JC All-America Catcher Signed By UW

June 2, 2009

SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team has added a player to its 2010 recruiting class as head coach Ken Knutson announced today that the UW has received a Letter of Intent from junior college All-America catcher Miles Kizer.

Kizer, who will be a junior for the 2010 season, played the last two years at Glendale (Ariz.) Community College after having graduated from Goldwater High School in Phoenix.

During the 2009 season, he batted .390 (78-for-200) with 14 doubles and 52 runs batted in. He led his league in RBI and was named a first-team NJCAA Division II All-American at the end of the season.

'Catcher was an area of need that we had to address,' Knutson said. 'We need a catcher who can come in and make an impact right away, and Miles has a great chance to do that. He's a big, strong, aggressive player who had a great year with a wood bat. Plus, he's an impact defender with a great arm.'

Kizer also played linebacker on the Glendale football team and set the school record for tackles in a season as a senior at Goldwater High in 2006, where he earned second-team all-state as both a catcher in baseball and a linebacker in football.

Kizer joins a list of nine high school seniors who signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period last November. That group consisted of: 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).

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