Baseball Finalizes Deep NLI Signee Class For 2015

Head Coach Dave Nakama is excited about the young pitching class coming in for 2015.

Nov. 21, 2013

The San José State University baseball team has finalized its National Letter-of-Intent signee class for the 2015 season.

Four players who batted over .330 in 2013, and five pitchers averaging over one strikeout per inning will bolster the offense and pitching depth for the Spartans. The class yields six first-team all-league selections and one all-state choice. 

Three signees have American Legion playing experience including two that were 2012 California state champions. Four players helped lead their schools to league championships in 2013, including two pitchers that were elected to their league’s all-star team.

Eight pitchers and four multi-dimensional fielders complete the 2015 signing class. Head coach Dave Nakama made the announcement.

"We are very excited about the young class that's coming in," Nakama said. "These guys are good and they're going to get better. We're excited about the young pitching and also the athletic ability to play multiple positions that this group gives us. All of them have been successful with their previous schools and we recruited them because we know they can get even better with us."

RHP - Eric Anderson - Hallmark Charter School - Squaw Valley, Calif.
Anderson is a senior right-handed pitcher at Hallmark Charter School in Sanger, Calif. Anderson attended and pitched for Reedley (Calif.) High School in 2013 as a junior. The native of Squaw Valley, Calif., has experience pitching with the Miami Marlins scout team located in Fresno, Calif.

2B, SS - Justin Beck - Upland HS - Upland, Calif.
Beck was the starting second baseman for Upland (Calif.) High School's varsity team as a sophomore and junior. Upland finished 16-10 overall and 7-8 in the Baseline league. Beck, a switch hitter, played summer ball with JG Baseball. He batted .361 in 18 games as the team's middle infielder and left fielder.

RHP - Matthew Brown - Benicia HS - Benicia, Calif.
Brown struck out 40 batters in 28 innings of work on the hill for Benicia (Calif.) High School in 2013 as a junior. He helped lead Benicia to a 27-5 overall record and a near perfect record of 14-1 in the Solano County Athletic Conference. Brown finished the season with a 3-1 record and a 1.50 ERA. He was a member of the varsity team as a sophomore when Benicia was the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champions.

SS - David Campbell - Colfax HS - Colfax, Calif.
Campbell batted .513 with 36 runs, 37 RBI and knocked three out of the park as a junior shortstop for Colfax High School in 2013. He was a First-Team All-Pioneer Valley League (PVL) selection while helping Colfax HS to a 20-8 overall record and 13-2 in PVL play. Campbell struck out only three times in 76 at-bats while leading Colfax to the Division III championship game. He was one of four juniors chosen for the All-Capitol Team by

RHP - Joshua Goldberg - Wilson HS - Long Beach, Calif.
Goldberg is a senior starting pitcher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif. The right-hander finished the 2013 season with a 3-3 record and a 1.77 ERA. He recorded 36 K's in 31.2 innings pitched. Goldberg has also made starts in left field for the Bruins. The Long Beach, Calif., native plays his club baseball with the SoCal Bombers.

RHP - Daniel Harris - Capistrano Valley HS - Mission Viejo, Calif.
Harris is a senior right-handed pitcher at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Calif. Harris threw a complete-game shutout to clinch the American Legion State Championship in 2012 for Capistrano Valley. Harris also has experience pitching on the Kansas City Royals scout team.

RHP - Rashaan Kuhaulua - Kapa'a HS - Kapa’a, Hawai’i
Kuhaulua is a senior right-handed pitcher for Kapa'a High School in Kapa'a, Hawai'i. As a junior in 2013 he was a First-Team All-Kauai Interscholastic Federation (KIF) choice and a member of the KIF League All-Star team. Kuhaulua helped carry Kapa'a to the KIF League Championship game where he struck out 12 batters and earn the win.

OF - Corey Olivet - Los Gatos HS - Los Gatos, Calif.
Olivet is currently a senior at Los Gatos High School. The three-sport athlete plays baseball, basketball and recently led the football team to a share of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division championship. As a junior outfielder in 2013, Olivet hit .367 with 29 runs scored helping Los Gatos HS to a 20-8 overall record and 13-2 in the El Camino League. He earned First-Team All-El Camino League honors for the second consecutive season in 2013. Corey's older brother Tyler is currently in his first season with the Spartans as an outfielder/infielder.

LHP - Dylan Sugimoto - Waipahu HS - Waipahu, Hawai’i
Sugimoto is a senior left-handed pitcher for Waipahu (Hawai'i) High School. As a junior in 2013 Sugimoto played as an infielder and starting pitcher with a 6-2 record and a 0.16 ERA. He was a First-Team All-O'ahu Red West League selection and the O'ahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) Red West Division Player of the Year. Sugimoto helped lead Waipahu to OIA League and Division II state titles. The lefty also has experience pitching in the American Legion World Series.

2B, OF, DH - Shane Timmons - Capistrano Valley HS - Mission Viejo, Calif.
Timmons hit .337 in 31 games as a second baseman, outfielder and designated hitter for Capistrano Valley High School in 2013. He knocked in 22 RBI on his way to a First-Team All-South Coast League selection. Timmons also saw limited action as a pitcher, gathering three saves in eight appearances and with a 3-1 record. Timmons, as a sophomore, helped Capistrano Valley win the American Legion state championship with a .435 batting average.

RHP - Hilario Tovar - Selma HS - Selma, Calif.
Tovar was recognized by Cal-Hi Sports as a small schools first-team all-state multipurpose player in 2013. As a junior right-handed starting pitcher for Selma (Calif.) High School, he managed a 2.28 ERA in 61.1 innings and struck out 78. Offensively, the left-handed hitter batted .524 with 27 runs and 31 RBI while leading Selma to the Central Section Division IV title. Tovar was also named to the Central Sequoia All-League team in 2013.

RHP - Jeremiah Wylie - Helix Charter HS - La Mesa, Calif.
Wylie is a starting right-handed pitcher for Helix Charter high School in La Mesa, Calif. As a junior in 2013, Wylie was 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA in the regular season. He was also a starter for Helix during the 2013 San Diego Section Playoffs.

“I want to give props and thank my assistants Brad Sanfilippo and Nicholas Enriquez,” Nakama said. “Their hard work has helped us secure a very successful signing class.”