BASEBALL ADDS FOUR IN EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State baseball program has signed four high school student-athletes to National Letters of Intent in the early signing period, head coach Reggie Christiansen announced.
The Hornets will add infielder Andre Gregory (Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit HS), first baseman Tyler Blake (Elk Grove, Calif./Franklin HS), infielder Boston Romero (Fairfield, Calif./Rodriguez HS) and pitcher Chad Perry (Marysville, Calif./Marysville HS) to the roster for the 2014 season.
"I would like to thank our staff for their efforts in putting together another solid recruiting class," Christiansen said. "We continue to recruit the Sacramento area with the goal of keeping the best players within a 50 mile radius of our campus at home, and this class reflects that. I am looking forward to the opportunity to coach these four young men beginning next fall. I believe with hard work and a commitment to the team these four players will do their part in helping achieve our goal of becoming a perennial top-25 program nationally. Our last three recruiting classes have all have been very successful and I believe the 2013 class will be no different. This is a great start."
ANDRE GREGORY - INFIELDER (SACRAMENTO, CALIF./JESUIT HS)
A 6-foot-2, 180 pound infielder, Gregory will begin his fourth season of baseball at Jesuit HS this spring under head coach Joe Potulny...currently ranked the No. 45 best prospect in California by Perfect Game..the 2012 all-city honorable mention selection hit .271 with 22 runs, 10 RBIs, two doubles and just seven strikeouts...made just three errors while helping the Marauders to a 20-8 record and 12-3 mark in Delta River League games...father, Quinn Gregory, played for Sacramento State and was a member of the Hornets' 1988 Div. II national runner-up team.
"Andre is a very talented player," Christiansen said. "We are thrilled that Andre decided to follow in his dad's footsteps and become a Hornet. He is an exciting player to watch and he has all of the tools that you look for."
TYLER BLAKE - FIRST BASEMAN (ELK GROVE, CALIF./FRANKLIN HS)
A 6-foot-6, 200-pound left-hand hitting first baseman, Blake will begin his fourth season of baseball at Franklin HS this spring under head coach Bryan Kilby...hit. 282 as a junior with 23 runs, 21 RBIs, six doubles, three triples and one home run...posted a .410 on-base percentage.
"Tyler is a physical left-hand hitting first baseman who we project to hit fifth or sixth in the lineup early in his career," Christiansen said. "In this class we sought out a power left-handed hitter and we believe we certainly found one in Tyler."
BOSTON ROMERO - INFIELDER (FAIRFIELD, CALIF./RODRIGUEZ HS)
A 5-foot-11, 175-pound infielder, Romero will begin his fourth season of baseball at Rodriguez HS this spring under head coach Jason Chatham...helped the Mustangs to a San Joaquin Section championship and Solano County Athletic League title as a junior in 2012 when he was named all-league and all-city (Rodriguez HS will move to the Monticello Empire League for 2013)...went 2-for-3 with a double in the section title game...overall, hit .364 as a junior with 21 runs, 13 RBIs, six doubles and two triples while posting a .476 on-base percentage...was 9-for-10 on stolen base attempts...also named all-city following his sophomore season when the Mustangs won the SCAC title.
"Boston will remind fans of current Hornet Will Soto," Christiansen said. "He is a solid defender as well as a very good left-handed hitter. Boston is a hard nosed kid who plays with energy and makes players around him better."
CHAD PERRY - RHP (MARYSVILLE, CALIF./MARYSVILLE HS)
A 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-handed pitcher, Perry will begin his fourth season of baseball at Marysville HS under head coaches Tim Harles and Jay De Alba...the 2012 Golden Empire League MVP recorded a 1.77 ERA when he went 4-3 in eight starts with two complete games...tallied 85 strikeouts in 51.1 innings pitched with just 15 walks and a .168 opponent batting average...posted a career-best 15 srikeouts against Inderkum HS last year...also hit .448 in 67 at-bats with 21 runs, 18 RBIs, four home runs, five doubles and two triples...was a GEL honorable mention selection as a freshman in 2010...
"Chad has the body of a big leaguer and reminds me a lot of Jim Barr when he walks in the door," Christiansen said. "Chad has a very high ceiling, outstanding work ethic and is a very good student. We are very happy he decided to stay close to home and become a Hornet."