TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona baseball team has signed nine high school seniors to National Letters of Intent, head coach Andy Lopez announced today. The signing class includes three pitchers, three infielders, two catchers and an outfielder.
“We’re very pleased with the players that we signed,” Lopez said. “This is a group that will help us continue our goal of getting back to the College World Series on a regular basis and winning a national championship here. The recruiting process went very well and we were able to get a number of commitments very early on.”
Lopez, who also doubles as the pitching coach, inked three right-handers this season to go along with the host of southpaws in last year’s class. The group includes Cory Burns from Phoenix, Michael Colla from Clovis, Calif., and Preston Guilmet from Citrus Heights, Calif.
Burns, who pitched last season at Moon Valley High School but has since transferred to Mountain Ridge, has impressive velocity and control. He played for the Expos 900 at the 2004 Area Code games in Long Beach. He is the son of Dave and Linda Burns.
Colla went 9-2 as a junior at Clovis West High School with a 1.60 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 91 innings. He tossed a nine-strikeout no-hitter and was just one walk shy of a perfect game against rival Fresno High School in the Central Section Championship game last year. He was named to the Tri-River Athletic Conference's first team and The Fresno Bee's Player of the Year. He also garnered an all-state selection by Cal-Hi Sports. Colla is the son of Jeff and Becky Colla.
Guilmet went 8-2 on the mound as a junior at Oakmont High School. He finished the 2004 season with 131 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched against just 10 walks. He participated at the 2004 Area Code games in Long Beach, Calif. He is the son of Roger and Cathy Guilmet.
Brad Glenn, David Plante and Rich Stout make up the infield portion of the class. Glenn and Plate will head to UA as highly regarded first basemen, while Stout projects as a middle infielder.
Glenn, from Tulsa, Okla., is listed No. 6 of the top 40 first baseman in the nation in the 2005 recruiting class by teamonebaseball.com. His power and strong arm will also allow him to vie for an outfield spot for Arizona next season. Glenn played at the 2004
Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., last summer. He is the son Pat and Loren Glenn
Plante, from Fallbrook, Calif., joins Glenn on the teamonebaseball.com top 40 first basemen list at No. 19. He was one of just six juniors to be named All San Diego CIF after batting .458 with 40 runs scored, 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 2004. As a sophomore he hit .467 with seven home runs and 29 RBI. He is the son of Rich and Barbara Plante.
Stout, from Boise, Idaho, was named one of the top prospects in the state by Northwestbaseball.com. He was named first team All-Southern Idaho Conference after batting .587 with 30 runs scored and 22 stolen bases as a junior at Boise High School. He is the son of Steve and Chris Stout.
Both of the catchers, Bryan Anderson and Ryan Cisterna, in the recruiting class will look to make an immediate impact with the team.
Anderson, from Simi Valley, Calif., is the No. 6-ranked catcher by teamonebaseball.com and the 99th overall prospect by Baseball America.. He batted .396 with 26 runs scored, eight home runs and 36 RBI his junior season. Simi Valley High School won the CIF-SS Division II championship in 2004. Anderson took part in the 2004 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., last summer. He is the son of Steve and Cindy Anderson.
Cisterna, from Gilbert, Ariz., is the No. 30-ranked catcher by teamonebaseball.com. He played for the Arizona Junior Sunbelt team that finished fifth at the 2004 Junior Sunbelt Tournament in Tulsa, Okla., last summer. He is the son of Mark and Sharon Cisterna.
The final member of the signing class is a local Tucson outfielder, T.J. Steele. As a junior, Steele helped lead Canyon Del Oro High School to the quarterfinals of the state championship. Both the Tucson Citizen and Arizona Daily Star listed him as an honorable mention all-star at the end of the 2004 season. He was teammates with fellow signee Cisterna on the Arizona Junior Sunbelt team this past summer. He is the son of Tommy and Cindy Steele.
The signing class is set to enroll at UA in the fall of next year. The current team will open the season with a three-game series against New Mexico on Feb. 4.
Arizona Baseball Early Signing Period Recruiting Class
Bryan Anderson C Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS
Cory Burns RHP Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Ridge HS
Ryan Cisterna C Gilbert, Ariz./Gilbert HS
Michael Colla RHP Clovis, Calif/Clovis West HS
Brad Glenn 1B/OF Tulsa, Okla./Union HS
Preston Guilmet RHP Citrus Heights, Calif./Oakmont HS
David Plante 1B Fallbrook, Calif./Fallbrook HS
T.J. Steele OF Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro HS
Rich Stout INF Boise, Idaho/Boise HS