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UNC Announces Signing Class For 2014

UNC Announces Signing Class For 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The University of North Carolina baseball program continued its strong showing on the recruiting trail by signing 14 of the nation's top prep baseball student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Mike Fox announced Thursday. Included in this class are three of the nation's top 100 prospects according to Baseball America and six of the top 200 prospects according to Perfect Game.

The 14 student-athletes will enroll at UNC in August 2013 and will take the field for the Tar Heels in the 2014 season.

"I am very excited about our next class to enroll at the University of North Carolina," head coach Mike Fox said. "Coach Jackson did a tremendous job assembling this class along with the tireless recruiting of Coach Forbes and Coach Gaines. We believe these young men are the types of players, students and people that can help us continue our success on and off the field."

On the national level, Carolina has signed three of the nation's top 100 players according to Baseball America: No. 12 Rob Kaminsky (LHP, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.), No. 62 Chris Oakley (RHP, Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) and No. 94 A.J. Bogucki (RHP, Gilbertsville, Pa.).

Perfect Game tabbed six players in its Top 200 in the country: No. 7 Kaminsky, No. 32 Oakley, No. 69 Bogucki, No. 117 Joe Dudek (1B, Wall Township, N.J.), No. 124 Spencer Trayner (RHP/INF, Tampa, Fla.) and No. 157 Adrian Chacon (C/1B/3B/RHP, Tampa, Fla.).

The Tar Heels will welcome in the top player in a pair of states next fall as A.J. Bogucki and Rob Kaminsky were ranked the No. 1 players in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by Perfect Game. Carolina signed four of the top 10 players in the state of New Jersey, two of the top 25 in Florida, the 14th-ranked player in Virginia and five of the top 50 in North Carolina.

Name   Position   Ht./Wt.   Hometown (High School)
Colby Barnette   3B/OF   6-0/180   Monroe, N.C. (Piedmont High School)
Tanner Bigham   INF   6-1/185   Kannapolis, N.C. (NW Cabarrus High School)
A.J. Bogucki   RHP   6-3/200   Gilbertsville, Pa. (Boyertown Area High School)
Adrian Chacon   C/1B/3B/RHP   6-0/190   Tampa, Fla. (Jesuit High School)
Joe Dudek   1B   6-2/196   Wall Township, N.J. (Christian Brothers Academy)
Zac Gallen   RHP   6-2/180   Gibbsboro, N.J. (Bishop Eustace Prep)
Rob Kaminsky   LHP/OF   6-0/190   Englewood Cliffs, N.J. (St. Joseph Regional High School)
Chris Oakley   RHP   6-8/225   Egg Harbor Township, N.J. (St. Augustine Prep)
Matt Orth   LHP/1B   6-2/185   High Point, N.C. (SW Guilford High School)
Adam Pate   OF   5-11/175   Pikeville, N.C. (Aycock High School)
Tyler Ramirez   OF   5-10/190   Suffolk, Va. (Cape Henry Collegiate)
Zach Rice   LHP   6-3/190   Suffolk, Va. (Nansemond River High School)
Spencer Trayner   RHP/INF   5-10/175   Tampa, Fla. (Jesuit High School)
Brandon Whiteford   INF   5-10/175   Douglasville, Ga. (Chapel Hill High School)

Colby Barnette
Monroe, N.C., Piedmont High School, 3B/OF, 6-0, 180
Strong right-handed hitter • Athletic, versatile player • Ranked among the top 500 players in the country according to Perfect Game • Was ranked the No. 14 player in the state of North Carolina by Perfect Game • Earned PG Underclass High Honorable Mention in 2012 • Earned AA All-State honors as a junior • Was named the RR2A Player of the Year • AB Honor Roll Student • Voted outstanding senior by school staff • Coached by Milt Flow at Piedmont High School.

Tanner Bigham
Kannapolis, N.C., Northwest Cabarrus High School, INF, 6-1, 185
Left-handed bat • Versatile player that can play anywhere on the infield • Ranked among the top 500 players in the country according to Perfect Game • Tabbed the No. 13 player in the state of North Carolina by Perfect Game • Earned PG Underclass High Honorable Mention in 2011 and 2012 • Named to the All-Cabarrus News Team as a junior • Coached by Joe Hubbard at Northwest Cabarrus High School.

A.J. Bogucki
Gilbertsville, Pa., Boyertown Area High School, RHP, 6-3, 200
Polished right-handed pitcher that pounds the strike zone • Plus fastball and slider • Ranked No. 94 in Baseball America's Top 100 • Ranked the No. 69 player in the country by Perfect Game • Tabbed as the top player in the state of Pennsylvania • Also ranked the No. 20 right-handed pitcher in the country • Played in the prestigious Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field • Also participated in the Area Code Games • Named The Mercury Player of the Year as a junior • Excels in the classroom • High Honor Roll Member • Coached by Todd Moyer at Boyertown Area High School.

Adrian Chacon
Tampa, Fla., Jesuit High School, C/1B/3B/RHP, 6-0, 190
Talented player who brings power from the right side of the plate with arm-strength that allows him to play multiple positions, including catcher • Ranked the No. 152 player in the country by Perfect Game • Tabbed the No. 21 player in the state of Florida by Perfect Game • Ranked the No. 16 catcher in the country by Perfect Game • Named a PG Underclass First Team All-America in 2012 • Helped claim the 2011 World Wood Bat Championship in Jupiter • Played with fellow signee Spencer Trayner at Jesuit High School • Coached by Richie Warren at Jesuit High School.

Joe Dudek
Wall Township, N.J., Christian Brothers Academy, 1B, 6-2, 196
Great Student Strong left-handed hitter that can hit for power • Ranked No. 117 in the country by Perfect Game • Mentioned as one of 50 "Players to Watch" by Baseball America • Tabbed the fifth-best player in the state of New Jersey by Perfect Game • Participated in the East Coast Showcase along with the Area Code Games • Ranked the sixth-best first baseman in the country by Perfect Game • Excels in the classroom • Has earned First Honors every semester • Member of Spanish National Honors Society • Coached by Martin Kenney at Christian Brothers Academy.

Zac Gallen
Gibbsboro, N.J., Bishop Eustace Prep, RHP, 6-2, 180
Polished right-handed pitcher with feel for three pitches and plus command • Ranked No. 303 in the country by Perfect Game • Tabbed the No. 10 player in the state of New Jersey by Perfect Game • Also ranked the No. 88 right-handed pitcher in the nation by Perfect Game • Earned PG Underclass Honorable Mention in 2012 • Excels in the classroom • Honor Roll student • Coached by Sam Tropiano at Bishop Eustace Prep.

Rob Kaminsky
Englewood Cliffs, N.J., St. Joseph Regional High School, LHP/OF, 6-0, 190
Competitive left-handed pitcher who uses three to four plus pitches to attack hitters • Switch hitter with tremendous athletic ability in the outfield • Ranked the No. 7 player in the country according to Perfect Game • Ranked No. 12 in Baseball America's Top 100 • Tabbed the top player in the state of New Jersey by Perfect Game • Also ranked the top left-handed pitcher in the country by Perfect Game • Played in the Perfect Game All-America Game in Petco Park • Earned PG Underclass First Team All-America honors in 2012 and Second Team honors in 2011 • Named the Player of the Year in the state of New Jersey as a junior • Coached by Frank Salvano at St. Joseph Regional High School.

Chris Oakley
Egg Harbor Township, N.J., St. Augustine Prep, RHP, 6-8, 225
Big frame right-handed pitcher with a plus fastball and slider • Attacks hitters • The No. 32 player in the country according to Perfect Game • Ranked No. 62 in Baseball America's Top 100 • Tabbed the No. 2 player in the state of New Jersey • Ranked the 10th-best right-handed pitcher in the country according to Perfect Game • Played in the Perfect Game All-America Game at Petco Park • Participated in the Area Code Games • Earned PG Underclass First Team All-America honors in 2012 • Coached by Mike Bylone at St. Augustine Prep.

Matt Orth
High Point, N.C., Southwest Guilford High School, LHP/1B, 6-2, 185
Left-handed pitcher with plus command of fastball and breaking ball • Left-handed bat that projects to hit for power • Ranked among the Top 500 in the country by Perfect Game • Tabbed as the No. 26 player in the state of North Carolina by Perfect Game • Played in the East Coast Showcase • Earned PG Underclass High Honorable Mention in 2011 and 2012 • Earned 4A All-State honors • Named the Piedmont Triad Player of the Year • Coached by Reid Holmes at Southwest Guilford High School.

Adam Pate
Pikeville, N.C., Aycock High School, OF, 5-11, 175
Extremely athletic, plus runner • Tools allow him to play all over the field • Ranked among the Top 500 players in the country by Perfect Game • Tabbed the No. 24 player in the state of North Carolina by Perfect Game • Earned PG Underclass High Honorable Mention in 2012 • Honor Roll student • Member of National Honor Society • Student Body President • Coached by Charles Davis at Aycock High School.

Tyler Ramirez
Suffolk, Va., Cape Henry Collegiate, OF, 5-10, 190
Polished left-handed swing • Ranked among the top 1,000 players in the country by Perfect Game • Tabbed the No. 48 player in the state of North Carolina by Perfect Game • Earned PG Underclass Honorable Mention in 2012 • Helped lead Cape Henry to the VISAA Division 2 State Championship as a junior • Honor Roll student • Member of National Honor Society • Coached by Tim Hummel at Cape Henry Collegiate

Zach Rice
Suffolk, Va., Nansemond River High School, LHP, 6-3, 190
Extremely projectable left-handed pitcher with three above average pitches • Ranked the No. 458 player in the country by Perfect Game • Tabbed the No. 14 player in Virginia • Earned PG Underclass Honorable Mention in 2012 • Has earned Academic Honor Roll all three years • Coached by Mark Stuffel at Nansemond River High School.

Spencer Trayner
Tampa, Fla., Jesuit High School, RHP/INF, 5-10, 175
Ultra-competitive athlete • Athleticism plays on both sides of the ball • Rare arm strength plays on the mound and in the field • Plus defender at shortstop • Ranked the No. 124 player in the country by Perfect Game • Tabbed the No. 19 player in the state of Florida by Perfect Game • Ranked the fifth-best middle infielder in the country by Perfect Game • Earned PG Underclass First Team All-America honors in 2012 after earning Third Team honors in 2011 • Helped team to PG Underclassman Championship • Played with fellow signee Adrian Chacon at Jesuit High School • Coached by Richie Warren at Jesuit High School.

Brandon Whiteford
Douglasville, Ga., Chapel Hill High School, INF, 5-10, 175
Gritty left-handed hitter with versatility on the infield • Ranked among the top 500 players in the county by Perfect Game • Tabbed the No. 64 player in the state of Georgia by Perfect Game • Earned PG Underclass High Honorable Mention in 2012 • Coached by Mick Harper at Chapel Hill High School.