Jim Schlossnagle's recruiting class for 2006 grows to 10.
June 6, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle announced the addition of one more recruit to the class of 2005. LHP Donald Veal out of Pima (Ariz.) Community College has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball and continue his education at TCU. In the fall, TCU signed nine players to National Letters of Intent and with the addition of Veal, the Frogs incoming class has grown to 10.
Veal is considered one of the top players in the country, ranked as the 86th player in the nation by Baseball America. The left-handed pitcher was one of the dominating pitchers at Pima Community College this season. He struck out 119 batters in 74 innings pitched, while recording an 8-5 record to go along with a 3.65 ERA. Out of high school, Veal was a 12th round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2003 MLB Draft. He elected to play baseball at the University Arizona. He transferred to Pima for his sophomore season.
"Donald is one of the premier junior college pitchers in the country and should make an immediate impact in our program,: said Schlossnagle. "He has experience at the Division I level and is a good student as well. We anxiously await his arrival on campus next fall."
Veal joins an already talented group of signees who are slated to come to TCU in the fall. The other signees include Fort Worth product Corey Steglich, an infielder from Southwest High School, and Metroplex products Craig Italiano, a right-handed pitcher, Paul Kelly, an infielder out of Flower Mound and Aaron Smith, a catcher/infielder out of McKinney. Joining these four are fellow high schoolers Ben Carruthers, an infielder out of Georgetown, Texas, Chase Phillips, a right-handed pitcher from Lubbock-Monterey High School, Derek VerHagen, a left-handed pitcher and utility player from Rockwall High School and Matt Vern, a catcher/infielder from Brazoswood High School. Transferring to TCU in the fall is Weatherford Junior College product, Donald Furrow, a left-handed pitcher.