SarCoog: The ’09 UH baseball season may be over a bit prematurely, but that doesn’t mean Rayner Noble has stopped working on improving his team for the coming season.
Yesterday the Houston Chronicle’s Steve Campbell reported that Noble had signed two players during the spring period: 2B Ryan Still of San Jacinto College and C Kevin Peters from Baytown Sterling HS. This brings the total number of 2009 baseball signees to 8.
Still prepped at Westside High School here in Houston (with current Cougar Michael Goodnight) and was 1st team All-District all four years of of his high school career. Also, he was named the district MVP in his junior season. In his sophomore year at San Jac, Still has a .387 batting average, 2 homers and 46 RBI. He currently leads the team in batting average, on-base % (.521), walks (44), BA with runners in scoring position (.444) and sac bunts (7). Even more impressively, he’s only struck out 18 times in 163 at-bats this season, so he’s always a threat to get on base. His freshman season at San Jac, he batted .367 with 40 RBI. He’ll definitely compete for immediate playing time this coming fall and could play at 2nd or 3rd base.
Peters will be coming in as a catcher and is from a Baytown Sterling program that also produced fellow Cougar Chase Dempsay. He batted .357, with 5 homers this past season and was named 1st team All District 21-5A. He also led his team on the mound with a 2.47 ERA and a 1-2 record. In his junior season he batted .368 with 13 RBI and 6 doubles.
Here are the current signees (including the two most recent ones):
C- Kevin Peters; Baytown, TX (Sterling)
C- M.P. Cokinos; Houston, TX (Memorial)
1B- Alex Anastas; Friendswood, TX (High)
2B/INF- Ryan Still; Houston, TX (Westside/San Jacinto College- North)
3B/INF- Austin Gracey; Klein, TX (Klein Oak/Cisco JC)
OF- Eric Brooks; Taylor, TX (High)
OF- Joel Ansley; Wharton, TX (High/Wharton County JC)
UTIL/RHP- Matt Creel; Greenwell Springs, LA (Central Private/LSU-Eunice)
Can these guys make the difference in getting Cougar baseball back to the NCAA tournament in 2010?