UW Baseball Signs Eight To Letters Of Intent
Nov. 18, 2005
SEATTLE - The University of Washington baseball team has received National Letters of Intent from eight high school seniors who will join the Huskies for the 2007 season, 14th-year head coach Ken Knutson announced today. The eight players that signed letters did so during the early signing period, which began Nov. 9 and ran through Nov. 16. The late signing period begins next April 12.
The eight signees are: C/3B Bryce Anderson (Redmond, Wash./Redmond HS), RHP Rob Brasier (Galveston, Texas/Ball HS), 1B Jacob Clem (Burlington, Wash./Burlington-Edison HS), LHP/1B/OF Ben Guidos (Normandy Park, Wash./Highline HS), 1B Joey Lind (Everett, Wash./Jackson HS), RHP/OF Brent Miller (Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville HS), RHP Cam Nobles (Mill Creek, Wash./Jackson HS), and C Jason Summers (Kent, Wash./Thomas Jefferson HS).
'We like this class because we've answered some needs we think we'll need to fill,' Knutson said. 'We're bringing in guys that we think will compete as freshmen. We addressed some needs on the mound and at the plate. It's a balanced group and should really compliment what we expect to have coming back.'
Anderson batted .357 as a junior at Redmond last season, when he was named the All-KingCo 4A honorable mention. 'Bryce can really hit and he's very strong,' Knutson said. 'We're probably going to make a position change to catcher with him, but he could be a corner infielder. He's also a very good student.'
Brasier, the lone out-of-stater in the class, was an all-league performer at Ball High in Galveston, Texas, who came to the Husky coaches' attention after attending summer camps in Seattle.
'Rob really recruited us,' Knutson explained. 'He had several schools around the nation that he was looking at due to the academics. He's a hard thrower with a good slider and a truly remarkable student.'
Clem is the younger brother of Husky senior outfielder Zach Clem was a second-team all-league pick as a first baseman and pitcher last year. He also led his summer team, the Burlington Sox, to league, district, state and regional titles, batting .421 over the summer.
'Jacob's going to be a first baseman or an outfielder,' Knutson said. 'He's a lot like his brother as a hitter, but he has a chance to be a bit bigger and taller. We think of him as a middle of the order hitter.'
Guidos was been named to the All-Seamount first team as a sophomore and the second team as a junior. 'Ben is a true left-hander in that he has great fastball command with a very good changeup,' Knutson said. 'He also hits and we're going to give him a chance to do that too. He's performed well at the highest level.'
Lind was a second-team All-WesCo South selection last year when Jackson took third place in the 4A state tournament. 'Joey's a left-handed hitter that really has a chance to be a big, physical hitter,' Knutson said. 'He fills our needs since we were looking for left-handed power.'
Miller has served as a pitcher on the perennially powerful Woodinville team that has produced a number of Husky baseball players in the past. 'He'll be a two-way guy in college as a pitcher and outfielder,' Knutson said. 'We'll probably focus on his pitching initially. He's a right-handed sinker pitcher. He hasn't really pitched a lot, but we think there's a lot of upside there.'
Nobles, Lind's teammate at Jackson High, was a first-team All-WesCo South selection as a sophomore and a second-teamer as a junior.
'Cam has a power arm and he's very polished,' Knutson said. 'He throws in the low 90s. He's pitched in all the big showcases and is one of the big recruits on the west coast. He committed to us early and was a key to getting this class started. He's very mature for a high school kid and should make an impact right away.'
Finally, Summers was named the first-team all-SPSL South catcher in both 2004 and 2005. 'We're going to need catchers soon so he was a big priority,' Knutson explained. 'He's a right-handed, power-hitting catcher, so along with Anderson, we think we've addressed that need. He's a big guy with a great throwing arm.
The Huskies open the 2006 season next Feb. 10 with a three-game series at New Mexico State.
UW Baseball 2007 Early Letter of Intent Signees
Name Pos. Hometown/High SchoolBryce Anderson C/3B Redmond, Wash./Redmond HSRob Brasier RHP Galveston, Texas/Ball HSJacob Clem 1B/OF Burlington, Wash./Burlington-Edison HSBen Guidos LHP/1B/OF Normandy Park, Wash./Highline HSJoey Lind 1B Everett, Wash./Jackson HSBrent Miller RHP/OF Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville HSCam Nobles RHP Mill Creek, Wash./Jackson HSJason Summers C Kent, Wash./Thomas Jefferson HS
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