Cal Poly baseball team goes heavy on pitchers in signings

sports@thetribunenews.comNovember 19, 2013 

The Cal Poly baseball team signed eight players to National Letters of Intent on Tuesday.

Head coach Larry Lee said he placed an emphasis on “restocking the pitching staff in anticipation of losing a number of quality arms to the draft next June.”

In addition to the six Cal Poly pitchers, two outfielders were also signed.

“As for the position player side of the equation, we are trying to add some left-handed bats and fill the outfield due to some anticipated Major League Baseball signings this spring” Lee said.

John Balliet, an outfielder from Mission Viejo High, batted .396 with 13 doubles and 33 RBI as a junior, earning a spot on the all-South Coast League first-team.

The other outfielder, Josh George of San Benito High in Hollister, hit .402 with 10 doubles, a pair of home runs and triples, and knocked in 24 runs. He also stole 10 bases.

Alex Gironda, from Santa Monica High, earned the most outstanding pitcher honor in the Ocean League as a junior. He posted a 4-1 record with a 1.31 ERA, and struck out 43 batters in 42 2⁄3 innings pitched, and surrendered only six walks.

Michael Gomez garnered second-team all-Baseline League honors as a junior for Upland High. He has pitched summer ball for the San Gabriel Valley Arsenal.

Torrance High star Kyle Smith had a 4-2 record and a 3.87 ERA in 11 games as a junior. He struck out 30 opponents in 34 1⁄3 innings.

Erich Uelman, the only out-of-state commit, compiled a 4-3 record and a 2.22 ERA for 

Faith Lutheran High in Las Vegas, striking out 76 in 53 2⁄3 innings. He has been clocked as fast as 91 mph.

Logan Webb, of Rocklin High, earned first-team all-Sierra Foothill League honors on the mound. He also threw for 47 touchdown passes in three seasons playing quarterback for Rocklin.

Capistrano Valley High (Ladera Ranch) standout Jarred Zill had a 4-1 record and a 1.41 ERA as a junior, striking out 23 in 34 2⁄3 innings.

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