OSU Baseball Welcomes Talented Newcomers in 2004

STILLWATER, Okla. (http://www.okstate.com) — Oklahoma State baseball added several talented newcomers for the 2004-05 school year.

"We put together a good recruiting class that we believe addressed our needs at a variety of positions, including on the mound," said second-year head coach Frank Anderson.

Among the newcomers to watch are:
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown/Last School
Chad Abernathy INF 5-11 180 Jr. Independence, Mo./Maple Woods CC
Abe Aguirre INF 5-9 170 Jr. El Paso, Texas/Midland JC
Dusty Barnard RHP 6-2 200 Jr. Moore, Okla./Connors State
Adam Carr 1B 6-2 205 Jr. Felton, Calif./West Valley JC
Matt Clarkson C 6-2 205 Jr. Broken Arrow, Okla./UA-Fort Smith
Justin Colbert INF 5-9 190 Jr. Allen, Okla./Seminole State
Adam Daniels LHP 6-2 192 Jr. North Vancouver, B.C./Eastern Okla. JC
Mike Hernandez OF 6-1 195 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y. /Connors State
Michael Jarman LHP 6-1 195 Fr. Edmond, Okla/Edmond North HS
Nate Melek RHP 6-0 170 Jr. Minnetonka, Minn./Clarendon JC
Cody Merrell OF 6-3 215 Jr. Perryton, Texas/Seminole JC
Jeff Parrish C 6-4 235 Sr. Poquoson, Va./Virginia Commonwealth
Trey Rachal OF 6-1 198 Jr. Edmond, Okla./North Central Texas JC
Ricardo Rivas RHP 6-0 185 Jr. El Paso, Texas/J.M. Hanks HS
John Schindler INF 5-8 165 Jr. Dallas, Texas/Grayson County CC
Fuller Smith OF 6-0 188 Fr. Birmingham, Ala./Vestavia Hills HS
Brae Wright LHP 6-5 205 Jr. Southaven, Miss./Ole Miss

Chad Abernathy (INF)
Abernathy was a third-team All-American last season at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, Mo. He hit .405 with 15 homers and 18 stolen bases while also earning all-region and all-district honors. He chose OSU over Nebraska, Texas Tech and North Carolina State.

Abe Aguirre (INF)
Aguirre was a stellar defensive shortstop for two seasons at Midland College. He was an all-conference selection in 2004 after hitting .293 with five homers and 39 RBIs. As a freshman he earned honorable mention all-conference honors after batting .379 with 24 doubles, while also being named the team's outstanding defensive player.

Dusty Barnard (RHP)
Barnard, who originally signed with Oklahoma State out of Moore High in 2002, spent the last two years on the pitching staff at Connors State College. He was drafted in the 19th round of the 2002 draft by the Oakland A's and in the 18th round by the Cleveland Indians in 2003.

Adam Carr (1B)
Carr was named an All-American by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association last year at West Valley College. He also earned All-Coast Conference honors at first base after batting .376 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs. Carr was a 30th round draft choice of the New York Mets in 2003 and a 41st round selection by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002. He was also recruited by Cal State Fullerton and South Carolina.

Matt Clarkson (C)
Clarkson earned all-district plaudits at catcher last season at Arkansas-Fort Smith. He batted .323 with two homers and 22 RBIs, while throwing out 12 of 24 base runners attempting to steal. Clarkson hit .311 with five homers in 41 starts in 2003, while also throwing out 12 of 26 base runners. He was drafted in the 29th round by the Boston Red Sox in 2002 and in the 16th round by the Red Sox this past June. Clarkson also considered Clemson, Fresno State, Texas A&M and Arkansas.

Justin Colbert (INF)
Colbert played two seasons at Seminole State College and led them to the Junior College World Series. He batted .429 with four stolen bases in five games at the series. Colbert helped lead the Graham Roughnecks to the Texas Collegiate Baseball League championship series this past summer. The second baseman batted .288 with six homers, 10 doubles and 32 RBIs in 52 games. He played at Allen High with current teammate Keanon Simon.

Adam Daniels (LHP)
Daniels played two seasons at Eastern Oklahoma State Junior College, earning Outstanding Athlete of the Year honors last season. He posted a record of 7-5 with a 2.95 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 79.1 innings, while limiting batters to just a .159 batting average. He played with the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod League over the summer and posted 20 strikeouts in 18.2 innings. Daniels has been drafted four times, most recently in last June's draft by the Chicago Cubs in the 43rd round. He's also been drafted by the Colorado Rockies (22nd round in 2003), Minnesota Twins (19th round in 2002) and the Toronto Blue Jays (27th round in 2001).

Michael Hernandez (OF)
Hernandez played at Connors State last season after spending his freshman year at Daytona Beach Community College. He hit .307 with the Wareham Gateman of the Cape Cod League this past summer. As a freshman at Daytona Beach, Hernandez hit .316 and led the team with 54 RBIs in just 45 games. He also led the team with eight home runs, 11 doubles, 92 total bases and a .529 slugging percentage. Hernandez, who hit in the cleanup spot in the lineup, led Daytona Beach CC to its first-ever conference championship.

Michael Jarman (LHP)
Jarman was named All-Big City by the Daily Oklahoman after leading Edmond North to the state title game. He went 8-2 with a 1.22 ERA as a senior and was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 39th round in June.

Nate Melek (RHP)
Melek played two seasons at Clarendon College earning all conference honors in 2003 and 2004. He was also named to the Texas-New Mexico All-Star team in his sophomore season. Melek spent the summer playing for the Highland Park Blue Sox of the Texas Collegiate Baseball League. He was impressive in four outings, going 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA, including a complete game shutout. Melek struck out 28 batters in 26 innings and limited the opposition to a .129 batting average. He chose OSU over OU and Texas Tech.

Cody Merrell (OF)
Merrell played two seasons at Seminole State College and was an honorable mention All-American last season. He earned all-district honors and helped lead Seminole to the Junior College World Series.

Jeff Parrish (C)
Parrish was a three-year starting catcher at Virginia Commonwealth prior to transferring to Oklahoma State for his senior year. He hit. 264 with two homers and 33 RBIs in 2002 and was an honorable-mention Freshman All-American. Parrish hit .332 with eight homers, 17 doubles and 50 RBIs as a sophomore, earning first team all-conference honors. Last season he hit .223 with six homers and 31 RBIs. The senior has played in 171 college games and has started in 166 of them. Parrish also has post season experience as the Rams made the 2002 and 2003 NCAA tournaments.

Trey Rachal (OF)
Rachal played two seasons at North Central Texas Junior College and earned second-team All-America honors last spring. He batted .437 with eight homers and 45 RBIs as a sophomore and hit .434 with eight doubles, a homer and 43 RBIs as an all-conference freshman. Rachal helped lead the McKinney Marshals to a division championship in the Texas Collegiate League this past summer. He was named to the all-league team after batting .359 with four homers and 23 RBIs. Also considered Oral Roberts and TCU.

Rick Rivas (RHP)
Rivas played two seasons at El Paso Community College and helped lead his team to the conference title in both years. He went 10-4 in two seasons at EPCC with 108 strikeouts in 112.2 innings pitched. Rivas played summer ball with the Anchorage Pilots in 2003-04 and pitched over 50 innings in both years in Alaska. He was drafted in the 28th round by the Colorado Rockies in 2003 and in the 48th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates last June. He also considered Texas Tech, Texas , TCU, Virginia and Alabama.

John Schindler (INF)
Schindler played at Grayson County College in 2004 and helped lead the team to the JUCO World Series. He batted .394 with four homers and 36 RBIs, and led the team with a .417 batting average (5-for-12) with a homer and six RBIs at the World Series. He hit .341 in 2003 at Dallas Baptist and was named to the National Christian Collegiate Athletics Association All-Tournament team.

Fuller Smith (OF)
Smith batted .448 with 28 stolen bases as a senior at Vestavia Hills High School in Birmingham, Ala., in 2004. He was named to the Birmingham News All-Metro Team and was an honorable mention all-state selection. Smith hit .489 with 24 stolen bases as a junior in 2003 and received the team's outstanding hitter award.

Brae Wright (LHP)
Wright spent two seasons at Ole Miss before transferring to OSU for his junior year. He led the Rebels with a 2.81 ERA last season, while posting a 6-2 record on the mound. Wright notched wins over nationally ranked Vanderbilt and Tennessee and finished with 49 strikeouts in 67.1 innings with two complete games in 10 starts. He went 4-4 as a freshman with a 3.49 ERA in 19 appearances, including nine starts. Wright was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 26th round out of high school in 2002.

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