Nov. 17, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
Santa Clara baseball head coach Mark O'Brien revealed his 2009-10 recruiting class Monday as he announced the signing of six student-athletes to national letters of intent. The six ballplayers will attend Santa Clara University in the fall of 2009.
"We are very excited about our recruiting class," said O'Brien. "Our recruiting coordinator, Mike Zirelli, once again did a tremendous job. Chad Baum also was instrumental in identifying these players as well. This class has a combination of excellent pitching, a solid defensive core and incredible offensive potential. We are very happy with the character and work ethic of these players and, if they continue to work hard and have the proper commitment, they will make a great impact here at Santa Clara."
2009 Santa Clara Recruiting Class (alphabetical order)
|Player||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||B/T||Hometown (High School)|
|Chris Mendoza||RHP||6-0||185||R/R||San Jose, Calif. (Branham HS)|
|Matt Ozanne||OF||6-0||180||R/R||Scottsdale, Ariz. (Notre Dame Prep HS)|
|Quinton Perry||C||6-3||200||R/R||Susanville, Calif. (Lassen HS)|
|Brock Simon||RHP||6-3||195||R/R||El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Jesuit HS)|
|Pat Stover||OF||6-4||210||R/R||Rocklin, Calif. (Rocklin HS)|
|Justin Viele||INF||5-10||170||R/R||Yorba Linda, Calif. (Esperanza HS)|
San Jose, Calif. (Branham HS)
RHP - 6-0 - 185 - R/R
Coach O'Brien on Mendoza: "Mendoza is a tough competitor who has a good three-pitch mix. He pitches with a lot of energy and has the ability to make an immediate impact."
Scottsdale, Ariz. (Notre Dame Prep HS)
OF - 6-0 - 180 - R/R
Coach O'Brien on Ozanne: "Ozanne is a very athletic outfielder and a good all-around baseball player. He does everything well on the field."
Susanville, Calif. (Lassen HS)
C - 6-3 - 200 - R/R
Coach O'Brien on Perry:"Perry has major upside and a tremendous athletic body with outstanding tools that will help develop him into a legitimate Division I baseball player."
El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Jesuit HS)
RHP - 6-3 - 195 - R/R
Coach O'Brien on Simon:"Simon has an above average fastball and his secondary pitches are outstanding. He has tremendous command and good presence on the mound."
Rocklin, Calif. (Rocklin HS)
OF - 6-4 - 210 - R/R
Coach O'Brien on Stover: "Stover is very athletic and has a lot of power. He will be a middle of the order type player for us."
Yorba Linda, Calif. (Esperanza HS)
INF - 5-10 - 170 - R/R
Coach O'Brien on Viele: "Viele is exactly what we're looking for in a shortstop. He is a tremendous defensive player who can step in right away for us and his offensive presence will continue to get better."
The Broncos open their 2009 season at the N.C. State Tournament on Friday, Feb. 20 against the Musketeers of Xavier. First pitch is scheduled for 8 a.m. PT. Santa Clara opens its home scheduled on Wednesday, Feb. 25 against California. Game time slated for 6 p.m. at Stephen Schott Stadium.