|Baseball Adds Eight With NLI Signings|
A wave of all-league fielders and right-handed pitching is on the way to San Jose State University as the baseball team had eight players sign a National Letter-of-Intent to compete beginning the 2013-14 season. Head coach Dave Nakama made the announcement.
"With a lot of hard work by the staff we have put together a solid recruiting class in a short period of time," said Nakama. "These guys are coming from successful baseball programs and we expect them to contribute to our team right away."
Carter Johnson of La Costa Canyon High in Encinitas, Calif., Andrew Herrera of San Mateo College and Jake Swiech of Paraclete High in Lancaster, Calif., are the three pitchers. Alec de Watteville from Oakridge High in El Dorado Hills, Andrew Hermanson of Great Oak High in Temecula, Michael Breen of San Benito High in Hollister, make up a crew of infielders from around California. Also, Left-handed hitting Brett Bautista of Granite Bay (Calif.) High comes to the Spartans as an outfielder option and Isiah Kiner-Falefa from Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu is another shortstop coming in.
All three of the pitchers registered an ERA in the threes or below during the 2012 season. Swiech was an All-Alpha League selection as a junior at Paraclete High with a 4-0 record and 1.54 ERA in 23.1 innings. The right-hander also averaged over one strikeout per inning. Also as Paraclete's catcher, Swiech batted .326 in 19 games.
Herrera pitched 26.0 innings in 12 appearances with an ERA of 3.12 as a freshman at the College of San Mateo. The San Jose native was a two-time Central Coast Section All-League choice at Wilcox High School in 2010 and 2011.
Another right-hander, Carter Johnson, was a Perfect Game USA Preseason High School Underclassmen All-American Honorable Mention in 2012. He finished the year 3-2 with an ERA of 3.13 in 22.1 innings of relief work.
Bautista helped lead Granite Bay High School to a Sierra Foothill League Championship in 2012. As a junior he was top-three in the league in RBI and the starting outfielder had a .973 fielding percentage, making only one error all season.
Breen was a Second-Team All-Tri-County Athletic League (TCAL) selection at San Benito High. He played infield and outfield while making a couple appearances on the mound. The right-handed batter was a varsity team captain in 2012, batted .312 and stole 12 bases on 14 attempts.
Kiner-Falefa played multiple infield positions for Mid-Pacific Institute in 2012. He batted .333 and was a 2012 First-Team All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu selection.
Hermanson was an All-Southwestern Conference choice in 2012 at Great Oak High School. He played multiple infield positions and was selected to play in the North-South All-Star game.
De Watteville was an All-Delta River League selection and a Prep Baseball All-Metro second-team choice in 2012 at Oakridge High School. He batted .412 and had 29 RBI.