Dec. 17, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - The UCLA baseball program will host a high school catching clinic on Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Bruins' Jackie Robinson Stadium. Assistant coach Jake Silverman will lead the clinic.
The high school clinic will reinforce the fundamentals of catching and focus on advanced techniques, such as receiving, advanced blocking, throwing techniques to improve pop times, pitch calling and team defense approaches.
The upcoming catching clinic will be coached by current and former Bruins, along with catchers currently playing professional baseball. The clinic will take place from 10 am-2 pm at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Under the guidance of Silverman in 2012, UCLA's catchers handled a pitching staff that finished second in the Pac-12 in ERA (3.13) and strikeouts (436). Catchers Tyler Heineman and Trevor Brown combined to throw out 19 of 33 base stealers (57.6 percent) in 64 games while Heineman earned All-Pac-12 honors. Both Heineman and Brown went on to be drafted in the 8th and 10th rounds respectively of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants respectively.
Silverman's work with UCLA's catchers also paid dividends in 2011, as the team's catching corps handled a pitching staff that led the conference with 572 strikeouts, the second-highest total in UCLA history. Behind the plate, Steve Rodriguez threw out 22 of 54 attempted base stealers (40.7 percent), catching 410.1 innings in 2011. The three-year starting catcher was selected in the 15th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The cost of the four-hour camp is $160. For more information or to enroll, please visit www.uclasportscamps.com or click here. Prospective campers are encouraged to sign up early, as space is limited.