UCLA Baseball Inks Nine Players for 2007-08

Nov. 10, 2006

Los Angeles - UCLA baseball head coach John Savage announced Friday that nine student-athletes have signed National Letters-of-Intent during the early signing period to attend UCLA and play baseball. Headed by assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Brian Green, the third recruiting class under Savage and his coaching staff includes five pitchers, two outfielders and two infielders.

Savage's previous two recruiting classes have earned high national rankings. His first recruiting class (2005-06) was ranked fifth-best by Baseball America and ninth-best by Collegiate Baseball. The 2006-07 group earned a No. 13 national ranking from Baseball America and No. 18 mark from Collegiate Baseball.

This recruiting class includes three AFLAC All-Americans - right-handed pitcher Erik Goeddel (Hillsborough, Calif.) and outfielders Jason Heyward (McDonough, Ga.) and Brett Krill (Laguna Nigel, Calif.). Four players have earned All-CIF honors, and all nine student-athletes have earned all-league first- or second-team honors on their respective high school teams. This group will report to UCLA in the fall of 2007.

'We feel that this recruiting class is as game-ready as any in the country,' Savage said. 'We have signed immediate impact players that will contribute right away. Coach Green has done an outstanding job of putting this class together. These student-athletes will represent UCLA in a first-class manner both on and off the field.'


Ryan Dent INF 6-0 175 Long Beach, Calif. (Wilson HS)
Niko Gallego INF 5-10 150 Yorba Linda, Calif. (Esperanza HS)
Erik Goeddel RHP 6-1 175 Hillsborough, Calif. (Bellarmine Prep HS)
Matt Grace LHP 6-4 195 Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (Palos Verdes HS)
Jason Heyward 1B/OF 6-3 215 McDonough, Ga. (Henry County HS)
Dan Klein RHP 6-3 180 Los Alamitos, Calif. (Servite HS)
Brett Krill OF 6-4 200 Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Aliso Niguel HS)
Rob Rasmussen LHP 5-11 160 Arcadia, Calif. (Pasadena Poly)
Tim Schlatter RHP 6-1 190 Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento CC)


Ryan Dent
Long Beach, Calif. (Wilson HS)
INF - 6-0, 175 - R/R

As a junior, posted a .425 batting average, two home runs, 26 RBI and 20 stolen bases...gained All-Moore League first-team honors as an infielder...tabbed the seventh-best prospect in the World Wood Bat Class of 2007 by Baseball America; also listed by Baseball America as the 'fastest baserunner' and the 'most exciting player' at the Jupiter World Wood Bat Association's fall championship...was named to the 'players to watch list' as a shortstop by the Los Angeles Times...earned Wilson HS impact player of the year in 2006...competed in the 2006 Connie Mack World Series for the Midland Redskins...also played for the Angel and Dodger Elite Teams and the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves scout teams...as a sophomore, compiled a .390 batting average, two home runs, 42 hits, and 29 RBI and stolen bases...earned All-Moore League first-team honors as a shortstop...captured All-CIF first-team accolades...named the Century Club Player of the Year...named to the Los Angeles Times All-Region Team and to the Los Angeles Times 'diamond standout players to watch' list...named Wilson HS baseball MVP...as a freshman, earned All-Moore League second-team accolades...voted the second 'most impressive freshman' in CIF baseball by the Los Angeles Times in 2004...earned Wilson HS rookie of the year honors.

According to head coach John Savage: 'Ryan might be the best athlete at his position in the nation. He is a legitimate middle infielder with outstanding range and speed. He will be a very exciting player at UCLA. Ryan, along with Jason, Brett and Niko, will make an immediate impact as position players in our program.'

Niko Gallego
Yorba Linda, Calif. (Esperanza HS)
INF - 5-10, 150 - R/R

As a junior, earned 2006 All-Sunset League first-team honors as a junior...posted a .400 batting average and tallied 24 runs scored, 13 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 2006...captured the 2006 Esperanza Baseball Rookie of the Year award...named to the 2006 California High School Southern Section South All-Star Championship team...had the game-winning RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh inning of Esperanza's CIF Division I first-round playoff game against Riverside Arlington; went 2-for-4 in that game...helped lead Esperanza to the 2006 Sunset League title...has been a three-year Principal's Honor Roll student.

According to head coach John Savage: 'Niko is a player who is constantly getting better. He has an outstanding feel for the game and is a leader in the middle of the field. We are very excited to have Niko in our program, and he will follow in the footsteps of his father, Mike, a great Bruin and professional baseball player.'

Erik Goeddel
Hillsborough, Calif. (Bellarmine Prep HS)
RHP - 6-1, 175

Was a 2006 AFLAC All-American...has been ranked as high as the No. 2 high school player (2007 graduate) by Prospect Plus/Baseball America...tabbed as the seventh-best pitcher among Perfect Game's National Top 100 Pitchers...listed the 38th-best prospect for the 2007 MLB Draft by Baseball America...earned All-WCAL (West Catholic Athletic League) first-team accolades as a junior (2006) and sophomore (2005)...captured 2006 Central Coast Section Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors...compiled a 6-1 record on the mound in 2006, recording a 1.47 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 47 innings; at the plate, hit at a .411 clip and collected nine home runs, 38 RBI and 31 runs scored...was listed as the 17th-best player at the 2006 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., by Baseball America; also tabbed as the Area Code Games prospect with the 'best breaking pitch'...registered a 9-1 pitching record in 2005, posting a 1.21 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 69 innings...played for the Brewers Area Code Team and the Reds Scout Team.

According to head coach John Savage: 'Erik is one of the top right-handed pitchers in the country. He has an outstanding fastball and a major league breaking ball. Erik's presence and demeanor separate him from the rest of the country. He should be a frontline pitcher in our program right away.'

Matt Grace
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (Palos Verdes HS)
LHP - 6-4, 195

Earned 2006 All-CIF Southern Section Division IV Player of the Year accolades and was named to the 2006 All-CIF Division IV first team...captured 2006 Pioneer League co-Most Valuable Player honors after compiling an 11-1 record and 1.25 ERA...named the Daily Breeze player of the year...helped lead Palos Verdes High School to the CIF Division IV Championship at Angel Stadium in June 2006; pitched 7.0 innings and earned the win, allowing one run on five hits in Palos Verdes' 7-1 victory...played for Angels Elite Baseball and the San Diego Padres scout team...competed in the U.S. Junior National Team tryouts in Joplin, Mo...was nominated at Palos Verdes HS for the Student-Athlete High School Heisman (selected by counselors and teachers)...an excellent scholar-athlete who maintains a 4.1 GPA and has earned California Scholarship Federation membership.

According to head coach John Savage: 'Matt is a very polished left-handed pitcher that had an outstanding junior season, which he capped off with a CIF Championship for Palos Verdes. He has great command and poise on the mound.'

Jason Heyward
McDonough, Ga. (Henry County HS)
1B/OF - 6-3, 215 - L/L

Was a 2006 AFLAC All-American...as a junior, compiled a .456 batting average, five home runs, 20 RBI and 23 stolen bases...ranked No. 3 among Perfect Game's National Top 100 position players...also listed the fourth-best high school player in the Class of 2007 by Baseball America, the fifth-best prospect in the World Wood Bat Class of 2007 by Baseball America, the eighth-best high school prospect in the Class of 2007 at the Perfect Game National Showcase and the 18th-best prospect for the 2007 MLB Draft by Baseball America...named to the All-Southern Crescent first-team in 2005 and 2006...helped lead Henry County to the 2005 High School State Championship and earned most outstanding offensive player honors...has been a part of nine national championship club baseball teams (2005 - AAU Junior Olympics, Perfect Game 16u, Super 7 Series, WWBA 16u, WWBA 18u; 2006 - AAU Junior Olympics, Perfect Game 16u East, Perfect Game 16u National Champs, Perfect Game BCS 16u).

According to head coach John Savage: 'Jason is one of the top 10 position players in the country. He has outstanding tools and has demonstrated the ability to play at a very high level. Jason is an extremely versatile athlete who can do it all on a baseball field. We feel very fortunate to be able to attract him from the Southeast part of the country. Jason has a big future as a Bruin.'

Dan Klein
Los Alamitos, Calif. (Servite HS)
RHP - 6-3, 180

Recorded a 7-1 record, a 1.40 ERA and 49 strikeouts as a junior in 2006, leading Servite to a share of the Serra League Championship...posted a 5-0 record and 0.81 ERA in Serra League contests...earned All-CIF Southern Section Division I second-team accolades and All-Orange County second-team honors...compiled a .313 batting average as a junior and hit at .330 clip his sophomore season...also excels as the starting quarterback on the football team; earned co-Offensive Player of the Year honors in the Serra League as a junior in 2005; completed 146-of-235 passes for 2,005 yards and 15 touchdowns; also rushed for 404 yards on 80 carries, scoring four touchdowns...a fine scholar-athlete who maintains a 3.4 GPA and is an honor student at Servite.

According to head coach John Savage: 'Dan is one of the best athletes in Southern California. He is a two-sport athlete that has a huge future on the mound. Dan has terrific command and an outstanding change-up. He is not only one of the best quarterbacks in the West, but is also one of the top right-handed pitchers.'

Brett Krill
Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Aliso Niguel HS)
OF - 6-4, 200 - R/R

Was a 2006 AFLAC All-American...tabbed the 18th-best prospect in the World Wood Bat Class of 2007 by Baseball America...posted a .385 batting average and .430 on-base percentage as a junior...tallied 30 hits, 22 runs scored, nine doubles, two home runs, 16 RBI his junior season...earned 2006 All-Sea View League first-team accolades as a junior at Aliso Niguel HS...competed for the 2005 Team USA Youth National Team and helped lead the U.S. squad to the silver medal at the World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico...also played in the Tournament of Stars for Team USA in Joplin, Mo...competed for the Orange County Braves Scout Team in 2005 and 2006, the Brewer Area Codes in 2006 and the Perfect Game National Showcase...played in a Connie Mack League with the ABD Bulldogs and the Newport Beach Quakes.

According to head coach John Savage: 'Brett is a physical right-handed hitting outfielder who can hit with outstanding power to all fields. He had an outstanding summer, which ended with a great game in the AFLAC All-American showcase. Brett has phenomenal tools that will make him an exciting ballplayer to watch in the future.'

Rob Rasmussen
Arcadia, Calif. (Pasadena Poly)
LHP - 5-11, 160

Has compiled a 26-2 three-year varsity record with 291 career strikeouts as a starting pitcher at Pasadena Poly...as a junior in 2006, tallied a 0.56 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 25 innings...was named to the All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-State second team, San Gabriel Valley All-Area first team and captured Prep League most valuable player accolades in 2005...posted a 1.40 ERA, 9-1 record, three complete games and one shutout as a sophomore in 2005...led all California high school players with 147 strikeouts in 2005, according to MaxPreps.com...as a freshman in 2004, led all southern California pitchers with 13 victories, according to the Los Angeles Times...competed for the Babe Ruth 19-and-under team in the summers of 2005 and 2006...selected to the 2006 All-Star Team and World Series Tournament Team, which won the 18-and-under World Series in Newark, Ohio...pitched two complete games in the World Series Tournaments, posting 23 strikeouts in two games including 10 strikeouts against the Alabama Raw Dogs.

According to head coach John Savage: 'Rob is one of the top left-handed pitchers in Southern California. He has a great mix of four pitches and is a competitor who will make an immediate impact on our pitching staff.'

Tim Schlatter
Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento CC)
RHP - 6-1, 190

Compiled a 5-5 record, a 5.06 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 20 walks in 65.2 innings as a freshman at Sacramento City College in 2006...helped lead Sacramento CC to the state finals (runner-up) and to first place in Northern California...posted a 3-0 record in the playoffs, pitching 21.1 innings and recording a 3.38 ERA; defeated College of Sequoias in an elimination game, allowing three runs in 8.0 innings; also picked up the victory over Cypress College in the Final Four...as a senior at De La Salle High School (Concord, Calif.), Schlatter posted a 10-2 record as a senior with a 2.05 ERA, 67 strikeouts and 15 walks in 82 innings...earned All-Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) honors...recorded 42 strikeouts and just six walks in 45.1 innings as a junior; collected a 5-4 record and 2.95 ERA.

According to head coach John Savage: 'Tim will bring immediate experience to our pitching staff. He comes to UCLA from a great program in Sacramento City College. He has great command of all of his pitches. Tim is a very polished right-handed pitcher who became Sac City's ace at the end of the season.

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