DBU Baseball Announces Two More Future Patriots

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Head Coach Dan Heefner has announced the names of two more student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent during the NCAA Early Signing Period. Both Cory Taylor and Brandon Koch are accomplished prep players who will begin their collegiate careers at Dallas Baptist in the fall of 2012. Taylor, a senior at Owasso High School in Oklahoma, will compete on the mound for the Patriots while Koch, a senior at nearby Grapevine High School, will see time in the field and on the mound.

Cory Taylor        Owasso High School               RHP                         6’2                  210

Cory Taylor competes at Owasso High School where he has been an instrumental part of Coach Larry Turner’s team success.  In 2011, Owasso finished with a 37-2 record and Taylor recorded 9 of those victories on the mound.  He was a perfect 9-0 during his junior campaign to go along with a 2.27 ERA.  In 46 innings he gave up only 24 hits while striking out 75.

“Cory is a very strong young man with a good arm,” said Heefner. “His fastball has good action and with added strength and development over the next few years he has a chance to be a special player.  His fast ball was consistently 87-90 this summer and showed tremendous late life.  He has a quality breaking ball to go along. What really separated Cory for us was his mound presence.   Every time we saw him pitch he seemed very composed and competed with some of the top teams in the country.  We are thrilled to have him on our team.”

Brandon Koch   Grapevine High School           SS/RHP                   6’0                    175

Brandon Koch (pronounced “Coach”) is a utility player from Grapevine High School where he has been a three year starter for Coach Tim McCune.  In 2011, Koch was an All-District selection while hitting .352 as well as striking out 41 batters in 24 innings of work as the teams closer.  In the fall of 2011 Koch was selected to the New Balance All-American Team.  He earned these honors after being named to the New Balance Battle of the Borders All-American All-Tournament Team.  During the summer, Koch competes for the DBat Mustangs organization.

“We are excited to get a player of Brandon’s caliber,” said Heefner. “He has the ability to impact our program in so many ways.  He is a very versatile athlete that can play anywhere on the field.  He has proven in the past to be able to hold down the shortstop position and we feel with his work ethic he will make great strides in his years here.  He also has the ability to help us on the mound. His competitiveness on the mound is something we cannot teach.  That with his athletic ability will give him the chance to compete for innings also.  We are pleased that he and his family have chosen DBU.”