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Cal Poly baseball team signs eight prep players to letters of intent

Head coach Larry Lee and the Cal Poly baseball team announced the signings of eight high school recruits to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday evening.

The early signing period for baseball began Wednesday and will conclude Nov. 18, while the regular signing period runs from April 13 through Aug. 1.

This year’s signees include three pitchers, two infielders, two outfielders and one catcher. Having led Cal Poly to 423 victories and three NCAA regional appearances in 13 seasons, Lee said the “incoming class will provide needed depth, especially on the position player side of the equation, with the opportunity to compete for meaningful playing time.”

The three pitchers who signed Wednesday were right-handers Jamie Kruger and Connor Redmond and lefty Austin Hurd. Kruger struck out 48 batters in 52 innings as a junior at Woodside High in Redwood City. Redmond, from De La Salle High in Danville, and Hurd, a senior at Chino Hills in Norco, were both used in closing roles and posted 2-1 records as juniors.

Outfielders Gabe Barthelmass and Bailin Markridge also signed Wednesday. Barthelmass, a Laguna Niguel native, hit .361 as a junior with seven doubles, two triples and six home runs. Markridge, who attends Sandra Day O’Connor High in Peoria, Ariz., batted .321 and drove in 15 runs during his junior season. He also was a three-year starter for O’Connor’s football team, passing for more than 5,300 yards and 51 touchdowns in his career.

San Leandro native Bradlee Beasley signed as a shortsop, having hit .427 with five doubles and three triples as the West Alameda County Conference player of the year last spring. He struck out five times in 102 plate appearances and proved to be an effective relief pitcher as well.

Infielder Scott Ogrin is coming off a big junior year at Valencia High, where he hit .509 with 16 doubles as the team’s leadoff batter. Orgin also drove in 28 runs and had 20 multi-hit games during Valencia’s 30-game season last spring.

Rounding out the early signing class is catcher Myles Emmerson from El Capitan High in Spring Valley. Emmerson hit .422 with 14 doubles and three home runs as a junior, helping his team reach the semifinals of the CIF-San Diego Section Division II playoffs.

Cal Poly’s 2016 season is scheduled to begin Feb. 19 with a four-game series against Pacific.