Tulane Baseball Close To First 2006 Committment

Tulane Baseball Close To First 2006 Committment

Tulane's 2005 recruiting class was ranked fifth nationallyand included 5 Texans: outfielder Jay Bruce of Westbrook High School in Beaumont; pitcher/firstbaseman/outfielder Aja Barto of Stratford High School in Houston; catcher Ty Wallace of Navarro Junior College; left handed pitcher Scooter Hicks and right handed pitcher-third baseman Nathan Newman, both of Houston Christian Academy

Tulane baseball coach Rick Jones is reportedly close to receiving a committment from pitcher-first baseman Taylor Rogers, from McNeil High School in Round Rock, Texas.

Rogers, a senior at McNeil who stands a strapping 6-foot-4, 205-pounds, bats right and throws right. Although Taylor has had some experience at third base as well as at first, he possesses three quality pitches: a fastball, curveball, and changeup and projects as a pitcher at the college level.

Jones, who is now in his thirteenth year as the head coach of the Green Wave, was named National Coach of the Year by Baseball America magazine for his efforts in 2005, a year which saw his baseball team ranked No. 1 for much of the season and make the school's second trip to the College World Series.

Tulane's 2005 recruiting class was ranked fifth nationallyand included 5 Texans: outfielder Jay Bruce of Westbrook High School in Beaumont; pitcher/firstbaseman/outfielder Aja Barto of Stratford High School in Houston; catcher Ty Wallace of Navarro Junior College; left handed pitcher Scooter Hicks and right handed pitcher-third baseman Nathan Newman, both of Houston Christian Academy.

Bruce was taken by the Cincinnati Reds with the twelfth pick of the first round in the June Major League Draft and signed a professional contract worth an estimated $1.8 million.

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