Stockton, Calif. – Head coach Ed Sprague announced six commitments to his Pacific baseball program for the 2013 season on Monday, including five high school players and a pair of Stockton natives.
"Overall, we feel this is a strong class for Pacific baseball. We focused on position players and feel like we have two of the best local players. It should be a strong class for us."
The Tigers landed a pair of Stockton products in Lincoln High's SS/C Brett Sullivan and St. Mary's OF/RHP Gio Brusa, as well as high school signees SS Drake Atlee, RHP/3B Jake Jenkins and 2B Louis Mejia, and RHP Kevin Hammann from the junior college ranks.
Sullivan, a 6-1, 170-point shortstop/catcher hit .459 last season with 10 doubles, four triples, and a homer. He drove in 31 runs for Lincoln High, scoring 24 runs.
"He's a very athletic player with very good speed and could be used in the top of the order," Sprague commented. "He has a good arm that can project for either middle infield or catcher."
Brusa, a 6-3, 200-pound right hand pitcher and outfielder, hit .344 last season for St. Mary's, with seven doubles, three triples and four home runs. The switch-hitter drove in 28 runs, scored 23 more and was a member of the Oakland A's Area Code Team.
"Brusa is a physical player with power from both sides of the plate," Sprague said. "He's a good baserunner with a strong arm for either the mound or outfield."
Atlee, will join the Tigers from Foothill High School in Santa Ana, Calif.. A 6-3, 185-pound shortstop, he hit .353 last season as a junior with eight doubles, 17 runs and 22 runs batted in.
"With his athleticism, he could be a middle of the order-type hitter with pop," said Sprague. "He's very athletic with a 'plus' arm."
Hammann, a 6-1, 175-pound right-hand pitcher will join the Tigers from Chandler Gilbert Community College. The Gilbert, Ariz. native is coming off a season in which he had Tommy John surgery, limiting him to seven innings pitched in his JC career. At Gilbert High School he posted eight strikeouts in 20 innings, while hitting .294 at the plate as a senior.
"He has a sinker and a slider, and throws about 87 to 89 with movement," Sprague commented.
Jenkins, a 6-1, 180-pound right-hand pitcher/third baseman, posted an 8-1 record as a junior at Legend High in Parker, Colorado. He earned two saves and carried a 1.25 earned run average, earning Honorable Mention All-State honors. He was also a member of the All-State Academic team.
"Jenkins was named as one of Colorado's top 40 prospects," Sprague said. "He very competitive on the mound, with three pitches that he throws for strikes."
Mejia is a 5-8, 170-pound second baseman from Jesuit High School in Sacramento, where he posted a .380 average to go with seven doubles, two homers, 20 runs batted in, and 30 runs scored.
"Mejia has very good hands at second base," Sprague added. "He plays the game hard."
The six will join Pacific for the 2012-13 academic year and 2013 baseball season. The Tigers open the 2012 campaign on February 17 at Cal.