Cal Baseball 2005 Recruiting Class Ranked Eighth by

Dec. 2, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - The University of California baseball team's 2005 recruiting class has been named the nation's eighth-best by The Golden Bears signed nine in-state athletes to national letters of intent, including eight players from Northern California. The class features six pitchers, a catcher, an infielder and an outfielder. Of Cal's six pitchers who have signed, four are also position players.

Head coach David Esquer and his staff signed shortstop/right-handed pitcher Michael Brady, a 6-0, 175-pounder from Laguna Beach (Santa Margarita HS); Michael Bugary, a 6-4, 210-pound first baseman/left-handed pitcher from Salinas (Monterey HS); Charlie Cutler, a 6-0, 190-pound catcher from San Francisco (Lowell HS); and Matt Gorgen, a 5-10, 185-pound right-hander from Clayton (Clayton Valley HS).

Also signed by the Bears were Richard Gorman, a 5-10, 170-pound infielder from San Jose (Bellermine College Prep); Ryan Hanlon, a 6-1, 175-pound outfielder from Laguna Creek (Laguna Creek HS); Chris Petrini, a 5-11, 235-pound left-handed pitcher/utility player from San Bruno (Sacred Heart Cathedral HS); Tyson Ross, a 6-6, 195-pound right-handed pitcher/first baseman from Oakland (Bishop O'Dowd); and Sean Watson, a 6-8, 180-pound leftt-hander from Lafayette (Acalanes HS).

As a junior, Brady was selected first team All-Serra League, helping Santa Margarita High School to the league title, going 6-5 with a 2.71 ERA, and striking out 47 batters with only nine walks in 62.0 innings. He also batted .354, and was selected to the 2004 Dodger Elite Team and the Orange County Braves Scout Team. Brady was recently chosen the nation's 20th best infielder by Team One Baseball, as well as a 2005 Puma Preseason All-American.

Bugary was rated the nation's eighth-best first baseman by Team One Baseball after an outstanding 2004 season. He was named the 2004 Monterey Bay League Pitcher of the Year after going 11-3 with a 1.91 ERA, and 136 strikeouts in 88.0 innings. Bugary also hit .598 with 15 home runs, tying the Central Coast Section home run record. He was named to the All-Central Coast Section team and was the Junior Player of the Year in the San Jose Mercury News.

Cutler was spectacular at Lowell High School, batting .636 with six home runs and setting a California high school record with 71 RBI. He has been has been named a 2004 second team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Team One Baseball has ranked him the nation's second-best catching prospect.

Right-handed pitcher Gorgen had 66 strikeouts in 63.0 innings with a 1.61 ERA for Clayton Valley High School, earning first team All-BVAL and second team All-East Bay honors. He also had a streak of 23.0 innings without giving up a run, and competed for the North team at the North-South Showcase.

An infielder from Bellermine College Prep, Gorman batted .329 with three home runs and had a .424 on-base percentage last spring. He was a member of the 2004 Brewers Area Code Team and was also recently named a Puma Preseason All-American by Team One Baseball.

Outfielder Hanlon was the Delta League's 2004 Most Valuable Player after leading the region in hitting with a .541 average and a .973 slugging percentage. He also led the Delta League in steals (23) and RBI (30), and was a member of the Cal Hi Sports underclass All-State team and first team All-Metro in the Sacramento Bee.

Petrini, a left-handed pitcher and utility player, was first team All-WCAL and in 2004 was named the Most Valuable Player in the Joe DiMaggio State Tournament.

Right-handed pitcher/first baseman Ross was a member of the 2004 USA Junior National Team that traveled to Taiwan last summer. He is a two-time first team All-HAAL selection and was named the 2004 Hayward Area Athletic League Pitcher of the Year, going 9-2 with a 1.53 ERA, and 128 strikeouts and six complete games in 78.0 innings. Ross was picked the 36th-best right-handed pitcher by Team One Baseball, and 50th-best high school prospect by Baseball America.

Watson, who was coached in high school by Cal assistant Jon Zuber, is ranked the 33rd-best left-handed pitcher by TeamOne baseball after finishing 10-2 with a 1.62 ERA at Acalanes High School. He was a first team All-DFAL selection in 2004 and competed in the TeamOne baseball Showcase in Phoenix last summer.

'We are really excited about this class,' said Esquer. 'I think we addressed all of our needs, both on the field and on the mound. I feel this will be an impact class here at Cal, and as freshmen should make immediate contributions to the team.'