Big 12 products sign with Generals
By ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
Dec. 14, 2010 at 6:14 a.m.
The Victoria Generals have announced the signing of two pitchers from the Big 12 Conference.
Rafael Pineda, a freshman at Texas A&M University, and Tyler Smith, a freshman at the University of Kansas, will play for the Generals in the summer.
Pineda, a native of Fort Worth, redshirted last season because of an arm injury.
The 6-foot-5-inch, 210-pound right-hander is expected to make a full recovery and be ready to contribute around mid-season this year for the Aggies.
Pineda was a four-year letterwinner at Crowley High School where he earned second-team all-district honors and was named team MVP as a senior in 2009. Pineda went 5-0 in district play with a 1.88 ERA, striking out 56 batters in 41 innings of work.
Pineda's father, Rafael, played for the California (now Los Angeles) Angels in the late 1980s. His uncle, Cesar Puello, played for the Dominican Republic's national team.
Smith, a native of Cypress, is expected to be a midweek starter for the Kansas Jayhawks during his freshman campaign.
The 6-foot-1-inch, 205-pound left-hander was a three-year letterman at Tomball High School where he was named a Preseason All-American prior to his senior year and was an all-district performer.
Season tickets for the Generals 2011 season go on sale Dec. 15.