November 20, 2013

Titans Sign Eight for 2014

FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton third-year head coach Rick Vanderhook announced that eight high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play baseball at Cal State Fullerton. 

Cal State Fullerton recently finished up its fall season last Saturday, and the Titans will next host an event at Goodwin Field on Saturday, Jan. 25 for the program's annual Alumni game. The Titans will open the 2014 season at home on Friday, Feb. 14, hosting Washington State in a three-game weekend series.

Cal State Fullerton's 2013 recruiting class received a No. 12 evaluation from Baseball America's annual top-25 review in October, and in September, Collegiate Baseball evaluated the 2013 class at No. 7 in the nation.

2014 Cal State Fullerton Recruiting Class

Chad Bible • OF • 6-2 • 210 • Santa Clarita, Calif. • Valencia HS
Accolades following his junior season included: Cal Hi Sports All-State Underclass Second Team, All-Santa Clarita Valley and All-Foothill League…led the Foothill League with five home runs…batted .365 with 19 RBIs and a .671 slugging percentage to help the Vikings to a 17-12-1 record and a first-round berth in the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs…father Mike Bible played in the Houston Astros organization.
Coach Vanderhook: Chad is a physical outfielder with speed. He has tremendous bat speed and power, and he has a chance to be a middle of the order hitter early in his career. 

Turner Buis • INF • 6-2 • 195 • L/R • Fullerton, Calif. • Fullerton HS
Missed his junior season after transferring from Orange Lutheran High School to Fullerton High School. 
Coach Vanderhook: Turner is a solid hitter from the left side. He had a great summer playing for the OC Renegades Connie Mack team that played in the world series.

John Gavin • LHP • 6-5 • 240 • R/L • Mountain View, Calif. • St. Francis HS
Accolades following his junior season included: MaxPreps 2013 All-Northern California Baseball Team, MaxPreps 2013 California Large School Baseball All-State second team , MaxPreps 2013 Underclass All-American, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Baseball Underclass first team pitcher, San Jose Mercury News All-Area Team.…finished his junior season with an 11-1 record…posted a 1.27 ERA…helped lead St. Francis to the CIF Central Section Division I championship with a 10-0 victory over Serra High School after tossing a one-hitter with eight strikeouts in six innings.
Coach Vanderhook: John is a big physical left-hander who will fit right into Coach Dietrich's pitching staff. His three-pitch mix will allow him to compete for innings next year.

Tristan Hildebrandt • 5-10 • 170 • INF • Yorba Linda, Calif. • Esperanza HS
Named to the Century League First team…named a Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention.
Coach Vanderhook: Tristan reminds the coaching staff of the old-school Titan players with his attitude and aggressive style of play. He can play all three spots in the infield (SS-2B-3B), and has advanced fielding skills with a plus arm. Offensively he has surprising pop with the ability to use the whole field.

Chris Hudgins • 6-1 • 187 • C • R/R • El Cajon, Calif. • Valhalla HS
Batted .321 as a junior with three home runs, 10 doubles, 22 RBIs and 18 runs scored…named first team all-Grossmont Hills League and first team All-East County…selected to play in the CBCA North-South Series...helped Valhalla advance to the fourth round of the CIF an Diego Section Division I playoffs before falling to eventual champion Grossmont High School.
Coach Vanderhook: Chris is a great fit for this program because of his blue-collar approach to the game of baseball. He has above average defensive and offensive skills. 

Scott Hurst • 6-0 • 175 • CF/RHP • L/R • Glendora, Calif. • Bishop Amat HS
Ranked the No. 47 recruit in the nation according to Perfect Game's evaluation…accolades include 2013 Perfect Game All-American First Team, 2012 Perfect Game All-American Second Team, 2013 Del Rey League First Team…started in center field for the 18U National Team that won gold at the IBAF 18U/'AAA' World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan this past September, hitting hit .346 with a double, triple and four walks…also played on the 2012 17U National Team… played for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2013 Area Code Games…played in the 2013 Perfect Game All-American Classic for the West team…during his junior year, batted .311 with 32 hits, 11 RBIs and 16 runs scored as the Lancers advanced to the quarterfinals round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs.
Coach Vanderhook: Scott is one of the top players in the country. He should be ready to compete for the centerfield job the day he steps on campus. His outfield arm compares to former Titans Clark Hardman and Michael Lorenzen. His speed and ability to hit could put him at the top of the order.

D.J. Peters • 6-5 • 240• OF • R/R • Glendora, Calif. • Glendora HS
Ranked the No. 48 recruit in the nation according to Perfect Game's evaluation…accolades include: 2013 Tribune Baseball All-Area team and 2013 Baseline League first team…played in the 2013 Perfect Game All-American Game at Petco Park in San Diego…played for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2013 Area Code Games…batted .403 during his junior year with 34 runs scored, 31 hits 24 RBIs, five doubles, two triples and 17 walks and led the Baseline League with six home runs…attends the same high school as Titan All-American Aaron Rowand.
Coach Vanderook: D.J. is a physical athletic outfielder and an impressive five-tool player. He has, size, arm and bat speed, and can play in the outfield right away. He has a big-power bat, and he plays hard every time he steps on the field. I see him as a Jason Worth-type player. 

Connor Seabold • 6-2 • 172 • RHP • R/R • Newport Beach, Calif. • Newport Harbor HS
Named to the 2013 Sunset League second team as well as the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team…finished his junior season with a 2-6 record and one save…in 60 1/3 innings, stuck out 65 while only walking 11…managed a 1.97 ERA.
Coach Vanderhook: Connor pounds the strike zone with multiple pitches and has a good feel for pitching. He has a long, lean body with long levers that make him extremely projectable. His fastball has good life, and he has great feel to spin the ball.