Feb. 5, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team will see a small change in the outfield this season. Head coach Ray Birmingham will have a new right fielder a mainstay in center and two left fielders that could start on any given day. The Lobos only departure was All-Mountain West Conference right fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez. The outfield will have depth and strong arms to make runners think twice about tagging up.
Senior Max Willett returns to center field and has posted back-to-back seasons with a perfect fielding percentage. Willet earned All-MWC Second-Team honors last season and played all 57 games while hitting .355 at the plate. Junior transfer Kenny Held will take over for All-MWC right fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez. Held has the speed to cover the gap in right-center and should have no problem picking up right where Cavazos-Galvez left off in right field. Held joins the Lobo squad from Central Arizona College in Tucson, Ariz. Held played his high school ball at Mountain View High School in Tucson, Ariz., where he was the 2007 Arizona Player of the Year. He earned first-team all-city and all-state honors as a junior and senior.
Senior Cameron Smith saw action in 34 games last season and will roam the grass in left field in 2010. Smith saw time last season as a pinch hitter and utility outfielder. Junior Ryan Honeycutt will also see time in left field. Honeycutt made 51 starts last season as either an outfielder or designated hitter. Honeycutt hit .406 last season and was one of four Lobos to finish the season hitting above .400.
Senior Chris Juarez and freshmen Devon Conley and John Michael Twichell also will compete for playing time in the outfield. Juarez saw action in 30 games last season primarily in the outfield. Conley played for the 2009 State Champion Rio Rancho Rams and was named first team all-state, first team all-district and first team all-metro as a senior. Conley earned the title of Mr. Baseball in 2009 and played in the 2009 North vs. South All-Star game. Twichell played ball at Bishop Lynch High in Dallas, Texas where he was first team all-state and all-district as a senior and junior and second team all-state and all-district as a sophomore and freshman.