstop Prospect (National).
• Batted .429 as a junior (2013).
• First Team El Paso Times' All-City selection (2013).
• Also serves high school as starting quarterback of the football program.
• Two brothers, Oscar and Omar, both played college baseball at Northwestern State in the Southland Conference... Oscar was a 31st round draft pick by the San Diego Padres in 2010.
• • • Chose Texas Tech over interest from: Oklahoma State, Arizona

Coach Tadlock on Garcia: "He is a guy that could fall out of bed and play shortstop. He reminds me a little bit of current Red Raider Jake Barrios. Will bring a certain amount of toughness from being a quarterback his whole life. Was recruited by a few D-I's early as a quarterback."

Tanner GardnerINF/OF 5-11190S/RFrisco, Texas/Centennial

• Son of Chuck and Dawn Gardner.
• Plays for coach Jason Wilson at Centennial High School.
• Played summer baseball for coach Tommy Hernandez for the Dallas Tigers.
• Batted .381 with five home runs and 24 RBI as a junior (2013).
• Perfect Game: #8 High School Outfield Prospect (Texas).
• Perfect Game: #29 High School Prospect (Texas).
• USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (2013).
• First Team All-District 9-4A (2013).
• Perfect Game High Honorable Mention Preseason High School Underclassmen All-America (2013).
• WWBA World All-Tournament Team (2012).
• First Team All-District 9-4A (2012).
• New York Mets Scout Team (2013).
• Perfect Game Honorable Mention Preseason High School Underclassmen All-America (2012).
• First Team All-District 9-4A (2011).
• • • Chose Texas Tech over interest from: Oklahoma State, Texas, LSU, Oklahoma, Arkansas, TCU, Texas A&M

Coach Tadlock on Gardner: " Switch-hitting infielder who will step in and be an impact guy right away from day one. He has the ability to change a game every time he steps in the box and is a throw-back type of guy that will raise the level of guys around him. Tanner will study veterinary medicine in our well respected animal science program."

Donivan LopezSS 5-11175R/RSinton, Texas/Sinton

• Son of Joe Gonzales and Yvonne Lopez.
• Plays for coach Gene Kasprzyk at Sinton High School.
• Played summer baseball for coach J.R. Salinas for the Houston Raiders.
• Batted .417 with 96 base hits, 26 doubles, four home runs and 35 RBI as a junior (2013).
• Went 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA and 60 strikeouts on the mound (2013).
• Texas Sports Writers Association Third Team All-State (2013).
• District 3A-30 Most Valuable Player (2013).
• First Team All-District 3A-30 (2013).
• Perfect Game: #28 High School Shortstop Prospect (Texas).
• • • Chose Texas Tech over interest from: Texas A&M

Coach Tadlock on Lopez: "We have seen Donnie play quite a bit and feel he is the best shortstop in South Texas. Athletic middle infielder that can handle the bat and loves to play."

Rudy MartinOF 5-7160L/LOlive Branch, Miss./Lewisburg

• Son of Rudy and Dennita Martin.
• Plays for coach Rusty Cagle at Lewisburg High School.
• Played summer baseball for Vision Baseball - Owned by Keith Dunn and Cordell Dunn.
• Batted .449 (48-for-107) with 55 runs, 21 RBI, 44 stolen bases and .589 on-base percentage in 38 games.
• Mississippi Class 4A Player of the Year (2013).
• Mississippi Class 4A First Team All-State (2013).
• Helped Lewisburg to a Class 4A Mississippi State Championship as a junior (2013).
• Washington Nationals Area Code Team (2013)... Team managed by Jimmy Gonzales and Tyler Wilt.
• Perfect Game: #2 High School Outfield Prospect (Mississippi).
• • • Chose Texas Tech over interest from: Mississippi State, Mississippi

Coach Tadlock on Martin: "Watching Rudy over the last couple of years we feel like he will be an impact guy right away. He led his team as a junior to a state championship."

Parker MushinskiLHP/1B 6-0210L/LArgyle, Texas/Argyle

• Son of Allen and Karen Mushinski.
• Plays for coach Ricky Griffin at Argyle High School.
• Played summer baseball for coach Lynn VanLandingham for the Dallas Tigers.
• Washington Nationals Area Code Team (2013)... Team managed by Jimmy Gonzales and Tyler Wilt.
• Went 5-1 with a 1.73 ERA with 63 strikeouts in just 28.1 innings allowing 23 walks as a junior (2013).
• First Team All-District 10-3A (2013).
• Perfect Game: #1 High School Left-Handed Pitcher Prospect (Texas).
• Perfect Game: #18 High School Prospect (Texas).
• Perfect Game: #20 High School Left-Handed Pitcher Prospect (National).
• Perfect Game: #233 High School Prospect (National).
• Texas Scout Association Game participant at Minute Maid Park (2013).
• Third Annual Oakley Battle of the Borders All-America Game, organized by Cade Griffis.
• New York Mets Scout Team (2013).
• Perfect Game High Honorable Mention Preseason High School Underclassmen All-America (2013).
• Rated "Top Breaking Ball" at WWBA in Jupiter, Fla. (2013).
• WWBA All-Tournament Team (2013).
• Second Team All-District 10-3A (2012).
• • • Chose Texas Tech over interest from: Oklahoma State, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor, Wichita State

Coach Tadlock on Mushinski: "A two-way guy who can come in the game at any time and command two pitches. J-Bob saw him first as a first baseman and really liked the idea of him being a two-way guy. Allen and Karen did a great job raising Parker and it shows in the way he goes about his business. Parker is interested in studying exercise and sports sciences with an emphasis in sports management."

Jacob PattersonLHP 6-2180R/LGarland, Texas/Berkner

• Son of Robin and Jeanne Patterson.
• Plays for coach JP Tovar at Berkner High School.
• Played summer baseball for coach Barry Rose with the D-Bat.
• Played in the Connie Mack World Series with D-Bat (Leach) for coach Pat Leach.
• New York Mets Scout Team (2013).
• Led the state of Texas (all classifications) with 127 strikeouts while pitching at the 5A level.
• Went 7-3 with a 1.12 ERA and two saves with 127 strikeouts and 21 walks allowed in 68.2 innings pitched.
• Led Class 5A Texas in ERA for pitchers having thrown at least 50 innings.
• Dallas Morning News Third Team All-State (2013).
• District 9-5A Pitcher of the Year (2013).
• First Team All-District 9-5A (2013).
• DFW All-Greater Dallas Area selection (2013).
• Earned Metro Scout League Pitcher of the Week honors numerous times as a senior. League is organized by Shayne Currin.
• AP Scholar with Honors (2013).
• National Honor Society member (2013).
• Perfect Game: #11 High School Left-Handed Pitcher Prospect (Texas).
• Perfect Game High Honorable Mention Preseason High School Underclassmen All-America (2013).
• First Team All-District 9-5A (2012).
• Perfect Game High Honorable Mention Preseason High School Underclassmen All-America (2012).
• • • Chose Texas Tech over interest from: Arkansas, TCU, Baylor, Houston, Texas

Coach Tadlock on Patterson: "Has a knack for missing bats and has plenty of room to grow into a weekend role in his career. He comes from a family of Red Raiders. Jacob will study electrical engineering, which is consistently one of the nation's leading programs and has four National Academy of Engineering members, which are considered the best in their field."

Jay RawlinsLHP 6-2180S/LWolfforth, Texas/Frenship

• Son of Richard and Alisha Rawlins.
• Plays for coaches Chad Reynolds and Brandon Roberson at Frenship High School.
• Played summer baseball for coach Trent Petrie with the Lubbock Baseball Academy.
• Went 8-2 with a 1.52 ERA and 76 strikeouts with only 22 walks in 64.2 innings pitched as a junior (2013).
• Helped lead Frenship to a school-record 35 wins as a junior (2013).
• First Team All-District 4-4A (2013).
• Second Team All-District 3-4A (2012).
• Owns a 14-4 career record with a 2.11 ERA and 113 strikeouts entering senior season.
• Perfect Game: #19 High School Left-Handed Pitcher Prospect (Texas).
• • • Chose Texas Tech over interest from: Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas

Coach Tadlock on Rawlins: "There is plenty of room for growth with the fastball, but if it stays where it is now he could pitch right now because of his feel for pitching. Has great make-up. Jay will major in exercise and sports sciences at Tech."

Tanner ScottLHP 6-2215R/LWarren, Ohio/Howland/Howard College

• Son of Rodney Scott and Bette Apitz.
• Plays for coaches Britt Smith and Robert Martinez at Howard College.
• Played freshman season at Notre Dame College in Columbus, Ohio.
• Played for coach Jason Standford at Howland High School.
• Played summer baseball for coach Joe Hayden and Brian Hiler for the Midland Redskins.
• Went 3-5 with a 5.55 ERA in nine starts with one complete game, 37.1 innings pitched with 44 strikeouts allowing a team-low .196 opponent batting average as a freshman at Notre Dame College (2013).
• Struck out a season-high 11 batters in a season-long seven-inning start against West Virginia Wesleyan (3/3/13).
• Allowed five or fewer base hits in all nine starts while posting at least five strikeouts on five occasions.
• • • Chose Texas Tech over interest from: Oklahoma, Wichita State

Coach Tadlock on Scott: "Tanner is a guy that J-Bob saw this fall and really liked his arm action and make-up to be able to make the transition to the Big 12. Tanner is going into the Rawls Business School at Tech, which is quickly becoming one of the premier business schools in the country. The Rawls College of Business has an outstanding marketing program that is recognized nationally in preparing future leaders in business."

Dalton StarkOF 5-11170L/RCypress, Texas/Cypress Ranch

• Son of Paul and Annette Stark.
• Plays for John Pope at Cypress Ranch High School.
• Played summer baseball for coach J.R. Salinas for the Houston Raiders.
• Member of the Houston Banditos in the fall of 2013 in the WWBA Fall World Series coached by Ray Deleon.
• Batted .351 with 23 runs, seven doubles, four triples, eight home runs, 29 RBI and .455 on-base percentage (2013).
• Second Team All-District 17-5A (2013).
• Helped lead Cypress Ranch to a 17-5A District title as a junior (2013).
• Perfect Game: #26 High School Outfield Prospect (Texas).
• Cypress Ranch received a No. 3 national preseason ranking by USA Today (2013).
• Team finished in the regional semifinals with a 31-6 record during junior season (2013).
• Helped lead Cypress Ranch High School to a Class 5A State title as a sophomore with a 32-8 overall record.
• UIL Class 5A State All-Tournament Team - Designated Hitter (2012).
• • • Chose Texas Tech over interest from: Houston, Texas State

Coach Tadlock on Stark: "We feel like Dalton could step in right away and give us quality at-bats and play defense in the outfield at all three spots at a high level. He has wanted to be a Red Raider for a long time and we feel like if we had nine guys like him there would be quite a bit of pressure on the opposing team up and down the lineup. Dalton will major in business at our Rawls Business School, one of the top emerging business programs in the country."


 

 

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