Aug. 10, 2011
SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team has added five more student-athletes to its 2012 recruiting class, head coach Lindsay Meggs announced today.
Joining the 16 prospects who signed last November are outfielder Jayce Ray (Sonoma, Calif.), pitcher/outfielder Mac Acker (Redmond, Wash.), and pitcher Steven Swift (Danville, Calif.), Keith Zuniga (Nogales, Ariz.) and Joshua Fredendall (Hillsdale, Calif.).
"When I look at our 2011 recruiting class I can't help but get excited," Meggs, the Huskies' third-year coach, said. "The talent and the depth that they bring to the program will be felt the minute they step on campus. Coach Nakama, Coach Dangler and Coach Twohig deserve a great deal of credit for landing such a talented group of players who also excel in the classroom."
Ray comes to the UW from Santa Rosa (Calif.) College, where he was coached by Damon Neidlinger. Last spring, he batted .350 with seven triples 12 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He earned All-Northern California and ABCA All-America honors. Ray attended Sonoma Valley High School prior to going to Santa Rosa.
"Jayce is your prototypical leadoff hitter," said Meggs. "He knows how to handle the bat and apply pressure to the defense. And defensively, he will take control in center field. Jayce wants to run the show out there, and we like that."
Acker, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder from Redmond High, played at Columbia Basin CC in Pasco, Wash., last year, coached by Steve Farrington. He was voted the Most Valuable Player of the NWAACC and also earned ABCA All-America after hitting .380 with 35 runs batted in. He was also 5-1 with a 1.49 earned run average and 43 strikeouts in 54 innings.
"Mac proved in the NWAACC that he is a legitimate two-way guy," Coach Meggs said. "While I like his swing and I'm impressed with his stuff, I love his attitude. This guy competes every day, one pitch at a time, for nine innings. And Mac's a late bloomer, so he will only get better."
Swift, a right-hander, went to Monte Vista High School and Diablo Valley College, where he played for coach Mike Nue. As a freshman in 2011, Swift was 11-0 with a 0.97 earned run average in 13 starts. In 93.0 innings, he allowed just 62 hits and 17 walks while striking out 71. Swift helped lead DVC to the state super-regionals and earned All-Northern California, ABCA All-America and was the MVP of the Big 8 Conference.
"Steven has been well coached and he knows how to win," said Meggs. "While he lacks the prototypical size we all look for, his makeup is off the charts. Every time he takes the mound he will give us a chance to win. Steven is a strike thrower with something to prove. He will be fun to watch."
Zuniga is also a right-handed pitcher. After prepping at Nogales High, he attended Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., and was coached by Jason Hisey. As a freshman in 2011, he pitched 87 innings, going 7-4 with a 3.00 earned run average and 71 strikeout, earning first-team all-region. At Nogales High, he was 9-0 as a senior.
"Keith has starter stuff with the makeup of a closer," Coach Meggs said. "He believes in his stuff and he loves to compete. He throws three pitches for strikes and he wants the ball when it matters the most. Keith is a throwback, he is very talented but he loves to work."
Fredendall, another right-handed pitcher, attended Hillsdale High and then played at the College of San Mateo under coach Doug Williams. As a sophomore in 2011, he led the California CC ranks with a 0.25 earned run average, going 3-0 and striking out 33 batters in 36 innings. Opponents batted just .120 off of him and he allowed just one earned run and 14 hits. Fredendall earned first-team All-Golden Gate Conference as well as All-America honors from the CCCBA and ABCA.
"Josh had incredible numbers at the College of San Mateo," Meggs noted. "He is a strike thrower who uses both halves of the plate and can pitch virtually every day. His slider is a legitimate out pitch and he can throw it anytime. Josh wants the ball every day and will be a great addition to the back end of our bullpen."
The Huskies open their fall practice season in September.
Here's a full list of the 2012 recruiting class, including those who signed during the early signing period last November:
Name Pos. Hometown/High School/Last School Mac Acker P/OF Redmond, Wash./Redmond/Columbia Basin College Dayton Alexander CF Wailuku, Hawai'i/Kamehameha-Maui/Feather River College George Asmus RHP Pleasanton, Calif/Foothill/Ohlone College Brandon Berry 1B/C Escondido, Calif./Rancho Bernardo Bryan Burgher RHP Puyallup, Wash./Emerald Ridge Jacob Coats LHP Twin Falls, Idaho/Twin Falls/Everett CC Tyler Davis RHP Mountain View, Calif./Archbishop Mitty Andrew Ely IF Eagle, Idaho/Eagle Jared Fisher RHP Bellevue, Wash./Newport Erik Forgione SS Centralia, Wash./Centralia Josh Fredenhall RHP Hillsdale, Calif./Hillsdale/College of San Mateo Matthew Jackson IF Morgan Hill, Calif./Valley Christian Dae Yang Kim RHP Honolulu, Hawai'i/Moanalua/Feather River College Ryan Krustangel C Spokane, Wash./Ferris Trevor Mitsui 3B Shoreline, Wash./Shorewood Robert Pehl 3B/RHP Chehalis, Wash./W.F. West Jayce Ray OF Sonoma, Calif./Sonoma Valley/Santa Rosa CC Blake Snell LHP Shoreline, Wash./Shorewood Steven Swift RHP Danville, Calif./Monte Vista/Diablo Valley College Robert Stephenson RHP Martinez, Calif./Alhambra Keith Zuniga RHP Nogales, Ariz./Nogales/Pima CC