July 8, 2015 - The LSU Shreveport Pilots baseball team have added four more quality recruits to their 2015-16 roster after a successful recruiting trip to East Texas. The LSUS baseball coaches, Al Cantwell and Brent Lavallee, have been working hard in the off season to beef up their roster and they struck gold in adding four players from East Texas with the signing of Chantz Holland, Justin Danzer, Zak Hambright, and Jacob Mitchell.
Jacob Mitchell - RHP - Center HS - Center, TX –6’3 – 185 - FR
Mitchell enjoyed an incredibly successful career at Center HS which was capped when he was named the 4A District MVP for Region 3. The Pilots are looking forward to him to continue that success in Shreveport. His senior year saw Jacob go 10-1 with a 1.18 ERA while leading his team to the Regional Semi-finals. Jacob joins fellow freshman, Brandt McNease and Zak Hambright, as young arms that could fight for a lot of innings. Mitchell sports three pitches and is incredibly smart on the mound. "Jacob is like having a coach out there on the mound. He is always thinking one or two pitches ahead, fields his position well, and attacks hitters. As a coach, we could not ask for more. With his frame and his commitment to the weight room, this young man could see some very big innings for the Pilots during his career. He will be a fun one to watch and cheer for."
Chantz Holland - RHP - Tyler JC - Palestine, TX - RHP – 6’1 – 180 - JR
Holland is an incredible athlete who is expected to be in the starting rotation for the Pilots in 2016. He has an electric arm with a plus breaking ball to go along with an above average fastball. Coming off a year spent in relief at TJC, he helped the Apaches win their second consecutive National Championship. "Chantz brings us front of the rotation stuff, has the makeup, and the experience to help the Pilots have a successful season. It's always a plus when you have a transfer who has won a World Series come and join your team and help us mature some of the younger guys."
Justin Danzer - C - Tatum HS - Tatum, TX –6’0 - 180 - FR
Danzer may be one of the most advanced freshman catchers that the Pilots coaches have seen while on the recruiting trail. A two-time District MVP (2014 & 2015), he showcases a plus arm, soft hands, and has the ability to hit at the college level. Danzer’s athleticism and instincts are off the charts and the Pilots coaches are looking for him to compete for a starting spot right away. “We look forward to see how he handles the jump from High school to college. Justin is incredibly talented and he is hungry to prove that he is ready to compete at the highest level. He will be a very fun player to watch for the next four years."
Zak Hambright - LHP - Tatum HS – Tatum, TX – 6’3 – 180 - FR
Hambright has an incredibly high ceiling and he will be a fun athlete to watch as he matures and continues to get stronger. This southpaw possesses a great Curveball to go along with his Fastball that has very good life, especially when it is down in the zone. "With some added strength, as well as becoming a "pitcher-only", we will see Zak flourish as a Pilot. The coaching staff is very excited about this young man."