Sept. 27, 2007
LOS ANGELES - UCLA baseball head coach John Savage welcomed 12 newcomers to campus Thursday as fall quarter classes began in Westwood. Ten freshmen and two junior college transfer students comprise Savage's third full recruiting class at UCLA.
"We feel that this class has players that will bring immediate contributions to our program," Savage said. "The young pitching that will be coming to Westwood is very talented and pitch ready. Coach Green and our staff have done an outstanding job of putting this class together."
Collegiate Baseball has ranked this group as the fifth-best recruiting class in the nation. The national baseball newspaper rated UCLA's class higher than any other program in southern California.
This year's group includes five players selected in the 2007 MLB Draft, two AFLAC All-Americans and seven All-CIF selections. Last fall, UCLA's recruiting class was hailed the 13th-best in the nation by Baseball America. Two years ago, Baseball America lauded Savage's first recruiting class at UCLA as the fifth-best in the country.
Each of UCLA's last two recruiting classes have had a significant impact on the baseball program. In 2006, the Bruins reached the NCAA Malibu Regional. Last spring, UCLA made its first NCAA Super Regional appearance since 2000.
UCLA begins its fall workouts Monday, Oct. 8. The Bruins conclude their fall schedule with the annual Blue-Gold World Series, slated to take place Nov. 12-18. UCLA opens its regular season with a three-game series against Oklahoma beginning Friday, Feb. 22.
pictured above, left to right - Marc Navarro, Niko Gallego, Chris Giovinazzo, Brandon Lodge, Erik Goeddel, Dan Klein, Mitchell Beacom, Matt Grace, Dan Klein, Tim Schlatter, Gino Aielli, Rob Rasmussen
|Gino Aielli||OF/C||R/R||5-10||195||Laguna Niguel, Calif.||Saddleback JC|
|Mitchell Beacom||LHP||L/L||6-8||230||San Diego, Calif.||University City HS|
|Niko Gallego||INF||R/R||5-10||160||Yorba Linda, Calif.||Esperanza HS|
|Chris Giovinazzo||C||R/R||6-1||190||Laguna Hills, Calif.||Laguna Hills HS|
|Erik Goeddel||RHP||R/R||6-1||175||Hillsborough, Calif.||Bellarmine Prep HS|
|Matt Grace||LHP||L/L||6-4||195||Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.||Palos Verdes HS|
|Dan Klein||RHP||R/R||6-3||180||Los Alamitos, Calif.||Servite HS|
|Brett Krill||OF||R/R||6-3||205||Laguna Niguel, Calif.||Aliso Niguel HS|
|Brandon Lodge||INF||R/R||6-2||175||Coto de Caza, Calif.||Tesoro HS|
|Marc Navarro||OF||L/R||5-11||170||Laguna Niguel, Calif.||Santa Margarita HS|
|Rob Rasmussen||LHP||L/L||5-11||190||Arcadia, Calif.||Pasadena Poly|
|Tim Schlatter||RHP||R/R||6-1||190||Lafayette, Calif.||Sacramento CC|
2008 Newcomers at a Glance
- Five players selected in the 2007 MLB Draft
- Two AFLAC All-Americans
- One Baseball America All-American
- Seven All-CIF selections
- 10 All-League honorees
Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Saddleback JC)
5-10, 195 - R/R
Two-year baseball letterwinner at Saddleback Junior College under head coach Jack Hodges...posted a .317 batting average in 42 games (41 starts) in 2007...collected 15 doubles, 23 RBI and 30 runs in his second season...registered a .352 batting average in 32 games (19 starts) as a freshman in 2006...tallied six doubles, 12 RBI and 17 runs in his first season...played his high school baseball at Aliso Niguel High School.
San Diego, Calif. (University City HS)
6-8, 230 - L/L
Four-year baseball letterwinner at University City High School under head coaches Joe Radovich and Jeff Dufek...captured first-team All-CIF and All-Section honors, in addition to being named a first-team All-Academic selection and the Western League Player of the Year in 2007...gained CIF Division III pitcher of the year accolades and was nominated for "Athlete of the Year" honors from CalHiSports.com; earned CalHiSports All-State honors...named baseball team MVP and University City High School Male Athlete of the Year accolades as a senior...recorded a 7-4 record and 1.88 ERA in 81.2 innings as a senior, totaling 82 strikeouts and 32 walks; surrendered one home run against 350 batters... logged a .385 average as a first baseman, collecting three home runs, three triples, five doubles, 32 RBI, 30 walks and a .511 on-base percentage his senior season...helped lead University City to its first section baseball championship, the 2007 CIF Division III title, with an 8-6 win over St. Augustine; hit 3-for-4 with two RBI in that game...missed his entire junior season and a portion of his sophomore year with a foot injury...recorded a 1-2 record and 1.00 ERA as a sophomore...hit at a .351 clip as a freshman...at the Area Code camp in December 2005, earned MVP honors as a pitcher...competed on the Orange County Braves scout team...also was a three-year varsity water polo letterwinner as the team's goalkeeper, capturing all-Western League first-team honors after breaking the school's career record for blocks; earned defensive MVP honors three times.
Yorba Linda, Calif. (Esperanza HS)
5-10, 160 - R/R
2007 MLB Draft, 37th round (Colorado Rockies)
Two-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Esperanza High School under head coach Mike Curran...selected in the 37th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies...was a two-time first-team All-Sunset League honoree (2006 and 2007)...posted a .320 average his senior season, collecting three home runs, five doubles, 12 RBI and 29 runs...helped lead Esperanza to the CIF Division I semifinals...posted a .400 batting average as a junior, tallying 24 runs, 13 RBI and 11 stolen bases...captured the 2006 Esperanza Baseball Rookie of the Year award...named to the 2006 California High School Southern Section South All-Star Championship team...had the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning of Esperanza's CIF Division I first-round playoff game against Riverside Arlington; went 2-for-4 in that game...helped lead Esperanza to the 2006 Sunset League title...was a three-year Principal's Honor Roll student...his father, Mike, was a three-year letterwinner at UCLA (1979-81) before enjoying a successful 13-year major league career with the Oakland A's, New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.
Laguna Hills, Calif. (Laguna Hills HS)
6-1, 190 - R/R
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Laguna Hills High School under head coach Pete Tereschuk...earned second-team All-CIF honors as a senior and was named a first-team All-Sea View League selection as a junior and All-Pacific Coast League selection as a senior...named MVP of the Pacific Coast League his senior season, Laguna Hills High School Athlete of the Year and Pacific Coast League Athlete of the Year...posted a .446 average in 29 games his senior season, totaling a .504 on-base percentage and a .604 slugging percentage; collected 33 runs, 14 RBI, seven doubles, three triples, one home run and 12 walks; set a school single-season record with 26 stolen bases (in 27 attempts)...competed in the Orange County All-Star Game and the Pacific Coast League vs. Sea View League All-Star Game his senior season...as a junior, recorded a .360 average in 25 games; tallied 18 runs, 10 RBI, four home runs, seven doubles and 11 walks; posted a .448 on-base percentage and a .613 slugging percentage...also was a three-year varsity football letterwinner under head coach Bruce Ingalls and played varsity soccer his freshman year...as a football player, named a first-team All-CIF selection as a senior, and gained first-team All-League honors as a junior and senior...broke the record for Orange County's longest high school pass reception, a 99-yard catch; also set the record for single-game touchdowns with five...his senior season, scored 22 touchdowns; totaled 1,100 rushing yards on 146 carries; also caught 24 passes for 564 yards.
Hillsborough, Calif. (Bellarmine Prep HS)
6-3, 175 - R/R
Three-year varsity letterwinner at Bellarmine Prep under head coach Gary Cunningham...named to the 2006 AFLAC All-America team...has been ranked as high as the No. 2 high school player in the Class of 2007 by Prospect Plus/Baseball America...tabbed the seventh-best pitcher among Perfect Game's National Top 100 Pitchers...a two-way player in high school, hit .344 with five home runs, 22 RBI and 23 runs as a senior...an injury in April of 2007 forced him to miss the remainder of his senior season...earned first-team All-West Coast Athletic League (WCAL) honors as a junior and sophomore...captured 2006 Northern California Section Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors...posted a 6-1 record as a junior, recording a 1.47 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 47 innings; hit at a .411 clip and collected nine home runs, 38 RBI and 31 runs...gained second-team All-CIF NCS honors as a junior...listed as the 17th-best player at the 2006 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., by Baseball America...also rated as the Area Code Games prospect with the "best breaking pitch"...totaled a 9-1 record in 2005, posting a 1.21 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 69 innings...played for the Brewers Area Code Team and the Reds Scout Team.
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (Palos Verdes HS)
6-4, 205 - L/L
Four-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Palos Verdes High School under head coach Evan Fujinaga...named a second-team All-CIF Southern Section Division II selection in 2007...earned 2006 All-CIF Southern Section Division IV Player of the Year honors in addition to gaining first-team All-CIF accolades that season...posted a 1.71 ERA and 6-4 mark as a senior, compiling 74 strikeouts and 25 walks in 65.1 innings; in his four losses, allowed six earned runs, 18 hits, 10 walks and struck out 29 in 23.1 innings...at the plate, recorded a .330 average, totaling seven home runs, three doubles, 28 RBI, 17 runs and 18 walks at the plate...captured 2006 Pioneer League co-Most Valuable Player honors after recording an 11-1 record and 1.25 ERA his junior season...named the Daily Breeze Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007...helped lead Palos Verdes to the 2006 CIF Division IV title at Angel Stadium...played for Angels Elite Baseball and the San Diego Padres scout team...competed in the U.S. Junior National Team tryouts in Joplin, Mo...nominated at Palos Verdes for the Student-Athlete High School Heisman (selected by counselors and teachers)...an excellent student, maintained a 4.1 GPA and earned California Scholarship Federation (CSF) membership...also was a three-year varsity basketball letterwinner under head coach Mike Boyd.
Los Alamitos, Calif. (Servite HS)
6-3, 180 - R/R
2007 MLB Draft, 24th round (Baltimore Orioles)
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner under head coach Todd Cook...selected in the 24th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles...logged a 2.59 ERA and 5-5 record his senior season, collecting 84 strikeouts while issuing just 10 walks in 56.2 innings; did not allow one home run against 266 batters faced; hurled four complete games in 11 starts as a senior; struck out 16 batters against CIF semifinalist Mater Dei...tallied a 1.40 ERA and 7-1 mark as a junior, recording 49 strikeouts to lead Servite to a share of the Serra League Championship; that season, posted a 5-0 record and 0.81 ERA in Serra League contests before being named Serra League MVP...earned second-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I honors and second-team All-Orange County accolades...compiled a .330 batting average as a junior and hit at a .313 clip his sophomore season...also excelled as the starting quarterback on the football team his sophomore, junior and senior seasons; three-year varsity letterwinner under head coach Troy Thomas...threw for 1496 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior (111-for-171 passing); threw for 2005 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior (146-for-235 passing)...earned offensive most valuable player honors in the Serra League as a junior and sophomore...threw for 1860 yards as a sophomore earning All-Serra League accolades; broke the single game completion percentage record (14-for-15) and the single season completion record...turned down several offers to play football at Pac-10 schools...a fine scholar-athlete, he received a prestigious Orange County scholar-athlete award after compiling a 3.4 GPA as an honor student at Servite.
Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Aliso Niguel HS)
6-4, 205 - R/R
2007 MLB Draft, 46th round (Atlanta Braves)
Two-year varsity baseball letterwinner under head coach Craig Hanson...was a 2006 AFLAC-All-American...also named a 2007 Playstation All-American, Rawling All-American and Louisville Slugger All-American...selected in the 46th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves...earned second-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I and first-team All-South Coast League honors in 2007...selected to the 2007 All-Orange County first team...led the South Coast League with a .439 batting average his senior season; total of 24 RBI ranked second-most in the league and five home runs was the third-highest total...finished his senior campaign with five doubles, 24 RBI, 22 walks, 15 stolen bases, a .519 on-base percentage and a .742 slugging percentage...hit safely in 18 of 21 games, including eight multi-hit performances...struck out just twice in 77 plate appearances...played in the 2007 Orange County All-Star Game...tabbed the 18th-best prospect in the World Wood Bat Classic in 2007 by Baseball America...posted a .385 batting average as a junior, recording two home runs, nine doubles, 22 runs and 16 RBI...earned 2006 All-Sea View League first-team accolades as a junior at Aliso Niguel...a talented scholar-athlete, gained recognition on the Superintendent's and Principal's Honor Roll all four years...competed for the 2005 Team USA Youth National Team and helped lead the U.S. squad to the silver medal at the World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico...also played in the Tournament of Stars for Team USA in Joplin, Mo...competed for the Orange County Braves Scout Team in 2005 and 2006, the Brewer Area Codes in 2006 and the Perfect Game National Showcase...played in a Connie Mack League with the ABD Bulldogs and the Newport Beach Quakes...also was a three-year varsity basketball letterwinner under head coach Keith Barnett and earned All-Conference honors as a junior.
Coto de Caza, Calif. (Tesoro HS)
6-2, 170 - R/R
2007 MLB Draft, 46th round (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
Four-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Tesoro High School under head coach Rick Brail... selected in the 46th round of the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim...posted a .349 batting average his senior season, collecting 15 RBI, 14 runs, and 14 walks; had three four-hit games...prior to his senior season, was named one of the "Top Players to Watch in the South Coast League" by the Orange County Register...participated in the Orange County High school Baseball All-Star Game as well as the South Coast League vs. Century League all-Star Game...earned All-South Coast League honors as a senior...as a sophomore and junior, was named one of the "Top Underclassmen to Watch" by the Orange County Register...played for the Los Angeles Elite in the "Slumpbuster" National Tournament in Omaha, Neb., during the 2006 College World Series; helped lead his team to the semifinals and posted a .600 batting average with 10 RBI, five doubles and six stolen bases...also played for the Kansas City Royals scout team and on the South County Renegades Connie Mack team...as a freshman at Tesoro High, helped the varsity baseball team advance to the CIF Championship...also played football in 2007, competing as the varsity team's starting quarterback in his first year of high school football; played basketball as a freshman and sophomore...earned academic recognition on Tesoro's Honor Roll in each of his four years....named the "most athletic" student at Tesoro his senior year.
Laguna Hills, Calif. (Santa Margarita HS)
5-11, 170 - L/R
Two-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Santa Margarita High School under head coach Kris Jondle...earned first-team All-Trinity League honors as a senior...recorded a .380 batting average his senior season, collecting two home runs, three triples, nine doubles, 17 walks, 22 RBI, 33 runs and 10 stolen bases in 26 games; also posted a .528 on-base percentage and a .646 slugging percentage; led the team in hits, at-bats, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, home runs, extra base hits, walks and stolen bases...had nine multi-hit games, including two three-hit efforts at the plate...served as team captain his senior year...played in the 2007 Orange County All-Star Baseball Game for the South Team...invited to compete at the North/South Showcase at UC Riverside...competed on the soccer team as a freshman.
Arcadia, Calif. (Pasadena Poly)
5-11, 160 - L/L
2007 MLB Draft, 27th round (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Four-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, Calif., under head coach Wayne Ellis...selected in the 27th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers...compiled a 38-2 record and 1.04 ERA over four seasons, recording 492 strikeouts and allowing just 37 earned runs in 248.2 innings...earned third-team All-America accolades from Baseball America and first-team All-State honors from CalHi Sports...captured 2007 CIF Southern Section Division VI Player of the Year accolades after leading Pasadena Poly to a 24-2 overall record and CIF playoff appearance...was one of two pitchers named to the Los Angeles Times all-region team...logged a 0.33 ERA and 12-0 record his senior season, registering 200 strikeouts and just 34 walks in 86.0 innings; hurled 11 complete games, including six consecutive complete game victories (April 14 through May 17) and four complete game shutouts...struck out 10 or more batters 11 times and retired 15 or more batters seven times, including a season-high 20 strikeouts against Glendale...proficient at the plate, posted a .455 batting average, including two home runs, 12 doubles, 32 RBI, 29 runs and 21 walks...as a junior in 2006, tallied a 0.56 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 25 innings; hit .333 in nine games as a junior, recording one home run, five doubles, 11 runs and five RBI...in 2005, earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section honors, second-team All-State accolades and first-team San Gabriel Valley All-Area recognition...captured Prep League MVP honors in 2005 after posting a 9-1 record and 1.40 ERA as a sophomore; hurled three complete games and one shutout that season...led all California high school players with 147 strikeouts in 2005, according to MaxPreps.com...at the plate in 2005, logged a .361 average with nine doubles, 26 runs and 14 RBI...as a freshman in 2004, led all southern California pitchers with 13 victories; finished his freshman campaign with a 1.79 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 62.2 innings; also totaled a .385 batting average with one home run and 19 RBI...in the summer of 2007, tallied a 2-0 record and 0.70 ERA in the Babe Ruth World Series in Ohio; won three Babe Ruth World Series titles in three seasons, posting a career 17-0 record (state, regional and world series games)...competed for the Babe Ruth 19-and-under team in the summers of 2005 and 2006...invited to the 2006 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in Joplin, Mo. to represent the Babe Ruth organization...selected to the 2006 All-Star Team and World Series Tournament Team, which won the 18-and-under World Series in Newark, Ohio...started in the Regional and World Series Championship contests...pitched two complete games in the World Series Tournaments, posting 23 strikeouts in two games including 10 strikeouts against the Alabama Raw Dogs...was selected to the Babe Ruth 16-and-under All-Star Team in the summer of 2005 and represented the San Gabriel Valley; pitched complete-game shutouts in both the All-Star Southwest Regional and World Series Championship games (against Bakersfield and Jefferson Parish, La., respectively)...earned Southwest Regional and World Series All-Tournament Team honors.
Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento CC)
6-1, 190 - R/R
Two-year baseball letterwinner at Sacramento City College under head coach Andy McKay...in 2007, posted a 7-3 record and 2.22 ERA in 18 appearances (15 starts) to helped lead Sacrmento City College to the Big-7 Conference title and California State Championships Final Four...recorded 86 strikeouts and 31 walks in a team-high 101.1 innings pitched...earned first-team All-Big 7 Conference honors...limited opponents to a .236 batting average...hurled a five-hit complete game shutout against American River (April 3), striking out eight hitters...picked up the victory in game one of the NorCal Regional II Playoffs, allowing just one earned run and eight hits through 6.1 innings (May 18)...as a freshman in 2006, compiled a 5-5 record and 5.06 ERA as a freshman at Sacramento City College...totaled 44 strikeouts and 20 walks in 65.2 innings to lead Sacramento City to the state finals (runner-up) and to first place in Northern California...posted a 3-0 record in the playoffs, pitching 21.1 innings and recording a 3.38 ERA; defeated College of Sequoias in an elimination game, allowing three runs in 8.0 innings; also picked up the victory over Cypress College in the Final Four...was a three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at De La Salle High School under head coach Eric Borba...posted a 10-2 record as a senior with a 2.05 ERA, 67 strikeouts and 15 walks in 82 innings...earned All-Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) honors...helped lead De La Salle to the CIF North Coast Section finals...as a junior, recorded 42 strikeouts and just six walks in 45.1 innings...collected a 5-4 record and 2.95 ERA...helped lead De La Salle to the CIF North Coast Section semifinals...also played basketball his sophomore year under head coach Frank Allocco.