HARROGATE, TN -- The Lincoln Memorial University baseball team has put the finishing touches on the 2012 recruiting class, as they have added Lee Agosto, Joey Batuello and Wes Todd for the 2013 campaign, Railsplitters head coach Jeff Sziksai announced on Monday morning. With these three additions, the Railsplitters will be putting 16 new players on display next season.
Lee Agosto is a 6'1", 180 pound utility player who boast a strong athletic reputation as he enters the Lincoln Memorial University baseball program. Last season, he notched a .433 batting average that included four home runs and 11 stolen bases. He was selected to the Perfect Game Top Prospect Team as well. Academically, he was selected as an honor student while receiving academic medals in History, English and Spanish.
On his path towards selecting his collegiate destination, Agosto was pursued by Alcorn State University, North Carolina Central University and Wabash Valley College before selecting LMU. When asked why he chose LMU, Agosto replied, "I chose LMU for its excellent academic program as well as baseball program. I have seen the development of their players such as Gelson Perez and Andre Rodriguez."
Regarding Agosto, coach Jeff Sziksai responded, "Lee is a very athletic kid that has a chance to impact a game in a number of ways. He does a lot of things well; he can swing the bat, run, has good arm strength and can play multiple positions. As he gets stronger, he has chance to be a special player at LMU."
Joey Batuello comes to Lincoln Memorial University by way of Christian Academy of Louisville, where he completed a very successful prep career. A 5'10" and 130 pound right-hand pitcher, Batuello notched a 1-0 record in 13 appearances a season ago. In 18 total innings, Batuello also recorded a perfect 3-for-3 in save opportunities. His earned run average for the 2012 season was an astounding 0.78. He struck out 23 batters to only one walk on the year. Batuello is also a strong academic performer as he was a three-time Academic All-State selection.
Batuello was pursued by Milligan College, Union College and Transylvania University before he ultimately decided to attend Lincoln Memorial University. When asked why he chose LMU, Batuello replied, "I chose LMU because I love everything about the school and the direction the baseball program is headed. It will be exciting to be part of a school and baseball team that strive to be the best and will challenge me academically as well as on the field."
"What Joey lacks in size he makes up for it in his will to win and his competitive spirit," stated prep coach Tim Brown. "LMU is getting a competitor. Joey has embraced his submarine style of pitching and has become a pitcher that can come in the game in any situation and shut down an offense. Best wishes to Joey and the LMU program!"
Regarding Batuello, coach Sziksai stated, "Joey's arm angle and submarine delivery make him very effective. He is a very competitive kid and will mesh well with our team. While he has been an integral part of his baseball team at CAL, he is also a tremendous student, graduating at the top of his class. We are looking forward to seeing Joey mature in an LMU uniform."
Wes Todd is the final addition to the 2013 squad and he comes to LMU by way of Independence High School in Williamson County, Tennessee. A 6'4" and 175 pound right-hander, Todd put up strong numbers in his final season at Independence High School. In 45.1 innings pitched, he notched a 5-4 record with a 2.93 earned run average. Over that span, he fanned 43 batters en route to earning the team Pitcher of the Year award. He was a three-year letter winner who was selected to the All-District and All-Tournament teams this past season. Over the span of his career, Independence High School won two District Championships, three Regional Championships and appeared in two AAA State Tournaments. Academically, Todd boasts a strong reputation as he was a member of National Technical Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Younglife.
On the path towards selecting the place to continue his academic and athletic career, Todd was recruited by Brevard College, Union College, Maryville College and King College before choosing Lincoln Memorial University. When asked why he chose LMU, Todd stated, "LMU ranked consistently at the top for all my criteria for college: solid academics, outstanding coaching staff, excellent athletic facilities and very scenic campus. It just felt like the right fit for me."
Independence High School head baseball coach, Bill Moore, spoke highly of Todd, stating, "During his four years in our program, Wes developed not only in his role as a starting pitcher, but has become a true student of the pitching craft and takes the mound each time with a competitive drive that puts us in a position to win."
Regarding Wes, coach Sziksai stated, "Wes has a high ceiling due to his great frame and a loose arm. As he matures physically, we can see him developing into a power arm down the road. He is also an outstanding student. We are excited about Wes' future and are happy to have him here."
Lincoln Memorial University competes as a member of the NCAA Division II and the South Atlantic Conference.