Cal Baseball Signs Five Athletes to Letters of Intent

Jan. 9, 2002

BERKELEY, CA - The University of California baseball team has signed five athletes to national letters of intent, featuring an outfielder/pitcher, two pitchers and two infielders, it was announced today by Cal head coach David Esquer.

Esquer and his staff signed Jeremy Burchett, a 6-3, 200 pound outfielder/right-handed pitcher from Coto de Caza, Calif. (Capistrano Valley High School), Stephen Carlson, a 6-0, 180-pound infielder from Bellevue, Wash. (Seattle Prep High School), Allen Craig, a 6-2, 180-pound infielder from Temecula, Calif. (Caparral High School), Adam Gold, a 6-3, 175-pound right-handed pitcher from Lakewood, Colo. (Bear Creek High School) and Greg Miller, a 6-5, 190-pound left-handed pitcher from Yorba Linda, Calif. (Esperanza High School).

Burchett was rated the 42nd best high school prospect among the top 200 high school players nationally by TeamOneBaseball. He was also a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers Elite Team 2001 and was rated the nation's No. 122 top player in the 2001 high school class by Baseball America.

Carlson is a switch-hitting shortstop who batted .531 and was named the 2001 Metro League Player of the Year in Seattle. He was a member of the 2001 Seattle Mariners Area Code Team and was selected to Baseball Washington's Metro Team that participated in the Northwest Championship. In 1999 Carlson was selected to the Washington state USSSA Junior Olympic Team and was named all-tournament at the national championships in Lakeland, Fla.

Craig is another high school shortstop, batting .488 with 41 hits, 31 runs, 16 doubles, three home runs and 22 RBI last spring. He had an impressive .532 on base percentage, his 41 hits was tops in Riverside County and he was a member of the All-Riverside County Team as well. Last summer, Craig was a member of Team California that won a silver medal at the Sunbelt Classic in Oklahoma and he competed in the Team One Showcase in Arizona.

Gold was 6-4 with a 2.07 ERA and had 93 strikeouts in 64.0 innings as a junior in 2001, earning first team all-state honors. He attended the 2001 Midwest Team One Showcase and competed in the 2000 USA Baseball Junior Olympic Tournament. Gold also has a 3.9 GPA and will graduate with 11 varsity letters (four baseball, four basketball, two golf, one football) this spring. He was recruited by Stanford, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Arkansas before selecting Cal.

Miller is a tall left-hander (6-5) who was 4-2 with five saves, a 1.58 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 40.0 innings last spring. He also is a two-time first team All-Sunset League selection and was a member of the 2001 National Classic All-Tournament Team.

'I am extremely pleased with our recruiting class,' said Esquer. 'We feel these players will directly fill our needs when they join us next fall. With Burchett we have an outstanding outfielder with great power potential, who can also help us as a pitcher. With Gold and Miller we have quality right-handed and left-handed pitchers and with Carlson and Craig we have two infielders who will be able to help us quickly.'

Name		                Pos.	Hometown	  High SchoolJeremy Burchett, 6-3, 200	OF/RHP	Coto de Caza, CA  Capistrano Valley HSStephen Carlson, 6-0, 180	INF	Bellevue, WA	  Seattle Prep HSAllen Craig, 6-2, 180		INF	Temecula, CA	  Caparral HSAdam Gold, 6-3, 175		RHP	Lakewood, CO	  Bear Creek HSGreg Miller, 6-5, 190		LHP	Yorba Linda, CA	  Esperanza HS
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