UCLA Baseball Announces Letters of Intent

Dec. 11, 2000

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- UCLA baseball coach Gary Adams has signed a class of five players to enter UCLA in the fall of 2001.

'We are very pleased with our recruiting class. It is not a large group, but it is certainly a quality group, and we'd rather have quality over quantity anyday,' Adams said.

The class is highlighted by Wes Whisler (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville HS). Whisler, a left-handed pitcher, is one of the most versatile players in the nation and will also see time at first base. Because of his versitility, Whisler could be in the Bruin lineup every day, playing first base when he's not pitching. He earned All-Indiana honors as both a pitcher and a hitter. 'We are really looking forward to having Wes on our UCLA baseball team next season. We feel like he has the potential to become a top-notch college player in the mold of other UCLA first basemen playing in the Major Leagues today- Eric Karros of the Dodgers and Todd Zeile of the Mets,' said Adams.

Bryan Beck (Irvine, CA/Woodbridge HS) is a right-handed pitcher who ranks among the top 100 players in the nation by Baseball Team Sport. He is an honors student who has good action on his fast ball. 'Bryan is a big right hander that has 90-plus MPH velocity on his fastball with good control. He is one of the top pitchers in Southern California and we are very fortunate to have him at UCLA,' commented Adams.

Daniel Reed (Orange, CA/Villa Park HS) provides UCLA with much needed left-handed pitching. He was an All-CIF selection in his junior year and had an earned run average of just over one run per game and averaged more than one strikeout per inning. 'We needed left-handed pitching and Daniel will certainly help fill that void in our pitching staff. He has good movement and sink on his fastball to go with a sharp breaking curve,' Adams noted.

Bill Susdorf (Newhall, CA/ Hart HS) is another versatile player who can pitch and play in the outfield. He will vie for playing time in the outfield and will contend to be a late inning relief pitcher. 'Billy is a versatile player who will make himself heard either on the mound or at the playing position. He's one of the best hitters- if not the best- in LA City and County,' said Adams.

Jeff Abney from Lake Oswego, OR, rounds out the class. A catcher, Abney grew up in Orange County and will return to Southern California. 'We saw Jeff play in the Area Code Games. He was one of the best athletes at his position in the whole tournament. He runs well for a catcher, has a strong arm, and swings the bat with power,' Adams noted.

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