Cal Baseball Signs Seven Athletes to Letters of Intent

Nov. 24, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. -

The University of California baseball program has signed seven athletes to national letters of intent - featuring four pitchers, a catcher, an infielder and an outfielder - it was announced by Cal head coach David Esquer.

Among the incoming class is Spencer Arroyo, a 6-4, 175-pound left-handed pitcher out of Modesto Junior College. Arroyo features a fastball between 88-91mph, complemented by a change-up and slider. Last season at Modesto JC, he was 7-1 with a 3.72 ERA, and had 35 strikeouts in 48.1 innings. An East Union High School graduate (Manteca, Calif.), Arroyo was named to the 2006 Valley Oak All-League team as a senior.

Also signing national letters of intent were Skyler Crawford, a 6-1, 185-pound right-hander from Hartnell Junior College (Salinas, Calif.); Matt Flemer, a 6-3, 215-pound right-hander, and Marcus Semien, a 6-0, 170-pound infielder, from St. Mary's High School in Berkeley; Kyle Higashioka, a 6-1, 200-pound catcher from Edison High School in Huntington Beach; Erik Johnson, a 6-3, 200-pound right-hander from Los Altos High School; and Danny Oh, a 5-11, 185-pound left-handed outfielder from Jackson High School in Everett, Wash.

Crawford struck out 73 batters in 67.0 innings pitched last spring at Hartnell Junior College. The hard throwing left-hander throws a fastball in the upper 80s to low 90s, and was drafted in the 41st round of the 2006 Major League draft by the Florida Marlins. As a senior at Salinas High School, Crawford was selected second-team All-Central Coast Section.

Flemer had an outstanding junior season at St. Mary's High School where he was 12-0 with a 1.02 ERA, and had 118 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 75.0 innings. In addition to his pitching highlights, Flemer played first base and batted .439 with five home runs and 29 RBI. He was the 2007 North Coast Section Player of the Year has been selected a pre-season All-American pitcher by Under Armor entering his senior year.

Semien, the son of former Cal wide receiver Damien Semien (1990-93), is a talented infielder. During his junior season at St. Mary's High School, he hit .473 with four home runs and 27 RBI. Semien is rated the 44th best high school player in California by Perfect Game Crosschecker.

Rated the 51st top player in California by Perfect Game Crosschecker, Higashioka is talented catcher, both offensively and defensively. As a junior at Edison High School, he hit .420 with six home runs and a .880 slugging percentage, earning first-team All-Sunset League and All-Area Code Team honors. Higashioka was also named All-Sunset League 'Rookie of the Year' during his sophomore season at Edison High School.

An extremely talented pitcher from Los Altos High School, Johnson helped his team to the Central Coast Section Division II Championship this past spring. Johnson earned an 8-1-1 record with a 1.58 ERA, and had 77 strikeouts with only 19 walks in 66.1 innings. With a fastball in the upper 80s to low 90s, he is ranked the state's 35th-best prospect by Perfect Game Crosschecker.

Helping propel Jackson High School to a 27-0 record and the 4A Washington State Championship, Oh was named first-team all-state and is currently ranked the No. 1 prospect in the state of Washington by Baseball Northwest and is ranked 92nd nationally by Perfect Game Crosschecker. During his junior season, the left-handed hitting Oh batted .436 with 11 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 23 RBI and a .846 slugging percentage.

'This is one of the most talented groups ever recruited at Cal,' said Esquer. 'Our incoming pitchers should compete right away and have an immediate impact with two experienced junior college players and two great high school arms. Our new pitching will be complemented by three solid position players who will provide us with great offensive and defensive support when they arrive. We are very excited about this group.'

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