FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
(Victoria, Tx) Chris Clemons, the Head Coach of the Expansion Victoria Generals of the Texas Collegiate League, has announced additions to his summer roster.
Chase Cleveland is junior at Henderson State where is splits time between shortstop and the pitching mound. He bats left and throws right. Clemons said he is pleased that Chase has chosen the Generals and likes his maturity and leadership.
John Harvey, Head Baseball Coach at Henderson State University said:
“Chase is a competitor on the mound who can throw 3 good pitches for strikes”
“We feel very fortunate that Chase has been given the opportunity to pitch in a quality league over the summer. It will be a great experience for him and he will be a great asset to the Generals,” Harvey added. Cleveland’s home is Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Clemons has also added a much needed catcher to the mix in Zach Briggs a South Dakota State Freshman from Dallas. Briggs graduated from J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson.
Richie Price, Head Coach at South Dakota State said, “Zach is a good defensive catcher with a strong arm. He has a good eye for the strike zone to go with some power. He will add depth to the catcher position for the Generals this summer.”
Brad Haynes, VP of Baseball Operations, said that Briggs’ personal and baseball resume indicate why the Generals feel so good about adding this young man:
* Community/Volunteer or Religious Activities
o Charter Member Young Men’s Service League, Vice President, Communications, Public Relation Chairman
o Young Life, Campaigners Leader, Wilderness Camp
o Native American Intern Trip, Whaling Crew Point Hope Alaska in Inupiat village
o 1000 Hour Work Day, St Andrews FUMC
o Multi-Cultural Night Leader Dobie Elementary RISD
Baseball Playing Highlights:
* Invited and attended 2006 & 2007 Texas Ranges Area Code tryout.
* Selected 06 & 07 Inside Prep Baseball Magazine 2008 future top prospects watch list.
* Selected for TeamOne National Showcase Team 2007
* Select Baseball Club, Dallas Mustangs USSA, AABC and MMWS Tournament team, Premier League.
* JJ Pearce Varsity starting catcher 05-08.
* Played For Perfect Game team in WWBC Jupiter 06
* Selected for the inaugural season of the North Texas Baseball Metro Scout League
* Selected Under Armor Pre -Season All American
Team One South | Top 10 Honorable Mention – Scouting Reports: Recognizing additional players from Team One South was more difficult than choosing the Top Ten. Our scouting staff has been going back and forth for the last week in determining the additional players we would like to recognize. These 18 participants showed our scouts that they too deserve some acknowledgment.
Zachary Briggs | C/1B | 5’10/215 | R/R | Richardson Pearce (TX) | 2008
Zachary is a player that you must watch play. He plays the game the way it is suppose to be played and plays it hard. He is solid behind the plate and will control the running game with his arm and feet. His best tool, arguably, may be his ability to produce quality at bat after quality at bat. Briggs also showed some pop in his approach. He truly shows a love for the game by the ways he approaches it.
Perfect Game Cross checker Report Aug 07: Zachary Briggs is a 2008 C/3B/1B. from Dallas, TX who attends Richardson Pearce HS. He’s surprisingly quick behind the plate for his build and stays compact and short in his actions. He threw a strong 76 mph during drills with a best pop time of 1.93 but was even more impressive during games. At one point he threw out 5 runners in 3 innings, including all 3 outs of one inning, each with tag throws on the bag in the 2.0-2.1 area. He has strong hands behind the plate and receives the ball easily and smoothly. Offensively, Briggs as a loose swing with quick hands and showed pull line drive power. He uses his strength well at the plate and has the same sort of quick compactness he has on defense. Briggs has the tools and skills to play well at the next level, He is a good student off the field.
Clemons has also come to terms with Creighton Hoke a Freshman at San Jacinto-North. The Sugarland native will provide a huge target at first base as he stands 6-5. He also will play a little third base and pitch for the Generals.
The Generals will continue to release the names of players that have agreed to play in their inaugural season which begins June 5th.
More information can be obtained at the teams website: www.victoriagenerals.com