Dec. 2, 2003
The UCLA baseball coaching staff has signed four top California prep prospects, who will enter UCLA in the fall of 2004.
"Even though it is a small recruiting class, it is very high quality," said Head Coach Gary Adams. "Each of these young men will be fine additions to our team."
Kris Kasarjian (Westlake Village, CA/Notre Dame HS) was an All-CIF and All-San Fernando Valley selection last season at Notre Dame High School. One of the top performers at the Area Code games this summer, Kasarjian hit over .400 in each of his first three high school seasons.
"Kris is a very versatile outfielder, who can play any of the three positions," said Adams. "He is a bona fide pro prospect."
Michael Metzger (Fair Oaks, CA/Jesuit HS) was another top performer at the Area Code games last summer. A strong outfielder, Metzger was an All-area and All-CIF selection in 2003.
"Michael is a right-handed version of Kasarjian," said Adams. "He runs very well and is capable of contributing right away."
Matt Ware (Lancaster, CA /Quartz Hill HS) was rated among the top 100 high school prospects by Baseball America. A quality shortstop and relief pitcher at Quartz Hill, Ware is talented in all aspects of the game.
"Matt is an excellent shortstop who can play second or third base very easily," said Adams. "He has a plus arm and excellent baseball savvy."
Jason Zinser (San Diego, CA/ La Jolla Country Day HS) will be a commanding presence on the mound for the Bruins. A 6-8, 210 pound right-hander, Zinser threw over 90 mph in the major fall showcase in Peoria, Arizona. He threw 17 strikeouts and only three walks in 10 innings during the CIF playoffs last season.
"Jason is loaded with potential," said Adams. "He will definitely wheel and deal for the Bruins someday."