High school catcher's camp to take place on Sunday, Jan. 6.
Jake Silverman begins his third season as an assistant coach for the Bruins in 2013. Silverman works with the team's catchers and hitters, serves as the Bruins' first base coach and helps run all Bruin baseball camps.
Under the guidance of Silverman in 2012, UCLA's catchers handled a pitching staff that finished second in the Pac-12 in ERA (3.13) and strikeouts (436). Catchers Tyler Heineman and Trevor Brown combined to throw out 19 of 33 base stealers (57.6 percent) in 64 games while Heineman earned All-Pac-12 honors. Both Heineman and Brown went on to be drafted in the 8th and 10th rounds respectively of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants respectively. In addition, Silverman helped coach the Bruins to their second consecutive Pac-12 title and a berth in the College World Series during the 2012 season.
Silverman's work with UCLA's catchers also paid dividends in 2011, as the team's catching corps handled a pitching staff that led the conference with 572 strikeouts, the second-highest total in UCLA history, and finished second in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (9.8).
Behind the plate, Steve Rodriguez threw out 22 of 54 attempted base stealers (40.7 percent), catching 410.1 innings in 2011. The three-year starting catcher was selected in the 15th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Silverman also worked with Heineman, who did not commit an error in 131 chances.
In two seasons as an undergraduate assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton, Silverman helped the Titans advance to the College World Series in 2009 and to the NCAA Super Regional at UCLA in 2010. Additionally, he served as an assistant coach in the summer of 2010 for the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Collegiate Summer League.
Silverman spent the 2008 season as a catcher at Cal State Fullerton and saw action in one game. Prior to that, he played two seasons (2006-07) at Fullerton College. As a freshman in 2006, he batted .350 in 16 games before seeing action in 14 games (two starts) as a sophomore in 2007. Silverman earned the Art Nunn Award in 2007 for exemplary acts on and off the field.
Silverman, 26, prepped at Foothill High School in Tustin, Calif. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications from Cal State Fullerton in 2010.
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