LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team announced a nine-man signing class Monday that coach Tony Robichaux is hopeful will be another in a recent run of outstanding recruiting classes.
It’s important that it is, Robichaux said, because good signing classes don’t typically stay around for four years.
“We think this class, like all of the ones we have brought in recently, is very good,” Robichaux said in a statement. “We have signed a lot of these kids more on potential, and once they get here we will see the performance. You don’t win on potential or get to Omaha on potential, but we feel like these guys address the needs that we will have.
“We believe that we will be hit by the draft in the following year, and because of that we want to get some seasoning starting now so that guys are ready so that we don’t have to go through big rebuilding years.”
The class is almost an even split between position players and pitchers, with the Cajuns nabbing five pitchers and four position players.
Power at the plate seemed to be the trait the Cajuns targeted with position players in this year’s signing class.
Eric Moll, a first baseman from Kingwood, Texas, flashed some of that power when hitting 10 home runs in just 34 games this summer.
“(Moll) is a bomber pure and simple,” Robichaux said.
The Cajuns went outside state borders for Todd Lott as well. Lott is a highly-rated outfielder from Florida who impressed the Cajuns staff with his approach at the plate.
“Todd is the best hitter we saw this summer anywhere in the country,” Robichaux said. “He has an advanced approach with very clean mechanics, and big power. He will obviously project well in the draft in his career.”
The Cajuns also picked up catcher Josh Aguilar, whom Robichaux thinks could develop into a “middle of the order bat,” and Tioga High School first baseman/outfielder Tremaine Spears, whom Robichaux said “probably has the best raw power in the 2016 class in the state of Louisiana.”
Local product Haden Erbe of Crowley High School headlines the pitching signees.
Erbe is a hard thrower who is ranked among the best right-handers in the state.
“Haden was highly recruited and we were fortunate to have locked him up. Haden projects as a power righty with 90-plus mph velocity and late movement to go along with a swing and miss slider. He’s a high academic guy who also has a future in professional baseball.”
The Cajuns also addressed a need by signing a pair of left-handed pitchers in Oliver Campbell of Neville High School and Colten Schmidt of San Jacinto College.
Caleb Armstrong and Josh Taylor rounded out the Cajuns pitching signees, and both are also highly-rated high school infielders. Taylor pitches at nearby Teurlings Catholic where he was named the 4A Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association Pitcher of the Year last year.