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Late Sign Class Looking Good

SEASIDE, Calif. – The Cal State Monterey Bay coaching staff has started out the late signing period with a bang, signing seven student-athletes to play for the Otters in the 2012 season.

Combined with the nine early signees, the new staff’s first ever-recruiting class at CSUMB currently stands at 16 new players.

“This first wave of late sign recruits is an exciting bunch,” said head coach Walt White. “They are all extremely talented players that had plenty of other options to continue their baseball careers. They all chose MB Baseball because they deeply believe in what we are building here. Combined with the early signs, our recruiting class is as dynamic and talented as anyone’s out there. All of these players will be great college players and some will go on and play professionally.”

White made it very clear that the recruiting class is not yet complete.

“There is an extremely high level of interest in our baseball program right now,” White said. “There are several junior college and high school players that we still want to join us. We will finish this off right in the early summer. We expect this class of young men to lead us to a championship next year. Our staff has done an unbelievable job identifying and recruiting these players.”

Sean Borboa – RHP – Hanford West High School: A big righty, Sean Borboa currently sports a 5-2 record in 30 innings pitched with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched). Borboa has struck out 29 batters and only walked nine. He has also been a force at the plate, hitting .369 with a team-leading 18 RBI.

Coach White on Borboa: “Sean is a big, strong right-handed pitcher. He has an advanced feel for pitching for a high school player. He can throw three pitches for strikes and understands how to get people out. We feel he can project into a good college pitcher and we know he has the work ethic to enhance his skills and be great for us.”

Andres Coll – IF – Arleta High School: The Mustang second baseman, Andres Coll leads Arleta in hitting and is a defensive specialist. Coll is currently supporting a .418 batting average with 25 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. Coll also leads a strong Arleta defense and that is a big reason the Mustangs sit atop their league.

Coach White on Coll: “Andres is going to be a lot of fun for everyone here at CSUMB to watch play. He has a lively and upbeat personality that is really going to keep things loose for our squad. On top of his personality, he is a very good young baseball player. He can really run and is going to be a good college hitter. He can play multiple positions and is extremely coachable.”

Ryan Cruz – RHP – Kennedy High School: Right-handed pitcher Ryan Cruz is
one of the most accomplished pitchers in the Los Angeles area. A three-year varsity ace and 2010 All-City performer, Cruz currently holds a 7-1 record with six complete games, one shut out, and a 1.21 ERA. Cruz was also a Los Angeles Times preseason “Player to Watch.”

Coach White on Cruz: “Ryan Cruz was one of our primary targets from the start of our recruiting this year. He is an exciting young pitcher that really understands what it takes to get people out. He is very polished for a high school arm and should be able to contribute from Day 1. All he does is win and we expect him to lead us to a lot of championships in the future. He has the right attitude and mindset for the kind of players we want here.”

Brian Haggett – 1B – Sacramento State: Transferring to CSUMB from Sacramento State is local star Brian Haggett. The San Benito High School grad transfers after a successful junior college career at West Valley College. While with the Vikings, Haggett hit .401 with 26 RBI’s and 2 homeruns in his sophomore season. Haggett was a two-time All Golden Gate Conference selection in junior college.

Coach White on Haggett: “Brian fills a huge need for us as a left-handed hitting first baseman. We expect him to come in and contribute immediately and hit in the middle of our lineup. He is a good athlete and has an advanced feel for the game. He is also a very good student and has a championship demeanor. He is exactly what we are looking for in our student-athletes.”

Brett Hammond – LHP – El Toro High School: A big, athletic lefty, Brett Hammond has served in a variety of roles for El Toro. In 2010, Hammond led the Sea View league with a 1.47 ERA and also sported a 5:1 K/BB ratio and held opponents to a .221 on base percentage. Hammond has been a part of two El Toro League Championships and looks to add a third at the conclusion of this season.

Coach White on Hammond: “Brett is an exciting young pitcher. He will have immediate value to us because he is so versatile on the mound. He can pitch in situations, close, and start for us. He comes from one of the best programs in Southern California and has been coached at a high level versus great competition. On the mound he has great sink on his fastball and change-up and has a developing breaking ball. He is a very good athlete and is a high energy pitcher.”

Javy Lopez – RHP/IF – Arleta High School: Javy Lopez is well known in Southern California for his supreme athleticism and rocket right arm. Lopez was an All-City pitcher in 2010 and was also on the USA Baseball Developmental team. Currently, Lopez is one of the most feared players in the Los Angeles area, sporting a 2.02 ERA to go along with his 4-1 record and 43 strikeouts. On offense, Lopez leads the team with three home runs and is hitting .375.

Coach White on Lopez: “Javy might be the biggest recruit that CSUMB has ever signed. He turned down a lot of big schools because he has a deep belief in what we are building here and the kind of experience that we provide our players. He is an immensely talented athlete that will be a handful for our opponents to deal with. To go along with his obvious physical skills, he is a very special person. He is everything we look for in a player and we can’t wait to get him in Blue and Gold.”

Ty Morris – IF – North Monterey County: Ty Morris is a dynamic switch-hitting infielder that flashes an advanced offensive approach with his great athleticism on defense. In 2010, he was an All-Monterey Bay League first team selection. With his senior season coming to an end, Morris is hitting .495 with three home runs, three triples, eight doubles, and a Monterey Bay League leading 33 RBI. Morris is the first baseball player ever to sign a scholarship out of North Monterey County.

Coach White on Morris: “Ty Morris is an extremely exciting addition to our program. He is a dynamic young player and about as good as a shortstop as you will see at the high school level. He comes from good bloodlines and really understands the game at a high level. He is very projectable and will be an impact player right away. Along with the rest of this recruiting class, Ty is an outstanding young man that will represent this university the right way. I cannot wait to coach him.”