Arkansas State head baseball coach Tommy Raffo announced Monday that Tyler Zuber, TyMichelotti, Brett Nickle and JC Neighbors have all signed National Letters of Intent continue their careers with the Red Wolves.
Zuber was a standout pitcher at White Hall High School in White Hall, Ark., where he helped lead the Bulldogs to the 5A state championship during his junior season. The 5-10, right-handed pitcher was an all-state, all-state tournament, and all-conference team selection, while also earning all-tournament honors at the Billy Bock Classic and was chosen as an Xtra Innings All-Star.
During his senior season he finished with a 5-5 record in 59 2/3 innings on the mound. He compiled a 1.87 earned run average and struck out 72 batters. At the plate he had a .333 batting average, had 14 RBI and had an on-base percentage of .451.
"Tyler is very good pitcher that brings a great skill set to the mound," ASU pitching coach Tighe Dickinson said. "He has a quality fastball that he locates very well, throws a tight breaking ball, and he is very competitive on the mound. Tyler has the desire to be exceptional at everything he does and we look forward to him pitching for ASU next year."
Nickle, a 6-1 first baseman from Olathe, Kan., was selected as one of the top 20 high school baseball players in the state of Kansas by ESPNHS and was also a nominee for the 2012 Kansas Gatorade High School Player of the Year award. He holds the Olathe High School singe-season RBI (34) and home run (6) records and also ranks sixth in school history with a singe-season batting average of .492.
As a junior he was recognized as a Kansas City Star all-metro team honorable selection and earned all-Olathebaseball first team honors. He is a two-time all-conference selection and was chosen to be on the Kansas City Royals 2012 Elite scout team.
"Brett is a big, strong, athletic first baseman that has a chance to contribute to our lineup in a variety of ways," ASU assistant coach Anthony Everman said. "Defensively he moves very well around the bag, and possesses power to all fields at the plate. Brett is a student of the game that has great makeup qualities and has a strong desire to help us work towards reaching our program goals."
Michelotti is a 5-11 outfielder that spent last season at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, Tenn., where he batted .363 and led the Saluqis with five triples, three home runs, 24 RBI, 34 runs scored and 82 total bases. He prepped at Briarcrest Christian High School where he earned all-state tournament honors and was a two-time Division II all-west region team selection.
"We are very excited about adding Ty to our outfield," Raffosaid. "He shows a passion for ASU and works extremely hard on the field. He is an experienced player and a very mature left-handed hitter that will step in and help our 2014 team. He comes from a great coaching staff at Southwest Tennessee Community College."
Neighbors, a 5-11 left-handed pitcher from League City, Texas, played the previous two seasons at Blinn College where he was a starting center fielder. He hit .265 his freshman season and then posted a .270 average during his sophomore year. At Clear Springs High School, he was first team all-district, all-county and all-region selection and helped lead the school to the first round of the state playoffs.
"JC is a great all-around athlete," Dickinson said. "He has a live arm on the mound and a great breaking ball. JC is an outstanding student and is willing to work hard to excel at everything he does in life. We are really excited for JC to join the ASU pitching staff."
Neighbors, Mochelotti, Zuber and Nickle join JD Rainwater, Coulton Lee, Joe Schrimpf and Bryan Ayers to give ASU baseball a total of eight signees during the early signing period.