Alabama Baseball Adds 11 For 2016 Season

Alabama baseball has added 11 new players in the early 2014-15 signing period for the 2016 Crimson Tide season.

The new additions include six pitchers, two outfielders, two infielders and one catcher.

Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard said, “We’ve targeted the right guys that will fit out system. They’re going to help us to continue to build depth. We’ll have some great competition when these guys get here, and we addressed a lot of the needs that our team had. I think it’s good that the kids put their trust in us and the coaching staff and this great university to get their education as well. We’re all looking forward to having this group joining us.”

The new class includes 10 high school stars and one junior college player. Five of the 11 are from Alabama with one each from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and Texas.

The signees are:

Kyle Cameron, right-handed pitcher, 6-5, 205, Tuscaloosa (Hale County)

Dylan Duarte, left-handed pitcher, 6-1, 210, Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen)

Sam Finnerty, right-handed hitting outfielder, 6-1, 195, Pelham

Matt Foster, right-handed pitcher, 6-0, 205, Valley (Gulf Coast State College, Florida)

Brock Love, right-handed pitcher, 6-3, 200, Rainbow City (Southside)

Mike Nikorak, right-handed pitcher, 6-5, 213, Stroudsburg, Pa.

Chandler Taylor, left-handed hitting outfielder, 6-2, 200, Montgomery (Alabama Christian Academy)

Davis Vainer, right-handed pitcher, 6-1, 180, Atlanta (Riverwood)

Cobie Vance, right-handed hitting infielder, 5-9, 180, Fayetteville, N.C. (Pine Forest)

Alex Webb, left-handed hitting catcher, 6-0, 195, Columbia, Tenn. (Central)

Gene Wood, right-handed hitting infielder, 6-0, 170, Flowood, Miss. (Jackson Prep)

Seven of the 10 high school players are ranked in the top 10 of their respective state by Perfect Game USA, including the top three ranked players in the state of Alabama.

“We feel like we secured the guys that we targeted and went after and we felt really good about the in-state guys we were able to get” Gaspard added. “We feel like those guys are the three top players in the state of Alabama. It’s a deep class, and one that we still may add to some in the spring as we move forward, but we feel like it’s a really good class and one that we can continue to build on.”


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