HARRISONBURG, Va., May 1, 2012 - James Madison baseball head coach Spanky McFarland announced the additions of junior college outfielder Tyler Gregory (Dothan, Ala./Houston Academy) and scholastic pitcher Patrick Baker (Fairfax, Va./Robinson Secondary) to join the program for the 2012-13 academic year.
Tyler Gregory, Jr., OF, 5-11, 190, L/R, Dothan, Ala./Houston Academy/Wallace C.C.-Dothan
Gregory is currently in his sophomore season of competition at Wallace Community College-Dothan. Through 42 games, he is hitting .294 for the Governors with eight doubles, three triples, three home runs, 26 runs scored and 26 RBIs. In 2011 as a freshman, he was named to the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) All-Region and All-Southern League Teams. He hit .341 with 20 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 51 RBIs, 42 runs scored and a .600 slugging percentage.
McFarland said of Gregory, "With some potential holes in the outfield, we felt like we needed another guy ready to play. He does a lot of things well and is just a good all-around college outfielder. He likes to play and likes to play the right way. He's been hitting leadoff or third on his team and was the leading hitter at all Alabama JuCos last year. Tyler was supposed to go to Auburn out of high school but got hurt."
At Wallace, Gregory is a President's List student and a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta, both honor societies at two-year colleges. He plans to study Kinesiology at JMU with the hopes of becoming a chiropractor.
Patrick Baker, Fr., RHP/DH, 6-3, 205, S/R, Fairfax, Va./Robinson Secondary
Baker entered his senior season at Robinson Secondary High School as a High Honorable Mention selection as a Rawlings Sporting Goods Preseason All-American. He is a four-year letterwinner in baseball and was an All-Concorde District selection as a junior. He was also a two-time All-District honoree in football as a junior and a senior. His father, Pat Baker, pitched for the University of Maryland is still holds a share of the program's single-season wins record with eight in 1993.
McFarland called Baker "a kid who's getting better all the time. He was ranked pretty highly on recruiting websites. He hit 90 miles per hour on his fastball several times this spring. His stock is rising as a late bloomer, and we're fortunate to get him this late."
Baker and Gregory join four other scholastic players who signed with JMU during the fall signing period in November. They include right-handed pitcher Michael Church (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock), right-handed pitcher J.T. Root (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown), right-handed pitcher Trey Jones (Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett) and catcher Bobby San Martin (Fairfax, Va./Centreville). Root recently threw his second no-hitter of his senior season.