Nov. 15, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team has announced the signing of 10 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.
Joining the Utes for the 2015 season are Jayson Rose (Granite Hills HS/Alpine, Calif.), Trenton Stoltz (Paradise Valley HS/Phoenix, Ariz.), Spencer Johnson (Northgate HS/Walnut Creek, Calif.), Patrick Flynn (Servite HS/Los Alamitos, Calif.), Neil Sterling (Serra HS/Half Moon Bay, Calif.), Armett Johnson (Crespi Carmelite HS/Lake View Terrace, Calif.), Andre Jackson (Cienega HS/Vail, Ariz.), Wade Gulden (Shasta HS/Redding, Calif.), Bowen Ogata (Bishop Kelly HS/Boise, Idaho) and Spencer Moran (Mountain View HS/Mesa Ariz.).
"We met our needs for next year and put a very good class together," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "The four pitchers that we've signed will be the foundation of our future. They are all quality arms and they will battle for a lot of innings next year. Offensively, we've added some punch as well as some speed. We now have to hope we can keep this class intact through the MLB draft.
Granite Hills HS
Kinneberg on Rose: "Jayson reminds us of Mitch Watrous when he entered our program. He is a strike-throwing pitcher with a plus sink and a very good change up."
Perfect Game 2012 and 2013 Underclass Honorable Mention All-American ... 2013 All-East County second team ... 2013 All-Grossmont Hills League honorable mention ... brother of current Ute Josh Rose.
Paradise Valley HS
Kinneberg on Stoltz: "Trenton is a high-ceiling pitcher who has continued to get better. He is a velocity sinker ball pitcher with a velocity breaking ball."
Plays with the Arizona Baseball Club.
Walnut Creek, Calif.
Kinneberg on Johnson: "Spencer is a tall, physical pitcher who has a high ceiling and will throw extremely hard some day. He reminds us of a Roy Halladay."
2013 Area Code Games ... 2013 Honorable Mention All-Diablo Valley League ... Contra Costa Times Star of the Week (4/25) after throwing a complete game shutout in a 2-0 win over the defending league champion ... 3.00 ERA in 65 1/3 innings pitched as a junior ... 65 strikeouts.
Los Alamitos, Calif.
Kinneberg on Flynn: "Patrick is a physical player who has good athletic ability. He has a chance to hit for power and steal bases for us. He projects as a corner outfielder, but is athletic enough to play center and gives us an option for all three positions in the outfield."
2013 Honorable Mention All-Trinity League ... hit .362 as a junior with a .507 on base percentage and nine doubles ... also plays football (kicker and punter).
Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Kinneberg on Sterling: "Neil is extremely physical and will be a middle of the lineup player for us. He comes from a very competitive high school league and has had a lot of success against very good players in that league."
2013 Honorable Mention All-WCAL ... hit .310 with five home runs and 28 RBI as a junior ... Daily Journal Athlete of the Week (5/21) ... Serra finished second in the 2013 CIF Central Coast Section baseball championships ... earned all-tournament honors at the Norcal World Series.
Crespi Carmelite HS
Lake View Terrace, Calif.
Kinneberg on Johnson: "Armett is very athletic and a great center fielder. He can run and has a chance to be physical at the plate. Armett plays in one of the most competitive high school leagues in California."
Attended Perfect Game National Showcase ... ranked in the top 500 nationally by Perfect Game and is among the top 100 outfielders ... ranked in top 75 among California players by Perfect Game and is 11th among outfielders in California ... also plays football.
Kinneberg on Jackson: "Andre has a lot of tools that we want to continue to develop, and he has a very high ceiling. He has a plus arm, and could develop into a pitcher at the next level. He can play center field on a daily basis."
2013 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program ... 2013 Junior Sunbelt Classic All-Tournament Team ... 2013 Division I All-Southern Arizona first team ... 2013 all-section second team ... hit .409 as a junior with 20 RBI, nine doubles and four triples ... 2012 Division I All-Southern Arizona second team ... 2011 All-Southern Arizona honorable mention ... 2011 second-team all-region ...
Kinneberg on Gulden: "Wade is a smart player who we want to see continue to get stronger. He has a good arm at shortstop. Wade has an extreme passion for the game."
2013 first-team all-section and honorable mention Sac River League ... hit .427 as a junior with 19 RBI and eight doubles ... hit .348 as a sophomore ... also plays basketball ... scholar-athlete.
Bishop Kelly HS
Kinneberg on Ogata: "Bowen is a versatile infielder who can play all three positions. He is ready to hit at the college level now. We are excited to see how he will develop once his focus is on baseball only."
Two-time 4A Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year ... hit a school-record .528 with five home runs and 42 RBI last season ... 7-1 with a 1.89 ERA as a junior ... two-time All-Area Baseball Athlete of the Year ... 27-1 career as a starting pitcher ... 2013 Area Code Games ... has played at the varsity level since his freshman season ... .506 batting average as a sophomore with a 12-0 pitching record and a 1.28 ERA ... 8-0 with a 3.15 ERA as a freshman ... made three appearances in the state playoffs ... also an all-conference quarterback on the football team.
Mountain View HS
Kinneberg on Moran: "Spencer is a 6'6" right-handed pitcher who has gotten better very fast within the last several months. He is an upper-80's pitcher with a velocity slider."
2013 Honorable Mention All-City ... 2.26 ERA with 18 strikeouts as a junior.