Infielder talks commitment

Arizona had added a premier shortstop to its 2013 recruiting class. Read on to see what sold him and more.

Arizona baseball head coach Andy Lopez is already getting a head start on the recruiting trail for 2013.

Already having a commitment from Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic High School first baseman Michael Hoard, Lopez picked up another commitment in the middle of the week.

Denver (Colo.) Legend High School shortstop Bobby Dalbec flew to Tucson for a visit and committed to the Wildcats almost on the spot after receiving a scholarship offer.

He flew into town on Tuesday night and toured the school on Wednesday. After the tour, he met with Coach Lopez in his office where the coach offered him a chance to play for Arizona.

"I looked at my mom and I said that I wanted to do it now," Dalbec said. "My parents wanted me to go where I was comfortable. Coach Lopez gave us about ten minutes to talk and I just called my dad and talked to him for a few minutes. It was an easy decision."

Dalbec had already favored Arizona for some time, having a top two of the Wildcats and Oregon. When it came time to decide what he wanted to do, Dalbec knew that he wanted to play his college ball in Tucson.

"I couldn't see myself going anywhere else," he said.

The Wildcat coaches have been working hard to build relationships with players in the little time that they have had this summer to make contact with their players. Lopez contacted Baldec as early as was allowed and it paid off.

"Coach Lopez called me on July first, which was the first day of the contact period for baseball," he said. "Before that I had been getting a lot of emails during the College World Series and throughout the playoffs."

Baldec admits that he was cheering for the Wildcats during the playoffs and was excited that Arizona took home the trophy.

"The U of A has always been my number one school, so having another National Championship is just icing on the cake right now," he said.

He also chose Arizona because of the coaching staff that Arizona has brought together. One coach in particular may have helped get Dalbec on the Wildcats' radar.

"They're all great coaches," Dalbec said. "Coach Lopez is obviously a great guy and coach. The same with Coach (Matt) Siegel. He's friends with one of my hitting coaches, so it's a really good fit."

When Dalbec arrives on campus, he will have a similar role as he does in high school, playing the infield and serving as a late inning pitcher.

"They want me to play third base as a corner infielder and bat, but they also want me to be their closer," he said. "Right now I play shortstop and close for my high school team."

The high school senior has committed to Arizona, but still has a goal left for his high school season.

"Last year we were the state runner-up in the 5A State Championship," Dalbec said. "This year we just want to get back to the finals and win the whole thing."

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