The Tarleton baseball team and head coach Bryan Conger announced the signing of five new players for the 2013 season.
The first signing Dalton Weeks is a 6'5", 200-pound infielder from Notre Dame High School, a CIF Division-5 school out of Calimesa, California.
Coach Conger talked about Weeks' role on the team.
"Dalton is a young man that we are very excited to get on campus," said Conger. "He has exceptional athletic ability for a young man his size; he recently ran a 6.5, which is absolutely moving at that size. He has very good hands at shortstop and has a chance to be a rare type of player at this level. Dalton’s best days of baseball are ahead of him and its going to be exciting to watch him progress."
The next signing is John Kresta, a 6'2", 210-pound right-handed pitcher and catcher from Flower Mound High School.
Conger gave his impression of Kresta's game.
“John is another strong physical young man whose best days of baseball are ahead of him as well," said Conger. "John is one the top prospects in the state due to his tremendous arm strength, which has already drawn attention from pro scouts. He received a Perfect Game rating of 8.5 out of 10. John does a very good job behind the plate and will also pitch for us. He has been up to 94 mph on the mound.”
Next is Joustine Rivera, a 6'1", 195-pound righty from The Woodlands High School.
Conger talked about the pitcher's abilities.
“Joustine comes to us from one of the traditional 5A powers in the state of Texas in The Woodlands HS in Houston," said Conger. "Joustine is going to be a very productive pitcher for us with his ability to generate an upper 80’s fastball and more importantly the ability to sink it. He throws from a low ¾-arm slot which is very effective in the LSC and his ability to throw his slider in hitters counts is a tremendous plus.”
The next signing is Peter McMahon, a 6'0", 160-pound outfielder from Macarthur High School in San Antonio. The left-handed hitter also brings class 5-A experience to the Texans.
“Peter is a young man who we feel is really going to flourish in our system," said Conger. "He has a good left-handed swing that is going to continue to get better as he matures and gets stronger. Peter runs well, 6.6-speed, and has a good arm that will allow him to play all three outfield positions if needed. “
The final signing of the group is Matt Olive, a 5'11", 170-pound outfielder also from The Woodlands High School.
Conger discussed his future as well.
“Matt is a strong athletic outfielder that will be joining us from The Woodlands HS as well," said Conger. "Matt is another good runner, 6.7-speed, and has a very solid swing that will allow him to push for playing time immediately. Matt is a very competitive young man and has a chance to be a tremendous player for us.”