One Junior, Five from Class of 2016 Added to Baseball Roster
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team announced the addition of six players to the roster for the 2012-13 season, including junior outfielder Jake Semones and five freshman, and all six student-athletes are expected to make an immediate impact for the Bulldogs in the spring.
"This year's freshman class has really impressed thus far," said Yale's head coach John Stuper. "The pitchers have shown an ability to pound the zone consistently and should compete for significant time on the mound this spring. The position players have also done a tremendous job showcasing their versatility on the defensive side of the ball, as well as an ability to produce consistent, tough at-bats. All in all, I could not be happier with what I have seen from this group thus far, and expect all of them to contribute to our success this spring."
#4 • Nate Adams • IF/OF
L/R • 5-9/165 • St. Louis, Mo./John Burroughs High School
A four-year letterwinner at John Burroughs High School, Adams was a three-time all-league player, leading the Bombers with a .417 batting average and 32 steals in his senior year. Adams was named to the ABC League First Team in 2010 and 2011 and the Metro League First Team in 2011. Adams is listed as a utility player and is expected to see time in the infield and outfield this spring.
#26 • Chris Lanham • RHP
R/R • 6-3/185 • Houston, Texas/Lamar High School
Lanham was a star pitcher at Lamar High School and his summer team, the Houston Heat. A four-year letterwinner for the Redskins. Prior to his senior season, Lanham was named to the Preseason All-Greater Houston squad, and he was named to the All-District First-Team, Academic All-State Team and the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association (HABCA) Senior All-Star Team. As a junior, he was named to the All-District First-Team, All-Greater Houston First Team, All-State Third Team, and the HABCA Junior All-Star Team. Lanham graduated ranked 10th in a senior class of 600 and was an International Baccalaureate Diploma recipient.
#11 • Brent Lawson • C/OF
R/R • 5-11/175 • Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar High School
A four-year varsity starter, Lawson was a star player at four positions (SS, 3B, OF, C) at Corona del Mar High School and was the school's athlete of the year and the winner of the Sea King Pride Award in 2011-12. The Sea Kings captain as a senior, Lawson led his team to the CIF playoffs three times and was named All-Pacific Coast League Honorable Mention, All-PCL Second-Team and All-PCL First Team in his last three seasons. He was the starting catcher for the Pacific Coast League's All-Star Team, the Elite Baseball Series MVP and a two-year member of the Daily Pilot Baseball Dream Team. He was also the Daily Pilot's Dream Team Player of the Year in Football. A member of the National Honor Society, Lawson was also a Boys State-California Delegate and a California Scholarship Federation selection for four years. He also played summer baseball for the Southern California Renegades for four years.
#32 • Christopher Moates • RHP
R/R • 6-5/220 • Smithville, Ga./Deerfield-Windsor School
After spending his first two years at Lee County High School, Moates transferred to Deerfield-Windsor School, where he lettered his final two seasons. An honors graduate with a 4.3 grade-point average (4.0 scale), Moates led his Deerfield-Windsor to the state finals in his senior season. He led the Knights with a 9-3 record on the mound with a 1.85 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched. At the plate, he recorded a .603 batting average with nine home runs and 49 RBIs. The average, home runs and his 15 home runs in his two seasons are all Deerfield-Windsor school records. He was the Ray Knight Player of the Year, the Georgia Independent School Association Player of the Year, the Region Player of the Year and a two-time All-State selection. Moates batted .550 in his two seasons on Lee County High's ninth grade and B-teams.
#24 • Tom O'Neill • IF
R/R • 6-3/190 • Baltimore, Md./The Gilman School
A four-year letterwinner at The Gilman School, O'Neill started every game of his high school career at shortstop and led his team to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association state championship in 2010 as a sophomore. As a senior, he was the captain of the baseball and boys volleyball teams, winning the Baseball Cup and Volleyball Cup awards for athletic performance and leadership. He was named a 2012 preseason "top player" by ESPN High School and played summer baseball for Under Armour Franchise. O'Neill graduated Cum Laude from Gilman and won the Elizabeth Woolsey Prize in 2011.
#5 • Jake Semones • OF
L/L • 6-1/165 • Sanpoint, Idaho/Sanpoint High School
Semones joins the Bulldogs for his junior year at Yale. He was a three-year letterwinner at Sandpoint High School and was the team's captain in his last two seasons. He was an All-North Idaho First Team selection and an all-league first team selection in his last three seasons. An honor student in all four years at Sandpoint, Semones also spent one year at Loomis Chaffee in Windsor, Conn., and was an all-league honorable mention selection in his one season.