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Tulane Baseball Announces Early Signing Period Class of Four

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Tulane head coach Rick Jones announced four signees for 2011 (file photo)
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Tulane head coach Rick Jones announced four signees for 2011 (file photo)
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Nov. 16, 2009

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NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane baseball program added four players during the early signing period as head coach Rick Jones announced that LHP Zak Adams, RHP Jacques De Gruy, RHP/OF Alex Facundus and LHP Jason Jabour will join the program for 2011 as part of a pitching-rich signing class.

"Pitching had to be the priority," Jones said. "Last year's class being so large, we knew this was going to be a smaller class and we really had to sharpen the focus on what our needs would be. Knowing we're losing two seniors for sure and with the possibility of losing a couple more juniors to being drafted, we concentrated on pitching. The two kids out of Dallas -- a righty in Jacques De Gruy and a big lefthander, Zak Adams - are both physical guys who pound the strike zone. They're both guys who we feel have the ability to step in and give us help as freshmen. Jason Jabour is a lefty that has real good feel and can throw the breaking ball for a strike. Alex Facundus is a guy that has a really good breaking ball and pounds the strike zone. He can also give us help us as a position player."

Adams was a two-year varsity letter winner at Flower Mound High School in the Dallas area. The left-hander posted a 4-0 record in district play and tossed a no-hitter against Coppell High School to clinch a berth in the 2009 district playoffs. His 2-1 record in the post-season helped Flower Mound reach the 5A Regional semifinals. Adams earned a spot in the Perfect Game National Showcase in Minneapolis and was also named to the roster for the Area Code Games.

"Zak is a big kid with a great arm and a good breaking ball," associate head coach Chad Sutter said. "He and Jason give us some much needed left handed pitching. Zak has the ability to be a weekend guy for us if he keeps progressing like he has been. He is very competitive and wants the ball in big games. Getting Zak on board solved a very big piece of our puzzle."


 

 

De Gruy earned 2009 Pre-season All-American honors from Rawlings, and was a 2009 All-District selection at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas. He was ranked in the top 200 high school prospect list by Perfect Game and was invited to the 2009 Area Code Games, and the 2009 MLB Texas Scouts Association All-Star event.

He attended Holy Cross High School in New Orleans before spending a year at Northlake Christian following Hurricane Katrina and then moving to Dallas after his freshman season.

"Jacques has been coming to our camps for a long time so he is very familiar with our program," Sutter said. "That's important because he knows what Tulane is all about. That combined with his size and power stuff will help him make an immediate impact on our program. Jacques has weekend rotation type stuff and we expect big things from him."

Facundus was named a 2010 Preseason Under Armor All-American for his upcoming senior season. An all-district and all-metro selection in 2009 out of Catholic High in Baton Rouge, La., he was named honorable mention All-State and an honorable mention for Perfect Game's 2009 All-American list last year. He posted 10 home runs as a sophomore, helping Catholic to the 5-5A district championship and state semifinals. As a junior, he added 12 more home runs, leading his team in batting average. He earned Power Showcase All-American Class of 2010 honors, and earned a spot as the Louisiana representative in the 2010 International Home Run Derby which will take place in January.

A National Honor Society member, Facundus earned first team All-Academic honors three times, and also earned an academic scholarship to Tulane.

"Alex is another quality two-way player that Tulane has become known for," Sutter continued. "He is an outfielder with plus power and he has one of the best breaking balls in the country. His athletic ability will give us a lot of options on how to use him. He plays for one of the best high schools in the state. I look forward to him bringing that winning attitude here to Tulane."

Jabour was a four-year varsity letter-winner at Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was named an All-Star Athlete by WJXT-TV. He posted a 1.93 ERA to earn BKHS pitcher of the year honors and helped lead Bishop Kenny to the Class 4A state championship in 2008. He also played for the nationally ranked East Cobb Braves in the World Wood Bat 18-and under National Championships in the summer of 2009.

"Jason really grew on me this summer. He has really good control and has a good breaking ball. He played for the East Cobb Braves this summer so I had a chance to see him excel against the best competition. He has the ability to do a lot of things. He has the stuff to fill many roles on our pitching staff."

The quartet will arrive at Tulane in the fall of 2010 to attend classes and begin their careers with the Green Wave in the 2011 baseball season.

Name POS B/T HT Wt Hometown High School
Zak Adams LHP L/L 6-3 175 Dallas, Texas Flower Mound
Jacques De Gruy RHP R/R 6-4 200 Dallas, Texas Jesuit
Alex Facundus RHP/OF R/R 6-0 195 Baton Rouge, La. Catholic
Jason Jabour LHP L/L 5-11 185 Jacksonville, Fla. Bishop Kenny

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2009 Early Signee Capsules

Zak Adams - LHP - L/L -6-3/175 - Dallas, Texas (Flower Mound)

Adams was a two-year varsity letter winner at Flower Mound High School in the Dallas area. The left-hander posted a 4-0 record in district play and tossed a no-hitter against Coppell High School to clinch a berth in the 2009 district playoffs. His 2-1 record in the post-season helped Flower Mound reach the 5A Regional semifinals. Adams earned a spot in the Perfect Game National Showcase in Minneapolis and was also named to the roster for the Area Code Games.

Associate head coach Chad Sutter: "Zak is a big kid with a great arm and a good breaking ball. He and Jason give us some much needed left handed pitching. Zak has the ability to be a weekend guy for us if he keeps progressing like he has been. He is very competitive and wants the ball in big games. Getting Zak on board solved a very big piece of our puzzle."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacques De Gruy - RHP - R/R - 6-4/200 - Dallas, Texas (Jesuit)

De Gruy earned 2009 Pre-season All-American honors from Rawlings, and was a 2009 All-District selection at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas. He was ranked in the top 200 high school prospect list by Perfect Game and was invited to the 2009 Area Code Games, and the 2009 MLB Texas Scouts Association All-Star event. He attended Holy Cross High School in New Orleans before spending a year at Northlake Christian following Hurricane Katrina and then moving to Dallas after his freshman season.

Associate head coach Chad Sutter: "Jacques has been coming to our camps for a long time so he is very familiar with our program. That's important because he knows what Tulane is all about. That combined with his size and power stuff will help him make an immediate impact on our program. Jacques has weekend rotation type stuff and we expect big things from him."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Facundus - RHP/OF - R/R - 6-0/195 - Baton Rouge, La. (Catholic)

Facundus was named a 2010 Preseason Under Armor All-American for his upcoming senior season. An all-district and all-metro selection in 2009 out of Catholic High in Baton Rouge, La., he was named honorable mention All-State and an honorable mention for Perfect Game's 2009 All-American list last year. He posted 10 home runs as a sophomore, helping Catholic to the 5-5A district championship and state semifinals. As a junior, he added 12 more home runs, leading his team in batting average. He earned Power Showcase All-American Class of 2010 honors, and earned a spot as the Louisiana representative in the 2010 International Home Run Derby which will take place in January. A National Honor Society member, Facundus earned first team All-Academic honors three times, and also earned an academic scholarship to Tulane.

Associate head coach Chad Sutter: "Alex is another quality two-way player that Tulane has become known for. He is an outfielder with plus power and he has one of the best breaking balls in the country. His athletic ability will give us a lot of options on how to use him. He plays for one of the best high schools in the state. I look forward to him bringing that winning attitude here to Tulane."

 

 

 

 

Jason Jabour - LHP - L/L - 6-0/185 - Jacksonville, Fla. (Bishop Kenny)

Jabour was a four-year varsity letter-winner at Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was named an All-Star Athlete by WJXT-TV. He posted a 1.93 ERA to earn BKHS pitcher of the year honors and helped lead Bishop Kenny to the Class 4A state championship in 2008.
He also played for the nationally ranked East Cobb Braves in the World Wood Bat 18-and under National Championships in the summer of 2009.

Associate head coach Chad Sutter: "Jason really grew on me this summer. He has really good control and has a good breaking ball. He played for the East Cobb Braves this summer so I had a chance to see him excel against the best competition. He has the ability to do a lot of things. He has the stuff to fill many roles on our pitching staff."