Cougar Baseball Recruiting


Here is a comprehensive list I’ve been trying to keep updated. If you see any needed changes, let me know.

Class of 2018 Recruits

Sean Bretz. 6-5, 240 RHP. Delgado Community College / John Curtis HS, River Ridge La.

Blake Way. 5-10, 200. Catcher. Delgado Community College / Northshore HS, Slidell La.

Jordan Gouchenour. 6-1, 200. 2B/Utility. Coastal Bend College (Houston Christian HS)

Brett Esau. 6-3, 200. UTL (3B/SS). Frank Phillips College. Saskatchewan, Canada.

Kobe Hyland, 6-0, 195. MIF. Iowa Western CC. From Alberta Canada.

Tyler “Necks” Russell. 6-4, 170. OF/P. West Columbia HS.

Devon Roedahl. 6-2, 220, RHP San Jacinto JC / Beaumont Westbrook.

Hunter Mayo. 6-1, 175. RHP. Lufkin Hudson HS / Twelve Baseball White

Brad Burckel. 5-8, 165. 2B. Lindale HS / Houston Banditos

Simon Landry. 6-4, 230. 1B. Pearl River Community College.

Tanner Green. 6-2, 180. RHP/OF. Lufkin HS / Houston Banditos

Zach Guth LHP, Harford Community College (transferred from Maryland)
Drafted 26th Round, Atlanta Braves. Signed pro contract.

Johnathan “Tuda” Thomas OF/P Kinkaid School

Craig Yoho, 6-3, 190, SS/RHP, Fischers HS, Indiana

Ty Abraham, OF/P George Ranch HS

Cole McMillan, LHP, George Ranch HS

Colby Feris, 6-1, 180, OF/UT, Birdville HS

Spencer Hynes, 6-3, 220, LHP, Grayson Community College

Derrick Cherry, 6-1, 185, SS/RHP, Goose Creek Memorial HS / Banditos Black

Carlos Flores, RHP, 6-3,195, SA Churchill

Class of 2019 Verbal Commits

Brandon Laux. RHP. 6-3, 170. Lincoln-Way East. Summer Team: Chicago White Sox ACE

Dylan Post. 6-2,195. C/3B. Lincoln-Way Central. Illinois.

Cade Graves, 6-2, 200. OF/RHP. Pollock Central HS, Pollack TX. Summer Team: Houston Banditos.

Luke Hammond 6-3, 190. OF/1B, The Woodlands HS/Evoshield Canes Texas

Luke Almendarez, SS/P, Round Rock HS

Dax Dathe, SS RHP, Stony Point HS/Canes Southwest

Triston Smith, RHP Nacogdoches HS

Randy Garza. 6-1, 180. RHP/1B. Agua Dulce HS / Houston Banditos

Class of 2020 Verbal Commits

Cash McNicholas - 5-10, 155, C 3B, OF, RHP, UT Klein Oak/Texas Bombers Elite

Bo Hogeboom. 6-0, 180. C 1B, RHP. Argyle HS/Texas Stix Black 2020

Tre Richardson, MIF, Kingwood HS

Rome Shubert, 5-11, 155. RHP/SS. Santa Fe HS


Rome Shubert plays for the Houston Athletics in the summer

(Patrick) #3

Thanks for doing this. Was going to do it after the season, but you knocked it out. Awesome job.

(Matt Jackson) #4

HUGE holes to fill. Pretty much all the important pitchers sans Carter Henry and Fred V. I would presume Joe Davis will be gone as well. Hollis and Coldiron were seniors. I know we have some really good JUCO kids coming in, especially pitching wise.

(Patrick) #5

Solid class coming in, but the staff will look different next year.

We’ll be stronger offensively next year which should help the staff.


Agree, the core of this great run is all gone now. Next group gets to step in and make their identity.
So proud of this graduating group. Hope they stay involved with Cougar Athletics for a long time as they have lots of heart.

(Randy Randel) #7

Pray, I don’t follow recruiting as closely as I used to. Why do you think we will be better offensively?


My pleasure. You do a good job tracking baseball recruiting. Much appreciated.

(Dustin) #9

Realllllllly hoping Simon Landry falls far enough in the draft to decide to play for UH. 19 homers at the JuCo level…drool…

(sarkcoog) #10

I agree we will miss Fletcher, Cumbie, Hollis & Davis. But I attribute the no quit attitude applies a lot to Lockhart, Padgett, Triolo, and Bielamowicz.

(Patrick) #11

We have a lot returning offensively with Lockhart, Triolo, Bielamowicz, Padgett, and Lovelace and they should all do better next year. Staff really likes Minter and Brown and both may pan out next year. Maybe they’ll figure out Slaughter as well. As @elviento said, if Landry makes it in, he should hopefully replace Davis’s power in the lineup. Also like a couple of the other recruits we’re bringing in from a hitting standpoint, especially up the middle.

Main thing, I think we’ll have more depth offensively while the core will have another year under their belt. Of course, I was wrong about our pitching staff this year (I think I said this may be the best staff we’ve had under Whiting…whoops) so take what I say with a grain of salt.


Tre Richardson is from Dynasty, Kingwood.


Updated to include the last few additions.

(Patrick) #14

So 19 players incoming (counting Landry), 6 (that we know of) outgoing. Going to be some high turnover again and doesn’t include any potential transfers that we get.

Only limit is that the team has to be pared down to 35 by spring; last year we carried 40 in the fall before cutting 4 (Lafond was still listed even though he left).

(srassen7) #15

I know Lester announced he’s going to San Jac next year.

(Patrick) #16

Had a feeling he might be one of the ones to go since he was rarely used this year and wasn’t used in the postseason. Good luck to him.

Have a feeling there will be a few more guys that were in the bullpen that won’t return. That’s usually the case.

The turnover won’t be as heavy as it was two years ago when we had 8 guys return. Really excited for this team.