TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona baseball coaches received a signed National Letter of Intent from outfielder Jon Gaston on Wednesday. A graduate of Borah High School in Boise, Idaho, Gaston is set to enroll in school in the fall and will be eligible for the 2005-06 season.
“With the departure of our entire outfield from last season’s team we’re excited to get a player of Jon’s ability to come in and help temper the losses,” head coach Andy Lopez said.
Gaston helped lead Borah to back-to-back state championships the past two seasons and was named the 2005 Idaho Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year. In addition to being a three-time all-conference player, he was honored as the district player of the year after both his junior and senior seasons. He was also named to the All-Idaho All-Star Team after his senior year.
A member of the 2003 16-and-under Junior Olympic Team, two of his AAU teams appeared at the national championships and he was twice named to the Northwest Baseball All-Star team. Gaston played for the Mariners at the 2004 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif.
A 20th-round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants in the 2005 First Year Player draft, the 5-foot-11, left-handed hitting Gaston joins fall signee T.J. Steele from Canyon Del Oro High School in Tucson as the outfielders inked by Lopez and his staff to help replace departed juniors Trevor Crowe and Chris Frey, as well as senior Jeff Van Houten in the UA outfield.
Returning senior Derek Decater, a two-year starter for the Wildcats, is expected to reclaim his spot in the outfield next spring after serving as Arizona’s designated hitter this past season.