Tulane announces 2022 baseball signing class
NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University baseball staff announced today the addition of 19 members of the team’s 2022 recruiting class. This year’s class marks the first under head coach Jay Uhlman.
Joining the Green Wave for the 2023 season will be James Agabedis, Ricky Castro, Grant Cleavinger, Michael Fowler, Andrew Glass, Andy Holub, Reed Kellum, Michael Lombardi, Hayden Mileski, Ethan Mishra, Tayler Montiel, Cole Munhall, Will Prigge, Billy Price, Colin Reilly, Ben Romano, Gavin Smith, Will Tynes and Corbin Ybarra.
“This original incoming class was smaller in size, freshman centric and designed to fill a few needs. Changes in the program forced us to shift our strategy to bolster the roster particularly in the pitching department. Kudos to our entire staff for their relentless recruiting efforts the last two months to strengthen our roster.” – HEAD COACH JAY UHLMAN
The Green Wave closed out the 2022 campaign with a 33-26-1 mark will begin fall workouts in the coming weeks.
2022 SIGNEES (with quotes from Coach Uhlman)
“James is a left-handed hitting infielder that will bring grit to the program. He is a tough-minded kid with a passion for baseball.”
#1 JAMES AGABEDIS
HOMETOWN: Sudbury, Ma.
High School: Comes to Tulane by way of Lawrence Academy… Filled the shortstop position for the Spartans for three years under coach Chris Margraf…Captured the 2022 league championship with a 17-4-1 record… In his senior season was named to the All-League and the All-New England Team after leading the league in homers… Hit .386 with 20 stolen bases, 20 RBI and four homeruns in the last three games of his high school career… Was a member of the High Honor Roll.
Personal: Son of Jim and Danielle Agabedis plans to major in Management… Has two sisters Grace and Zoe… Father Jim played baseball at Babson College and sister Grace was a figure skater at Michigan State.
“Ricky is another grad transfer that has electric stuff, and we are looking forward to him maximizing that potential.”
#41 Ricky Castro
CLASS: Graduate Student
HOMETOWN: Naperville, Ill.
2022 (Purdue): Was named to the Academic All-Big Ten.
2021 (Purdue): Was a member of the Academic All-Big Ten team… Pitched in 12 games, all in relief… Made a relief appearance in each of the first 11 weekends, including two in the four-game series at Minnesota… Struck out a career-high eight over 3 1/3 innings of two-run relief in the series opener at Maryland… Earned his first win as a Boilermaker with two innings of one-hit relief in the April 19 victory at Illinois that capped Purdue’s 4-0 weekend in Champaign… Retired nine of 11 batters faced over three innings of scoreless one-hit relief in the series finale at Indiana… Impressed in the game 2 win at Minnesota, working 3 1/3 innings of two-hit relief… Pitched a season-high 3 2/3 innings of two-run relief in game 3 of the Michigan Series… Surrendered only three extra-base hits while racking up 23 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings in true road games… Escaped a bases-loaded jam to strand three inherited runners in the win vs. Iowa.
2020 (Purdue): Was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team… Pitched in three games, all in relief… Worked 2 2/3 innings of one-run ball Saturday at Western Kentucky in his longest and most effective outing…Struck out the only batter he faced in the midweek game at Indiana, stranding a pair of inherited runners…Made his team debut on Sunday of the season-opening weekend vs. Hofstra.
2019 (Parkland College): Pitched his first collegiate season at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois…Appeared in 13 games, recording a 2.84 ERA and 57 strikeouts vs. 21 walks in 44 1/3 innings…Made six starts, finishing the season with three wins and three saves… Helped lead Parkland to 38 wins and the Mid-West Athletic Conference title… Struck out eight over four innings at Northeastern Oklahoma Enid and nine over five innings at Lewis & Clark… Names to the NJCAA All-Academic third team… Pitched at Alexander Field in a Purdue-Parkland fall exhibition game in October 2018, striking out four over two innings of one-hit relief.
High School: Four-year letterwinner for coach Robin Renner at Neuqua Valley High School in suburban Chicago… Played three years of varsity after helping Neuqua reach the freshman state championship game as a third baseman and pitcher… Played for the Midwest Team at USA Baseball’s identification series in Cary, North Carolina… Posted a 2.40 ERA as a starting pitcher his senior season, helping Neuqua win a third straight IHSA regional title… Led to Neuqua to consecutive sectional titles as a sophomore and junior… Was the winning pitcher in the regional semifinal game as a sophomore on varsity…Homered in the freshman state title game.
Personal: Majored in Kinesiology… Parents are Rick and Lil Castro… Father played football at Wright College in Chicago.
“Having coached his older brother, G is a big left-hander that we’re very excited about. His physical development will unlock his projectability.”
#35 GRANT CLEAVINGER
HOMETOWN: Lawrence, Kansas
High School: A four-year Letterman at Lawrence High School under head coach Brad Stoll… The left-handed pitcher helped the Chesty Lions become State Runner Ups in their 2020-21 season… During his time at Lawrence Cleavinger was awarded All-Sunflower League Honorable Mention as a Sophomore and All-Sunflower League First Team and All-State Second Team as a Senior… Recorded career best no hitter and 14k game.
Personal: Son of Rob Cleavinger and Amy Cleavinger… Grant is youngest with an older brother, Garrett Cleavinger…In the future Grant hopes to become a professional baseball player or be working in sports marketing.
“Michael was a decorated prep pitcher from Alabama. He comes to us from LSU with a projectable power arm. We are looking forward to providing him the opportunity to prove himself with a fresh start.”
#47 MICHAEL FOWLER
HOMETOWN: Trussville, Alabama
2022 (LSU): Appeared in 3 games all in relief, with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts.
2021 (LSU): Appeared in 14 games as a reliever, posting a 1-0 record and a 6.52 ERA in 19.1 innings with 13 walks and 19 strikeouts … worked two innings in NCAA Regional championship game at Oregon (June 7), recording two strikeouts in the Tigers’ win… pitched 2.1 scoreless relief innings at Texas A&M (May 21), limiting the Aggies to one hit with two walks and three strikeouts… recorded season-high three strikeouts in one scoreless inning of relief versus Northwestern State (May 18)… earned first career win on May 11 vs. Louisiana Tech, firing one relief inning with two strikeouts… recorded a scoreless inning on April 6 vs. McNeese State, allowing one hit with no walks and two strikeouts… worked a career-high four innings vs. Oral Roberts (March 5), allowing no runs on one hit with no walks and two strikeouts.
High School: The No. 186 ranked player in the country by Perfect Game and the No. 3 ranked RHP in the state of Alabama… recorded 108 strikeouts in 60 innings during the 2019 season… a three-year letterman at Hewitt-Trussville High.
“AG is an ultra-athletic kid with the flexibility to play all over the field. He brings an advanced hitting approach from a quality in state high school program.”
#19 ANDREW GLASS
HOMETOWN: Lake Charles, Louisiana
High School: Comes to Uptown from Sam Houston High School… Played four years of varsity football for coach Chad Davis…Was a four-year letterwinner in baseball under head coach Chad Hebert… Was a two time All-District and a one-time All-State selection.
Personal: Born December 11, 2002, to Todd and Elizabeth Glass… Has one older sister Emily… Enjoys Hunting and the game of golf…Hopes to own his own development company after his playing career.
“Andy has big-time right-handed power with the ability to fit into the middle of the order.”
#26 ANDY HOLUB
HOMETOWN: Bronxville, New York
High School: Comes to Tulane from Bronxville High School where he started three years as a shortstop… In his junior season he hit .490 and lead the team in hits and extra base hits… Was a Perfect Game honorable mention in both 2021 and 2022… Was first team All-Section in both 2021 and 2022.
Personal: Born January 15th, 2003, to Sean and Elizabeth… Has two sisters Emma and Chole… Father played College baseball for Johns Hopkins and went on to play in the Milwaukee Brewers organization… Plans to major in Business or History.
“Reed is a self-made, tough, and intelligent person. He will come in with a chip on his shoulder that will drive him daily to be productive behind the plate.”
#23 REED KELLUM
HOMETOWN: Jackson, Mississippi
2022 (Hinds Community College): Started in 14 games… 23 runs on 39 hits with 37 RBI… Had a four-hit game against Holmes Community College (3/11)…Collected two doubles from Baton Rouge Community College on March 28… Drove in three against Mississippi Delta College on March 26… ended the season with 186 putouts and a .958 hitting percentage… Helped Hinds to a regional appearance.
2021 (Hinds Community College): Played his first season under Sam Temple and Dan Rives… played in 12 games and made 31 appearances at the plate… Had four runs on four hits and drove in one… Also played one season as a linebacker for Hinds Community College under coach Williams.
High School: Graduated from Jackson Prep in May of 2020… Was the head of the school service award…Received the Walker Wilbanks Baseball award… Was the recipient of the Impact Award for his efforts to lead the school worship concert… Was a two-year letter for Coach Ricky Black and the football team… Was a five year letter for the Track and Field team competing in the Hurdles and long jump… Won three Championships for Brent Heaver in his five season of varsity baseball.
Personal: Son to Chris and Polly Kellum… Has three siblings, two sisters and a brother… Plans to Major in Computer Science in hope of owning his own tech firm one day.
“He is a two-way talent that brings a positive work ethic, athleticism and pitchability to the program.”
#15 MICHAEL LOMBARDI
HOMETOWN: Pound Ridge, New York
High School: Comes to Tulane from Fox Lane high School… He was a member of National Honor Society and graduated with honors…Was a two-year letter in Basketball…The team went 17-6 in his senior season…Filled the rolls of shortstop and pitcher for the Foxes…Won three league championship in his four years…Some of his accolades include 3x All League (freshman, sophomore, senior), 2x All Section (junior, senior), 2x League MVP (junior, senior), Section 1 MVP as Junior and First Team All-County (Junior and Senior)… Had a Career .425 batting average… Had more career Intentional Walks than strikeouts… Struck out 98 batters in 61 career innings pitched.
Personal: Born September 20th 2003 to Mary and Mike Lombardi…Has four older sisters Allison, Christie, Jillian and Tara…Mother played Field Hockey and Lacrosse at Cornell…Plans to major in Business.
“Hayden has left-handed power potential to bring balance to our lineup while competing for time in the outfield.”
#30 HAYDEN MELESKI
HOMETOWN: Lakeville, Minnesota
High School: Comes to Tulane from Lakeville South High School in Minnesota where he played both varsity football and baseball…. Played in the South Suburban Conference and was selected to the 2019 All-Conference team… Advanced to the state semifinals for football in 2019…. His career highlight was hitting a homerun in his first varsity appearance.
Personal: Son of Bryan and Rachel Mileski… Has a younger brother Devin… Intends to major in Business while at Tulane.
“Ethan is a young man with great upside and the physical attributes you look for in a pitcher. He finished the summer pitching in the Cape Code league, so we are excited about his development.”
#43 ETHAN MISHRA
CLASS: Redshirt Freshman
HOMETOWN: Washington, D.C.
2022 (VCU): Did not see game action
High School: 2021 DCAA State Champions… 2021 DCAA State Championship MVP; 2021 DCAA Semifinals… Threw a complete game, 11 strikeouts to help team advance to Championship game… Academic Honor Roll sophomore-senior year of high school.
Personal: Son of Kamael and Subodh Mishra… Has two siblings Rohan and Julia Mishra… Majors in Business Finance.
“Similar to Dylan Carmouche last year Tayler will look to maximize his potential with more opportunities to pitch. He finished his summer development on a positive note. He will help bolster our lefthanded pitching options either as a starter or out of the pen.”
#28 TAYLER MONTIEL
HOMETOWN: Brentwood, Tennessee
2022 (Mississippi State): Did not see game action
High School: Prepped at Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) before signing with the Bulldogs… Named a 2021 Rawlings-Perfect Game Senior Preseason High Honorable Mention All-American… No. 28 prospect in Tennessee per Perfect Game… Also earned high honorable mention Underclass All-America from Perfect Game in 2019 and 2020… As a senior, posted a 7-2 record with a 2.59 ERA and two saves… Allowed 30 hits in 61 innings of work with 75 strikeouts and 25 walks issued.
Personal: Full name is Tayler James Montiel… Born on July 5, 2002… Son of Antonio and Kim Montiel.
“Cole has the ability to impact the end of games with his mentality, a good fastball and a power breaking ball.”
#42 COLE MUNHALL
CLASS: Redshirt Freshman
HOMETOWN: Cummings, Georgia
High School: A two-year letter winner at North Forsyth High School under head coach Jim Cahil… Made two playoff appearances in his two years pitching at North Forsyth… Awarded All-District and All-State Honorable Mention over the course of his high school career…Cumming’s career highlight is winning the Mariucci World Series with the Georgia Bombers.
Personal: Son of Brian Munhall and Jacki Munhall…Cole is the oldest of two children with a younger sister, Cassidy Munhall…Cole hopes to play in the MLB in the future… If that does not work out, he wants to become a successful entrepreneur or a fishing guide.
“As a steady defender, Will brings versatility to our infield. He has good feel for the game and a developing bat.”
#4 WILL PRIGGE
HOMETOWN: Atlanta, Georgia
High School: Comes to Uptown from Atlanta… Graduated from The Lovett School… Was the 38th ranked middle-infielder in the state of Georgia according to Perfect Game… Landed on the 2022 Southeast All-Region Honorable Mention by Perfect Game.
“Billy is another piece to our left-handed pitching arsenal. As a grad transfer, we are thrilled to welcome him too Uptown. Many fans will be familiar with his last name, because his brother Robbie, pitched for us from 2017-2021.”
#36 BILLY PRICE
CLASS: Graduate Student
HOMETOWN: Morristown, New Jersey
HIGH SCHOOL: Delbarton School
2022 (Virginia): Sat out the 2022 season with an injury… Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2021(Virginia): Made seven appearances including two starts (vs. Towson on March 17 & at GW on March 30)…Logged nine innings, struck out nine batters, walked eight and allowed four earned runs on the year… Did not allow an earned run over four total innings in two starts… Struck out a season-high three batters in start at George Washington… Listed on the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2020 (Virginia): Appeared in two games out of the bullpen, Bucknell-2 (Feb. 22) and UMass Lowell (March 10)… Did not allow a run in three innings of relief work and struck out a pair… Fanned two of the three batters he faced in his season debut against Bucknell on Feb. 22.
2019 (Virginia): Appeared in eight games and made four starts on the mound as a true freshman… Logged 12 innings and held a 2.25 ERA with nine strikeouts…Made his collegiate debut against Liberty on March 13, tossed two-thirds of an inning and struck out one… His first start came against Old Dominion on April 2, where he pitched 2.1 innings and struck out a pair… Fanned a season-high three batters in a start against Radford on April 16.
High School: Three-year letterwinner at the Delbarton School… Helped Delbarton capture the Non-Public A North State Championship as a senior… Pitched a complete game, two-hitter in the 2017 state championship final, lifting Delbarton to its first championship in 15 years and a No. 1 state finish… Was named the Morris County Tournament MVP en route to the 2017 County Championship… A First Team Non-Public All-State selection as a junior… Battled large B-cell Non-Hodgkin lymphoma during his senior year…Rated No. 66 on Perfect Game’s Top-100 freshman in the ACC prior to the 2019 season.
Personal: An American Studies major… Born and raised in Morristown, N.J… Son of Michael Price and Diana Chaney… His brother Robbie pitched at Tulane from 2017-21.
“Colin has all the makings of a quality starting pitcher. He knows how to pitch, and his best days are ahead of him.”
#48 COLIN REILY
HOMETOWN: Sea Girt, New Jersey
High School: A two-year letterwinner at Christian Brothers Academy under head coach Marty Kenney Jr. … Awarded First Team All-Division his Junior and senior year as well as, First Team All-Conference his senior year… Helped the Colts to a 12-13 record his Junior year, a 18-10 record his senior year… Recorded 75Ks in 44 innings with a single game best of 13k’s his Junior year… Record of 6-2 with a 1.25 ERA his senior year… Had a State Championship appearance where he threw six scoreless innings with no walks and three hits for the win in the State Semi-Finals.
Personal: Son of Michael Reilly and Anne Reilly… Colin is the youngest of three children, brother, Patrick Reilly and sister, Katie Reilly… Colin hopes to play in the MLB in the future or start his own company.
“Ben is an ultra-talented and physical athlete that will only get better now that he is focused only on baseball.”
#21 BEN ROMANO
HOMETOWN: Chester, New Jersey
High School: Comes to Uptown from Chester, New Jersey… Graduated from Hun High School… batted .431, scored 23 runs, hit five home runs, delivered 18 RBI and stole 22 bases in 21 games in his junior season…Was the third ranked outfielder and the 23rd overall ranked player in the state of New Jersey according to Perfect Game… Landed on the 2022 Northeast All-Region Second Team by Perfect Game.
“Gavin is your prototypical tough junior college reliever. He will give us quality innings out of the pen on a regular basis.”
#37 GAVIN SMITH
HOMETOWN: Plantation, Florida
2022 (Dyersburg State Community College): Earned three wins and two saves in 27 pitching appearances for the Eagles… Awarded NJCAA D1 First Team All-American by Junior College Baseball… Recorded 57 strikeouts in 44.1 innings pitched… Posted a 3.45 ERA in his lone season with DSCC to help the team finish with a 42-13 overall record.
2021 (Florida State): Redshirted… Did not see game action.
High School: A four-year letterwinner at American Heritage School under head coach David Bruce Aven… Selected as a 2020 Preseason Florida Honorable Mention by Perfect Game… Awarded 6A-15 All-District Team, Second Team All-County and Boward All-District Team his junior year… Helped the Patriots to a 10-0 start and ranked second nationally his senior year before the COVID-19 pandemic ended the season prematurely… Won three district championships and helped the team tally a 74-17 overall record in his high school career… Finished with a career record of 6-0 with a 2.88 ERA along with 40 strikeouts across 34.0 innings pitched.
Personal: Son of Terry and Kay Smith… Has one sister, Logan Smith… Father, Terry, played football at East Tennessee State… Gavin hopes to play in the MLB in the future or run a successful business.
“Will was another highly recruited prep athlete from our state looking for new opportunities. He has the ability to impact our pitching staff in many ways, so we’re excited about that.”
#55 WILL TYNES
CLASS: Redshirt Sophomore
HOMETOWN: Bossier City, Louisiana
2022 (Southern Miss): Did not see game action
2021 (Southern Miss): Redshirted… Pitched in 10 games, including nine starts, for the Acadiana Cane Cutters in the Texas Collegiate Baseball League… Went 2-5 with a 4.95 ERA in 40 innings… Fanned 39 and walked 27… A member of the Dean’s List for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2020 semesters… Named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
High School: Prepped at Airline High School… Was ranked the 10th-best overall high school baseball player in the state of Louisiana and the second-best right-handed pitcher (high school baseball) in the state of Louisiana by Perfect Game in 2020… Named to the 2020 LHSCA All-Star West baseball team… Went 2-0 with 19 strikeouts in 13 innings in 2020… Tabbed a 2019 Honorable Mention 5A All-State selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association… Also Earned 1-5A All-District honors… Posted a 5-2 record with a 1.51 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 2019… Was involved in FCA, BETA, Mu Alpha Theta, Freshman Mentor, DARE mentor and the student-athlete leadership team during his time at Airline High School.
Personal: Son of Joe and Kerri Tynes… Majoring in Finance… Born Nov. 22, 2001.
“Corbin is a physical right-handed presence with power. We feel fortunate to have landed him so late in the recruiting process.”
#31 CORBIN YBARRA
HOMETOWN: Clovis, California
High School: Played in 18 games his senior season at IMG Academy under head coach Joe Jordano… Posted a .256 batting average in 48 plate appearances as a senior recording 10 hits including two doubles and driving in eight runs… Recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in the outfield handling all 11 chances with 10 put outs and one assist during his senior season… Helped Buchanan High School in Clovis, California, win Section Championship and Conference Championship in 2021 prior to finishing his high school career at IMG Academy.
Personal: Corbin has one younger sister, Cailin Ybarra…Corbin hopes play in the MLB in the future or work as a homicide detective.
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