Nov. 12, 1999
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Tulane baseball team inked six signees during the fall early signing period, head coach Rick Jones announced on Friday.
The incoming Green Wave class is lead by a pair of nationally noted high school players in Anthony Giarratano and Michael Aubrey. Giarratano is ranked as the 29th best high school player in the nation, According to Baseball Americas Top High School Prospects list. Baseball America also lists Aubrey as the top rated player in the state of Louisiana.
Giarratano, a native of Marlboro, N.J., hit .484 with eight doubles, four triples, three home runs and 42 RBI as a junior at Christian Brothers Academy. He was named first team all-district, as well as first team all county.
Aubrey, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder from Shreveport, La., compiled a 10-1 record with a 1.50 ERA in 65 1/3 innings pitched as a junior at Southwood High School. Aubrey hit .573 with a team leading seven home runs, 14 doubles and 39 RBI.
Rounding out the Green Wave signees are catcher Wyn Spencer and a trio of California Junior Colleg All-Star pitchers.
Spencer, a Baton Rouge, La., native, was named first team all-district the past three seasons and district MVP in 1999. As a junior at Central Private School, Spencer hit .495 with 16 home runs, 13 doubles and recorded 54 RBI.
All three of Tulanes incoming pitchers will arrive in New Orleans from the California junior college ranks. Beau Richardson a native of San Francisco, Calif., is a left-handed pitcher from the College of San Mateo, while Kris Ponnequin, who hails from Sacramento, Calif., is a right-handed pitcher from Sacramento City College. Andrew Corona, of Ventura, Calif. is a right-handed pitcher from Moorpark College.
"I am very excited about this class and there is no doubt in my mine
that this class meets our needs," head coach Rick Jones said. "Our
classes are never huge because we sign guys who can play, and all six of
these players will make an immediate impact on the squad. Recruiting
coordinator Jim Schlossnagle, who was helped by assistant coach Buddy
Gouldsmith, did an outstanding job. I am elated about this class."