Diamond 'Dogs Ink Nine Players in Early Signing Period

Nov. 22, 2013

RUSTON, La. - Nine future Bulldogs have signed letters of intent in the early signing period and are committed to play for head coach Wade Simoneaux and the Louisiana Tech Baseball program in the coming years.

As a whole, Simoneaux and Co. had four junior college players and five high school recruits sign letters of intent, with four signees hailing from inside the state of Louisiana.

"I feel as if we have already filled all of our needs for next year in this early signing class," Simoneaux said. "I think we should be officially done with next year's recruiting class. With this signing class, we have a good combination of high school and junior college guys who can come in and contribute right away."

The class of recent signees consists of four infielders, two left-handed pitchers, one right-handed hurler, an outfielder and a catcher.

The four junior college signees include right hander Garrett Bryant, lefty Phillip Diehl, infielder/pitcher Troy Lewis and infielder Mason Paxton.

Bryant hails from Fort Collins, Colo., and will begin his second season at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan. The right hander is coming off a 2013 season where he made 28 appearances on the mound for the Broncbusters, while recording one save, 17 strikeouts and a 3.54 earned run average in 20.3 innings pitched. Opponents posted a .250 batting average versus the right hander last season.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Diehl prepped at Moeller High School and spent his freshman campaign at the University of Evansville, where he appeared in 11 games, pitched 11 innings, and struck out six of the batters he faced. He will play his sophomore season at Wabash Valley College in Illinois.



Troy Lewis, who could see time both in the infield and on the mound, will begin his first season at Delgado Community College this coming season, after originally signing to play for Coastal Carolina in his freshman season in college. Lewis graduated from Dutchtown High School, where he was named District 5-5A MVP his senior season and Metro area Player of the Year as a junior.

Paxton, the final junior college signee for the Bulldogs, originates from Hill, Texas and is currently an infielder for Hill College. As a freshman, Paxton played in 53 games, while batting .354 with two homeruns, 33 runs batted in and seven stolen bases. He helped lead his team to a 30-win mark in 2013 with an overall record of 32-22 on the season for Hill College.

As for the future Bulldogs coming out of high school, Cannon Brasuell, Zachary Buster, Brent Diaz, Ryan Hoogerwerf and Haden Schoen complete the list of nine signees Simoneaux and Co. have snagged.

Brasuell is the lone local signee for the Bulldogs this year, as he is a product of Ruston High School where he prepped under head coach Toby White. Most recently, the Ruston Bearcat .418 as a junior outfielder/infielder at Ruston, a mark that earned him District 1-5A All-State honors following last season.

A native of Covington, La., Buster hails from St. Paul High School where he is an infielder for head baseball coach Mick Nunez. Last season as a junior, Buster posted an impressive .415 on base percentage with the help of 18 walks and a 95 percent stolen base success rate (16 SB). He crossed home plate 27 times and totaled 16 hits in 71 at bats while at St. Paul.

Diaz comes to LA Tech from Gulliver Schools in Miami, Fla., where he was a standout catcher for head coach Javy Rodriguez. Diaz also had the honor of hitting the first homerun in the new Marlins Park, the home of the Miami Marlins, on March 5, 2012, and in 2012, he was named to the Miami Dade 8A-15 all-district team. He was also placed on the Perfect Game 17-Under BCS All-Tournament team after going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, RBI and one run. Prior to this season, he was named a 2013 Under Armour Pre-Season All-American, as well as being a 2013 Perfect Game Pre-Season High Honorable Mention.

As a two-sport athlete at Allen High School in Allen, Texas, Hoogerwerf has excelled in both football and baseball over the course of his high school career. Under head baseball coach Paul Coe, Hoogerwerf and his Allen teammates captured the 2012 District Championship. In 2013, Hoogerwerf posted a .272 average with seven doubles, five triples and 21 RBI as a junior. Since his sophomore season, he has totaled 15 doubles, seven triples, a home run and 35 RBI for Allen. On the gridiron, Hoogerwerf is both the backup quarterback and deep snapper for an Allen team that won the 2012 State Championship and is currently first in the nation among high school football teams in 2013.

Schoen, a product of Parkview Baptist High School in Baton Rouge, La., is a left-handed pitcher who has been coached by Darron Mitchell over the course of his prep years. Prior to starting his senior campaign, Schoen was honored for his play on the diamond as he was named 2013 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention. With eight appearances last season, Schoen posted a 2.31 ERA in 22.00 innings of work. He notched one win on the season and struck out 13 batters he faced as a junior.

Louisiana Tech will begin the 2014 season in mid-February, but in the meantime the Bulldogs along with Coach Simoneaux will be busy hosting the team's annual Top Dawg Christmas Camps beginning Dec. 20.

Simoneaux will host a youth camp (1st - 7th Grades) Dec. 20-22 from 2-5 p.m. daily, while the high school camp will be held Dec. 27-29 at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston. Costs of the camps are $150 for youth campers and $325 (full day) and $400 (overnight) for the high school camp.

Registration is now open online at LATechSports.com under Baseball or click the link above to sign up for the 2013 Top Dawg Fall League. A brochure containing further details is also available on the LA Tech website.

For more information regarding the fall league, please call Kim Tanner at 318-257-3314.

For complete coverage of Bulldog Baseball, please follow @LATechBSB on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.


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