EUGENE, Ore. - University of Oregon baseball head coach George Horton announced the Ducks’ 2009-10 recruiting class today.
The Ducks inked 15 players, who each signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the U of O for the 2009-10 academic year. Of the newcomers, 11 are currently high school seniors, while four are current junior college student-athletes.
“We think this recruiting class represents immediate and much needed help with offensive punch, athleticism and adds quality depth on the mound, Horton said. “Coach (Andrew) Checketts and coach (Mike) Kirby have done a great job of identifying quality athletes that are also very competitive and quality individuals. We are all excited about working with this special group of young men. We will be sweating out the draft with several key members of this class, but if the draft goes well, it could be one of the most talented classes in the country.”
Last year, the Ducks’ incoming class was ranked No. 2 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball’s annual evaluation, and was also ranked 10th in the nation by Baseball America’s evaluation.
Oregon recently ended its first season after a 28-year hiatus, finishing the year with a 14-42 record.
It is not uncommon for a player to sign an NLI and then be selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. However, if a recruit is drafted and chooses to play college ball, or goes undrafted and reports to campus, they can’t be drafted again until after their third year of college.
2009-10 University of Oregon Baseball Signed Recruits (as of June 8, 2009)
J.J. Altobelli • SS • R/R • 6-1 • 190 • Newport Beach,Calif./Woodbridge HS
Scouting Report: Led Woodbridge HS and finished fourth in the Sea View League with a .455 (40-for-88) batting average in 2009...also finished fifth in the SVL with a .659 slugging percentage and fourth with nine stolen bases...scored 29 runs with 17 RBIs, nine doubles, three triples and one home run...as a junior in 2008, led Woodbridge and the SVL batting .456...named first-team all-Sea View League and second-team all-county by OCVarsity.com...in 2008 had 41 hits, 26 runs scored, 13 RBIs, four home runs, a .515 on-base percentage and .722 slugging percentage.
Tim Berry • LHP • L/L • 6-1 • 150 • San Marcos, Calif./San Marcos HS
Scouting Report: Named to the all-Valley League second team as a junior in 2008...made 12 starts for San Marcos HS, pitching 58.0 innings and maintaining a 2.78 ERA...held opponents to a .205 average...led the San Diego area averaging 11.34 strikeouts per game (94 total).
Dylan Brown • LHP • L/L • 6-3 • 165 • Bonney Lake, Wash./Bonney Lake HS
Scouting Report: As a junior in 2008 was named to the 3A all-state team and second team all-South Puget Sound League (SPSL) 3A.
Brian Buckham • LHP • L/L • 5-11 • 185 • Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue Community College
Scouting Report: As a sophomore at Bellevue in 2009, pitched 53 and 2/3 innings with a 3.35 ERA and a 5-4 record, striking out 45...in the NWAACC Baseball Tournament, pitched nine innings of two-run baseball, while striking out nine, helping Bellevue to a 5-2, 14-inning victory over top-ranked Mt. Hood...the Bulldogs went on to win the NWAACC championship...as a freshman was 3-1 with 56 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched with a 2.43 ERA.
Brett Hambright • C • R/R • 6-1 • 200 • Corona, Calif./Riverside Community College
Scouting Report: In 2009 played in 43 games, making 41 starts for Riverside Community College...hit .313 (56-for-179) with 38 runs scored, 24 RBIs, 11 doubles, one triple and one home run...played in 11 games during 2008 for UC Riverside...was a three-time all-league performer at Corona Temescal Canyon HS...was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 34th round (1,040th overall selection) in the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Christian Jones • LHP • L/L • 6-2 • 175 • Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS
Scouting Report: A three-year varsity player for head coach Bill Piona at Monte Vista High School in Danville...as a senior, led the East Bay Athletic League in strikeouts (112), ERA (.66) and wins (tied at 7) in 74
innings pitched...was selected first team all-EBAL...and was named the East Bay Prep Athlete of the Year (Bay Area Newspaper
Group)....awarded Scholar Athlete of the Year (Spring) by Cal Hi Sports Bay
Area....voted MVP for Monte Vista HS by his teammates following his junior and senior seasons...as
a junior led the EBAL in strikeouts with 108 in 72 innings and was third in ERA
at 1.17....was selected second team EBAL and third team all-East Bay.
Dylan Jones • OF • L/R • 6-0 • 165 • Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS
Scouting Report: A two-time (2008 & 2009) first team all-Foothill League selection...as a senior in 2009 helped Valencia to a 19-8 over record and a Foothill League title with a 12-3 conference record...hit .400 with 33 runs scored, 27 RBIs, seven doubles, four home runs, four triples, and a .633 slugging percentage...as a junior in 2008 led Valencia HS in batting average (.466), on-base percentage (.537), hits (41), doubles (10) and stolen bases (22).
Braxton Lane • OF • 5-10 • 195 • Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek HS
Scouting Report: A two-sport start at Sandy Creek HS, will also play football at Oregon...a switch-hitting outfielder with tremendous speed...Braxton’s father, Carl, played football at Oregon State (1985-86)...his uncle, MacArthur Lane, played for the Green Bay Packers in the early 1970s.
*Lane’s NLI was signed with the Oregon football program
Jack Marder • SS • 5-11 • 165 • Calabasas, Calif./Newbury Park HS
Scouting Report: Has played on the varsity team at Newbury Park HS since his freshman year and is the program’s all-time hits leader...in 2009 hit .427, leading the Panthers and ranking fourth in the Marmonte League...also led the league with six home runs and 24 stolen bases...finished his senior season with a .775 slugging percentage, a .527 on-base percentage, 37 runs scored, 21 RBIs, seven doubles and three triples...as a junior led the Marmonte League in batting average (.516) and on-base percentage (.602)...totalled 47 hits, 29 runs scored, 13 RBIs, 14 doubles, two triples and 15 stolen bases.
Jake Marisnick • R/R • OF • 6-4 • 200 • Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly Tech HS
Scouting Report: Baseball America ranks Marisnick as the 71st overall draft pick for the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft...hit .415 his senior season with 29 RBIs, nine doubles, one triple, five home runs, 22 stolen bases, a .514 on-base percentage and a .732 slugging percentage...a starting center fielder, Marisnick was also a two-sport athlete as an all-county and all-CIF Southern Section wide receiver in football as a junior...in 2008 on the diamond, led the Ivy League in three categories; batting average (.495), slugging percentage (.882) and on-base percentage (.535)...finished the year with 46 hits, 28 runs scored, 22 RBIs, 16 stolen bases, nine doubles, six triples and five home runs...named to the 2008 Jesse Flores Memorial Scout All-Star game.
Tyler Matzek • LHP • L/L • 6-3 • 215 • Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley HS
Scouting Report: Baseball America ranks Matzek as the No. 8 overall draft pick for the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft...arguably the top high school pitcher in the country...hit a solo home run to lead Capistrano Valley HS in a 1-0 victory over Edison HS in the CIF-Southern Section Division I championship game...led Capistrano Valley HS to a 26-6 record in 2009 and a 12-3 mark in the South Coast League...in 14 starts, Matzek sported a 13-1 record with a 1.16 ERA...struck out 106 while tossing five complete games and four shutouts in 86 and 2/3 innings.
Andrew Mendenhall • OF • 6-3 • 180 • Kennewick, Wash./Southridge HS
Scouting Report: Starting center fielder for Southridge HS in 2009, leading the Suns to a 19-6 record...in 2008 was a first-team all-area outfielder at Southridge HS...hit a team-leading .444 with 10 doubles, six triples, 23 RBIs, 29 runs scored and seven stolen bases...a two-sport athlete, Mendenhall quarterbacked the Suns (10-0) to the state playoffs last fall.
Kellen Moen • RHP • R/R • 6-2 • 165 • Redondo Beach, Calif./El Camino College
Scouting Report: Was named the South Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2009 after finishing his sophomore campaign with a 5-2 record and an 1.69 ERA in 64 innings pitched...tossed four complete games and struck out 54...as a freshman was named to the all-SCC first team after sporting an 8-2 record with a 2.74 ERA...dealt 106 strikeouts in 88 and 2/3 innings.
Steven Packard • OF • L/L • 6-1 • 185 • San Marcos, Calif./ Mission Hills HS
Scouting Report: Has played on the varsity team at Mission Hills since his sophomore season...was named second team all-CIF and the Valley League Player of the Year in 2008 after leading the Valley League in batting average (.473), RBIs (37), doubles (12), triples (6) and slugging percentage (.802)...also added 29 runs scored, two home runs and a .529 on-base percentage.
Marcus Piazzisi • OF • 5-11 • 180 • Placentia, Calif./Santa Ana College
Scouting Report: Named to the 2009 Southern California All-America team after helping lead Santa Ana College to the state playoffs with a 34-11 overall record and a 17-7 mark in the Orange Empire Conference...hit .370 (71-for-192) on the year in 47 starts with a team-leading 67 runs scored and 18 doubles...also added 49 RBIs, 10 home runs and four triples...finished 2009 with a .661 slugging percentage, a .470 on-base percentage and nine stolen bases...was also named to the Orange Empire Conference first team...in the state playoffs, hit .375.
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