Nov. 18, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State baseball coach Mike Batesole has announced that seven student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to attend Fresno State and play baseball. Aided by assistant coaches Matt Curtis and Pat Waer, coach Batesole's sixth recruiting class includes five position players, one pitcher, and one two-way player.
The Bulldogs recruiting class is highlighted by three players from the Fresno Area, including Clay Cedarquist (Fowler HS, Fowler, Calif.), J.D. Salles (Clovis West HS, Fresno, Calif.) and Garrett Weber (Fresno City/Clovis HS, Clovis, Calif.)
The seven signees will enroll at Fresno State in the Fall of 2009.
"This class possesses athleticism and speed," said Batesole. "They are exceptional in the classroom and they have the character and toughness that we look for."
FRESNO STATE BASEBALL SIGNEES (2009)
|Julian Barzilli||INF||R/R||5-11||170||Palisades, Calif. (Palisades Charter HS)|
|J.R. Bromberg||RHP||R/R||6-2||190||Venice, Calif. (LA Pierce CC)|
|Clay Cedarquist||1B||L/L||6-2||180||Fresno, Calif. (Fowler HS)|
|Justin Charles||INF||L/R||5-9||165||Galt, Calif. (Elk Grove HS)|
|Scott David||C||L/R||6-1||185||Pleasanton, Calif. (Amador Valley HS)|
|JD Salles||UTIL||R/R||6-0||175||Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West HS)|
|Garrett Weber||INF||R/R||5'11||185||Clovis, Calif. (Fresno CC)|
Palisades, Calif. (Palisades Charter HS)
INF - 5-11, 170 - R/R
Three year varsity letterwinner at Palisades Charter HS
2008 All Western League Team
2006 Team MVP
Selected for prestigious Mariner Cup Tournament and Dodger Elite Games
Played for Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals scout teams
Head Coach Mike Batesole: "Julian is an accomplished defensive shortstop who brings the special combination of speed, soft hands, and arm strength that is needed in the middle of the diamond at the Division I level. He also has a chance to be an offensive force as he continues to mature as a hitter."
Venice, Calif. (LA Pierce CC)
RHP - 6-2, 190 - R/R
Drafted in the 2007 and 2008 MLB Draft by Minnesota Twins
1st Team All LA City Section from Palisades Charter High School (2007)
2 Time All Western League (2007, 2006)
MVP of Western League (2007)
Head Coach Mike Batesole: "J.R. is physical right handed pitcher with an above average fastball and solid secondary pitches. He projects to be an impact, starting pitcher at the Division I level."
Fresno, Calif. (FOWLER HS)
1B - 6-2, 180 - L/L
Selected to the 2008 Area Code Team-Milwauke Brewers
Selected to the 2008 All-Area Code Team by Student Sports
DIV-DV Cal-Hi Sports Player of the Year-2008
Participated in the Tournament of Stars with the top 144 players in the nation
Two-time First Team All-Fresno Bee-2007, 2008
West Sequoia League MVP-2008
2008 Stats-.548 BA, 16 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 8 HRs, 51 RBIs, 14 SB
2 time DV State Champions (Fowler HS) 2007, 2008
Head Coach Mike Batesole: "Throughout the summer, Clay continued to prove himself as one of the most advanced hitters in his grade among all the National Showcases. His ability to hit for average and power stood out among the best players in California and the Nation. We feel that he is prepared to make an immediate impact offensively at the Division I level. Clay also brings the ability to play the outfield along with being an outstanding defensive first baseman. Along with his physical ability, Clay is an outstanding student, and demonstrates the leadership and character qualities that we look for."
Galt, Calif. (Elk Grove HS)
INF - 5-9, 165 - L/R
Three year varsity letterwinner at Elk Grove High School.
All Sacramento Metro Area (2008)
All League 2007 and 2008
MVP of Junior National Team (2007) which participated in the Junior World Tournament in Venezuela
Selected to 2008 Milwaukee Brewers Area Code Team
Head Coach Mike Batesole: "Justin can really handle the bat from the left side. He should hit for average and some power at the Division I level. He brings the ability to move runners and execute situationally. In addition to the offensive skills he showed in the summer among the elite players nationally, he also showed an advanced ability to work around the bag at second base. Justin also brings the grit and toughness that is an important part of our program's personality."
Pleasanton, Calif. (Amador Valley HS)
C - 6-0, 200 - L/R
3 year Varsity letterwinner at Amador Valley High School
Team Captain (2008)
All League Catcher (2008)
Selected for Cincinnati Reds (2007) and Atlanta Braves (2007) scout teams
Selected as a Norcal Scout League All Star (2008), played in ATT Park
Also recruited for Basketball
Head Coach Mike Batesole: "Scott has the potential to be an outstanding offensive catcher at the Division I level. Behind the plate, he possesses a quick release and an accurate throwing arm. His most advanced tool is his ability to drive the ball to all fields."
Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West HS)
RHP/SS - 6-0, 175 - R/R
TRAC Player of the Year Co Valley Player of the Year (w/ current Bulldog David Rohm) All Fresno Bee Second Team All State First Team All-State Underclass
Head Coach Mike Batesole: "J.D. really established himself as one of the top players in the Valley and State with his performance in the TRAC last year. J.D. is an athlete, and should have the opportunity to help us as a pitcher and an infielder. He has the athletic ability to be a two-way player at the Division I level. "
Clovis, Calif. (Fresno City College)
INF - 5-11, 190 - R/R
Drafted by the KC Royals in the 2007 MLB Draft
2008 JC All American
2008 JC All Nor-Cal
2007 Tri-River Athletic Conference (TRAC) Co-Player of The Year
2007 First Team All-TRAC
2007 First Team All-City
2006 California North/South All Star Series participant
Head Coach Mike Batesole: "Garrett is a guy that we have liked since his junior year at Clovis High. He has really matured as a student-athlete, and we feel he is ready to make an immediate impact in our program. He is a solid defender in the middle of the diamond with an above average arm at the Division I level. He hit over .400 last year in the community college ranks and has shown signs of developing as a power hitter this fall."
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