Nov. 11, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball program has received nine signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, as announced Friday by head coach John Savage. The Bruins' latest recruiting class features six pitchers and three position players.
UCLA's collection of signees includes seven players recently named to Perfect Game USA's list of the nation's top 300 prospects eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft. All nine signees hail from southern California.
"We believe that this recruiting class has the best pitching in the country," Savage said. "These pitchers are among the most elite at the high school level, and the three position players will also be impact additions as freshmen. The combination of left and right-handed pitching in this class will put our program in great position on the mound. Coach Bruce and our entire staff have done an outstanding job assembling this class."
The Bruins' recruiting class includes four right-handed pitchers (Lucas Giolito, James Kaprielian, Felipe Perez and Cody Poteet) in addition to a pair of talented left-handers (Max Fried and Hunter Virant). The three position players include catcher Darrell Miller Jr., outfielder and first baseman Ty Moore, and third baseman Daniel Robertson.
Six of Savage's seven recruiting classes at UCLA have earned top-20 billing from Baseball America. The Bruins incoming class during the 2010-2011 school year earned the highest praise. That group was ranked No. 3, nationally, by Baseball America and No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball.
UCLA Baseball's 2012 Recruiting Class
|Max Fried||LHP||L/L||6-4||175||Encino, Calif.||Harvard-Westlake School|
|Lucas Giolito||RHP||R/R||6-6||230||Santa Monica, Calif.||Harvard-Westlake School|
|James Kaprielian||RHP||R/R||6-3||200||Tustin, Calif.||Beckman HS|
|Darrell Miller Jr.||C||R/R||6-1||190||Yorba Linda, Calif.||Servite HS|
|Ty Moore||OB/1B||L/R||6-0||185||Mission Viejo, Calif.||Mater Dei HS|
|Felipe Perez||RHP||R/R||6-2||185||Anaheim, Calif.||Fairmont Prep|
|Cody Poteet||RHP||R/R||6-1||180||Bonita, Calif.||Christian HS|
|Daniel Robertson||INF||R/R||6-1||190||Upland, Calif.||Upland HS|
|Hunter Virant||LHP||R/L||6-3||175||Camarillo, Calif.||Camarillo HS|
Encino, Calif. (Harvard-Westlake School)
LHP - 6-4, 175 - L/L
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Montclair Prep (Van Nuys, Calif.) under head coach Rick Weber ... transferred to Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) in the summer of 2011 after Montclair Prep eliminated its athletics program ... went 7-3 with one save and a 1.31 ERA, 100 strikeouts and 38 walks in 69.2 innings as a junior (2011) ... at the plate, batted .360 with four home runs and 30 RBI ... earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division V honors as a junior and sophomore (2010) ... secured first-team All-Alpha League honors as a junior ...led Montclair Prep to the CIF Division V quarterfinals in 2011 and semifinals in 2010 ... went 10-3 with a 1.81 ERA on the mound as a sophomore, totaling 76 strikeouts and 51 walks in 73.1 innings ... batted .446 as a sophomore, recording four home runs, two triples, eight doubles, 40 RBI and 33 runs ... earned Olympic League Most Valuable Player honors as a sophomore and second-team All-Olympic League acclaim as a freshman (2009) ... competed in the 2010 and 2011 Area Codes Games at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. ... ranked No. 18 in Perfect Game USA's list of the top 300 prospects eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft ... listed by Baseball America as one of the top 20 prospects at the 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase ... selected to USA Baseball's 18U National Team Trials Roster in June 2011.
Head Coach John Savage: "Max is a talented left-handed pitching prospect who will pitch immediately in our program. He has a legitimate arm along with a hard breaking curveball. Max is one of the best athletes in this class."
Santa Monica, Calif. (Harvard-Westlake School)
RHP - 6-6, 230 - R/R
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.) under head coach Matt LaCour ... ranked No. 1 in Perfect Game USA's list of the top 300 prospects eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft ... named the 2011 Baseball America High School Pitcher of the Year ... went 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA and four complete games, 76 strikeouts and 28 walks in 70.1 innings as a junior (2011) ... captured All-CIF Southern Section Division II accolades and Mission League Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior (2011) ... threw a no-hitter against Arroyo Grande in a CIF Southern Section Division II contest (May 24, 2011) ... competed at the 2010 and 2011 Area Code Games at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. ... named the top pitcher at the 2011 Area Code Games by ESPN Rise Magazine ... played at the 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic ... selected to USA Baseball's 18U National Team Trials Roster in June 2011.
Head Coach John Savage: "Lucas is the premier right-handed power pitcher in the country. He has made tremendous strides at Harvard-Westlake and can be a dominant pitcher in our program and in the Pac-12 Conference. Lucas has all the physical attributes you look for in a power pitcher."
Tustin, Calif. (Beckman HS)
RHP - 6-3, 200 - R/R
Two-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Beckman High School (Irvine, Calif.) under head coach Kevin Lavelle ... named the CIF Southern Section Division III Player of the Year and Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year as a junior (2011) ... also earned first-team All-Orange County acclaim from the Orange County Register as a junior ... went 11-1 with a 1.09 ERA, 80 strikeouts, four saves, eight complete games and five shutouts during his junior season, helping lead Beckman to its third consecutive Pacific Coast League title ... earned three victories in CIF Southern Section Division III playoff games as a junior, hurling shutouts in his first two playoff wins ... his third playoff victory in 2011 came in Beckman's 4-1 complete game win over Woodbridge in the Division III championship game at Dodger Stadium (seven strikeouts, no walks) ... earned Most Valuable Player honors on the Irvine World News all-city team as a junior ... went 10-0 with a 1.70 ERA in 57.2 innings as a sophomore (2010), earning Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year honors ... named to the Irvine World News all-city team as a sophomore ... currently in his third season playing on Beckman's varsity football team, starring as a wide receiver, defensive back and linebacker.
Head Coach John Savage: "James is a proven right-handed pitcher who had one of the best junior years of any pitcher in southern California. He is a fierce competitor who can throw three pitches for strikes at any time. James has become a tremendous athlete who has major upside and should blossom into a legitimate prospect at UCLA."
Darrell Miller Jr.
Yorba Linda, Calif. (Servite HS)
C - 6-1, 190 - R/R
Two-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Servite High School (Anaheim, Calif.) under head coaches Dave Lawn (previous) and Jeff Sears (current) ... earned first-team All-Trinity League accolades as a junior (2011) ... batted .453 with two home runs, four triples, five doubles and 17 RBI during his junior season ... listed by the Los Angeles Times as one of the area's top juniors heading into the 2011 season ... played at the 2011 Area Code Games for the Milwaukee Brewers Area Code Team at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif ... competed for the RBI All-Stars at the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (June 2011) at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. ... father, Darrell Miller Sr., runs the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. ... uncle, Reggie Miller, played basketball at UCLA for four seasons (1984-87) before enjoying an 18-year career in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers ... aunt, Cheryl Miller, starred on the women's basketball team at the University of Southern California (1983-86) and played professional basketball.
Head Coach John Savage: "Darrell is an outstanding hitter, has power to all fields and sees the ball very well. He is a very tough out and comes from a strong baseball program at Servite High School. Darrell is progressing as a catcher, and we see him being able to play that position in the future at UCLA."
Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)
OF/1B - 6-0, 185 - L/R
Two-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) under head coach Burt Call ... named the 2011 Orange County Player of the Year by the Orange County Register after a sensational junior season ... earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I honors as a junior ... named Trinity League co-MVP during his junior season along with Austin Hedges (a senior that season at JSerra HS) ... batted .510 with three home runs, 13 doubles, 37 RBI, 39 runs and a school-record 51 hits in 30 games as a junior ... logged a .581 on-base percentage and a .750 slugging percentage as a junior ... also excelled on the mound, going 10-2 with a 3.16 ERA, 55 strikeouts and five complete games in 75.1 innings as a junior ... guided Mater Dei to 24-6 overall record, including a 13-2 league mark to win the Trinity League title, as a junior in 2011 ... captured second-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I honors as a sophomore (2010) ... batted .413 with one home run, nine doubles 21 RBI and 18 runs in 30 games as a sophomore ... as a pitcher, went 1-1 with four saves and a 2.29 ERA in 36.2 innings, logging 28 strikeouts and 11 walks ... named most valuable player in leading his travel team, Team Marucci, to the championship of the Perfect Game WWBA Tournament in Jupiter, Fla., in Oct. 2011 ... selected to USA Baseball's 18U National Team Trials Roster in June 2011 ... ranked No. 215 in Perfect Game USA's list of the top 300 prospects eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft ... father, Roger Moore, played college baseball at the University of Arizona.
Head Coach John Savage: "Ty has been the top hitting prospect in southern California for the last two years and comes from a terrific baseball program at Mater Dei. He can hit for a high average as well as for power. Ty has the ability to hit to all fields and has emerged as one of the toughest outs in the country. We expect Ty to become an immediate impact left-handed hitter in our program."
Anaheim, Calif. (Fairmont Prep)
RHP - 6-2, 185 - R/R
Two-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Fairmont Prep (Anaheim, Calif.) under head coach Mark Alves ... secured first-team All-San Joaquin League honors as a junior ... went 1-2 with a 0.67 ERA in four starts on the mound as a junior, totaling 35 strikeouts and four walks in 21.0 innings ... earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division VII honors as a sophomore (2010) ... went 5-2 in eight games as a sophomore, posting a 1.29 ERA ... recorded three complete games as a sophomore, totaling 87 strikeouts and three walks ... ranked No. 297 in Perfect Game USA's list of the top 300 prospects eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft ... competed on USA Baseball's 16U National Team in Oct. 2010, leading Team USA to a gold medal against Mexico in the COPABE Pan American `AA' 16U Youth Championships (Culiacan, Mexico) ... in the gold medal game, struck out five batters in three innings, allowing one unearned run ... was a first-team All-EBS selection at the 2010 Elite Baseball Series.
Head Coach John Savage: "Felipe is another top pitching prospect in this class. He has a great demeanor and is very durable for his size. Felipe is a power pitcher with excellent command and has a very bright future at UCLA."
Bonita, Calif. (Christian HS)
RHP - 6-1, 180 - R/R
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Christian High School (El Cajon, Calif.) under head coach Michael Mitchell ... batted .509 with 55 hits, 13 doubles, 20 stolen bases, 23 RBI and 45 runs as a junior in 2011, pitching 17.2 innings that season ... earned first-team All-East County and first-team All-Eastern League accolades as a third baseman following his junior season ... played in the 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park (San Diego) ... selected to USA Baseball's 18U National Team Trials Roster in June 2011 ... selected to compete for (but not traveling with) USA Baseball's 18U National Team at the 2011 COPABE `AAA' 18U Junior Pan American Championships in Cartegna, Colombia (Nov. 17-27, 2011) ...went 9-1 on the mound as a freshman (2009), posting a 1.56 ERA with 78 strikeouts and 32 walks ... batted .394 as a freshman, totaling nine home runs, eight doubles, 31 RBI and 26 runs in 32 games ... earned MaxPreps.com All-America honors as a freshman, in addition to securing first-team All-East County accolades that season ... pitched in the summer of 2009 for the USA Baseball U14 National Team in Guatemala.
Head Coach John Savage: "Cody has the best breaking ball in the country and has developed three plus pitches. He is another one of our pitching prospects who can dominate a game. Cody is also a great competitor who can make any pitch at any time."
Upland, Calif. (Upland HS)
INF - 6-1, 190 - R/R
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Upland High School (Upland, Calif.) under head coach Mike Alonso ... batted .545 as a junior (2011), totaling six home runs, eight doubles, 22 RBI and 21 runs ... earned first-team All-Baseline League accolades as a junior ... batted .380 as a sophomore (2010), recording two home runs, 11 doubles, 33 RBI and 24 runs ... played for the Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team at the 2011 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. ... ranked No. 99 in Perfect Game USA's list of the top 300 prospects eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft ... listed by Baseball America as one of the top 20 prospects at the 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase.
Head Coach John Savage: "Daniel is one of the most complete position players in southern California. He can hit to all fields and has emerged as one of the best defenders in the nation. Daniel, along with Ty Moore and Darrell Miller, will be able to hit right away in our program."
Camarillo, Calif. (Camarillo HS)
LHP - 6-3, 175 - R/L
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Camarillo High School (Camarillo, Calif.) under head coach Richard Jaquez ... went 6-1 with a 1.54 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 50 innings as a junior (2011) ... earned Pacific View League Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior ... threw a perfect game against arch rival Rio Mesa High School during his junior season ... compiled a string of 33 consecutive batters retired in March 2011 ... at the plate as a junior, batted .456 with two home runs, 41 hits and 15 RBI ... made his varsity pitching debut in mid-May of his sophomore season (2010) ... was an honorable mention all-Pacific View League selection as a sophomore ... batted .246 with one home run, 10 doubles and 14 RBI in 28 games as a freshman (did not pitch as a freshman) ... ranked No. 19 in Perfect Game USA's list of the top 300 prospects eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft ... listed by Baseball America as one of the top 20 prospects at the 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase ... selected to USA Baseball's 18U National Team Trials Roster in June 2011 ... selected to compete for USA Baseball's 18U National Team at the 2011 COPABE `AAA' 18U Junior Pan American Championships in Cartegna, Colombia (Nov. 17-27, 2011) ...
Head Coach John Savage: "One of the country's top left-handed pitching prospects, Hunter is an immediate impact pitcher. He has three plus pitches and a very athletic delivery. Hunter will be able to make a difference in our program from the start."