Lobo Baseball Inks 16 in Early Signing Period

Nov. 19, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Head coach Ray Birmingham and the University of New Mexico baseball team are proud to announce the signing of 16 players that will join the Lobos in 2013-14.

“This is one of the best recruiting classes we’ve had at UNM,” Birmingham said. “I’m very excited.”

Included in the class are three players from the state of New Mexico: Andre Vigil of Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque; Cody Bower of St. Pius in Albuquerque; and Tyler Gibson who most recently played at the New Mexico Military Institute but is originally from Albuquerque and played at La Cueva High School.

It has long been Birmingham's dream to take a UNM team filled with players from New Mexico to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. He believes this is another step in the right direction.

“We signed the best players in New Mexico that we wanted,” Birmingham said. “That’s a big deal to me.”

List of the commits in alphabetical order with brief notes from the coaching staff:

Zane Ancell – LHP/OF, Coronado HS – Lubbock, TX

“He’s left-handed pitcher who can really pitch with plus command of three pitches. He can also hit and play in the outfield.”

 Jacob Atchley – RHP, Centennial HS – Frisco, TX

“He’s a right-handed pitcher with a very quick arm and true curveball and his fastball will touch 91. He could pitch at front or back end of a game.”

Cody Bower – OF, St Pius HS - Albuquerque, NM

“He’s a very good hitter with plus bat speed, he will hit with lots of power at the college level.”

Jake Cole – RHP, Pima CC – Tucson, AZ

“Cole is a big, strong right-handed pitcher who we look to step right in and pitch for us on the weekend next season. He has an above-average FB and excellent slider.”

Tyler Gibson – RHP/INF, New Mexico Military Institute – Albuquerque, NM

“He’s a 6’4 right-handed pitcher/infielder who graduated from La Cueva HS and went down to NMMI to get some innings under his belt. He has become a real force on the mound with a mid-90’s fastball and a plus curve. He’ll have a chance to step right into the rotation next season.”

Blair Goldsack – RHP, Yavapai JC – Las Vegas, NV

“He pitches from a low three-quarter arm slot. He will replace Hobie McClain at the back of our bullpen. Worked both as a starter and closer as a freshman.”

Ryan Hill – RHP, Centennial HS – Frisco, TX

“He’s a right-handed pitcher with a chance to be a workhorse by sophomore year. He throws 87-90 with change and good shape on his curveball.”

Kirby McGuire – INF/OF, Round Rock HS - Round Rock, TX

“He’s a tough, hard-nosed player who can play infield or outfield. Good runner with solid approach at the plate.”

Lane Milligan – Catcher, Cherry Creek HS – Denver, CO

“Lane is a left-handed hitter who we feel will hit in the middle of our lineup as a freshman. Exceptional athlete who can also play in the outfield.”

Nick Pivetta  – RHP, New Mexico Junior College, British Columbia, Canada

“He’s a big right-handed pitcher who we feel is one of the best JUCO pitchers in the country. Should have a chance to come to UNM and pitch on Friday nights. Low to mid 90’s fastball.”

Matt Reyes – INF, Midland College – Midland, TX

“Plus runner with the ability to play second or center field. Solid swing with potential to steal 30 bases.”

Preston Ryan – RHP, McClintock HS – Tempe, AZ

“A strong-armed RHP who pitched extremely well in the fall. Good command of three pitches. Huge upside on the mound as he reaches the college level.”

Aaron Siple – OF, Gateway CC - Gilbert, AZ

“He’s a left-handed center fielder who can really handle the bat; he’s a plus runner who should hit at the top of the lineup. He stole over 40 bases last year as a freshman at Gateway.”

Colton Thomson – LHP, Scottsdale CC - Gilbert, AZ

“He’s a left-handed pitcher who should fill a starting spot on the weekend for us next year. Upper 80’s to 90 MPH fastball and plus command of three solid pitches.”

Andre Vigil – INF, Volcano Vista HS – Albuquerque, NM

“One of best hitters in the state of New Mexico, he has tremendous power and has also spent time in the outfield.”

Jack Zoellner – Corner IF, Gilbert HS – Gilbert, AZ

“He has plus power from the left side and can play either corner infield position.”