Nov. 19, 2009
SEATTLE - New University of Washington baseball coach Lindsay Meggs has received National Letters of Intent from nine high school seniors and one junior college sophomore who will join the Huskies for the 2011 season. The 10 players who signed letters did so during the early signing period, which began Nov. 11. There will also be a late signing period beginning in April.
The 10 signees are: RHP Jeff Brigham (Federal Way/Thomas Jefferson), RHP Kyle Ferramola (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos), RHP Tyler Kane (Everett, Wash./Archbishop Murphy), LHP Kyle Olason (Blaine), OF Spencer Rogers (Issaquah), LHP Robby Ryan (Kirkland/Juanita), C B.K. Santy (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo/Palomar JC), C Alex Sloan (Sumner), RHP Austin Voth (Kent/Kentwood) and RHP Zach Wright (Kent/Kentlake).
"I want to congratulate assistant coaches Dave Nakama and Greg Moore on what I think is an outstanding group," said Meggs, who was named the UW head coach last July. "We got kind of a late start, but were able to build on the contacts that were already made and, we think, provide even more depth to that 2010 class.
"I like the balance," Meggs continued. "It addresses some immediate needs on the mound and provides depth behind the plate. From our standpoint, we have some young arms in this group that we think can be special."
Brigham was a first-team All-SPSL pitcher last season as a junior, when he struck out 47 in 35 innings, going 3-1 with two saves and a 2.94 ERA. He threw a no-hitter against previously unbeaten Kentwood last April and also struck out 13 in a win over Kentridge this past season.
"Jeff is a high-80s guy with good sink," said Meggs. "He's someone that will be immediately valuable out of the bullpen since he'll be able to come in and get ground balls. He knows how to pitch."
Ferramola is one of two out-of-state signees as he comes to the UW from Los Alamitos in the Los Angeles area. He's known for his command and for a very good change-up.
"Kyle has a plus arm," Meggs commented. "It's 88 to 90 with an above-average changeup and good command on both sides of the plate."
Kane earned first-team All-Cascade Conference and second-team 2A all-state as a third baseman at Archbishop Murphy last season, but is coming to Washington as a pitcher. He helped lead ATM to a district title and a place in the state tournament.
"Tyler is another high-80s right-hander with command of a tight breaking ball," Meggs said. "We think that by the time he gets here, he'll have developed his change as well. He'll be a three-pitch guy. Plus he's potentially a two-way player for us. He can really swing the bat."
Olason, a hard-throwing lefty, was 3-3 with a 2.39 ERA for the Borderites as a junior in 2009. He was second in the Northwest Conference with 56 strikeouts. He also boasts a 4.0 grade point average.
"We think Olason is a bit of a sleeper," said Meggs. "He has explosive stuff -- 88 to 91. He has developed a good cutter and has very good command. Before it's all over, he could be a dominant guy in this league."
As a junior, Rogers earned first-team 3A all-state honors as an outfielder. He was also a first-team All-KingCo selection as both a junior and senior. As a sophomore in 2008, he led the KingCo in batting, runs, RBI, on-base and slugging.
"We think Spencer is one of the best hitters in the state," explained Meggs. "He's an athletic outfielder that can do a lot of things. He's heady enough to contribute as a freshman."
Ryan was a first-team All-KingCo selection as a pitcher in 2008 and as a first baseman in 2009 at Juanita. As a sophomore in 2008, he threw a 15-strikeout no-hitter over Garfield, when he was just a seventh-inning walk away from a perfect game.
"Robby is a projectable left-hander," said Meggs. "He's a very good competitor and he has a very good changeup."
Santy, the lone junior college player in the class, will be a sophomore at Palomar JC this coming season. During his freshman season in 2009, he earned All-Pacific Coast Conference honorable mention, starting 35 games at catcher. He hit .291 with nine doubles and 22 RBI in helping the Comets to the PCAC championship.
"We like the fact that B.K. is already known for having worked with some very talented Division I pitchers," said Meggs. "He's a very good catch-and-throw guy who we think has a chance to step in and catch right away in this league."
Sloan earned first-team All-South Puget Sound League as a catcher after his junior and sophomore seasons at Sumner. He was also a first-team selection as a designated hitter after his freshman season. Last spring, he earned second-team 3A all-state as a catcher, behind first-team selection Chase Anselment, now a UW freshman.
"Alex is an athletic catcher," Meggs said. "He's a right-handed hitter who has above-average speed, especially for a catcher. He has middle-of-the-order pop and he has a chance to be a double-digit home run guy for us."
Voth pitches and plays first base at perennial power Kentwood. A tall right-hander, he has made a jump in fastball velocity. In 2008, he struck out 87 in 52 innings for his summer team and he's also played in the Area Code Games.
"Austin is a long, loose right-handed pitcher, about 6-foot-3," Meggs stated. "He has very good velocity, already 90 to 92. He's someone who can be a Friday or Saturday starter very early in his career here."
As a sophomore in 2008, Wright earned first-team all-league honors and helped lead Kentlake to the championship game of the 4A state tournament, starting the Falcons' semifinal victory over Richland. In 2009, he earned second-team All-SPSL as a pitcher and second baseman.
"Zach is pitches at about 88 to 91 with a good sinker and a good slider," Meggs said. "He's can really command two pitches on a consistent basis and soon will add a plus changeup to that mix. He has a chance to pitch right away."
The Huskies open the 2010 season next February 19 vs. New Mexico State in a tournament in Tucson, Ariz.