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Cubs Draft Freeman In The 17th Round

North Carolina A&T first baseman Kelvin Freeman was selected in the 17th round, 498th overall, by the Chicago Cubs in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

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Joel Sanchez

 

Head Coach

Joel Sanchez is entering his second year at the helm of the North Carolina A&T baseball program after beginning his tenure in August 2011.

His experience in recruiting and molding players is reflected by the high number of players who have been drafted by Major League Baseball since he started coaching in 2001. His focus with his players is working on mechanics and fundamentals, and helping student-athletes to maximize their potential on and off the diamond.

He led the Aggies to a 20-36 finish overall and a 12-12 record in the MEAC in 2012. The Aggies had four players named All-MEAC in 2012. The Aggies also competed in the MEAC tournament, and were one of the last four teams standing in the tournament after losing a competitive 4-2 game to Delaware State, the 2012 North Division Champions. In his first year, the Aggies made marked improvement in the pitching staff's results. The Aggies lowered their team ERA by nearly two runs from 2011.

Also under his management, A&T baseball student-athletes were active in the community and highly successful in the classroom. A total of 17 players earned 2011 Fall Dean's List honors, and 14 earned 2012 Spring A&T Dean's List honors. The A&T baseball team had nine players earn 2012 MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic team honors.

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Francisco Suarez

 

Assistant Coach

Francisco Suarez was named an assistant baseball coach by head coach Joel Sanchez. Suarez enters his first season with the Aggies and will assist with recruiting efforts as well as working with catchers, outfielders and hitting.

He is a 2013 graduate of Coker College where he received a degree in physical education and sports management. He was two-year member and co-captain of the Coker College baseball team that made an appearance in the Division II World Series in 2013. Suarez also helped lead his team to a Southeastern Regional Championship and a Conference Carolinas championship.

He was named to the Conference Carolinas all-tournament team during his senior year and received the Coker College's Coach's Award. In 2012, Suarez was named to the Conference Carolinas Academic team.

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Jonathan Smith

 

Assistant Coach

Jonathan Smith enters his second season with Aggies as a graduate assistant coach and his first under new Head Coach Joel Sanchez. Smith is currently pursuing a master's degree in Adult Education at North Carolina A&T, after graduating in 2010 from the university with a bachelor's degree in Sports Science and Fitness Management.

He will assist with every day duties both on and off the field this season.

A four-year letterwinner for A&T from 2007-2010, Smith spent his time with the Aggies both as a starting pitcher and a reliever. He made 59 career appearances with eight starts. He tossed 125.9 career innings and had 82 strikeouts. His best season came his senior year in 2010 when he posted a 5.90 ERA , making a career-high 24 appearances and allowing 38 earned runs on 74 hits in a career-high 58.0 innings. He ranked among team leaders in opposing batting average, innings pitched, and strikeouts that season as well. As a junior in 2009, he struck out a career-high 44 batters in 50.3 innings and had a 1-1 record.

Wes Timmons

 

Assistant Coach

Wes Timmons joined North Carolina A&T as a full-time assistant in September 2012. Timmons' primary responsibilities include overseeing the Aggie offense, instructing infielders and coaching third base. He will also be responsible for recruiting and helping to develop the A&T baseball program.

Timmons joins the Aggies after a productive 10-year professional career. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 12th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, and spent eight seasons in their organization. He signed with the Oakland A's organization in September 2010, where he spent the final two years of his career.

Timmons made his professional debut with the Braves affiliate in the Gulf Coast rookie League in 2002 before being promoted to Macon. He also competed for the Rome Braves, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Mississippi Braves, Richmond Braves, and the Gwinnett Braves before joining the Sacramento River Cats in the Oakland A's organization.

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