UW Baseball Signs Nine In-State Prospects

Nov. 17, 2008

SEATTLE - The University of Washington baseball team has received National Letters of Intent from nine high school seniors who will join the Huskies for the 2010 season, 17th-year head coach Ken Knutson announced today. The nine players that signed letters did so during the early signing period, which began Nov. 12. There will also be a late signing period beginning in April.

The nine signees, all from the state of Washington, are: OF/C Chase Anselment (Edmonds/Meadowdale), RHP Adam Cimber (Edgewood/Puyallup), IF Jake Lamb (Seattle/Bishop Blanchet), RHP Collin Monagle (Port Orchard/South Kitsap), RHP Nick Palewicz (Seattle/Ballard), IF Eric Peterson (Renton/Liberty), OF Andy Smith (Poulsbo/North Kitsap), RHP Tyler Sullivan (Kingston/Kingston), and OF Brian Wolfe (Snohomish/Snohomish).

'It's an excellent class,' Knutson stated. 'The thing that stands out is that its well-balanced with hitters and pitchers. We're bringing in a lot of left-handed power, plus three power arms and a top strike-thrower. It could be one of those special classes if all of them make it to college after the draft.'

Anselment batted .395 as a junior at Meadowdale, also serving as the team's closer. He earned first-team 3A all-state as a catcher as Meadowdale finished fourth in the 3A state tournament last season.

'Chase is a powerful left-handed hitter,' Knutson said. 'He played for Chaffey [which plays its home games at Husky Ballpark] in summer ball, so we've seen him a lot. We see him as a middle-of-the-order type of hitter.'

Cimber was named the South Puget Sound League 4A South player of the year, leading the Vikings to the state tournament. A second-team 4A all-state pitcher, he went 7-2 with a .172 ERA, 69 strikeouts and only seven walks. He threw seven-inning no-hitter vs. Spanaway Lake and followed that with a one-hitter vs. Graham-Kapowsin.

'Adam is a top performer,' said Knutson. 'He's the state's premium strike-thrower.'

Lamb, a first-team All-Metro League selection, helped Bishop Blanchet to the first round of 3A state tournament last year. Baseball America ranked him as the No. 73 high school prospect in the nation. He's also a standout wide receiver and defensive back at Blanchet.

'Jake has a strong arm and he can really hit,' Knutson said. 'He plays shortstop in high school and he could play any of the three infield spots in college. He also played for Chaffey in the summer.'

Monagle, also a standout basketball player, missed the 2008 baseball season at South Kitsap after suffering an injury just prior to the start of the season, but he should return in 2009.

'Collin is a big kid with a powerful right arm,' Knutson said. 'Prior to his injury, he was throwing in the low to mid-90s'

Palewicz, also a top golfer for the Beavers, was an honorable mention All-KingCo 4A selection as a junior in 2008. He was third in the league in strikeouts with 43 Ks in 35 innings pitched. He played at Ballard under former Husky star Kevin Miller, who joined the UW staff as an assistant coach this offseason.

'Eric is an excellent student and a hard thrower on the mound,' Knutson said. 'He has a good, solid fastball and a strong body.'

Peterson was a first-team selection as a utility player on the All-KingCo 3A team and also earned second-team 3A all-state honors from the WSBCA.

'Eric plays shortstop in high school,' said Knutson. 'He could end up as a corner infielder or outfielder for us. He's another very good left-handed hitter with a good arm.'

Smith, also a standout on the football field, played at North Kitsap in 2007, but then spent the 2007-08 school year at Syracuse High School in Utah. He has returned to North Kitsap for his senior season in 2009.

'Andy is all about speed,' Knutson explained. 'He's the fastest guy in the class and he has great center field skills.'

Sullivan earned honorable mention 2A all-state as a pitcher in 2008, helping Kingston to first round of 2A state tournament. He played summer ball for Taylor Baseball, where his pitching coach was current UW assistant Tighe Dickinson.

'Tyler has been an outstanding pitcher and hitter in high school,' Knutson said. 'He pitches in the low-90s with a great splitter.'

Wolfe helped lead Snohomish to 2008 4A state title, earning All-WesCo honors as a pitcher and first baseman. He also helped the Panthers to a second-place state finish in 2007.

'Brian is a left-handed hitting outfielder and first baseman,' Knutson concluded. 'He's a very projectible power hitter.'

The Huskies open the 2009 season next Feb. 20 with the first of a four-game series at NCAA champion Fresno State.

Name             Pos.  Hometown (High School)Chase Anselment  OF/C  Edmonds, Wash. (Meadowdale)Adam Cimber      RHP   Edgewood, Wash. (Puyallup)Jake Lamb        IF    Seattle, Wash. (Bishop Blanchet)Collin Monagle   RHP   Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap)Nick Palewicz    RHP   Seattle, Wash. (Ballard)Eric Peterson    IF    Renton, Wash. (Liberty)Andy Smith       OF    Poulsbo, Wash. (North Kitsap)Tyler Sullivan   RHP   Kingston, Wash. (Kingston)Brian Wolfe      OF    Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish)
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