Jaguars sign four baseball players

University of Houston-Victoria baseball coach Terry Puhl today announced the signing of four players for the upcoming 2020 season.

Among the signees are freshman Jacob Tyrrell of Richmond, along with junior college transfers Amilcar Montanez, Davion Lockett and Hayden (Turner) Gryseels. Montanez and Lockett join the Jaguars from Coastal Bend College, while Gryseels transfers in from Vernon College.

Tyrrell is a 2019 graduate of Fulshear High School where he was an all-district pitcher his junior year, before being injured his senior season. He was named academic all-district in 2018 and 2019 and was academic all-state honorable mention in 2019.

Tyrrell plans to study business while attending UHV.

“UHV is close to home, and the environment of the campus felt like home,” Tyrrell said in making his commitment to UHV.

Montanez is from Arroyo, Puerto Rico, and played the outfield at Coastal Bend where he compiled a .286 average with a .423 on-base percentage and a .429 slugging percentage this past season. He was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa while at Coastal Bend.

Montanez plans to study International Business while attending UHV.

Lockett is a 2017 graduate of Brenham High school where he was named to the all-district honorable mention team as an infielder.

He graduated from Coastal Bend with an Associate of Science degree in General Studies and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

He plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in sports management while attending UHV.

“The classrooms have a very small setting and the professors will get to know their peers,” said Lockett in making his commitment to UHV. “I felt right at home when I visited the campus and it gave me a sense of feeling and peace that people care so much about your education.”

Gryseels is a 2017 graduate of Liberty Hill High School where he earned recognition of the Texas Sports Writers Association’s all-state honorable mention team as a senior.

An outfielder/pitcher in high school, he converted to pitching while at Brookhaven College, before transferring to Vernon College. At Vernon, he recorded 17 strikeouts in 13.2 innings averaging 11.20 strikeouts per nine innings. He had a 1-1 record with one save.

He plans to study kinesiology and sports science while attending UHV.

“I knew UHV was the school for me when I learned coach Puhl was the head coach. He was one of my father’s favorite players when he played for the (Houston) Astros,” said Gryseels in making his commitment to UHV. “The field, the athletic facilities, coaching staff and academic programs are top quality. There is nowhere else I would rather finish my baseball career and my bachelor’s degree.”

Courtesy: University of Houston-Victoria Athletics