Cal Baseball Signs 10 Athletes to Letters of Intent

Jan. 4, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The University of California baseball program has signed 10 in-state athletes to national letters of intent - featuring four pitchers, a catcher, four infielders and an outfielder - it was announced today by Cal head coach David Esquer. The Golden Bears' latest recruiting class was selected as the nation's seventh-best by StudentSportsBaseball.com.

Esquer and his staff signed first baseman Lars Anderson, a 6-4, 205-pound left-hander from Fair Oaks (Jesuit HS); Mike Cassady, a 6-1, 185-pound left-handed pitcher from Danville (Monte Vista HS); Brian Diemer, a 6-4, 225-pound right-handed pitcher from Lafayette (Acalanes HS); Brett Jackson, a 6-1, 185-pound shortstop from Orinda (Miramonte HS); and Jeff Kobernus, a 6-1, 180-pound shortstop from San Leandro (Bishop O'Dowd HS).

Also signed by the Bears were Andy Oros, a 6-3, 210-pound left-handed pitcher from Roseville (Jesuit HS); Greg Redig, a 6-4, 200-pound right-handed pitcher from Orinda (Miramonte HS); Scott Schauer, a 6-0, 175-pound outfielder from Huntington Beach (Servite HS); Blake Smith, a 6-1, 200-pound third baseman from Modesto (Downey HS); and Dylan Tonneson, a 6-3, 225-pound catcher from San Ramon (California HS).

A member of the USA Junior National Team, Anderson hit .464 for Team USA at the Pan America Games this fall in Vallahermosa, Mexico. He also drove in a team-high 11 RBI and had 13 hits in seven games, helping the United States to a silver medal. As a junior at Jesuit High School, Anderson batted .376 with five home runs and a team-leading 28 RBI.

Cassady was 7-1 with three shutouts as a junior at Monte Vista, leading the East Bay Athletic League with five complete games and a 0.58 ERA. He was named to the 2005 All-State Underclassman Team, as well as All-East Bay by the Oakland Tribune and first-team All-East Bay. Cassady was selected the 18th top player in NorCal by CaliforniaBaseballZone.com.

A two-time all-league pitcher at Acalanes, Diemer had 70 strikeouts and 17 walks in 59.7 innings last spring, yielding only eight runs for a 0.94 ERA. This past summer, he pitched a one-hit shutout in the championship game of the 17U Junior World Wood Bat Association National Tournament in Marietta, Ga., helping his NorCal baseball club to a co-national championship.

Jackson, a 2005 All-CIF shortstop for Miramonte, batted .385 with seven doubles, six triples, four home runs and 34 RBI as a junior. He was first-team All-DFAL, leading his school to its second-straight North Coast Section title. Jackson is also a two-time Puma Preseason All-American, was selected one of Team One Baseball's Top 10 West players, and was a member of the Bay Area World Series All-Tournament team.

A shortstop from Bishop O'Dowd, Kobernus batted .423 with six doubles, three triples, two home runs and 22 RBI last spring, earning 2005 all-league and All-East Bay honors. A two-time North Coast Section Scholar-Athlete, he also competed in the 2005 Area Code Games and at the 2005 17U Junior World Wood Bat Association National Tournament in Marietta, Ga., helping NorCal to a co-national championship, batting .455 with a home run and nine RBI.

Oros, a left-handed pitcher from Jesuit, finished his junior campaign 6-3 with two saves and a 2.46 ERA, striking out 71 batters in 59.7 innings. He earned first-team All-Delta League and second-team Sacramento Bee All-City honors, and recorded a no-hitter against McClatchy High School. This past summer, Oros was selected to USA Baseball's Tournament of the Stars in Joplin, Mo., where he had 10 strikeouts in 5.0 innings with an opponent batting average of .167.

Right-hander Redig is teammates with fellow Cal signee Brett Jackson at Miramonte and is rated the No. 32 top player from Nor Cal in CaliforniaBaseballZone.com. Last spring, he pitched a two-hit shutout in a 1-0 North Coast Section semifinal win over Encinal, and this summer was named the Most Outstanding Pitcher at the 2005 Bay Area World Series.

Schauer, an outfielder from Servite High School, was teammates with Lars Anderson on the USA Junior National Team this fall, batting .261 with two doubles and 10 RBI in 13 games for Team USA. At Servite, he batted .400 as a junior with seven doubles, and was named the 20th-best SoCal player by CaliforniaBaseballZone.com.

Smith is a third baseman at Downey High School, batting .438 with five home runs and was 13-for-13 in stolen bases as a junior, earning first-team all-league honors. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers in the Area Code Games this past summer in Long Beach, and has competed in the Bay Area World Series the last two years.

A catcher from California High School, Tonneson batted .373 with six doubles, a triple, four home runs and 25 RBI as a junior, earning first-team all-league, first-team All-Contra Costa Times and Cal-Hi Sports All-State underclassman team honors. He also recorded a .573 on-base percentage with a .712 slugging percentage, and hit .571 with two home runs and four RBI in three postseason games.

'We feel this is as good of a class as we have ever signed at Cal,' said Esquer, who has had Top 10-ranked national recruiting classes each of the last three years. 'We believe these players will be able to help us right away as true freshmen.'

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