UC Santa Barbara Inks Top-25 Recruiting Class

Nov. 18, 2004

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Baseball team has signed nine talented high school seniors and one junior college standout to National Letters of Intent, head coach Bob Brontsema announced Thursday. According to Student Sports magazine, the 2005 UCSB baseball recruiting class ranks 25th in the entire nation.

The recruiting class includes three right-handed pitchers, two left-handed pitchers, a third baseman, a shortstop, a catcher and two outfielders. They will all join the Gauchos beginning in the 2006 season. Here is a closer look at the UCSB's recruits in alphabetical order.

Blair Brejtfus • RHP • Arcadia High School (Ariz.) • 6-3, 210 "Blair has a power arm with tremendous ability. He is a potential high draft pick this June, pitching in the low 90's with a hard breaking ball," Brontsema said. He is ranked the fourth best prospect in Arizona and 61st overall by Baseball America. Baseball America rates Brejtfus' arm strength third-best nationally among high school seniors and the 63rd-ranked prospect in the country, while Team One Baseball has tabbed him the 68th best right-handed pitcher in the country.

Shane Carlson • SS • Hart High School • 5-11, 155 "Shane is a smooth fielding middle infielder with quick hands and quick feet. Although he was injured most of his junior year, he put up quality numbers as a sophomore when playing next to Chris Valiaka [UCSB's Big West Freshman of the Year in 2004]," Brontsema stated. Currently ranked as the 101st best prospect in the state of California, Carlson is expected to make a huge impact as a senior, according to Brontsema.

Matt Clark • 3B • Etiwanda High School • 6-5, 210 Matt is a big, athletic third baseman with a sweet left-handed swing that should work out very well in our park. Matt comes from a strong basebal lineage, taking after his dad Terry who was a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles," Brontsema said. Team One Baseball ranked Clark as being the 10th best third base prospect in America. Clark is also ranked as the 158th best prospect overall and the 22nd best in the state of California according to Baseball America.

Clayton Edwards • RHP • Royal High School • 6-3, 175 "Clayton is a tall, lanky right-handed pitcher that should be tough on right-handed batters. He currently pitches in the 86-89 miles-per -hour range, but as he gets stronger, his velocity should rise into the low 90's," Brontsema stated. Edwards had a solid junior season for Royal High School, going 7-1 with a 1.87 earned run average.

Brandt Hill • LHP • Dos Pueblos High School • 6-4, 205 "Brant is a quality left-handed pitcher with a great upside. He has a great pitchers body and could be pitching in the low 90's in the near future. Along with Anthony Martin, we are excited to keep two quality local players in the area," Brontsema said. Hill was named the Co-County Player of the Year as a junior and is also ranked the 35th best LHP by Team One Baseball.

Austin Hogans • OF • Rocklin High School • 6-3, 210 "Austin brings us big time power potential. He has a good arm and has the ability to make an immediate impact in the outfield," Brontsema stated. Hogans was an Area Code participant and is currently ranked as the 45th best outfielder by Team One Baseball. Baseball America also ranks Hogans as the 62nd best prospect in California.

Anthony Martin • LHP • Santa Ynez High School • 6-1, 180 "Anthony is an athletic left-hander who has great command of his pitches. He and fellow recruit Brand Hill look to fill an important need for left-handed pitchers in the recruiting class. Anthony could also fill a spot in the outfield if the need should arise," Brontsema said. Martin was a First Team All- Los Padres League selection and a Team MVP at Santa Ynez High.

Chris McMurray • C • Capistrano Valley High School • 6-1, 160 "Chris is a quality catch-and-throw guy. Although he hit a strong .410 his junior year, we really like what he can do behind the plate. As he gets bigger and stronger he could be one of the best catchers out there." Brontsema stated.

Clayton Shank • OF • Sacramento City College • 6-2, 200 "Clayton is an experienced outfielder that can hit. He comes from a program that is known for producing high-quality players. Clayton is a left-handed batter that can step into the middle of the line-up and produce," Brontsema said. Shank is also an outstanding student, currently carrying a 3.9 grade point average.

Matt Wade • RHP • Villa Park High School • 6-0, 170 "Matt is a polished right-hander with a quality four-pitch arsenal. He has the command and make-up to make and immediate impact in the program," Brontsema stated. Team One Baseball ranks Wade the 87th best right-handed pitcher in the nation. Baseball America has ranked Wade as the 394th best prospect in America and 57th in the state of California.

A quote on the entire recruiting class as a whole by UCSB head coach Bob Brontsema:

"I'm extremely pleased and excited to have these student-athletes committed to our program for next year. Not only were we able to find quality athletes to fill our needs on the baseball field, but we were also able to find the quality students that meet the high standards the University of California looks for. It is a very exciting time for Gaucho baseball. Our recruiting coordinator and pitching coach, Tom Myers, worked very hard in putting this class together. Student Sports has already rated this class in the top-25. Our next challenge, as in most years, is to wait and see what comes draft day. We hope to see all these student-athletes in a Gaucho uniform next year. The future looks very bright."