Beavers Sign Eight For Baseball

Dec. 3, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State signed eight high school baseball players to letters of intent during this fall's early signing period, OSU head coach Pat Casey announced Friday. Signing with the Beavers were righthanded pitcher/first baseman Brian Budrow (Glendale, Ariz./Mountain Ridge HS), lefthanded pitcher Bryn Card (Klamath Falls, Ore./Henley HS), righthanded pitcher Mark Grbavac (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS), outfielder Koa Kahalehoe (Las Vegas, Nev./Durango HS), outfielder Allen Langdon (Garden City, Ida./Eagle HS), infielder Mike McCormick (Eugene, Ore./Marist HS), lefthanded pitcher Alex Sogard (Phoenix, Ariz./Thunderbird HS) and outfielder Shane Sullivan (Olympia, Wash./Capital HS).

'We fulfilled the needs we were looking for and this group gave us some diversity across positions,' Casey said of the group of high school seniors, which will join the Beavers in the fall of 2005. 'We feel with the people we'll be losing after next spring, these guys will have an opportunity to play immediately. We felt we filled the spots we wanted to. We'd like to shore up our middle infield for future seasons, but we're very pleased with this group.'

Budrow was an all-state first-team pick last spring and is a two-time all-league first-team selection. In his three-year career at Mountain Ridge, he has a 25-2 record with a 1.81 earned run average, and in 166 innings he has struck out 192 while walking 46. At the plate, he has batted .415 with 10 home runs and 93 runs batted in.

'Brian is another one of those real good high school arms who can come in and continue the run of pitchers we've brought in the past few years,' Casey said. 'Brian could be a power pitcher with a very good second pitch.'Budrow chose OSU for its campus, coaches and players.

'It just felt right,' Budrow said. 'I feel like they're doing a good job and they're a program on the rise.'

Card pitched Henley to a state championship last spring, earning Skyline Conference Player of the Year and all-state second-team honors. He had a 14-1 record and 1.20 ERA, striking out 128 while walking eight. As a sophomore, he was all-league second team.

'We think Bryn will develop into a tremendous pitcher,' Casey said. 'Right now his velocity isn't at the high end of the college level, but his changeup is outstanding and his fastball will get better and better. He'll really be a good arm here.'

Said Card: 'I love the coaching staff there, they're all great guys and they're all happy about me getting there. I love the campus and it's a great school - I love the school pride up there.'

Grbavac burst onto the scene last summer. During the spring, he was 1-3 with a 2.60 ERA for Central Catholic. In the summer, he was 8-3 with a 0.94 ERA, pitched 67 2/3 innings and struck out 125 while walking 18, and opponents batted just .133 against him.

'Mark had a great summer,' Casey said. 'We think he has a special breaking ball and he's able to throw it in any count. He's got huge makeup and competitiveness. He comes from the same school as (OSU sophomore lefthander) Mark Gunderson.'

Said Grbavac of OSU: 'It's a good program and it's really close to home. I liked the coaching staff.'

Kahalehoe was all-state first team last spring as he batted .435 after being an all-state second-team selection as a sophomore; he's a two-time all-league first team pick for Durango. He has a 60-yard dash time of 6.5 seconds.

'We expect Koa to come in and take the centerfield spot and be able to play as a freshman,' Casey said. 'He can hit, he can hit with power and he has great speed. He'll follow in the line of Aaron Mathews/Jacoby Ellsbury-type players who have come here.'

Said Kahalehoe of choosing OSU: 'I like the area and I felt comfortable. I liked the coaches and the players I met, and it seemed like the athletic department would keep me on task in school.'

Langdon was all-league first team last season for Capital, batting .432 with three homers, 10 doubles, four triples, 32 RBIs and eight stolen bases. He followed that up last summer by batting .456 with four homers, seven doubles, four triples, 30 RBIs and two stolen bases.

'Allen will give us power,' Casey said. 'We'll be losing our whole outfield other than Mike Lissman, and Allen will give us lefthanded power that will really help us in the middle of our order.'

Said Langdon of selecting OSU: 'That was where I felt the greatest comfort level. I liked the coaches at Oregon State and the campus - it was just a better fit.'

McCormick was all-state first team and Sky-Em League Co-Player of the Year last spring, batting .607 with eight homers, four doubles, 31 RBIs and four stolen bases for Marist.

'Mike is a guy playing shortstop right now and he could move to third base,' Casey said. 'He has power potential with big arm strength. He's one of the better players in the state.'

Said McCormick of OSU: 'I just think it's a great program, and I just look forward to playing for such a great program.'

Sogard was all-league first team as a junior when he had a 7-2 record with a 2.40 ERA for Thunderbird, and he was all-league second team as a sophomore.

'Alex has really been developing lately and he'll be a very good college pitcher,' Casey said. 'He's a lefthanded guy who could be a reliever or a starter because he can mix his pitches.'

Said Sogard: 'It's in the Pac-10 and they recruited me the most heavily. I liked the campus, the good competition and the facilities.'

Sullivan did not play last spring due to transfer rules. As a sophomore, he was an all-league first team pick for North Thurston as he batted .480; as a freshman, he set a school record with 36 hits and batted .494. He's been timed in 6.4 seconds for the 60-yard dash.

'Shane is a guy who can play anywhere in the outfield,' Casey said. 'He has great speed plus great makeup. We're really looking forward to working with him offensively, because he's a game-changer with his speed.'

Of his choice of OSU, Sullivan said: 'It had really nice facilities and I liked the coaching staff.'

OREGON STATE BASEBALL - FALL, 2004 SIGNINGSBrian Budrow - RHP-1B - Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge HS)As a junior, all-state and all-league first team; career 25-2 record, 1.81 ERA, 166 innings, 46 walks, 192 strikeoutsBryn Card - LHP - Klamath Falls, Ore. (Henley HS)As a junior, all-state second team, league Player of the Year; 14-1 record, 1.20 ERA, 8 walks, 128 strikeoutsMark Grbavac - RHP - Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic HS)As a junior, 1-3 record, 2.60 ERA, 37.2 innings, 36 hits, 12 walks, 44 strikeoutsKoa Kahalehoe - OF - Las Vegas, Nev. (Durango HS)As a junior, all-state first team, all-league first team; batted .435Allen Langdon - OF - Garden City, Ida. (Eagle HS)As a junior, all-league first team; batted .432, 3 homers, 32 RBIs, 8 stolen basesMike McCormick - IF - Eugene, Ore. (Marist HS)As a junior, all-state first team, league co-Player of the Year; batted .476, 12 homers, 42 RBIsAlex Sogard - LHP - Phoenix, Ariz. (Thunderbird HS)As a junior, all-league first team; 7-2 record, 2.40 ERAShane Sullivan - OF - Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS)As a junior, did not play; as a sophomore, all-league first team, batted .480