Nogales standout Thomas Teel to play for New Mexico State

Nogales standout Thomas Teel follows a rapidly forming stream of players from Southern Arizona to commit to play baseball for New Mexico State.

Teel was a freshman for the Apaches last year and he appeared in four games with a triple and two RBI to help lead the program to a 6-1 record before the season was cut short.

Former Sahuarita standout Chris Barraza and Nogales standout Kevin Jimenez will be juniors for the Aggies this year. In addition, Sahuarita pitcher Ian Mejia transferred from Pima to New Mexico State along with former Flowing Wells and Pima standout Noah Estrella. Sabino standouts Joey Parker and Jacob Wiltshire will be Aggies in 2021. Nogales junior standouts Demetrio Crisantes and Saul Soto have also committed to play for New Mexico State as did Canyon del Oro standout Marcus Delgado, Nogales senior Matthew Bachelier and Salpointe standout Jack Rogers.

The Aggies compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and former Nogales standout Keith Zuniga is an assistant coach.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and was given the Amphi Distinguished Service Award. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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