14 Newcomers join Islanders Baseball

14 Newcomers join Islanders Baseball

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- The first week of fall classes officially welcome a huge haul for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball. The Islanders enrolled 14 new players as part of the 2016 summer signing period.

CAMERON BOUDREAUX | INF/OF | SUGAR LAND, TEXAS

Boudreaux joins the Islanders from Ranger College where he started in the outfield for the past two years. A junior in 2017, Boudreaux hit .297 with three home runs and 25 RBI last season at Ranger. The Houston native also swiped 14 bags last season. Boudreaux played his high school ball at George Ranch High School where he helped the Longhorns to their first-ever playoff berth. He also earned Second Team All-State honors along with First Team All-District in 2014.

"Cameron is a strong baseball player in almost every facet of the game," said recruiting coordinator Brett Gips. "We look for him to spend the majority of his time with us in the infield but he does have the ability to play the corners in the outfield." 

DAVID "ITCHY" BURTS | INF | LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS

Burts comes to the Island from Clear Springs High School in League City. A freshman in 2017, Burts was a middle infielder with the Chargers. As a senior, Burts hit .423 with 29 runs scored en route to earning All-County First Team honors at shortstop and Houston 6A Second Team shortstop. He holds school records for the highest batting average in a single season as well as the most hits in the playoffs. Burts was also the 24-5A Newcomer of the Year in 2014 and an All-County and Houston 6A performer in 2015.

"Since the first time I saw Itchy's style of play I was excited and eager to get him in our program,"Gips said. "I love the way he plays both sides of the game and I think he will bring an intense energy to our club immediately."

COLE CARTER | RHP | ALLEN, TEXAS

A junior college product, Carter spent the past two seasons at Cisco College. With the Wranglers, Carter worked 33 2/3 innings on a club that went 48-16 in 2016. He helped Cisco to a fifth place finish at the JUCO World Series, racking up 33 strikeouts on the season. Carter compiled a 3-0 record over 17 relief appearances last season. At the high school ranks, Carter played for Allen High, going 7-1 with a 2.50 ERA as a senior.

"Cole features a great fastball, one that has been into the mid 90s in the NJCAA World Series with Cisco Junior College this past spring," said Gips. "Cole is a tremendous competitor with great athleticism and will be a huge piece to our pitching staff come spring 2017, as well as a leader in the clubhouse."

CHRIS GLOVER | RHP | ROCKWALL, TEXAS

Another junior college transfer, Glover comes to the Island from McLennan Community College where he was a member of the starting rotation the past two seasons. The right-hander will be a junior in 2017 and racked up a 15-5 mark in his two seasons at McLennan. In 2016, Glover went 7-2 with a 2.91 ERA for the Highlanders, helping McLennan to an NTJCAA Conference Championship. In 2014, Glover was drafted in the 32nd round by the New York Mets.

"Chris is a young man that we have been following since he was in high school," Gips noted. "After his senior year he was drafted in the 32nd round by the New York Mets and chose to attend one of the top junior college programs in the country annually, in McLennan Community College. Chris has been expected to win ball games for a long time and the game plan for him will be no different this year."

PATRICK KING | OF | FORT WORTH, TEXAS

King spent the past two seasons playing for Blinn College in Brenham. The outfielder hit .253 with eight doubles, a triple and a home run in 2016. King drove in 11 runs on the season as a sophomore and earned a spot on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll. King played his high school ball at Birdville and was a two-time All-District performer and picked up All-State and Academic All-State honors as a senior.

"Patrick will help provide valuable experience to our outfield this year coming from Blinn Junior College," said Gips. "He has experienced a lot of winning, and we look for him to provide a spark for us at the plate and on the bases."

JACKSON OWENS | INF/P | CORINTH, TEXAS

A two-way player, Owens joins the Islanders as a junior after spending two seasons at Howard College.  At the plate, Owens hit .345 last season with 40 RBI and 11 home runs while reaching at a .470 clip. On the mound, Owens appeared in 11 games, working 15 2/3 innings. At the high school level, Owens played at Lake Dallas where he was a four-year letter winner.

"Jackson is a two-way talent who will see time both on the mound and in the infield this year," said Gips. "His extreme athleticism combined with his talents allow him to play multiple positions in the infield while his big arm strength will help him see time on the mound. We expect him to play a key part in the lineup daily, and his low 90s fastball will have a big impact on our pitching staff."

AARON RHODES | RHP | McKINNEY, TEXAS

Rhodes has spent the past two seasons playing at Grayson College in Denison. The pitcher sat out the past season at Grayson with an injury but has begun working in games again during summer ball.

"The first time we saw Aaron pitch was as a freshman at Grayson County Junior College and his stuff was electric," Gips said. "He's coming back from an elbow injury and is experiencing tons of success this summer. We have high expectations for Aaron to pitch in our week drawing rotation and help set the tone on the weekend."

DALTON STARK | OF | CYPRESS, TEXAS

A junior, Stark joins the Islanders out of Alvin Community College. As a sophomore, he hit .295 for the Dolphins with 19 RBI.  Over his two years total, Stark hit .316 with 14 home runs while being named to the 2015 All-Star team. He helped the Dolphins to a pair of region semifinal appearances and a 41-14 record in 2016.

"Dalton comes to us after spending time at one of the top junior colleges in the state," said Gips. "Prior to his time at Alvin Community College he played under John Pope at Cy Ranch High School so we know that we are getting a tremendous competitor who was taught the game the right way. I expect Dalton to come in and be able to play anywhere in the outfield as well as be a leader in the lineup and clubhouse."

TRENTON STOWE | C | RENO, NEV.

Another junior college prospect, Stowe comes to the Island after spending two seasons at Feather River College in California. With the Golden Eagles, Stowe split time between catching duties and first base. For the Islanders, Stowe figures to slot in behind the plate. As a sophomore, Stowe hit .311 with three home runs and 26 RBI. He also added 13 doubles which were second most on the club.

"Trenton comes to us from Feather River College in California where he spent time both behind the dish and in the infield for the Golden Eagles," Gips said. "We look for Trenton to make an immediate impact at the plate and behind it for us. We also look for Trenton to be a vital, experienced voice for us in the dugout."

DAN BROKOP | INF | NEW LENOX, ILL.

Brokop spent the past season at Kankakee College after playing his freshman season at South Suburban College. As a sophomore at Kankakee, Brokop hit .380 for the Cavaliers with eight home runs and 69 RBI. He slugged a team-best .641, adding 20 doubles and two triples to his eight long balls. Brokop's strong performance this season landed him a spot on the All-Region team.

"Dan lands on the island from the Midwest region of our country," said Gips. "He is another experienced player that we will have high expectations for at the plate. With a big physical presence at the plate, we will expect him to make big contributions driving in runs."

WILLIAM VAUGHAN | UTL | COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

A high school product from A&M-Consolidated, Vaughan spent time in both the outfield and infield for the Tigers. As a senior, he hit .264 with a .487 OBP, averaging nearly two and a half walks per strikeout. Vaughan won the team's Heart Award in 2015 and was the 2016 MVP. A two-sport star, he also played football for the Tigers, earning First Team All-District at linebacker in 2015.

"William has played on very good high school and travel ball teams for most of his years leading up to this fall," said Gips. "We are excited to add him as a member of our club and will look for him to compete for one of the jobs in the outfield."

STERLING JONES | INF | LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS

Jones is the third of four high school signees for the Islanders this summer. He played for Clear Springs High, helping the Chargers to a third place finish in the district this season. Jones hit .333 with 12 RBI while reaching at a .420 clip. Off the field, Jones is a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Society along with Mu Alpha Theta.

"We are excited to add Sterling as a member of our club and will look for him to compete for one of the jobs in the infield," said Gips. "Also, getting him in our strength program could reap tons of rewards for him."

GARRETH BELL | OF | ROWLETT, TEXAS

Bell played his high school ball at North Garland, earning three letters with the Raiders. He sat out his senior season due to injury, but hit .380 as a junior. Bell was a two-time 11-6A All-Disctrict honoree during his time at North Garland. He also earned the Academic All-Excellence Award in 2015 and 2016 and was an honors graduate.

"We look for Garreth to compete for one of the corner outfield jobs," said Gips. "He is very athletic and has a good base skill set. We are excited for Garreth's future."

RJ RUIZ | INF | EAGLE PASS, TEXAS

Ruiz was a four-year letterman at Eagle Pass High School before continuing his career at Laredo Community College.  For the past two seasons, Ruiz has been a starter for the Palominos. In 2015, Ruiz hit a pair of home runs in 37 games. He was a multisport star at Eagle Pass, lettering three times in football and another pair in basketball.

"RJ is a solid player with a great work ethic," said Gips. "We really like the way that he goes about his business in the weight room on the field and in the classroom."