New Orleans- Tulane is diversifying its 2010 lineup with the addition of left-handed hitting IMG Academy baseball program student Adam Zabel. Zabel will join the Green Wave club as a true freshman from Avon, Conn.
"Adam brings another left-handed bat to our recruiting class and he can play middle infield," head coach Rick Jones said. "He brings two things to the table that are very important to our recruiting class: a left-handed bat with gap power and a middle infielder who is very athletic and very versatile."
Zabel, a three-year starter for head coach Rob Dowling at Avon Old Farms School, notched a .400 batting average each of the three years as a varsity starter. According to Dowling, Zabel was also an offensive spark to the top of the high school club's lineup, serving as leadoff hitter. The middle-infielder also posted a .565 on-base percentage during the 2008 campaign. The five-foot, 10-inch Zabel was also selected All-Conference player in the Founders league twice during his high school tenure.
"Adam is a little under the radar because of the area of the country he comes from," associate head coach Chad Sutter said. "He is very athletic and has the ability to play multiple positions. Adam is a left-handed hitter which is something our lineup needs."
An Underarmour/Baseball Factory Top Prospect in the New England area last summer, Zabel was also a member of the Team Connecticut Baseball club, an AAU summer team which finished sixth in the nation in 2005 and ninth in 2006. Zabel was also selected as the Don Mattingly Top Hitter in the New England area in June of 2008 by Underarmour/Baseball Factory.