UCLA Baseball Signs Eight Players for 2006

Nov. 15, 2005

Los Angeles - UCLA baseball coach John Savage announced Tuesday that eight student-athletes have inked National Letters-of-Intent during the early signing period to attend school and play baseball.

The recruiting class includes four pitchers, two outfielders, and two infielders that will report to UCLA in the fall of 2006.

UCLA's previous 2005 recruiting class was ranked fifth best in the nation by Baseball America and ninth best by Collegiate Baseball.

"This class will be the second group of talented players recruited by our coaching staff," Savage said. "These players will make an immediate impact on the future of UCLA baseball. They all bring highly regarded credentials into our program."

UCLA Baseball Early Signing Period Recruiting Class for 2006

Charles Brewer
Paradise Valley, Ariz./Chaparral HS
RHP - 6-3/180

A three-year varsity player for the three-time state champion Chaparral High School baseball team... Posted an 8-0 record with a 0.80 ERA, three saves, and 62 strikeouts in 45 innings during the 2005 season... Recorded a save in the state championship game... 2005 All-State and All-Region honoree... Cape Cod All-Star High School Classic top-10 prospect... A Baseball America 2006 Top-100 prospect... Played on the Arizona Diamondback's scout team... Played in the Area Code tournament for the Cincinnati Reds... Played in the Perfect Game National Showcase in Atlanta... Played in the Joplin USA Tournament of Stars... Pre-Season All-American High School candidate... Played on the Arizona Firebirds' Connie Mack state championship team... Rated a 2006 top-50 pitching prospect by rivals.com... Ranked No. 51 among the top-100 high school seniors by teamonebaseball.com.

According to head coach John Savage: "We feel Charles has tremendous upside. He is a young right-hander coming out of high school with three pitches. Charles pitches for the best high school program in Arizona, and is one of the best pitching prospects in the country."

Gavin Brooks
Vista, Calif./Rancho Buena Vista HS
LHP, 1B - 6-3/200

A 2005 AFLAC All-American... Batted .400 as a junior and posted a team-best 24 RBI... Earned 2005 All-Avocado League honors...Named San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic athlete with a 4.1 GPA in 2005... 2004 Area Code All-Star... Played on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim elite teams in 2004... Ranked No. 3 prospect in the nation among high school juniors in the 2004 Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association Fall Championship... Named Rancho Buena Vista most outstanding pitcher as a sophomore after posting a 6-1 record with 56 strikeouts in 50 innings... RBV freshman MVP in 2003... Ranked No. 33 among the top-100 high school seniors by teamonebaseball.com.

According to head coach John Savage: "Gavin has established himself as one of the top left-handers in the country. He should be a frontline Pac-10 pitcher as a freshman. He has a tremendous fastball and a great mix of off-speed pitches."

Garett Claypool
West Hills, Calif./El Camino Real HS
RHP - 6-2/175

Posted a 0.90 ERA in 23.1 innings of relief work as a junior...Went 7-0 this summer with a 1.00 ERA in 35 innings... Two-time member of the Woodland Hills West VIBL summer team... Played for the Atlanta Braves scout team... Helped his El Camino Real team win the 2005 California State Championship... Currently owns a 3.5 GPA... Batted .387 as a sophomore... Posted a .429 batting average as a freshman on the junior varsity team.

According to head coach John Savage: "Garett is a right hander that will be in the rotation for a deep and talented pitching staff at El Camino Real HS. He came on this summer and showed three Division I quality pitches. With his projection, we feel that Garett is the sleeper of this recruiting class."

Gabe Cohen
Woodland Hills, Calif./El Camino Real HS
OF - 6-1/200

Batted .456 with six home runs and 30 RBI as a junior at Harvard-Westlake... Played in the Connie Mack League and hit .582 with seven home runs and 36 RBI during the 2005 summer... Played in the Cape Cod High School All-Star game, the Joplin USA Tournament of Stars, the Area Code Games, and the Perfect Game National Showcase... Named All-League, and Goodwill Series MVP... Ranked No. 76 among the top-100 high school seniors by teamonebaseball.com.

According to head coach John Savage: "Gabe had a tremendous summer playing in several showcases and summer leagues. He shows power to all fields and the ability to become a legitimate Pac-10 hitter in the future. Gabe has passion to play and we are looking forward to watching his progression as a player."

Casey Haerther
Chatsworth, Calif./Chaminade HS
1B - 6-3/208

Hit .485 with nine home runs and 38 RBI as a high school junior... Two-time All-CIF selection (2004, 05)... Three-time First-Team All-Mission League honoree (2004, 05) and two-time team MVP (2004, 05)... Played for the Los Angeles Dodgers Elite team in 2004 and 2005... Played in the 2005 Perfect Game National Showcase... Named the California State Freshman of the Year in 2003... Brother Cody was a former recruit by Savage at UC Irvine, and is currently playing in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league organization.

According to head coach John Savage: "Casey is a player who has the ability to hit for power as well as for a high average. Casey is also one of the best right-handed hitters in Southern California."

Jeff Rapoport
Westlake Village, Calif./Westlake HS
OF - 6-0/175

A 2005 AFLAC All-American... Played on 2003 and 2005 Area Code teams... Played in the 2005 Team One Cape Cod National High School Classic... Member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Elite Team in 2004 and 2005... Three-time selection (2003-05) on the Los Angeles Dodger Elite Team... Played on the 2005 St. Louis Cardinal Scout team... A three-year varsity letterwinner... Batted .404 with seven home runs, 23 RBI, and 12 stolen bases as a junior... Named team captain in 2005... 2005 First-Team All-Marmonte Team selection... 2005 Los Angeles Times All-Area team honoree... A three-time scholar athlete... Played in the 2004 Perfect game National Showcase... Ranked No. 34 in the nation among high school prospects by Baseball America... Ranked No. 25 among the top-100 high school seniors by teamonebaseball.com... Brother Jim is the centerfielder at Stanford... Mother Lisa is a former UCLA women's volleyball standout player and assistant coach for the program.

According to head coach John Savage: "Jeff had as good as a summer as any outfielder in the country. He made a major impact as an offensive threat as well as a outfielder that can go get the ball. Jeff ran a 6.27 in the summer and established himself as the fastest outfielder in the country. He had a tremendous AFLAC game."

Justin Uribe
Tustin, Calif./Foothill HS
LHP, OF - 5-11/175

Three-time varsity starter... Hit .397 with 10 doubles 17 RBI, and a .526 slugging percentage as a high school junior... Also posted a 6-2 record with a 2.25 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 65.1 innings his junior year... Named 2005 team MVP... Earned Seaview League MVP honors... A 2005 First-Team All-CIF Division II selection... A 2005 CBCA North/South Team member... Played on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Elite Scout team in 2005.

According to head coach John Savage: "Justin is a projected two-way (pitcher/outfielder) player who was the MVP of the Seaview League. He has a tremendous character, has a great feel for pitching, and can really swing the bat as well.

Mickey Weisser
Citrus Heights, Calif./Sierra College
1B - 5-11/195

Sat out most of 2005 due to injury, will play this year at Sierra College... Played high school baseball at Casa Roble HS... An All-City and All-State selection his junior and senior years... Hit .431 with 22 RBI as a senior, and had a game in which he hit three home runs and eight RBI... Listed on Street & Smith's `Preps to Watch' list as a senior in 2004... Led the Division II Champion league in hits (28) and runs scored (26) his junior year...

According to head coach John Savage: "Mickey is one of the top hitters in the state at the junior college level. He is a player that will help us immediately from the left side of the plate."


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