Cal Baseball Welcomes 16 Newcomers to Fall Practice
Oct. 1, 2003
BERKELEY, CA - University of California baseball coach David Esquer has welcomed in 16 new players to his program as the Golden Bears have been involved in individual workouts and will begin official fall practice on Oct. 13. The 2004 Cal squad will be hosting an Alumni Game on Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. at Evans Diamond and begin the 2004 season Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at home versus BYU.
Esquer and his staff bring in pitchers Kevin Barnum, a 6-2, 175-pound left-hander from Laguna Hills (Laguna Hills HS); Case Dahlen, a 6-5, 205-pound left-hander from Palos Verdes Estates (Peninsula HS); Alec Harris, a 6-6, 230-pound right-hander from La Mesa (San Diego Mesa JC); Nick Kaufman, a 6-1, 190-pound left-hander from Pacific Palisades (Pacific Palisades HS); Brandon Morrow, a 6-2, 165-pound right-hander from Rohnert Park (Rancho Cotate HS); and Alex Rollin, a 6-2, 220-pound right-hander from Los Gatos (Los Gatos HS).
Two catchers signed by the Bears are Garrett Bussiere, a 6-2, 180-pounder from Thornton, Colo. (Northglenn HS) and Travis Howell, a 6-2, 215-pounder from Los Gatos (Los Gatos HS). Also included in Cal's large incoming class are 6-1, 200-pound outfielder Chris Errecart from Stockton (Lincoln HS), 6-2, 175-pound shortstop Josh Satin from Calabasas (Harvard-Westlake HS), 6-2, 205-pound third baseman/outfielder/right-handed pitcher Jordan Karnofsky from Sacramento (Christian Brothers HS); 6-3, 195-pound first baseman/outfielder Brennan Boesch from Los Angeles (Harvard-Westlake HS); 6-4, 195-pound outfielder Taylor Grigsby from Pacific Palisades (Brentwood HS); 6-2, 195-pound outfielder Cameron Johnson from Berkeley (Brown University); 6-2, 185-pound infielder Brett Munster from Northridge (Chatsworth HS) and 6-1, 175-pound first baseman Mike Van Winden from Napa (Justin-Siena HS).
Barnum was first team All-Sea View League and second team CIF Southern Section for Laguna Hills High School, recording 72 strikeouts in 58.0 innings with a 2.29 ERA as a senior. Dahlen was selected the No. 4 prospect in the country in Perfect Game's Top 100 Class of 2003 Prospects entering his junior year before suffering an injury to his left shoulder. He still batted .433 with eight home runs and 32 RBI as a senior, earning L.A. Times All-Region and All-Bay League honors for Peninsula High School. Morrow was 9-2 with a 0.61 ERA and had 84 strikeouts in 63.0 innings last spring at Rancho Cotate High School. He was first team all-league and first team All-North Coast Section, and was drafted in the 40th round by the Anaheim Angles last June.
The 6-6, 230-pound Harris is a transfer from San Diego Mesa Junior College where he was an outstanding reliever last spring, going 1-1 with seven saves and a 1.17 ERA. He only allowed three earned runs in 23.0 innings with eight walks and 23 strikeouts. Harris was also a Pacific Coast Conference all-league performer and his seven saves were the third most in California junior college baseball. Left-hander Kaufman went 5-2 with four saves and a 2.10 ERA for Palisades High School, earning first team all-league honors and leading the Western League with 110 strikeouts.
Rollin and Howell were battery mates at Los Gatos High School. Rollin, who was also the starting quarterback on the football team, racked up 12 wins with 128 strikeouts as a senior and finished his high school career with 28 wins and 317 strikeouts, earning 2003 Cal-Hi All-State honors. Howell batted .506 with 10 home runs and a .933 slugging percentage, earning first team all-league and all-state honors.
Bussiere batted .471 with three doubles, a triple, six home runs and 26 RBI as a senior at Northglenn High School, earning first team All-State honors and was drafted in the 14th round by the Milwaukee Brewers last June. In 2003, Errecart batted .531 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI and 20 stolen bases, earning both league and all-area MVP honors, as well as all-state and Collegiate Baseball All-America accolades, for Lincoln High School.
Satin and Boesch were teammates at Harvard-Westlake High School. Satin batted .478 with 10 home runs as a senior, earning first team All-CIF Southern Section and L.A. Times All-Region. He was the only player named to the Los Angeles Dodger Elite Team (Area Code) three years in a row. As a senior, Boesch was a preseason All-American in Baseball America, hitting .490 with seven home runs and was All-CIF Southern Section. As a junior, he was ranked as one of the top three position players in California, and one of the top 25 prospects in the nation, by Baseball America.
Karnofsky hit .488 with 18 doubles and a .952 slugging percentage as a senior at Christian Brothers High School. He was also 7-3 with a 2.10 ERA on the mound, earning league MVP honors and was drafted in the 48th round by the Cleveland Indians last June. Grigsby, whose sister, Jenna, is a senior on the Cal volleyball team, was named the 2003 Athlete of the Year at Brentwood High School, batting .391 with 10 doubles, a home run and a team-high 22 RBI as a senior. He was also selected All-CIF Southern Section.
Outfielder Johnson is a transfer from Brown University where he was second team All-Ivy League, batting .276 with two doubles, two triples, three home runs and 20 RBI for the Brown Bears. He was also 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA on the mound. Munster is an infielder who was a member of the 2003 Chatsworth High School baseball team that finished 31-2 and won the national high school championship in Dodger Stadium. As a senior he batted .370 with eight doubles, three home runs and 37 RBI. First baseman Van Winden, who's great, great uncle is Cal football Hall of Famer Vic Bottari, was a two-time Napa County Player of the Year, batting .493 with a school-record .800 slugging percentage as a senior.
'I am really excited about this year's incoming class,' said Esquer. 'I think we addressed all of the needs we are going to have entering the 2004 season. I feel this large and talented class is as good of a group as any we have had since I have been here at Cal.'
CALIFORNIA'S 2004 BASEBALL NEWCOMERS
Name Hometown High School/Last SchoolKevin Barnum, 6-1, 175, LHP Laguna Hills, CA Laguna Hills HSBrennan Boesch, 6-3, 195, 1B/OF Los Angeles, CA Harvard-Westlake HSGarrett Bussiere, 6-2, 180, C Thornton, CO Northglenn HSCase Dahlen, 6-5, 205, LHP Palos Verdes, CA Peninsula HSChris Errecart, 6-1, 200, OF Stockton, CA Lincoln HSTaylor Grigsby, 6-4, 195, OF Pacific Palis., CA Brentwood HSAlec Harris, 6-6, 230, RHP La Mesa, CA San Diego Mesa JCTravis Howell, 6-2, 215, C Los Gatos, CA Los Gatos HSCameron Johnson, 6-2, 195, OF Berkeley, CA Brown UniversityJordan Karnofsky, 6-2, 205, UTL Sacramento, CA Christian Brothers HSNick Kaufman, 6-1, 190, RHP Pacific Palis., CA Pacific Palisades HSBrandon Morrow, 6-2, 165, RHP Rohnert Park, CA Rancho Cotate HSBrett Munster, 6-2, 185, INF Northridge, CA Chatsworth HSAlex Rollin, 6-2, 220, RHP Los Gatos, CA Los Gatos HSJosh Satin, 6-2, 175, SS Calabasas, CA Harvard-Westlake HSMike Van Winden, 6-1, 175, 1B Napa, CA Justin-Siena HS
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