STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton baseball announced six high school student-athletes from the class of 2023 signed their National Letter of Intent to become Texans on Wednesday.
“I’m excited about this high school class coming in,” said head coach Aaron Meade. “It is a smaller class for us, but these guys bring a lot to the program. They have tons of athleticism that will show up both offensively and defensively. Outside of baseball they are all high character kids that we see excelling in the classroom and community.”
Below is a look at the newest additions for Texan baseball.
Carson Garrett • OF • Baytown, TX (Barbers Hill HS)
Garrett is a twitchy outfielder out of Barbers Hill High School. He led the Eagles to their first state championship last spring, winning the 5A state championship game over Hallsville and finishing with a 37-8-1 record on the season. Garrett produced in some of the season’s biggest moments, hitting an RBI triple in the state championship semi-final game. He was named to SBLive’s All-East Texas third team as an outfielder. His final junior season stats were impressive, hitting .361 with 30 hits, 25 walks, 24 stolen bases and eight extra-base hits to go with a 1.027 OPS in 32 regular season games played.
“Carson is a plus runner and defender as well as a big-time competitor,” said Meade. “He will fight for playing time early on. His athleticism and savviness for the game are key traits.”
Boston Lee • OF/3B • Alvin, TX (Alvin HS)
At 6-4, 200 pounds coming from the same high school (Alvin) that has produced MLB talents such as Nolan Ryan and Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Lee has the makings of a versatile and productive athlete at the Division 1 level. Lee was named second team all-district 23-6A as an outfielder as a junior in 2022. The Yellowjackets finished as the 23-6A runner-up in 2022 as Lee hit. 318 with a .478 on-base percentage and stole nine bases in 29 games played.
“Boston is an extremely projectable, athletic player with the ability to play multiple spots on the field,” said Meade. “He is an impressive athlete, and we think his best days are in front of him.”
Parrish Beagle • RHP • Atchison, KS (Maur Hill–Mount Academy)
Beagle comes to Stephenville all the way from Atchison, Kansas, where he has been a standout for Maur Hill-Mount Academy. As a junior, he earned first team All-Class 2A honors as a pitcher. He was also a first-team All-Northeast Kansas League selection as a pitcher. The numbers show why as he compiled a 7-1 record on the mound with a 0.88 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched. Beagle was a star two-way player, hitting .423 with 34 runs scored and 23 RBI. As a sophomore, Beagle earned first-team All-Class 2A honors at third base after hitting .420 with 12 extra-base hits, 36 runs scored, 21 stolen bases and 33 RBI while fielding at a .978 percentage with just one error. He was one of the Raven’s top pitchers, going 3-1 with a 1.08 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 32.1 innings, also picking up four saves. Beagle was a first-team All-Northeast Kansas League selection in 2021, as well.
“Parrish is an athletic right-handed pitcher,” said Meade. “He has advanced pitch ability and figures to be able to compete on the mound from day one.”
Gavin Gomez • RHP/UTL • San Marcos, TX (San Marcos HS)
Gomez is a true two-way player that comes to Tarleton from San Marcos. The right-handed pitcher and outfielder had a breakout junior season for the Rattlers in 2022, earning his spot in the rotation and eventually being named District 26-6A’s Pitcher of the Year off the back of a 4-1 record, 35 strikeouts and a 0.72 ERA in 38.2 innings. His junior season saw him have tremendous growth physically, as well as on the diamond. Gomez noted that he was 5-8 and 130 pounds the summer after his sophomore season, and at the time the next summer hit, he grew to 6-0, 175 pounds.
“Gavin has the potential to make an impact as a two-way player,” said Meade. “He is very athletic and has really developed over the last 1.5 years. He possesses a quick arm on the mound and has bat speed and athleticism at the plate.”
Devin Mitchell • OF/1B • Edmond, OK (Santa Fe HS)
Devin Mitchell makes his way to Tarleton from Edmond, Oklahoma where he has been a highly touted athlete at Santa Fe High School, playing all over the field for the Wolves. He was a Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference (COAC) 2022 All-Conference first team member as an outfielder. He previously added honorable mention COAC honors as a sophomore. Mitchell played a big part in the Wolves run to the state championship game last season.
“Devin is one of the top high school bats in the state of Oklahoma,” said Meade. “He projects as a corner guy, and we see him being a big part of our offense in the future.”
Brady Millstid • RHP • Mansfield, TX (Mansfield HS)
Millstid will make the 1.5-hour trek from Mansfield to Stephenville next fall. He has been an impressive pitcher for the Tigers throughout his high school career.
“Brady is a strong physical right-handed pitcher that continues to develop and add velocity,” said Meade. “He has the ability to be a power arm for our staff over the course of his career.”