Baseball Inks Seven For 2011
Nov. 17, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State baseball coach Mike Batesole announced the signing of the 2010 recruiting class Tuesday morning. The Bulldogs add seven talented players from all over California to the roster. Joining the `Dogs next year are Will Anderson, Christian Belleque, Aaron Judge, Jordan Heald-Mullins, Tyler Linehan, Sam Tuivailala and Cole Wells.
"I am excited at the quality of the players Matt Curtis, Pat Waer, and the staff have been able to assemble for the 2010 class during the early signing period," said Batesole. "We feel we have put together a talented class, many of which will be ready to contribute in 2011. We needed to focus on pitching depth and our overall athleticism in this recruiting class, and we believe we have established a strong foundation for the future in both of these areas."
The 2010 recruiting class includes six pitchers and an infielder. The recruits are all high school players and among the top recruits from their home towns.
"Most of these recruits will have the attention of professional organizations in the spring. The challenge is to continue to recruit them and make sure they understand the value of their degree, as well as the overall experience of competing for championships at the Division I level. We will certainly have our fingers crossed in June."
The early signing period opened Nov. 11 and ends Wednesday. The late signing period for baseball opens April 14 and ends August 1.
Pitched a No Hitter in the prestigious Perfect Game World Wood Bat Championships this fall in Jupiter, Fla.
Coach Batesole on Anderson: "Will is a tremendous athlete that has excelled as a two-way player for a strong high school program. While he will be primarily a pitcher in our program, we feel his athleticism will allow him to continue to make great strides on the mound and at the plate at college level."
Coach Batesole on Belleque: "Christian is a winner and competitor who demonstrated the ability to pitch at a very high level throughout the summer. His strength is his exceptional command and breaking ball. He posted an unheard of 99/4 BB/K ratio in his junior year. He also showed his toughness this year by joining his high school football team for his senior year as a defensive lineman."
Coach Batesole on Judge: "Aaron may be one of the best all-around athletes we've recruited. His best days on the baseball diamond are ahead of him. He gained attention from colleges in three sports, and he will have the opportunity to both pitch and hit at the college level. Aaron possesses a rare combination of speed, power, and arm strength, flashing a 90+ miles per hour fastball in our camp this summer. He will garner a lot of attention from pro scouts this spring after being limited in his junior year due to an injury."
Coach Batesole on Heald-Mullins: "Jordan is an exceptional kid who is very athletic, strong in the classroom, and demonstrates the type of personality to be a leader for us in the future. He can run (6.8 60 yd), field, and throw. He has demonstrated the ability to hit as he continues to gain strength, but his primary offensive weapon right now is his speed. He has the athletic ability to play anywhere on the diamond, and can be a base stealer at the college level."
First team Delta River League
Coach Batesole on Tuivailala: "Another talented three-sport athlete, Sam played shortstop and served as the closer for his high school team. He's run a 6.8 60 yd dash, thrown in the low 90's and demonstrated power potential at the plate. We're going to give him the opportunity to do both for us and see where it goes. He entered his senior year at 16 years old so we are excited to see how he develops physically as he concentrates on baseball for the next four years."
Led Norcal 2010 (Travel Team) in innings pitched. He Had a 2.10 ERA.
Coach Batesole on Wells: "Cole is a big framed right-handed pitcher who reminded us in size, delivery, and stuff to Derek Benny. He really came on this summer pitching in a number of showcases as well as competing for NORCAL, one of the elite travel programs in California. With a fastball that has been up to 90 miles per hour and sharp secondary pitches, Cole has the potential to be dominant college pitcher."
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