UNC Baseball Recruiting

Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Baseball Recruiting.

Rockingham Pitcher Angel Zarate Signs with UNC Baseball

Rockingham County senior Angel Zarate made it official, signing his letter of intent to play baseball at UNC on Thursday. Zarate was arguably the best pitcher in the Mid-State 3A Conference last year, but it was his ability at the plate that attracted Carolina. He has a .468 batting average over three varsity seasons. Zarate has only swung and missed at two balls in the last two seasons. (Greensboro News & Record)

North Davidson's Austin Beck Signs with UNC Baseball

Ever since he was very young, North Davidson's Austin Beck has envisioned being a major league baseball player. On Wednesday, the star outfielder took a step in that direction when he signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of North Carolina, one of the nation's top college programs. "It's just a great feeling," Beck said. "It's been a lifelong dream. But it's only one of the small goals I have." (Lexington Dispatch)

UNC Baseball Ranks No. 2 In Baseball America Recruiting Rankings

UNC was ranked No. 2 nationally in Baseball America's annual recruiting class rankings, announced Wednesday. Led by six members of the BA500, the No. 2 ranking is the highest for the Tar Heels since placing No. 1 overall in 2003. Only No. 1 pick Ole Miss had more top-500 prospects than Carolina, which saw all six of its ranked freshmen place among the top 208 nationally. (

Asheville Infielder/Pitcher Josh Dotson Commits to UNC Baseball

Reynolds junior Josh Dotson has committed to play college baseball for UNC. Dotson was an All-Mountain Athletic Conference infielder/pitcher for the Rockets last spring. He batted .320 with 19 RBIs and four doubles. On the mound, Dotson (8-3) led Reynolds in wins and maintained a 1.41 earned-run average with 84 strikeouts in 64.1 innings pitched. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

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. (Greensboro News & Record)

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. (Monroe Enquirer Journal)

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. (Raleigh News & Observer)

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 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. (Perfect Game)

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. (Westport News)

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 ’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. (Wilmington Star News)

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. (USA Today)

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. (Statesville Record & Landmark)

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. (FOX 46 Charlotte)
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