Aug. 22, 2006
WACO, Texas -- Baylor baseball signed one of its most impressive baseball classes in the program's history last fall. Monday, the Bears welcomed all but one of the fall signees to campus as Baylor's fall semester began. Baylor also had four invited walk-ons attend classes Monday for a total freshman class of 15.
Included in that group are three student-athletes who were selected out of high school in June's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft - OF/LHP Aaron Miller of Channelview, Texas (11th Round, Colorado Rockies), 1B/OF Dustin Dickerson of Waco, Texas (15th Round, Washington Nationals), and RHP Kendal Volz of Bulverde, Texas (50th Round, Arizona Diamondbacks).
"There were a lot of people who thought we'd lose a few guys, especially Miller, Dickerson, Volz and Shawn Tolleson," Baylor head coach Steve Smith said. "For all four of those guys to realize the importance of the college experience they'll receive in their time at Baylor says a lot about this university and about our program."
Of Baylor's 15 newcomers, 12 prepped in the state of Texas; two prepped in Colorado, and one prepped in California.
The only of Baylor's fall 2005 signees not to attend class Monday was Clay Fuller, a teammate of Volz at Smithson Valley High School. Fuller, a fourth-round draft selection of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, signed a professional contract and currently is playing for the Angels' Arizona League club.
2006-2007 BAYLOR BASEBALL NEWCOMERS
Player, Pos. School Hometown
Jimmy Bailey, IF Carroll HS Corpus Christi
* Zach Boles, RHP Commerce HS Commerce, Texas
Raynor Campbell, IF Taylor HS Katy, Texas
Dustin Dickerson, 1B/OF Midway HS Waco, Texas
* Tom Filip, RHP Granite Hills HS Apple Valley, Calif.
Craig Fritsch, RHP Round Rock HS Round Rock, Texas
Gregg Glime, C Smoky Hills HS Aurora, Colo.
Shaver Hansen, IF Fruita Monument HS Grand Junction, Colo.
Ryan Jenkins, RHP Cy Falls HS Houston, Texas
Willie Kempf, RHP Medina Valley HS Castroville, Texas
Aaron Miller, OF/LHP Channelview HS Channelview, Texas
Shawn Tolleson, RHP Allen HS Allen, Texas
* Eric Udell, C/OF McArthur HS San Antonio, Texas
* Aaron Williams, LHP McLennan CC Montgomery, Texas
Kendal Volz, RHP Smithson Valley HS Bulverde, Texas
* - invited walk-on