UCLA Baseball Signs Eight Standouts to National Letters of Intent
Nov. 13, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball program has received eight signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, as announced Friday by head coach John Savage. Aided by assistant coaches Rick Vanderhook and Steve Pearse, the sixth recruiting class under Savage includes five position players and three right-handed pitchers who will enroll at UCLA in the fall of 2010.
UCLA's recruiting class features right-handed pitchers Adam Plutko, Nick Vander Tuig and Zachary Weiss. The Bruins' group is also highlighted by infielders Patrick Gallagher, Jacob Shirley, Patrick Valaika and Kevin Williams and outfielder Brenton Allen.
'Our coaching staff has done a terrific job with this recruiting class,' Savage said. 'Coach Vanderhook and Coach Pearse have worked hard to recruit these players, and we are excited that they have chosen to become Bruins. Between the three incoming pitchers and five position players, we are confident that this class will make significant contributions down the road.'
Savage's first five recruiting classes at UCLA have each earned top-20 billing from Baseball America. His first two classes were ranked No. 5 and No. 13, respectively, and the national publication tabbed his third and fourth classes as No. 7 in the country. UCLA's most recent incoming class was ranked No. 19 by Baseball America.
UCLA BASEBALL SIGNEES (2010)
|Name||Position||B/T||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (High School)|
|Brenton Allen||OF||L/L||6-1||195||Cerritos, Calif. (Gahr HS)|
|Patrick Gallagher||INF||L/R||6-2||210||Reno, Nev. (Reno HS)|
|Adam Plutko||RHP||R/R||6-3||180||Upland, Calif. (Glendora HS)|
|Jacob Shirley||INF||R/R||6-1||185||Covina, Calif. (South Hills HS)|
|Patrick Valaika||INF||R/R||5-11||170||Valencia, Calif. (Hart HS)|
|Nick Vander Tuig||RHP||R/R||6-3||190||Oakdale, Calif. (Oakdale HS)|
|Zachary Weiss||RHP||R/R||6-1||185||Irvine, Calif. (Northwood HS)|
|Kevin Williams||INF/OF||L/R||5-11||175||Van Nuys, Calif. (Crespi HS)|
Cerritos, Calif. (Gahr HS)
OF - 6-1, 195 - L/L
Head Coach John Savage: 'Brenton is a very good two-sport athlete, and we believe that when he solely concentrates on baseball, he will become a much more polished player. He is an exceptional athlete who can hit with tremendous power from the left side.'
Reno, Nev. (Reno HS)
INF - 6-2, 210 - L/R
Head Coach John Savage: 'Patrick is among the best hitters in the state of Nevada. He is a guy who combines power with the ability to hit for a high average. He can hit with power to all fields and has a very bright future at UCLA.'
Upland, Calif. (Glendora HS)
RHP - 6-3, 180 - R/R
Head Coach John Savage: 'Adam was among the most sought-after right-handed pitchers in southern California. He will be an impact player for our program. Adam had one of the best summers of any high school pitcher in the nation. We look for him to be a major contributor as a freshman.'
Covina, Calif. (South Hills HS)
INF - 6-1, 185 - R/R
Head Coach John Savage: 'Jacob is one of the best athletes in southern California. He has all the tools to be an impact infielder at the Division I level. Being a quarterback in high school, Jacob has the competitiveness that we look for in a young player. We look for him to be a really good hitter in our program.'
Valencia, Calif. (Hart HS)
INF - 5-11, 170 - R/R
Head Coach John Savage: 'Patrick has been a highly-recruited middle infielder who is a very solid player. He has all the intangibles to step in right away and make an impact for our team in the Pac-10 Conference. Patrick is a very offensive player who has a great mentality for the game.'
Nick Vander Tuig
Oakdale, Calif. (Oakdale HS)
RHP - 6-3, 190 - R/R
Head Coach John Savage: 'Nick is a very talented right-hander who has three pitches that will allow him to compete right away. We like his athleticism and are confident that he will have a significant impact in our program at UCLA.'
Irvine, Calif. (Northwood HS)
RHP - 6-1, 185 - R/R
Head Coach John Savage: 'Zach was among the most pleasant surprises of all the pitchers that came out of southern California this past summer. He has a tremendous future on the mound, and he is a guy who is just learning how to pitch at a high level. Zach has all the physical attributes that you want in a Pac-10 pitcher.'
Van Nuys, Calif. (Crespi HS)
INF/OF - 5-11, 175 - L/R
Head Coach John Savage: 'Kevin is a very talented position player in this class. He is a left-handed hitter who can spray the ball all over the field. Kevin is a very versatile athlete who comes from a great program in Crespi High School, winners of the CIF Division II title last spring.'