TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona baseball program has signed 11 high school seniors to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Andy Lopez announced today. The class includes two catchers and outfielders, three infielders and four pitchers.
“We’re excited about this group of players,” Lopez said. “The coaching staff feels that this group will not only help maintain the high standards and level of play of the Wildcat baseball program, but will also help further enhance our goal of bringing home a national championship to Tucson.”
Arizona Baseball 2005 Early Signing Period Recruiting Class
Robert Abel INF Woodland, Calif./Woodland HS
Middle infielder for Woodland High School in Woodland, Calif. ... Helped lead Woodland to the 2005 CIF-SJS Division II championship game ... Team has won three straight Sierra Foothills League championships ... Three-time first-team all-league in baseball ... 2005 Woodland Male Athlete of the Year ... Team went 27-6 overall in 2005 and won the Sierra Foothills League title with a 16-2 record ... Batted .477 (37 for 82) with 24 stolen bases, 27 RBI and six home runs in 2005 as a junior ... CBCA North/South Showcase game ... Named all-metro after his junior season ... Is currently playing wide receiver for the Woodland football team and averaging a section-best 28.8 yards per catch ... Son of Robert and Kim Abel.
Joe Allison RHP Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista HS
Three-year letterwinner in baseball at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. ... Holds high school records for lowest ERA, opponent batting average and walks per inning .... Also plays golf and basketball for Mountain Vista ... Academic all-state honorable mention selection ... Summer league team won the 2005 Connie Mack state championship ... Son of Rich and Barb Allison.
Paul Bargas LHP Perris, Calif./Riverside North HS
Has earned three varsity letters in baseball at Riverside North High School ... Second-team All-Ivy League in 2005 ... Two-time team defensive MVP (2004-05) ... 2005 Dodger Elite team member ... Ranked No. 56 on the California Baseball Zone California Top 60 for the class of 2006 ... Is the No. 38-ranked high school player on the California Baseball Zone Top 50 for Southern California ... Summer team played in the 2005 Colt League World Series in Lafayette, Ind., where it advanced to the semifinal round ... Three-time scholar athlete ... President’s Award for academics ... 2005 National Honor Roll ... Son of Paul and Kimberly Bargas.
Eric Castro 3B/OF Fallbrook, Calif./Fallbrook HS
Three-year varsity starter at Fallbrook High School in Fallbrook, Calif. ... Hit .436 with nine home runs and 50 RBI his junior year in 2005 ... Named All-CIF and All-Avocado League after his junior season ... Named All-North County in 2005 ... Batted .380 with
16 home runs and 42 RBI as a sophomore in 2004 ... All-Avocado League and all-county after his freshman and sophomore seasons ... Summer league team, San Diego Sharks, won the 2003 Junior Olympic tournament in 2003 ... Ranked No. 16 on the California Baseball Zone California Top 60 Players list ... Is No. 14 on the California Baseball Zone Southern California Top 50 list ... Son of Alonzo and Mona Castro.
Dwight Childs C Elk Grove, Calif./Elk Grove HS
Member of the 2005 USA Baseball Junior National Team that won a silver medal at the Junior Pan American Games in Villahermosa, Mexico ... Two-year varsity member Elk Grove High School baseball team ... Batted .246 in 28 games as a junior in 2005 ...had 15 hits in 61 at bats...scored 20 runs...selected baseball team's defensive player of the year his first three years of high school...a second team all-league choice as a sophomore and junior ... Elk Grove finished with a 28-5 record overall last season and won the Sac-Joaquin Division I championship ... Team won the 2005 Delta League title with a 15-3 record ... Son of Craig and Kim Childs.
Brice Cutspec C Westminster, Calif./Westminster HS
A three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Westminster High School in Westminster, Calif. ... Has been named All-Golden West League at catcher all three years of high school ... Batted .382 (34 for 89) with eight doubles, three home runs and 25 RBI as a junior ... 2005 Southern California Coaches Association All-Star ... Played in the 2005 Southern California Cup game ... Two-time Puma National High School All-American ... His summer league team took second place at the Mickey Mantle World Series ... Son of Tim and Wendy Cutspec.
Taylor Lewis RHP Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro HS
2005 Tucson Citizen Class 4A-5A first-team ... Went 8-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 61 strikeouts as a junior in 2005 ... Team went 20-8 overall and finished second in the Southern 5A league with an 8-5 mark ... Tossed a no-hitter against Flowing Wells his junior year ... Two-time first-team All-Southern Arizona Region (2004-05) ... Has twice (2004-05) been named a first-team coaches pick ... Was pulled up from JV squad his freshman year to pitch regional and state games for the varsity squad ... Played in the inaugural Cape Cod League High School Classic in the summer of 2005 ... Participated at the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in Joplin, Mo., in the summer of 2005 ... Son of Tim and Linda Lewis.
Kevin Rodland INF Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish HS
Three-time All-Wesco honoree 2003-05 ... First-team all-area in 2005 ... Team captain his sophomore and junior seasons ... Snohomish MVP in 2005 ... Two-time team captain for the Snohomish football team ... WIAA Scholar Athlete from 2003-05 ... Adcademically ranks among the top of his class ... Rated as a top 60 prospect by Northwest Baseball ... Played summer league with the Chaffey Baseball Club, whose alumni includes former Wildcat Nick Hundley .. Son of Barry and Cindy Rodland.
Drew Rundle OF Bend, Ore./Bend HS
A three-year varsity starter in baseball at Bend High School ... Team made it to the state semifinals his freshman season ... First-team all-league honors his sophomore and junior years. Honorable mention his freshman season ... Honorable mention all-state his junior year ... Participated at the Perfect Game national showcase in Atlanta, Ga., and the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. ... Team won of the CABA World Series title in Ohio ... Also a three-year letterwinner in football as a wide receiver ... Son of Tom and Tammy Rundle.
Jason Stoffel RHP Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura HS
Three-year varsity letterwinner in baseball at Agoura High School ... First-team All-CIF as a junior ... Marmonte League Pitcher of the year in 2005 ... First-team All-Marmonte League in 2005 ... All-Ventura County selection as a junior ... Named to the 2005 L.A. Times All-Ventura/North Coast Region team ... 2005 L.A. Daily News All-Area team ... Second-team all-state in 2005 ... Went 8-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 69 innings for Agoura as a junior ... Milwaukee Brewers Area Code Team in 2005 ... Participated at the 2005 AFLAC Showcase ... Member of both the LA Dodgers and LA Angels Elite Teams ... Ranked No. 14 in the class of 2006 Baseball America ... College Board AP student with honors ... Son of Tony and Carla Stoffel.
Mike Weldon INF Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro HS
Has earned two varsity letters at Canyon Del Oro High School in Tucson, Ariz. ... First-team all-region his junior and sophomore seasons ... Two-time honorable mention all-state (2004-05) ... Second-team All-Southern Arizona after his junior year ... Batted .487 as a sophomore and .464 as a junior ... Son of Mike and Teresa Weldon.