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Blue Raiders Sign Two More

Pair of Midstate players ink letters-of-intent, join two others in class

November 9, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head baseball coach Steve Peterson announced the signings of pitcher PJ Francescon and catcher Tyler Acker to national letters-of-intent on Thursday, the third and fourth signees for the Blue Raiders during the fall period.

Francescon is a righthanded pitcher from Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn., and plays for coach Lee Vaughn. He was an All-Midstate selection as a junior, striking out 95 in 66 innings pitched with a 1.60 ERA. The 6-foot, 175-pound hurler was also an All-District selection in 2006 and was voted to the District 11-AAA All-Tournament team as a sophomore and junior. He has been a three-year letterwinner at Ravenwood.

Francescon will join former teammate and battery-mate Drew Robertson with the Blue Raiders. Robertson is a freshman catcher this season for Middle Tennessee.

"PJ has a good arm and is very athletic. He also has the makings of a good curveball and has been very durable for Ravenwood," Peterson said. "We really think his fastball will develop and his curveball and a third pitch will come with that. He has a very good arm and is a good baseball player."

Acker plays for coach John Berti at Donelson Christian Academy in Nashville. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound catcher was an All-District selection as a sophomore and junior and garnered All-Region accolades as a junior.

Last season Acker batted .468 with three home runs and 29 RBIs, setting a school-record for hits with 51. He is also a three-year letterwinner in football, earning All-Region Honorable Mention honors in 2005.

"Tyler is another outstanding athlete. I've seen him catch, play the outfield and at first and third base," Peterson said. "Our recruiting of him has been very similar to when we recruited Michael McKenry most recently and Jayhawk Owens many years ago. I've seen him play a lot of positions and he could probably be good at all of them, but our first interest in Tyler is as a catcher, and we think he can be a heck of a catcher.

"He has great speed, good size and strength and very quick hands. He is a very good athlete and can do a lot of things. We just have to lock him into a position."

Francescon and Acker join two other Middle Tennessee signees during the fall period, outfielder/pitchers Bryce Brentz (Knoxville, Tenn., South Doyle HS) and Michael Adamson (Freeburg, Ill., Freeburg HS).

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