Nov. 15, 2012
BERKELEY -The University of California baseball program, bolstered by an appearance at the 2011 College World Series and the fundraising efforts of the Cal Baseball Foundation, has signed an outstanding class of eight in-state athletes to national letters of intent - featuring five pitchers and three position players - it was announced today (Nov. 15) by Golden Bear head coach David Esquer.
Cal's incoming class for fall 2013 includes Andrew Buckley, a 6-2, 205-pound right-hander from Concord (De La Salle High School); Trevin Haseltine, a 6-3, 195-pound right-hander from Vacaville (Will C. Wood High School); Daulton Jefferies, a 5-11, 160-pound right-handed pitcher/infielder from Atwater (Buhach Colony High School); and Aaron Knapp, a 5-10, 160-pound left-handed hitting outfielder from Granite Bay (Granite Bay High School).
De La Salle's top pitcher as a junior, Buckely went 5-2 with a 1.71 ERA, two complete games and 53 strikeouts in 2012. He only allowed five extra base hits in 31 hits allowed and had a .187 opponent batting average. Buckley had a complete game win in the North Coast Section title game with 10 strikeouts. He was a high school teammate of current Bear freshmen Mitchell Kranson and Sean Peters, and throws his fastball between 87-90 with a slider and change-up.
Haseltine would have to be considered one of Cal's top recruits this year as he is ranked the No. 1 right-handed pitcher in California by Perfect Game USA. He throws a 91-93 mph four-seam fastball with a curveball and a cut fastball. Haseltine was selected a 2012 first-team Underclassman All-American by Perfect Game USA after recording 61 strikeouts in 33.0 innings with a 1.70 ERA as a junior. Opponents batted .176 against him.
A left-handed hitting pitcher/infielder, Jefferies hit .366 as a junior with 22 runs, 37 hits, 29 RBI, eight doubles, three triples; and had a .505 slugging percentage and a .480 on-base percentage. On the mound, the right-hander was 8-0 with a 1.26 ERA and four complete games. He was the 2012 MVP of the Central California Conference as a shortstop and pitcher.
A left-handed hitting outfielder who is the younger brother of Cal standout Andrew Knapp and the son of former Bear catcher Mike Knapp, Aaron Knapp hit .434 as a junior with 32 runs, nine doubles, two triples, a home run and 20 RBI. Knapp also had 18 walks, 10 stolen bases and a .536 on-base percentage and a .645 slugging percentage during his junior campaign. He was selected a California Region Honorable Mention Rawlings All-American in 2012, and was a Perfect Game USA Honorable Mention All-American in 2010 and 2011.
Also signing national letters of intent with the Bears were Alex Martinez, a 6-0, 160-pound right-hander from Union City (Logan High School); John Riley, a 6-0, 205-pound third baseman/catcher from San Jose (Willow Glen High School); Alex Schick, a 6-6, 175-pound right-handed pitcher from San Diego (Cathedral Catholic High School) and Robbie Tenerowicz, a 6-0, 175-pound middle infielder from Moraga (Campolindo High School).
Martinez throws a four-seam fastball between 86-91 with an outstanding curveball. He threw a one-hit complete game shutout against De La Salle as a sophomore in the North Coast Section title game. Martinez finished that season 4-1 with two complete games, two saves and a 1.41 ERA. He also had 77 strikeouts in 59.2 innings with a .176 opponent batting average.
A 2012 Underclassman Second-Team All-American by Perfect Game USA, Riley batted .489 with eight home runs and 30 RBI as a junior. Also as a junior, he finished with a .578 on-base percentage. In 2011, Riley was named the Mt. Hamilton League MVP and was the CIF Central Coast Section Sophomore of the Year.
Schick is a 6-6 right-hander with an outstanding slider to go along with a fastball in the high 80s-low 90s. As a junior, he was 4-1 with a 1.04 ERA and had 38 strikeouts in 40.1 innings pitched. Opponents had a .212 batting average against him. A right-handed hitting middle infielder who has led Placer High School to a 42-12-2 record in his three seasons, Tenerowicz was named an Underclassman High School Honorable Mention All-American in both 2012 and 2011 by Perfect Game USA.
"We are very excited about this 2013 class," said Cal baseball's recruiting coordinator and pitching coach Mike Neu, who was the star closer on Miami's 1999 College World Series championship team. "Our staff really focused on players who are competitive, athletic, and have a desire to learn and get better. The players in this class will be primed to have success here at Cal, as well as at the next level. These guys give us a great blend of pitching and offensive weapons that will be the foundation of our program for years to come."
"Mike Neu and Tony Arnerich have done a great job putting this class together," added Esquer, the 2011 National Coach of the Year. "I couldn't be happier with the talent level and character of these kids. They fit in perfectly with our team culture and they all want to chase a national title."
The schedule for the 2013 Cal baseball team is still being finalized, with potential games being televised on the Pac-12 Networks, but the Bears will be hosting a three-game series against Michigan, Feb. 15-17 at Evans Diamond to open the 2013 campaign. Cal will also be hosting Pac-12 series versus USC, Oregon, Washington State, Arizona State and Stanford this spring at Evans Diamond. Cal Baseball fans should make plans to attend the second annual Fan Fest, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Evans Diamond, as well. Following the Fan Fest festivities, there will be a Blue-Gold intrasquad scrimmage beginning at 1 p.m.