With fall practices and scrimmages officially underway, the UNC baseball offseason is in full swing. The Diamond Heels look to take the next step forward after losing to Arkansas in the Chapel Hill Super Regional last season.
New faces and talent enter the locker room every fall. Last year, center fielder Vance Honeycutt emerged as a marquee player in his first season and served as a spark for the Tar Heels in postseason play.
UNC baseball's incoming 19-man signing class will have many opportunities — both in daily practice and in numerous scrimmages — to prove that they can make an impact for the Diamond Heels in the spring. Tar Heel fans can expect many of these first-years to see playing time in the team's next scrimmage at Boshamer Stadium against Duke on Oct.14.
Left-handed pitcher Kyle Percival hails from Lancaster, S.C., where he was named the state Player of the Year in his senior season. Coming in at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, Percival will look to bolster the Tar Heels on the mound in his first season.
Percival played travel ball for a talented Dirtbags travel team, where he pitched his fastball at a maximum velocity of 91 mph.
At Andrew Jackson High School, Percival's team finished the 2022 season with a 33-2-1 record and won the South Carolina AA baseball championship.
Right-handed pitcher Matthew Matthijs is the reigning North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association 4A Player of the Year.