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Rebels Recruiting Class Heavy in Juco Transfers

Nothing wrong with that but sometimes it takes awhile for them to catch on and, by that time, they might be gone. If they get it right away, good things can happen. Coach can only hope.

Coach Stolte is hoping all those new Juco players can offer some assistance - now!
Coach Stolte is hoping all those new Juco players can offer some assistance - now!
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UNLV Recruits for 2017

The Rebels started out last season with that extra inning win in Texas but then faded a bit. They had mixed reviews which sounds about right. Their ship may have finally righted itself and 2017 may show what type of team they really are. A few of the following might help.

Zach Barnhart, C, Rancho HS, Las Vegas, NV
Zach has good size for a catcher at 6'1" and 215. Zach made first team All-Southern Nevada in 2016. He was also named to the USA Today All-State team (first team). All these awards and I could find no stats.

Jake Lewis, LHP, Hart HS, Santa Clarita, CA
The big (6'4" and 205) lefty was 0-0 and 1.78 last season. He had 11 appearances with no starts. He had 19 IP with 28 strike outs but far too many walks with 21.

Bryson Stott, INF, Desert Oasis HS, Las Vegas, NV
Bryson joined Barnhart on the first team All-Southern Nevada team in 2016. He's a left-handed hitting shortstop which is a good thing to be.

Ernie de la Trinidad, OF, Central Arizona CC, Phoenix, AZ
He hit a robust .399 and 6 for Central Arizona which went 45-14 last season. Good enough to make first team All-ACCAC first team. I like the home runs.

Garrett Poole, P, Gateway CC, Tempe, AZ
Garrett was a good 13-2 and 3.28 in 2016 which led his team by a lot. He also led in IP with 126. He doesn't appear to be a power pitcher and he gives up about a hit an inning but his ERA and lack of walks says he pitches for contact - and outs. As with de la Trinidad he made first team All-ACCAC.

Drew Newson, C, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Drew is another juco player that seems to be able to hit. He hit .410 and 7 in 2016. That's all I could find but I think it's enough; he hits and hits for power which is a great combo.

Andrew Schultz, RHP, Grossmont CC
Andrew was 4-3 and 1.45 in 49 IP. He started only two games and had only one save so he was used mostly out of the pen and not in save situations. He had 44 strike outs in those innings and 28 walks (a bit high).

Alan Strong, RHP, Grossmont CC
Schultz's teammate was 9-3 and 2.74 in 95 IP with 15 starts. He had 94 strikeouts in those innings.

A good number of juco players in this class which means "guys, I need your help and I need it now!" Players that stood out for me are Stott, de la Trinidad, and Newson. Both Newson and de la Trinidad can hit the long ball which always piques interest. Stott comes from an athletic family (dad was a QB at UNLV back in the day) and that's always a check in the right box.