Tech Baseball Adds 12 Athletes

The Red Raiders signed four of the top 20 high school left-handed pitchers in the state of 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."

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