Cal Baseball Recruiting Class Ranked Fifth Nationally in Baseball America
Oct. 15, 2003
DURHAM, NC - The University of California baseball program's 2003 incoming class has been named the nation's fifth-best recruiting class by Baseball America, it was announced Wednesday by Baseball America's national writer John Manuel. The Bears' No. 5 national recruiting ranking is the highest in school history and is the second best among Pac-10 schools. Arizona State is ranked No. 3, Arizona No. 9 and Stanford No. 11.
Cal's large 2003 class of 16 newcomers features five freshmen mention by Baseball America - 6-3, 195-pound left-handed outfielder Brennan Boesch; 6-2, 180-pound catcher Garrett Bussiere; 6-5, 205-pound left-handed pitcher Case Dahlen; 6-1, 200-pound switch-hitting outfielder Chris Errecart and 6-3, 180-pound right-hander pitcher Brandon Morrow.
As a senior at Harvard-Westlake High School, Boesch was a preseason All-American in Baseball America, hitting .490 with seven home runs and was All-CIF Southern Section. As a junior, he was ranked as one of the top three position players in California, and one of the top 25 prospects in the nation, by Baseball America. Bussiere batted .471 with three doubles, a triple, six home runs and 26 RBI as a senior at Northglenn High School, earning first team All-State honors and was drafted in the 14th round by the Milwaukee Brewers last June.
Dahlen was selected the No. 4 prospect in the country in Perfect Game's Top 100 Class of 2003 Prospects entering his junior year before suffering an injury to his left shoulder. He still batted .433 with eight home runs and 32 RBI as a senior, earning L.A. Times All-Region and All-Bay League honors for Peninsula High School. In 2003, Errecart batted .531 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI and 20 stolen bases, earning both league and all-area MVP honors, as well as all-state and Collegiate Baseball All-America accolades, for Lincoln High School.
Morrow was 9-2 with a 0.61 ERA and had 84 strikeouts in 63.0 innings last spring at Rancho Cotate High School. He was first team all-league and first team All-North Coast Section, and was drafted in the 40th round by the Anaheim Angles last June.
The Bears began official fall practice on Oct. 13. The 2004 Cal squad will be hosting an Alumni Game on Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond and begin the 2004 season Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at home versus BYU.
BASEBALL AMERICA'S TOP 12 RECRUITING CLASSES1. North Carolina2. South Carolina3. Arizona State4. Georgia Tech5. CALIFORNIA6. Notre Dame7. Texas8. Louisiana State9. Arizona10. Georgia11. Stanford12. Stetson
CALIFORNIA'S 2004 BASEBALL NEWCOMERS
Name Hometown High School/Last SchoolKevin Barnum, 6-1, 175, LHP Laguna Hills, CA Laguna Hills HSBrennan Boesch, 6-3, 195, 1B/OF Los Angeles, CA Harvard-Westlake HSGarrett Bussiere, 6-2, 180, C Thornton, CO Northglenn HSCase Dahlen, 6-5, 205, LHP Palos Verdes, CA Peninsula HSChris Errecart, 6-1, 200, OF Stockton, CA Lincoln HSTaylor Grigsby, 6-4, 195, OF Pacific Palis., CA Brentwood HSAlec Harris, 6-6, 230, RHP La Mesa, CA San Diego Mesa JCTravis Howell, 6-2, 215, C Los Gatos, CA Los Gatos HSCameron Johnson, 6-2, 195, OF Berkeley, CA Brown UniversityJordan Karnofsky, 6-2, 205, UTL Sacramento, CA Christian Brothers HSNick Kaufman, 6-1, 190, RHP Pacific Palis., CA Pacific Palisades HSBrandon Morrow, 6-3, 180, RHP Rohnert Park, CA Rancho Cotate HSBrett Munster, 6-2, 185, INF Northridge, CA Chatsworth HSAlex Rollin, 6-2, 220, RHP Los Gatos, CA Los Gatos HSJosh Satin, 6-2, 175, SS Calabasas, CA Harvard-Westlake HSMike Van Winden, 6-1, 175, 1B Napa, CA Justin-Siena HS