Jim Wells announced the signing of freshman infielder Kent Matthes (Orlando, Fla.) and transfers Bernard Robert (Denham Springs, La.) and Andrew Rogers (Keller, Texas) on Wednesday. All three are enrolled at Alabama and will participate in fall drills, which will begin later this month.
Matthes (6-3, 200) is a talented corner infielder from Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla. As a prep senior, he batted .408 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI. His 10 home runs was tops among all players in central Florida. A four-year starter, Matthes was rated as one of the Top 10 third basemen in nation by Rivals.com. He was also listed among the Top 125 high school baseball prospects by Baseball America. Matthes was also a 2004 Aflac All-American and played in the same high school all-star game with Alabama shortstop Cale Iorg, who is serving a two-year mission with the Mormon church. During his junior season, he batted .446 with five home runs and 18 RBI. Mathes father (Dieter) and his uncle (Chuck Richard) both played football at the University of Miami.
Robert (6-0, 180) was a two-year starter at Southeastern Louisiana the past two seasons (2004-05). As a sophomore (2005), the right-hander was 9-4 with a 2.43 ERA in 17 appearances, including 12 starts on the mound. He worked 115 innings and allowed 100 hits, 38 runs and 31 earned runs, with 33 walks and 101 strikeouts. He also added a league best nine complete games. He led SLU in wins, ERA, appearances, starts, CGs, innings and strikeouts as a sophomore. He made his debut with the Lions during the 2004 season with two innings out of the bullpen against Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Robert pitched this summer for Youse's Maryland in the Cal Ripken, Sr., Collegiate Baseball League, where he posted a 6-0 record and 0.68 ERA in seven starts. He allowed only three runs and 20 hits in 40 innings.
Rogers (6-3, 215) is a power-hitting outfielder from Navarro College in Corsicana, Tex. In his lone season at Navarro, he batted .406 and was chose a First-Team Texas Eastern Athletic Conference selection as a true freshman. A native of Grapevine, he was a junior college teammate with current Alabama pitcher Jake McCarter, who will be a junior this season with the Tide.
Wells also announced that four of Alabama's signees that were selected in the Major League Baseball draft in June made to the campus and attended classes on Wednesday. Infielder Alex Avila (18th round, Detroit), infielder Tommy Hunter (18th round, Cleveland), right-hand pitcher Jake McCarter (39th round, Washington) and left-hand pitcher Miers Quigley (19th round, St. Louis) all enrolled at Alabama and attended class on Wednesday.
Wells also announced that Doug Denson (RHP), David Laminack (RHP), Michael McCallister (OF), Ian Moore (RHP) and Ben Soignier (INF) did not return to the team this fall.