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The 2013 NCAA Champion UCLA Baseball team (Photo by Brad Williams)

Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
UCLA Baseball Welcomes Strong Recruiting Class to Westwood
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  09/26/2013

The defending NCAA champion UCLA Baseball team welcomed eight incoming freshmen to campus on Thursday as fall quarter classes began in Westwood. Head Coach John Savage’s latest recruiting class at UCLA features three outfielders, three pitchers, one infielder and one catcher and was ranked No. 16 in the country last week by Collegiate Baseball

“We are very excited about this class,” head coach John Savage said. “It will give us immediate depth in our outfield, as well as on the mound and behind the plate. Our coaches, particularly Coach T.J. Bruce, have done a good job of leading this class into UCLA.”

Four of the eight incoming players were selected in the 2013 MLB Draft. Right-hander Scott Burke (31st round, Houston Astros), infielder Luke Persico (37th round, Colorado Rockies), outfielder Andrew Schmidt (38th round, New York Yankees) and catcher Dominic Miroglio (40th round, Oakland Athletics) were all taken in the June MLB Draft.

Other key additions for the Bruins include right-handers Grant Dyer (Dana Hills HS) and Moises Ceja (Kennedy HS), and outfielders Kort Peterson (St. Francis HS) and Brett Stephens (Campolindo HS).

Seven of the eight newcomers are from California, with Schmidt (Parker, Colo.) being the only one from out-of-state.

UCLA Baseball's 2013 Recruiting Class

Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School
Scott Burke RHP R/R 6-3 180 Glendora, Calif. Glendora HS
Moises Ceja RHP R/R 6-0 185 Arleta, Calif. Kennedy HS
Grant Dyer RHP R/R 6-1 190 Laguna Niguel, Calif. Dana Hills HS
Dominic Miroglio C R/R 6-0 185 Oakland, Calif. Bishop O'Dowd HS
Luke Persico INF R/R 6-3 185 Stevenson Ranch, Calif. Great Oak HS
Kort Peterson OF L/L 6-1 190 Mountain View, Calif. St. Francis HS
Andrew Schmidt OF L/L 6-1 170 Parker, Colo. Regis Jesuit HS
Brett Stephens OF L/R 6-0 190 Moraga, Calif. Campolindo HS

2013-14 Newcomers at a Glance
• Three pitchers (all right-handed), three outfielders, one catcher, one infielder
• Four MLB Draft selections (Scott Burke, Luke Persico, Andrew Schmidt, Dominic Miroglio)

Scott Burke
Glendora, Calif. (Glendora HS)
RHP - 6-3, 180 - R/R

Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Glendora High School (Glendora, Calif.) under head coach Dan Henley ... logged a 2.32 ERA during his senior season in 2013, going 7-3 with 79 strikeouts … tossed 60.1 innings while holding opponents to a .207 batting average … drafted in the 31st round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros … pitched in 12 games for the Klamath Falls Gems of the West Coast League, making four starts, in 2013 … logged 13 strikeouts in 23.2 innings for the Gems … competed in the San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game for the Blue team … posted a 3-2 record as a junior in 2012, pitching mostly out of the bullpen, and recording a 2.47 ERA in 28.1 innings pitched ... held opponents to just a .256 batting average against him as a junior ... went 5-2 with a 3.45 ERA in 11 starts, striking out 24 batters in 50.2 innings pitched as a sophomore in 2011.

Head Coach John Savage: “Scott is a three-pitch guy with tremendous projection. He was drafted by the Astros in this year’s June draft and has the ability to make pitches when he needs to. Scott will be a guy that will be given an opportunity to pitch in a significant role right away and we are looking forward to seeing his progression as a pitcher.”

Moises Ceja
Arleta, Calif. (Kennedy HS)
RHP - 6-0, 185 - R/R

Two-year varsity baseball letterwinner for Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, Calif. … Made 11 appearances (five starts) for Kennedy as a senior in 2013 ... went 6-1 with a 0.66 ERA in 64 innings pitched … struck out 68 batters while walking just 12 … tossed six complete games as well … hit .444 in 45 at-bats in 2013, scoring 14 runs and recording 19 RBI … 2013 first-team All-Valley Mission League selection.

Head Coach John Savage: “Moises was a guy that committed to our program early this past summer. He had a tremendous spring and summer and is definitely a guy who was flying under the radar. He’s very athletic with a loose arm and a tough mentality which will fit into our pitching staff right away.”

Grant Dyer
Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Dana Hills HS)
RHP - 6-1, 190 - R/R

Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Dana Hills High School (Dana Point, Calif.) under head coach Tom Faris ... posted a 6-4 record in 12 appearances (11 starts) as a senior in 2013, logging a 1.24 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched … held opponents to a .208 batting average against him as a senior while tossing four complete games and walking only eight batters … 2013 first-team All-Sea View League selection … 2013 team MVP for Dana Hills HS … starting pitcher in the All-Sea View League All-Star Game … started six games for Dana Hills as a junior in 2012, going 2-3 with a 3.43 ERA and 28 strikeouts … recorded a 5.19 ERA in 10 appearances (four starts) as a sophomore, posting a 2-3 record with 17 strikeouts … competed for club team Renegades Baseball … led Renegades to the Connie Mack World Series Championship, USA Premier Championship and Gates Field Championship.

Head Coach John Savage: “Grant had one of the better breaking balls in Southern California last year coming out of high school. He has been constantly improving over the last 18 months, with his velocity making a jump along with his secondary pitches continuing to get better. We’re very excited for what the future holds for him.”

Dominic Miroglio
Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O'Dowd HS)
C - 6-0, 185 - R/R

Four-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Bishop O'Dowd High School (Oakland, Calif.) ... batted .421 during his senior year at Bishop O’Dowd, scoring 25 runs and recording 13 RBI and a .521 on-base percentage … served as Bishop O’Dowd’s team captain in 2013 … 2013 Louisville Slugger and Rawlings/Perfect Game Pre-Season All-American … batted .264 in 32 games for the Walla Walla Sweets of the West Coast League … drafted in the 40th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s … logged 11 runs, four doubles, 13 RBI and one stolen base for Walla Walla … competed at the 2012 Area Code Games at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. ... hit .600 with two doubles and four RBI for the Oakland A's at the 2012 Area Code Games ... 2012 Bay Area World Series Most Outstanding Player ... ranked No. 281 on Perfect Game USA's list of Top 500 2013 High School Prospects ... batted .375 as a junior at Bishop O'Dowd (2011) with 13 runs, 12 RBI and a .444 OBP ... 2012 All-Northern California CBCA selection ... hit .256 as a sophomore, recording 13 RBI and 10 runs ... named to the North Coast Section CIF Scholastic Championship Baseball Team in 2010 and 2011 ... three-time All-HAAL selection (2010-12) ... also played quarterback at Bishop O'Dowd, leading team to the NCS Semifinals in 2010 and 2011 ... was named the 2011 Hayward Area Athletic League Offensive Player of the Year and competed at the Elite 11 Quarterback Competition in 2011 … played for club team EJ Sports Warriors as well.

Head Coach John Savage: “Dom is a very dependable, young catcher who also played quarterback in high school. He has tremendous leadership qualities and will bring everything he has to the ballpark every day. Dom was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in this past year’s year draft and had a good summer up in Walla Walla in the West Coast League. He will be a guy that will give us more depth behind the plate.”

Luke Persico
Stevenson Ranch, Calif. (Great Oak HS)
OF - 6-3, 185 - R/R

Earned three letters in baseball at Hart High School under head coach Jim Ozella before transferring to Great Oak High School in the fall of 2012 ... ranked No. 125 on Perfect Game USA's list of Top 500 2013 High School Prospects ... drafted in the 37th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies … hit .213 with 10 runs, six doubles, one triple, nine RBI and five stolen bases in 29 games for the Walla Walla Sweets of the West Coast League in the summer of 2013 … competed for the Milwaukee Brewers at the 2012 Area Code Games at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. ... hit .267 with three home runs, 22 runs, 18 stolen bases and 12 RBI as a junior at Hart High School in the spring of 2012 ... batted .395 with a .448 OBP, 21 runs, 12 stolen bases, 17 RBI and five doubles as a sophomore (2010) ... started all 27 games as a freshman in 2009, posting a .278 batting average with 17 runs and 14 RBI ... two-time All-Foothill League selection.

Head Coach John Savage: “Luke is one of the best athletes in this class. He was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the June draft and brings tools to our team. Luke has tremendous power potential and the ability to play all over the field. We look for Luke to be an impact player right away in our program.”

Kort Peterson
Mountain View, Calif. (St. Francis HS)
OF - 6-1, 190 - L/L

Four-year varsity baseball letterwinner at St. Francis High School (Mountain View, Calif.) under head coach Mike Oakland ... ranked No. 70 on Perfect Game USA's list of Top 500 2013 High School Prospects and No. 155 Perfect Game USA's list of the top 300 prospects eligible for the 2013 MLB Draft ... also ranked as the third-best outfielder from the state of California by Perfect Game USA ... as a senior at St. Francis, hit .367 with 42 runs scored, five home runs, 22 RBI and 15 stolen bases … also recorded three doubles, two triples and a .570 OBP … 2013 first-team All-West Catholic League selection … second-team Rawlings All-American … first-team All-State selection in 2013 … led St. Francis to the CIF Central Coast title in 2013 … competed for the Oakland A's at the 2012 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. ... participated in the 2012 Perfect Game National Showcase in Minneapolis, Minn. ... also competed in the 2012 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in Cary, N.C., playing for the American Legion team ... batted .382 with 32 RBI, five home runs, 17 RBI and a .458 OBP as a junior in 2012 ... did not commit an error in the outfield in 2012 or 2013, posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage ... 2012 first-team West Catholic Athletic League selection ... also played football for St. Francis … competed for club team NorCal Baseball.

Head Coach John Savage: “Kort is another talented young outfielder that is coming into our program. He played for a tremendous program at St. Francis High School up in the Bay Area and will bring athleticism and a strong left-handed presence to our team.”

Andrew Schmidt
Parker, Colo. (Regis Jesuit HS)
OF - 6-1, 170 - L/L

Two-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Regis Jesuit HS in Aurora, Colo. ... drafted in the 38th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees … hit .425 with 10 runs scored, 10 RBI, two doubles and one triple as a senior in 2013 … did not commit an error as a senior … batted at a .315 clip with 25 runs and 17 RBI as a junior in 2012 … led Regis Jesuit to back-to-back league titles in 2012-13 … 2012 first-team All-Aurora League selection … played at the 2012 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., competing for the Cincinnati Reds squad … also played club baseball, playing for the Colorado Rockies Scout Team … helped lead scout team to a 25-3 record.

Head Coach John Savage: “Andrew is a good athlete and another strong left-handed hitter. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2013 draft and will add depth and competitiveness to our talented outfield.”

Brett Stephens
Moraga, Calif. (Campolindo HS)
OF - 6-0, 190 - L/R

Four-year baseball letterwinner at Campolindo High School (Moraga, Calif.) ... batted .326 in 48 games for the Wenatchee AppleSox of the West Coast League in the summer of 2013 ... .326 batting average was good for 11th-best in the entire West Coast League … recorded 25 runs, 13 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 23 RBI and 10 stolen bases … logged three hits and two runs in four playoff games … competed in the West Coast League All-Star Game … recorded 20 multi-hit games for Wenatchee … hit .416 with three home runs as a junior in 2012 ... 2012 first-team All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League selection ... ranked No. 421 on Perfect Game USA's list of Top 500 2013 High School Prospects ... named a first-team ESPN All-State underclass selection in 2012 ... competed for the Oakland A's at the 2012 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. ... played travel ball with the Danville Zoots in the summer of 2012 ... batted .311 with 19 runs and nine RBI as a freshman in 2010 ... led Campolindo to three straight NCS Division II baseball titles (2010-12) ... also quarterbacked Campolindo High School to the 2011 NCS Division III championship in football and a runner-up finish in the Division III State Championship.

Head Coach John Savage: “Brett had one of the best summers of any incoming freshman in the country, playing for Wenatchee of the West Coast League. He has a tremendous makeup and is a very athletic outfielder who can run and hit. Brett is a very gifted player and along with Dom Miroglio, had a successful two-sport career in high school, playing a quarterback at Campolindo.”
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