A pitcher, a catcher and an outfielder comprise the latest group of student athletes to sign letters of intent to play baseball and attend the University of Houston-Victoria.
Pitcher Trent Carouthers is a transfer from Hinds Community College in Rankin, Mississippi. As a freshman, Carouthers went 3-0 and struck out 22 batters in 24 innings. The Richmond, Texas native played high school ball at Richmond Foster and Jaguars head coach Terry Puhl expects Carouthers to be a work horse.
“Trent is a hard thrower who should log a lot of innings for us,” Puhl said. “He is very competitive and intelligent and has tremendous upside.”
Catcher Robert Peterson played the past two seasons at El Paso Junior College.
In 110 career games at El Paso, The Houston Christian graduate, batted .312 with 17 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs and 76 runs batted in. Defensively, Peterson threw out 44 % of would be base stealers.
“Peterson is a defensively sound catcher and has demonstrated some power,” Puhl said. “I like his experience hitting in the middle of the order.”
Wharton County Junior College outfielder John West is a native of Kingwood, Texas and a graduate of NE Christian Academy. West brings power and potential to the Jaguars.
“John is strong and can drive the ball out of the park,” said Puhl. “I look to make him a better outfield and hitter.”
The Jaguars’ inaugural baseball season begins in February 2008.