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Highly Rated New Mexico Recruits Are Recognized

The Lobos have done well in baseball recruiting the last few years and this year is no exception. A few of their best were drafted and signed but there was enough left over for Coach Birmingham's program to get some recognition.

Catch Birmingham brings in another great bunch of recruits
Catch Birmingham brings in another great bunch of recruits
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New Mexico Recruits Could Add to an Already Potent Offense

The coaches at New Mexico always do a pretty good job at recruiting baseball talent to play ball as a Lobo. Three freshmen AA attest to that. I just received my favorite baseball newspaper, Collegiate Baseball, and the writers there feel the same way. In the list of top recruiting classes (think SEC as usual) New Mexico got votes in the "other top recruiting classes". I don't know how much weight the drafted and signed kids pull in these votes but I'm assuming some. Read on.

Cole Anderson, OF - drafted and signed

Austin Bell, OF, OF, La Cueva HS, Albuquerque, NM
First team All-State for New Mexico. I found no current stats for him but making that list says tons.

Aaron Corral, INF, Capistrano Valley Christian HS, Riverside, CA
Aaron hit .345 his senior year. That's all I could find but he can hit.

Fernando Fernandez-Beltran, LHP, New Mexico JC, Quebec, Canada
Fernando had a mediocre record at the juco level. He was 3-4 and 5.70 in 60 IP so he had his chances. He struck out just under a batter an inning which is what probably caught the eye of the Lobo coaches. That's all I could find but how many Canadians do you know that play baseball in college or pros? Right. Darn few.

Austin Isenhart, LHP, Glendora HS, San Dimas, CA
Made his league's first team all-league list. Found no stats.

Jared Mang, INF, Los Alamos HS, Los Alamos, NM
For the second consecutive year Jared won the Gatorade POY for New Mexico. They had him as a pitcher going 7-1 and 0.80. He also hit .559 and 5 dingers. I think that's enough. I believe he's in the class of 2016 so won't show this year.

Erick Migueles, OF, Canyon Del Oro HS, Tucson, AZ
I found incomplete stats for Erick so I have no idea what the story is. Baseball America had him on a possible draftee list for 2015. He hit 13 home runs as a junior so he has a lot of power from the left side. Was considered one of the top 100 players in the country prior to the 2015 season. Geez, I wish I could have located some stats.

Gage O'Brien, RHP, Catalina Foothills HS, Tucson, AZ
Gage was only ok his senior year. He was 3-5 and 2.78 in 45 IP. Here's the good part. He struck out 56 in those innings. He walks a bit too many so it's obvious he can throw the ball. He made the Arizona Daily Star's Honorable Mention 2015 Baseball All-Star list.

Andrew Pratt, C, La Cueva HS, Albuquerque, NM
He made first team All-State for New Mexico as did his teammate above (Bell). In 2014 he made second team AA. So the kid has recognizable talent, that's for sure.

Peyton Remy, RHP, Legend HS, Parker, CO
Pitcher size at 6'2" and 180. He was considered a MLB draft possibility up to the draft date. He made his league's first team all-league. Played in Area Code Games and held his own which is always a gold star as these kids are the best of the best.

Donnie Sands, INF/RHP - drafted and signed

Austin Treadwell, OF/RHP, Eldorado HS, Albuquerque, NM
Good size for a pitcher at 6'3" and 200. He also made first team All-State for New Mexico.

Christian Tripp, RHP, Klein HS, Spring, TX
A big ‘un at 6'6" and 200. All right, a bit slight for the height but he'll grow. The Lobos went a little further afield to sign this kid. Couldn't find much from the 2015 season.

Jacob Westerman, INF, Ballard HS, Seattle, WA
Jacob made second team all-state for his size school. He also made first team all-league. Stats? Nuttin' honey.

Drew Gillespie, RHP, Sandia HS, Albuquerque, NM
Drew was 4-1 and 1.74 in 40 IP in 2015. He struck out 57 in those innings and walked only 13. Pretty good stuff.

I got the impression that coach just stood in line at the New Mexico all-state awards and had the kids sign up. I believe he had four on this list that did that. Best of the bunch? How about Erick Migueles, Andrew Pratt, and Peyton Remy all stand out for me. Migueles gets my gold star for his power. If he performs at the D1 level, he'll love it at New Mexico. Keep an eye on Remy as I'm always high on Colorado kids.