Nov. 20, 2006
Fresno, Calif. - Following the completion of the early signing period, Fresno State Baseball has announced that eight new student-athletes have accepted offers to play for Fresno State in the 2008 season. The coaching staff believes that this class is rich in talent and has a good chance of becoming the program's fourth top 20 recruiting class in the past five years.
"We are extremely excited with this early signing class," said head coach Mike Batesole. "We feel that this class brings an excellent combination of tools-type athletes, and guys with advanced baseball skills that will combine to secure the short and long-term future of the program. This class also contains a number of honors-caliber students, which is important to us in the recruiting process."
Highlighting the 2007 class is Trent Soares, a 6-0 centerfielder from San Jaoquin Memorial High School in Fresno. Soares, who led Memorial to the 2006 Central Section championship, is a two-time NYL player of the year and was twice named to the All-Central Section team. Recruited by a number of Division I schools in both football and baseball, Soares decided to choose baseball at Fresno State.
"Keeping the best student-athletes in the Valley at home is always our highest priority in recruiting," said Batesole. "Trent is not only one of the top baseball recruits in the State, but he is probably the best all-around athlete in the San Jaoquin Valley in the 2007 class. He was recruited by all the top Baseball programs on the West Coast, as well as a number of Pac-10, Big 12 and Ivy League schools for Football. We expect Trent to make an immediate impact on our 2008 club as a centerfielder who can defend, run, and hit for average and power."
Also included in the recruiting class are two highly recruited power hitters out of Southern California. Tyler Kolodny (6-2, 225) a corner infielder from Woodland Hills, Calif., and Jake Johnson (6'2, 220) a strong armed catcher from La Mirada, Calif. were both selected to the Milwaukee Brewers California Area Code team and the North/South California all-star series, comprised of the top 30 prospects in the region. Both have earned all-league honors and won CIF Section champions for two of top high school programs in the state.
"Tyler is a strong and athletic corner infielder who plays solid defense and has power at the plate," said Batesole. "Jake reminds me a lot of former Bulldog great Giussepe Chiarmonte, with a strong arm and power potential. We expect them both to develop into middle of the order hitters at the Division I level."
The Bulldogs have also added two athletic infielders that are great defenders in Danny Muno from Loyola high school in Los Angeles and Garrett Patterson from Kentridge high school in Washington.
"Danny Muno and Garret Patterson are both tremendous defenders, with a great feel for the game, who will contribute offensively as they mature physically," said Batesole.
Rounding out the recruiting class are three right-handed pitchers in Jacob Floethe, Justin Miller and Erik Savert. Miller, a transfer from Bakersfield College, was drafted in the 2006 draft by the Colorado Rockies. Miller is a 6-5 pitcher, who throws three pitches for strikes and has the potential to be a weekend starter in 2008.
"Justin is a right handed pitcher in the mold of former Bulldog standout Doug Fister," said Batesole. "He was drafted last year and we believe he still has plenty of room to develop."
Erik Stavert from Chabot College in Livermore, Calif. is a right-hander who turned down scholarships from other four-year schools out of high school, opting to attend Chabot Junior College for a year in order to find the right fit.
"We feel that Ricky is one of the real steals in this recruiting class," said Batesole. "He has a feel for pitching and we believe he can come in and contribute immediately to our staff in 2008."
In addition Floethe, a 6-3 right-hander from Acalanes high school, brings versatility as he can play multiple positions on the field. His father Chris pitched professionally for the Oakland Athletics
"We project that Jake could develop into a power pitcher after impressing us on the mound in the summer," said Batesole.
Coming off a strong 2006 campaign in which the Bulldogs won the regular season and tournament titles and appeared in a regional for the first time since 2001, the coaching staff feels they were able to fill their needs and are excited about the future of the program.
"We believe that with the success of the 2006 club, recruits were able to see that the strong traditions of Bulldog Baseball are back," said Batesole. "We feel that these are the type of student-athletes that are needed to win in the Western Athletic Conference and beyond."
2007 Recruiting Class (Early Signing Period)
Name Ht Wt B/T Pos. HS Hometown Jacob Floethe 6-3 190 R/R RHP/Utility Acalanes HS Martinez, Calif. Jacob Johnson 6-2 200 R/R C/3B La Mirada HS La Mirada, Calif. Tyler Kolodny 6-2 225 R/R 3B El Camino HS Woodland Hills, Calif. Justin Miller 6-5 185 R/R RHP Bakersfield College Bakersfield, Calif. Danny Muno 5-11 170 L/R SS Loyola HS Thousand Oaks, Calif. Garrett Patterson 6-0 170 R/R SS Kentridge HS Renton, Wash. Trent Soares 6-0 185 L/R CF SJ Memorial HS Fresno, Calif. Erik Stavert 6-2 175 R/R RHP Chabot College Livermore, Calif.
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