Head Baseball Coach Dan Heefner announced Thursday the signing of two more high school players to National Letters of Intent. Phillip Orr of Lake Travis High School and, local product, Caleb Hamrick from Cedar Hill both inked their commitment to Dallas Baptist last week during the Early Signing Period. Orr, a lefthanded pitcher, and Hamrick, a righthanded pitcher and first baseman, will join the Patriots in the fall of 2012.
Philip Orr LHP Lake Travis, TX Lake Travis High School 6’5” 190
Philip Orr is a left handed pitcher from Lake Travis High School where he was an All-District selection for Coach Kinnan in 2011. This past season, Orr was 5-3 with a 1.58 ERA in 53 innings. He gave up only 36 hits while striking out 75 in those 53 innings. During the summers, he competes for the Austin Wings Organization.
“Philip is a very projectable left handed pitcher that already has great pitchability on the mound,” said Heefner. “We are in need for left handed pitching in 2012 and Philip was exactly what we’re looking for. He has command of three pitches and his fastball has been up to 88 this past summer. He should compete for a spot in the weekend rotation in his first year. He comes from a strong family and has a tremendous work ethic and passion to improve. With development over the next few years, we expect great things out of Philip.”
Caleb Hamrick RHP/1B Cedar Hill, TX Cedar Hill HS 6’1” 205
Caleb Hamrick has been a four year starter at Cedar Hill for Head Coach Jeremy Fatheree. He has been named All-District three times and was the District MVP in 2010. In 2011, Hamirck was 7-4 with a 1.95 ERA in 71 innings of work for the Longhorns. Hamirck struck out 90 hitters and gave up 59 hits while only walking 16. In 2011, he was a Pre-Season Underclassman All-American as selected by Perfect Game. Hamrick was also named one of the top 50 players in Texas in 2011 by ESPN Rise Magazine. In 2011, he was selected to participate in the International Power Showcase and will return as a participant in early 2012.
“Caleb is your typical Friday night power type pitcher, ” said Heefner. “He has exceptional arm strength but also has an above average breaking pitch. He is a strong young man and should be able to carry a lot of innings for us throughout the year. We love his blue-collar attitude and competitive presence on the mound. We also believe that he will be able to help from an offensive perspective as he has the tools to be a big time run producer. We are excited that Caleb will be joining us in 2012.”