UNC Baseball Recruiting

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Angel Zarate commits to play baseball at North Carolina

Rockingham County junior outfielder/first baseman Angel Zarate has committed to play baseball at UNC following his senior season. Zarate said having the chance to play at a top Division I school is the opportunity of a lifetime. Zarate has a .468 batting average over three varsity seasons and has only swung and missed at two balls in the last two seasons.

Catcher Tristan Shea Commits to UNC Baseball

Porter Ridge High’s Tristan Shea will play collegiate baseball at one of his “dream schools” after graduation next year. Shea will continue his baseball career on scholarship at UNC, the rising senior recently announced. Shea’s head coach at Porter Ridge, Trey Staviski, said that UNC will gain a devoted player. “They’re getting a workhorse,” Staviski said.

UNC Baseball Receives Commitments From Six of Top 127 College-Bound High Schoolers

Following this year’s MLB draft, only 127 of Baseball America’s top 500 high school prospects chose to attend college–where they will be forced to spend at least three years before their next shot at the pros. Of that group of 127, UNC will have six of them arriving in Chapel Hill next season. Only Mississippi, with seven, had more commitments.

UNC baseball signee Bryse Wilson throws perfect game

If Tuesday night was Bryse Wilson’s final start as an Orange Panther, he picked the perfect way to go out. Literally. Wilson threw a perfect game on 71 pitches as Orange defeated Eastern Wayne 2-0 in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletics Association state 3A baseball playoffs. Of his 71 pitches, 53 were strikes as Wilson threw his third no-hitter of the year.

UNC Baseball Signs Sixteen From 2016-17 Class

UNC baseball has signed 16 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Mike Fox announced Wednesday. Included in this class are six of the nation's top 100 prospects according to Baseball America. The 16 student-athletes will enroll at UNC in August 2016. Perfect Game has ranked the group the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.

UNC Baseball: Head of the Class

A quick look at the Tar Heels haul from the 2016 baseball recruiting class reveals that they went arm heavy at the top as each of their top six recruits are highly coveted righthanded pitchers. North Carolina lost just two players to the MLB draft while landing catcher Wyatt Cross and left-hander Brendon Little, who could provide significant innings immediately.

5-tool star Ben Casparius UNC bound

Hitting for average. Hitting for power. Speed. Throwing. Fielding. The five tools of baseball are pillars of evaluation, and a player that can do all at a high level is rare. Enter Ben Casparius. The rising junior at Staples recently committed to the University of North Carolina due his ability to do everything at a high level. An imperative cog of the Wreckers machine that’s gone 39-11 over the past two seasons, Casparius is a top of the lineup threat with an ability to play nearly every defensive spot on the field.

Two UNC baseball signees taken in first two rounds of MLB draft

North Carolina figures to lose two of its top baseball signees for next season after outfielders Desmond Lindsay and Jahmai Jones were selected in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft Monday night. By contrast, though, coach Mike Fox’s 2015 recruiting class came out of the draft’s opening day in much better shape than it did a year ago, when 10 of the 17 players committed to the Tar Heels were picked in the first two rounds and never made it to Chapel Hill.

Catcher Wyatt Cross stays focused on end goal

He’s one of the top catching prospects in the nation. Legacy’s Wyatt Cross is known in baseball circles as one of the best defensive catchers in the country who has a cannon for an arm and has a quick pop time of 1.76. If Cross falls on the draft board, Wyatt still has a Plan B. He’s committed to play at the University of North Carolina to become a Tar Heel. Not a bad backup plan.

Soon-to-be Diamond Heel Josh Ladowski raising level of play

Center field is Josh Ladowski’s defensive home this season for the Wildcats, who lead the North Piedmont Conference standings. Previously, his Lake Norman career revolved around the infield. As a junior, Ladowski was a fixture at shortstop. Wildcats coach Trey Ramsey worked out Ladowski at the position some during tryouts, but his plan all along was to move the future North Carolina Tar Heel baseball player into the outfield.

UNC baseball commitment Josh Ladowski gives up football

Lake Norman senior Josh Ladowski excelled this past fall for his school's football team. The quarterback won the Gatorade Player of the Year award for North Carolina, and he'll be going to the University of North Carolina on an athletic scholarship. But he won't be playing football. Ladowski is going to UNC on a baseball scholarship.

UNC baseball signee Josh Ladowski named NC football player of the year

Lake Norman’s Josh Ladowski is The Associated Press high school football player of the year for North Carolina. The senior quarterback set a state single-season record with 5,647 yards of total offense while leading his team to the Class 4AA semifinals. Ladowski – who was also named the Gatorade player of the year for North Carolina – threw for 3,628 yards and 43 TDs, then ran for 2,019 yards and 34 TDs. Ladowski has signed to play baseball at North Carolina.

UNC commitments make Associated Press N.C. All-State football team

UNC football commitments Jalen Dalton, Mason Veal, and Mike Hughes have been named to the Associated Press All-State team for the state of North Carolina. UNC baseball commitment Josh Ladowski made the 24-man roster as well.

UNC baseball commitment Josh Ladowski steps up for NC in Shrine Bowl

A week ago Lake Norman High School quarterback Josh Ladowski thought his football career was over. On Saturday he was named North Carolina's Offensive MVP of the Shrine Bowl. Ladowski was added to the North Carolina roster on Tuesday, replacing injured Tarheels quarterback Kendall Hinton, who starred at Southern Durham this season.

UNC baseball signee Josh Ladowski named to Shrine Bowl

Less than two weeks ago, Josh Ladowski thought his high school football days were over. The Lake Norman High quarterback was already deep into his training regimen for baseball season. Yet there was Ladowski at Spartanburg High School on Wednesday, throwing and running with the football like he had never lost a beat. Ladowski, the N.C. Gatorade player of the year, was a late addition to the North Carolina roster for the 78th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas game, to be played Saturday at Wofford College’s Gibbs Stadium.

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