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Baseball Welcomes Impressive Freshman Class

Baylor head coach Steve Smith and the Bears welcomed 15 newcomers into the program Monday.

Baylor head coach Steve Smith and the Bears welcomed 15 newcomers into the program Monday.

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


 

 

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