Nov. 29, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- With the Fresno State baseball team just months from returning to the diamond for its first season in the Mountain West, coach Mike Batesole has added yet another talented recruiting class for the 2014 season - which includes five pitchers and one outfielder.
"This is a terrific recruiting class. We needed power arms and left-handed arms and we got them both," Batesole said. "Rous (Pitching Coach Steve Rousey) really hit the recruiting trail this summer, I don't think he slept at home but a few nights, and the end result is the best class of pitchers of any university west of Texas."
Specifically, the fall signing recruiting class includes three left-handed pitchers, two right-handed pitchers, and one outfielder, who all signed National Letters of Intent to play for Fresno State starting with the 2014 season.
This class is loaded with impact, power arms, and one of the most athletic position players on the West Coast in Jordan Paroubeck, a 6-2 outfielder out of Redwood City, Calif.
"The jewel of the class could be Paroubeck," Batesole said. "He's a fast, powerful, explosive, and switch-hitting centerfielder that will make an impact right away. He and (Alex) Salazar are both likely first rounders."
Salazar, a 6-1 right-hander who prepped at Kerman High School, was the 2012 Southern California Max Preps Pitcher and headlines the five pitchers in the class that also includes right-hander Connor Brogdon (Liberty HS - Madera) and lefties Anthony Arias (Fairfield HS), Dillon Houser (St. Francis Central Coast HS) and Fred Schlicholtz (Coronado).
All six 2014 recruits come from the Golden State, which has been a priority for Batesole as he has built the Bulldogs into a perennial national contender, the 2008 College World Series champion and the conference champion in each of the past seven seasons.
2014 Fresno State Baseball Recruiting Class
Alex Salazar RHP, Kerman High School (Kerman, CA)
Height 6'1, 205 (R/R)
Three-time All North Sequoia League
2010 North Sequoia Underclassman of the Year
2012 North Sequoia MVP
2012 Southern California Max Preps Pitcher of the Year
ESPN 1340 Pitcher of the Year
Miami Marlins Scout Team
Also Recruited by: Everyone
Jordan Paroubeck OF, Serra High School (Redwood City, CA)
Height 6'2, 190 (S/R)
2011 First-Team All- County
2011 First-Team C.C.S.
CBCA All-Northern California
2011 Oakland Athletics Area Code Team
2011 San Francisco Giants Scout Team
Also Recruited by: Arizona State, Arizona, Cal, and UCLA
Connor Brogdon RHP, Liberty High School (Madera, CA)
Height 6'5, 175 (R/R) 2011 First Team All- League
2010 Honorable Mention
Central Valley Marlins Scout Team
2012 Scout League All Star
Recruited by: Long Beach State and Cal
Anthony Arias LHP, Fairfield High School (Fairfield, CA)
Height 6'2, 210 (L/L)
2012 All Fairfield
2011, 2012 Varsity Pitcher of the Year
2012 19u State Legion Champions
2012 2.12 ERA/106 strikeouts
Also Recruited by: Oregon State and Long Beach State
Dillon Houser LHP, St. Francis Central Coast High School (Santa Cruz, CA)
Height 6'3, 220 (L/L)
2012 Perfect Game Underclassman Honorable Mention
Three-time Varsity Captain
Reebok NorCal World Series Champion
SCCAL Saves Leader
Member of California Scholarship Federation
Member of Latin National Honor Society
3.53 gpa/4 AP Classes
Also Recruited by: USC
Fred Schlicholtz LHP, Coronado High School (Coronado, CA)
Height 6'2, 190 (L/L)
Tampa Bay Rays Scout Team
Also Recruited by: USC and Oregon
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