Provided by: Texas Tech Athletics Communications
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech baseball program and second-year head coach Tim Tadlock have announced the Red Raiders early recruiting class Thursday morning as 12 student-athletes signed national letters of intent during the early signing period to join the Tech baseball program in the fall of 2014.
The Red Raiders signed two junior college prospects and 10 high school standouts, including four pitchers, three infielders, two outfielders and three two-way players. The Red Raiders class includes nine players from the state of Texas and also players from New York, Ohio and Mississippi.
Tech's recruiting class features four of the top 20 ranked high school left-handed pitchers in the state of Texas. The recruiting class is also highlighted by signing the eighth ranked prep outfielder in Texas and the No. 2 ranked outfielder in the state of Mississippi to name a few.
"To be able to add 12 guys to our team with the make-up and character of this group will keep our program on the path to Omaha," Tadlock said. "This group of pitchers is a compliment to Coach Ray Hayward and the reputation that comes with having one of the best on our coaching staff. J-Bob has done a great job with the class of 2014 and continues to be ahead of the pack. The five hitters we feel like could step in on any campus in America and make an impact.
"Each year we keep attracting players that are a little more ready to step in right away and if that keeps happening we really like the way it looks on paper for the next couple of years. In our sport, many of these young men will have the opportunity to play professionally after the upcoming spring and we feel like this group consists of families that understand the value of their education and are committed to putting Texas Tech baseball on the map nationally again. They are all aware that the three or four years they spend in Lubbock will be some of the best times of their lives."
Name POS HT WT B/T Hometown/High School/Previous School
Coach Tadlock on Carpenter: "He is an old-school, power pitcher who will attack the zone with fastballs. Very competitive and has a great presence. He will also hit for Iowa Western when he isn't pitching."
Coach Tadlock on Davidson: "A two-sport athlete that played quarterback for two years. Should bring some toughness and attitude. Have seen him up to 91 with a good breaking ball and slider."
Coach Tadlock on Driskill: "Right now he has a very good breaking ball and a quick arm. Could defend as a shortstop for a lot of people as well. Tanner will study education at Tech, which is an academic area at Tech that has really taken off."
Coach Tadlock on Garcia: "He is a guy that could fall out of bed and play shortstop. He reminds me a little bit of current Red Raider Jake Barrios. Will bring a certain amount of toughness from being a quarterback his whole life. Was recruited by a few D-I's early as a quarterback."
Tanner Gardner INF/OF 5-11 190 S/R Frisco, Texas/Centennial
Coach Tadlock on Gardner: "Switch-hitting infielder who will step in and be an impact guy right away from day one. He has the ability to change a game every time he steps in the box and is a throw-back type of guy that will raise the level of guys around him. Tanner will study veterinary medicine in our well respected animal science program."
Coach Tadlock on Lopez: "We have seen Donnie play quite a bit and feel he is the best shortstop in South Texas. Athletic middle infielder that can handle the bat and loves to play."
Coach Tadlock on Martin: "Watching Rudy over the last couple of years we feel like he will be an impact guy right away. He led his team as a junior to a state championship."
Coach Tadlock on Mushinski: "A two-way guy who can come in the game at any time and command two pitches. J-Bob saw him first as a first baseman and really liked the idea of him being a two-way guy. Allen and Karen did a great job raising Parker and it shows in the way he goes about his business. Parker is interested in studying exercise and sports sciences with an emphasis in sports management."
Coach Tadlock on Patterson: "Has a knack for missing bats and has plenty of room to grow into a weekend role in his career. He comes from a family of Red Raiders. Jacob will study electrical engineering, which is consistently one of the nation's leading programs and has four National Academy of Engineering members, which are considered the best in their field."
Coach Tadlock on Rawlins: "There is plenty of room for growth with the fastball, but if it stays where it is now he could pitch right now because of his feel for pitching. Has great make-up. Jay will major in exercise and sports sciences at Tech."
Coach Tadlock on Scott: "Tanner is a guy that J-Bob saw this fall and really liked his arm action and make-up to be able to make the transition to the Big 12. Tanner is going into the Rawls Business School at Tech, which is quickly becoming one of the premier business schools in the country. The Rawls College of Business has an outstanding marketing program that is recognized nationally in preparing future leaders in business."
Coach Tadlock on Stark: "We feel like Dalton could step in right away and give us quality at-bats and play defense in the outfield at all three spots at a high level. He has wanted to be a Red Raider for a long time and we feel like if we had nine guys like him there would be quite a bit of pressure on the opposing team up and down the lineup. Dalton will major in business at our Rawls Business School, one of the top emerging business programs in the country."