Nov. 12, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech baseball head coach Wade Simoneaux announced the Bulldogs' fall signing class Friday afternoon. Prep standouts Mitch Antony and BréShon Kimbell will join junior college transfer James Ferguson next season at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park after signing National Letters of Intent for the 2011-12 academic year earlier this week.
"We are very excited to add these student-athletes to our program," said Simoneaux. "Mitch Antony is a local kid that we like a lot and can develop into a solid starter for us. Kimbell is a draftable prospect out of high school and we are very fortunate to have him. He is a great student and I expect him to step right in and compete for a starting spot immediately. Ferguson is a crafty left-handed pitcher that has experience under his belt and should be able to contribute as soon as he arrives on campus."
Antony, a local product from Cedar Creek HS in Ruston was recruited as both a pitcher and middle infielder. Last season at Cedar Creek Antony hit at a .457 clip while totaling 40 RBI and scoring 30 runs. On the mound Antony totaled 10 wins, 100-plus strikeouts with a 1.66 ERA. As a dual-position player, Antony was tabbed an all-Louisiana performer by the Louisiana Sports Writer Association in addition to his district 2-1A MVP honors last season.
Kimbell, a native of Mesquite, Texas is a consensus top-100 national recruit and the 11th-ranked prospect in the state of Texas according to Perfect Game USA. As a catcher Kimbell was named district 11-5A Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore before being named first team 11-5A all-district last season. In addition to being a member of the Dallas Patriots select team, Kimbell was selected this past summer to take part in the USA Baseball 2010 Breakthrough Series at NTC and Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Ferguson, a Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star selection and First-team all-state performer at Austin Westlake HS spent last season at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. As a member of Phi Theta Kappa and President's Distinguished Honor Roll, the southpaw notched a 7-4 record on the mound with a 3.19 ERA and 43 strikeouts while appearing in 15 games for the Highlanders.
Tech opens the 2011 campaign on Feb. 18-20 as the Bulldogs host Southern Illinois, Nicholls State and Grambling State as part of the Louisiana Tech Baseball Classic.
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