Rebels Ink Seven Recruits

Nov. 16, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( -UNLV baseball received signed national letters of intent from seven student-athletes who will enroll next fall and be eligible to play during the 2014 season for the Rebels, head coach Tim Chambers announced Thursday.

“We are excited about our 2012 class,” Chambers said. “It’s a smaller class than we have had here, but it blends well with the youth we have on the team currently. Our class is a mix of junior-college kids as well as high school kids. Overall we are excited because we feel that there is a lot of potential in the bats that we are adding and we are expecting some big things out of the pitchers.”

The class includes three junior college transfers and four high school prospects. The junior-college signees are Morgan Stotts (INF/OF) and Joseph Lauria (RHP), both out of the College of Southern Nevada, along with Jonathan Torres (OF) who plays at Cypress JC. Both Stotts and Lauria are Las Vegas natives and played at Silverado and Legacy, respectively.

Stotts played in all 60 games for the Coyotes last season. He led the team with 63 RBI and averaged .344 while hitting eight home runs. He led the nation with 27 doubles and broke the school record that was set by Bryce Harper.

Lauria sported a 7-3 record for CSN with a 4.52 earned run average last spring. He struck out a team-high 74 batters in 83.2 innings and was No. 1 pitcher for the Coyotes.

Torres is one of the top hitters returning to a premier JC program. He led the Chargers last season with a .361 average and recorded 15 RBI.

The four high school signees include one local product, David Kuzma (RHP) from Silverado High School. Two of the remaining three hail from Southern California, Andrew Encinas (LHP) from Gahr High School and Connor Clark (1B) from Camarillo High School in Glendale, Ariz.

Kuzma was named to the All-State Second Team and helped the Skyhawks to a 24-10 record as a junior. He has great control of his pitches and strong command of the strike zone.

Motley has a good glove and is solid in all aspects of the game. He averaged .388 as a junior and helped the Cougars to a 17-10 overall record.

Encinas is a highly touted prospect that is strong competitor with a little mean streak. He helped the Gladiators to a 19-11 record and was named to the All-CIF Division 3 Second Team.

Clark helped the Scorpions to a 15-10 overall record and earned Honorable Mention All-Pacific View League as a junior. At 6-4, he has the potential to be a strong middle of the lineup hitter. Last summer he thrived at the third batting spot on a team that had 15-20 Division I prospects.