Nice looking group of new guys.
Pitching staff is going to be very tall this season.
Blaylock, McMillan, And Looney are the guys I didn’t have on the recruiting list at the top of this forum. All three look like solid transfers and I’m really excited about this class.
The one guy that didn’t make it in was Triston Smith. He was charged with sexual assault about 4 months ago, and, as was predicted by @BKE07 in his thread, he likely will never wear a UH uniform.
Most guys we’ve had on the fall roster in awhile as we have 20 returnees to go along with these 22. Means 7 guys won’t be on the team come spring.
Interesting on Blaylock, he was originally supposed to come in last season, but didn’t for whatever reason. He’s here now, though, and he’s a local kid.
Cam McMillan info from his Vanderbilt profile:
Coach Corbin Quote:* *Cam is a physical young man with strong overall athleticism. He has good arm strength and raw power that he will learn to harness over time. He has been very coachable since he arrived here and is looking to improve his game both offensively and defensively. He really enjoys the team environment and wants to be successful in our program. His game will develop and in time impact the program.
As a Freshman (2019)
Did not appear in a game during his inaugural campaign
High School – Lettered two years in baseball at St. Thomas Aquinas under coach Lorne Parks… Also lettered one year in basketball in high school… Ranked as Missouri’s top overall player and the nation’s No. 38 shortstop in the class of 2018 by Perfect Game… Named a 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American (Central – All Region 1st Team)… Played high school and/or summer ball with Riley Pint (Colorado Rockies).
Academics – McMillan is undecided on a major.
Personal – Cam McMillan… Born 7/17/99 in Birmingham, Ala…. Son of Mark and Melissa… Grandfather, Lafayette, played baseball at Tennessee… Uncle, Dennis, played baseball at Southern Miss and uncle, Lee, played baseball at Mississippi College… Nickname is Mac… Favorites include: Carlos Correa (player), New York Yankees (team), Jesse Owens (pro athlete – non baseball player), The Simpsons, M.A.S.H., Friends and Law & Order (TV show), Step Brothers, The Godfather, 12 Angry Men and The Jungle Book (movies), Leonardo DiCaprio (actor), chicken and rice (meal), Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Jay-Z (music/singer/band), fruit snacks (late night snack) and home (vacation)… Says if he wasn’t playing baseball he would be an orthodontist… Names Michael B. Jordan as the actor to play him in a movie… Uses competitive as one word to describe himself… Roommates with Isaiah Thomas… Lists his mom coming to see him play in the state tournament as his most memorable athletic moment… Chose Vanderbilt “because the community, diversity, academics and baseball.”
Layne Looney is a RHP transfer from Richmond. Originally from Dallas. He’s a Grad Transfer:
Drafted in the 19th Round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs
2018 Atlantic 10 First Team
- Made 22 relief appearances throughout the year
- Led the Spiders with five saves in 27.1 innings
- Struck out 36 hitters and earned two wins
- Logged multiple innings in 10 appearances
- Season-high 2.0 innings pitched in four games
- Struck out at least one hitter in 20 of his 22 appearances
- Earned the win in the first game of the season, striking out three hitters in 1.2 innings at Georgia State (2/15)
- Earned his first save of the season in the first game of the doubleheader with Bowling Green (2/24), striking out a hitter in in 1.0 innings of work
- Tallied another save in a 10-8 win over Bryant after striking out a hitter (3/15)
- Earned his third save after throwing 1.1 innings without allowing a run and two strikeouts against Princeton (3/18)
- Earned his fourth save of the season after throwing 2.0 innings with a strikeout against George Mason (3/31)
- Recorded his fifth save of the season after throwing a shutout inning at James Madison (4/2)
- Struck out a season-high four hitters in 2.0 innings of shutout baseball in the nightcap against Dayton (4/13)
- Back-to-back scoreless outings to end the season against Saint Louis (5/16) and in the A-10 Tournament against Davidson (5/24) with a combined five strikeouts
- Made 23 relief appearances to rank 10th in single season appearances
- Moved into the Spiders’ closer role
- Finished the season with a 0.60 ERA and a 1-0 record after 30 innings of work and 51 strikeouts
- Earned his first career save at Jacksonville (3/13)
- Had three-straight appearances where he earned saves
- Went a season-long three innings vs. Davidson (4/22) and registered a career-best seven strikeouts
- Moved into the Spider record book in single season saves (8)
- Had 16-straight scoreless relief appearances (3/13-5/24)
- Made 15 appearances on the hill, including 14 starts
- Finished the season with a 3.21 ERA and a record of 3-6 after 61.2 innings of work
- Had a career long outing (7.0) at Dayton where he earned his second win of the season (3/25)
- Registered a career-best six strikeouts in his season debut vs. North Carolina A&T (2/18) and matched it three additional times during the season
- Made seven appearances out of the pen
- Named “Baseball America’s” Preseason A-10 Freshmen of the Year
- Made his collegiate debut against Maryland-Eastern Shore, going two innings (2/28)
- Earned his first win against Harvard (3/4)
- Recorded a career-best three strikeouts at William & Mary as he came in for an inning of relief and struck out the side (3/22)
- Ranked nationally as “Top 500” prospect and No. 22-rated RHP in the state of Texas by Perfect Game
- Posted a 12-0 record, including four no-hitters with a 0.53 ERA and 119 strikeouts as a junior for the Highland Park Scots
- Named to 2014 CBS Sports Online-MaxPreps Underclass All-American Team (One of six players from Texas)
- 2014 Underclass Third-Team All-American by Perfect Game
- Awarded First-Team All-State by both Texas Sports Writers Association and Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association
- Invited to be an Under Armor Preseason All-American in 2015
- Named First-Team All-Area by Dallas Morning News
- Voted District MVP
- 2013 Perfect Game 16U National Championship All-Tournament Team
- Selected as Dallas Morning News Player of the Week, VYPE Magazine Player of the Week and Texas High School Baseball Player of the Week
- Texas Rangers Area Code and NY Mets Metropolitan Classic participant
- Invited to represent Team Texas at Sun Belt Classic
- National Honor Society
- Cornerstone Scholar Athlete
- HPISD Baseball Scholar Athlete
- Member of Dallas Mustangs coached by Sam Carpenter
Looking forward to a very successful and exciting season…
New baseball facility is said to be ready.
This team needs to be a regional host and get some extra recruiting momentum going along with the boost of the new facility.
I agree 100%, Houston a Solid D-1 school, Great facility, very good recruiting year. Regional Host would be a nice gift…
Hopefully the program will get some increased resources now that football and basketball have been upgraded. Finishing the new baseball facility is huge start
Man I need that hat in the first post!
Totally agree, that is a Sweet lid