UW Baseball Signs Eight Prospects to Letters of Intent

Nov. 12, 2004

SEATTLE - The University of Washington baseball team has received National Letters of Intent from eight high school seniors who will join the Huskies for the 2006 season, 13th-year head coach Ken Knutson announced today. The eight players that signed letters did so during the early signing period, which began Wednesday and runs through Nov. 17. The late signing period begins next April 13.

The eight signees are: SS/2B Bradley Boyer (Sumner/Enumclaw HS), LHP Tyler Cheney (Richland/Richland HS), OF/RHP Kyle Conley (Richland/Richland HS), SS Danny Cox (Chehalis/W.F. West HS), LHP Adrian Gomez (Battle Ground/Prairie HS), LHP Nick Haughian (Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck HS), 1B Trevor Petersen (Seattle/Seattle Christian HS), and OF Jake Rife (Arlington/Lakewood HS).

'We're probably going to lose a bunch of experienced players after this upcoming season,' Knutson said, 'so it was important to address that. What we've done is signed a class that will have an opportunity to come in and contribute immediately. On paper, this class rivals any group we've ever brought in. It's balanced with pitchers, including several lefties, and has some big-impact offensive players. This also happens to be a group of very good students.'

Boyer is a right-handed hitting middle infielder and the younger brother of former UW signee Billy Boyer, who elected to sign a pro contract rather than attend college. 'Bradley's a set-the-table kind of player with good speed,' Knutson said. 'He also has tremendous makeup and is very competitive.'

Cheney and Conley are teammates for the powerful Richland High team. 'Cheney is a big, physical pitcher that's had a lot of high school success,' Knutson said. 'He's been dominant in high school and was being recruited by a lot of big-name programs.'

'Conley's also big and physical,' Knutson added. 'He's got the potential to play outfield and pitch for us.' Conley was a 4A all-state honorable mention selection as a junior.

Cox is a left-handed hitting shortstop that made a name for himself as a sophomore prior to an injury-plagued junior year. 'He's the best infielder I've seen as a sophomore,' Knutson said. 'He can be a hitter in the middle of our lineup, and he'll get a lot of interest from professional baseball.'

Gomez 'has very good skills and is very polished,' Knutson said. 'He has a very big upside as he matures physically.'

Haughian is another left-handed pitcher that Knutson noted has also had a very successful high school career thusfar, earning first-team All-Wesco in 2004. 'He's a lefty with an excellent breaking pitch,' Knutson said.

Petersen, a summer-ball teammate of Haughian's on the Chaffey Baseball team and the Chinook League MVP in 2004, is noted for his powerful hitting. 'Trevor was the best sophomore hitter in the state two seasons ago,' Knutson said. 'He should be able to contribute in the middle of the lineup.'

Finally, Rife is a left-handed hitting leadoff-type hitter who earned 2A first-team all-state last season.. 'Jake is probably the most mature player in the group in terms of his baseball abilities,' Knutson said. 'He can get on base and has good speed. He'll give you a little bit of an Ichiro look in that he gets on base and is an offensive catalyst.'

Coach Knutson also expects to receive several more letters of intent before the end of the early signing period. When paperwork from those possible signees is received, their names will be released.

The Huskies open the 2005 season next Feb. 11 with a three-game series at UC Irvine.

UW Baseball 2006 Early Letter of Intent Signees

Name Pos. Hometown/High SchoolBradley Boyer SS/2B Sumner, WA/Enumclaw HSTyler Cheney LHP Richland, WA/Richland HSKyle Conley RHP/OF Richland, WA/Richland HSDanny Cox SS Chehalis, WA/W.F. West HSAdrian Gomez LHP Battle Ground, WA/Prairie HSNick Haughian LHP Marysville, WA/Marysville-Pilchuck HSTrevor Petersen 1B Seattle, WA/Seattle Christian HSJake Rife OF Arlington, WA/Lakewood HS