July 21, 1999
SEATTLE - Washington baseball coach Ken Knutson announced today that he has received a National Letter of Intent from Tyler Shepple, closing out the recruiting class for next season.
Shepple, a right-handed pitcher from Arvada, Colo., is the 13th incoming player to sign a letter for next season. Knutson says there will likely be no more additions to the class.
A graduate of Arvada West High School, Shepple was all-state as a senior and all-league in each of his last two seasons. As a senior, he compiled a 6-0 record with four saves and a 1.85 earned run average. He struck out 45 batters while walking only seven.
The other 12 members of the 2000 class are: OF Tyler Davidson (Edmonds/Meadowdale HS), IF Steve DeClerck (Medford, Ore./North Medford HS), OF Justin Drake (Spokane, Wash./Ferris HS), IF/OF Jay Garthwaite (Kent/Kent- Meridian HS), IF Brian Johnson (Ephrata, Wash./Ephrata HS), LHP Cam McCoy (Kelso, Wash./Kelso HS), 1B/RHP Duggan Moran (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trinidad State JC), IF Tila Reynolds (Renton/Liberty HS), OF/1B Jermaine Smiley (Seattle, Wash./Bellevue CC), C Mike Syvrud (Bothell/Bothell HS), C Jefferson Thiel (Kirkland/Juanita HS) and RHP Sean White (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island HS).
"When you bring in new players, you always feel good about them, but I'm ecstatic about the potential of this year's class," Knutson said. "It's not only a large class for us, but it's deeply talented. The proof will come in how they do over the coming seasons."
The Huskies will open the fall practice season in September and open the 2000 season in February.