Nov 16, 2013 12:48 AM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - The Ragin' Cajuns baseball team signed 14 players to a national letter of intent for the 2015 season, head coach Tony Robichaux announced on Friday.
Louisiana signed Nolan Brown (Colleyville, Texas), Ty Ewart (Porter, Texas), Harrison Fife (Austin, Texas), Evan Guillory (Jennings, La.), Cole Jackson (Katy, Texas), Trey Jeans (Texarkana, Texas), Gunner Leger (Lake Charles, La.), Wyatt Marks (Lafayette, La.), Alex Shelton (Austin, Texas), Logan Stoelke (Fayetteville, Texas), Blaine Suehs (Caldwell, Texas), Joe Trahan (Rayne, La.), Stefan Trosclair (Sulphur, La.) and Orynn Veillon (Lafayette, La.).
"This is an important class," Robichaux said. "Our biggest goal was to find some guys that can replace the eight seniors and the players that we could possibly lose to the draft this year. I think with the potential draft picks we have on this team along with the seniors we realized that we needed to go out and try to fill these voids.
"The big thing is that you're looking at a big void to fill with a lot of starters gone after this year. Hopefully these guys can come in and get weathered early, and make a contribution to the team right away."
Ten of the 14 players who signed with the Ragin' Cajuns have the ability to toe the rubber for the Cajuns in the 2015 season.
"Our biggest concern is always pitching," Robichaux added. "It's like the quarterback on the football team. You have to have good pitching. That's where we started. After you take care of pitching then you come in and get a two-way guy like (Ryan) Wilson who can be versatile for you. We also got a couple good hitters that we feel can come in and perform right away, because we are going to be losing some good hitters."
Brown, a 6-foot centerfielder, comes from Blinn Junior College where he slugged .500 with 11 doubles and three home runs.
Robichaux on Brown
"Brown is a very athletic outfielder who has a natural left-handed swing to go with a plus arm and can run very well. He can play all three spots in the outfield and will provide versatility to the lineup."
Ewart, a 5-10 left-handed pitcher and centerfielder hails from Porter High School where he was a 2013 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American. He also earned First Team All-District honors and was the Porter High School Athletic Student of the Year in 2013.
Robichaux on Ewart
"Ty is a throwback type of player that competes and plays extremely hard. He has a good arm on the mound and is a great defender in the outfield. Ewart also competes at the plate and can make things happen for us on the base paths."
Fife, a 6-1 right-handed pitcher, plays at Lake Travis High School with fellow signee Alex Shelton. He is one of five players to sign with DI schools from Lake Travis and is rated the No.184 player to come out of Texas.
Robichaux on Fife
"He is a very athletic pitcher who can command three pitches. He throws from a low three-quarter arm slot which can present a big problem for most hitters."
Guillory is a 6-3 right-handed pitcher from Jennings High School where he earned first team all-district honors after posting 97 strikeouts in 67 innings pitched. He had a 1.34 ERA and is rated in the top 1000 nationally and the 34th ranked player in Louisiana.
Robichaux on Guillory
"Evan is a player we feel that has a very high ceiling. He has a projectable frame with a very athletic build. He has three legit pitches that he mixes in well."
Jackson, a 6-1 outfielder, joins the Cajuns from Seven Lakes High School where he is a three-year letterwinner. He hit .377 with four home runs and 26 RBIs this summer with the South Texas Sliders. Jackson ranks in the top 500 nationally and is the 153rd-rated player at his position and No.77 in Texas.
Robichaux on Jackson
"Jackson is a good young hitter that has a great blend of speed and strength. His ability at the plate will give him an opportunity to compete and play right away. "
Jeans is a 6-foot left-handed pitcher from Pleasant Grove High School. He went 7-3 in 2013 with the Hawks, helping guide the squad to the state championship game. Jeans was tabbed a 2013 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American.
Robichaux on Jeans
"Trey is a solid kid with plenty of room to grow. He has a very good arm action and can pitch to both sides of the plate."
Leger, a 6-3 left-handed pitcher and first baseman comes to Louisiana from Barbe High School where he has lettered four years and helped the Bucs win the 2012 Class 5A State Championship. Leger also is a wide receiver for Barbe and helped the football team reach the state championship game in 2012.
Robichaux on Leger
"Gunner is a very physical left-handed pitcher with room to grow and fill out. He comes from a prestigious program and is a great competitor that is accustomed to winning. He has three good pitches and is also a skilled defender at first and can swing the stick at the plate."
Marks, a 6-3 right-handed pitcher and outfielder from St.Thomas More High School is rated No.306 nationally. He also ranks in the top 100 at his position and is the No.7 ranked player to come out of Louisiana. Marks was named to the LHSAA Class 4A All-State Team in 2013. He received 2013 first team all-district honors and was a Top Prospect at the Perfect Game National Showcase.
Robichaux on Marks
"Marks has a physically imposing build with great athleticism. We feel like he has a very high ceiling with a fastball that is in the low 90s. He competes at high level and can make a big statement for us."
Shelton, a 6-4 right-handed hurler from Lake Travis joins teammate Harrison Fife to sign with the Cajuns. Shelton is ranked in the top 500 nationally, No.255 at the position and is the 72nd-rated player to come out of Texas.
Robichaux on Shelton
"Alex has a strong arm and can run it up there in the low 90's. He has three good pitches and his big, durable frame gives him a huge upside."
Stoelke, a 6-2 right-handed pitcher from Fayetteville High School helped guide the Lions to the 2012 state championship throwing a one-hitter in the championship game. He also pitched his AAU team to the 2013 Underclassmen National Championship.
Robichaux on Stoelke
"Logan is a very athletic pitcher who has a high ceiling. He can touch 92 with his fastball and is a tough person to barrel up."
Suehs is a 6-foot right-handed pitcher that hails from Caldwell High School where he earned First Team All-Brazos County Honors. He received the Brazos Valley Distinguished Student Athlete Award in 2013.
Robichaux on Suehs
"Suehs can command four pitches for strikes and has a fastball that reaches the low 90s. He also has a legit slider that he can throw anytime in the count, which makes a tough person to face."
Trahan, a 6-1 first baseman comes from Northside Christian where he was a three-time All-State selection and a two-time All-District MVP. Trahan was named one of the top LHSAA prospects by GeauxPreps.
Robichaux on Trahan
"Joe is a big physical hitter that brings an imposing presence to the plate. Even though he is big physically, Trahan is very athletic and is a solid defender. We feel he has the potential to see at bats early in his career and hit for power."
Trosclair, a 6-3 infielder, was a mainstay for the NJCAA National Runner LSU-Eunice Bengals starting in all 62 games while hitting .348 with 59 RBIs. He also scored 58 runs and swiped 14 bases for LSU-E. Trosclair was an All-District selection for Sulphur High School in 2012.
Robichaux on Trosclair
"Stefan is a hard-nosed infielder from one of the premier Juco's in the country. He is very athletic and plays the game extremely hard. Trosclair is a guy that will compete for us at the plate and has a ton of upside."
Veillon, a 6-3 right-handed pitcher and outfielder is a three-year letterwinner for St. Thomas More High School. He hit .440 at the plate while going 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA for the Cougars in 2013. Veillon is a two-sport star for St. Thomas More earning two letters for the 2013 Class 4A state championship basketball team.
Robichaux on Veillon
"Orynn is probably the best athlete in this class. He has tremendous upside as both a pitcher and outfielder. Orynn is a good runner and has good instincts in the outfield. On the mound, he is a player with solid delivery and has the potential to have three quality pitches."
"We feel like we are finished right now with this class," Robichaux mentioned. "Our coaching staff has done a great job. Assistant coaches Anthony Babineaux and Matt Deggs have done a huge job in going out and getting these guys. Also, coach Lance Harvell was key with the guys on campus. Because of the job they did, we feel like we are close to finishing. If anything we might go out and sign one more hitter if we do pick up anyone else.
"There is also the chance that we could lose a couple guys from this class to the draft. We will have to wait and see what happens with that, but at this point and time we feel really excited about the guys we are bringing in."