Blazers Sign 17 Recruits

June 19, 2000

BIRMINGHAM -- UAB Baseball Coach Larry Giangrosso has announced the signing of 17 recruits, including eight pitchers and eight junior college transfers as part of his first recruiting class at UAB.

Pitching was a major point of emphasis for Giangrosso, and that was reflected in the Blazers' signing of prospects such as right-hander Jeremy Hudson and left-hander Joe Yarbrough of Jefferson State.

Hudson, who towered over opponents at 6'6", was 5-2 with four saves and a 3.50 ERA at Jeff State in 1999. Yarbrough was 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA.

"We felt like we needed immediate help on our pitching staff," said Giangrosso. "This is a crucial recruiting year for us, and we feel very good about the guys we signed."

Other pitchers in the recruiting class include right-handers Ryan Huffman of Homewood High School, Kevin Brannon of Dothan's Rehobeth High School, Rob Caputo of Southern Union Junior College, and Ross Dobbins of Central Alabama Community College, and left-hander Adam Wood of Daphne High School.

Other field players signing with the Blazers include catchers Brett Tilley from Winfield High School and Al Hecklinski from Faulkner Community College, who played high school baseball at Hoover.

Giangrosso, who spent nine seasons as head coach at Central Alabama Community College (1991-99), is very familiar with four of his signees. In addition to Dobbins, UAB signed catcher Brad Bamberg, infielder Mark Womble and third baseman Matt Gaulden from CACC, all were recruited by and played for Giangrosso there.