This marks the first recruiting class for the Titans' new coaching staff assembled by assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Sergio Brown and assistant coach Greg Bergeron. The new Titan staff's 2007 recruiting class for UC Irvine was ranked 14th in the nation by Baseball America, and culminated in the school's first trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
The 2008-09 group is headlined by a pair of 2008 Baseball America Top 100 Prospects in Jarrett Martin and Michael Montgomery and features nine high schoolers and two junior college transfers.
"The focus of this recruiting class was pitching and middle of the order hitters," Brown said.
"We landed the 2 best left handed pitchers in the state in Jarrett Martin and Michael Montgomery and we were also able to secure two of the best right-handers in Tyler Pill and Noe Ramirez. All four of those guys will be ready to contribute as freshmen and all have the stuff to be Friday night guys for anybody in the country."
The help on the mound comes at a perfect time as proven seniors Jeff Kaplan, the only returning full-time starter form 2007, and Adam Jorgenson, a possible starter in 2008, will be playing their final seasons in pinstripes this season.
"The special thing about this class is that they all wanted to be Titans. They all want to wear the pinstripes," Brown said.
"Right-hander Kyle Witten from Bakersfield College has been drafted twice and will have the chance to give us innings immediately and make an impact as well.
"Offensively the likes of Carlos Lopez and Nick Ramirez will give us instant power in the middle of the order. Carlos is a pure hitter and Nick is just as dangerous and also will help out on the mound.
Brown rounded out the class by saying, "Cody Collins will be a very offensive catcher in the Big West Conference... John Hay will bring a lot of experience to this team, as he is one of the best JC hitters in the state last year... And Justin Koehler and Austin Kingsolver are the types of baseball players that epitomize Cal State Fullerton baseball."
2008-09 Cal State Fullerton Baseball Early Signing Class
Player (POS, HT, WT, Hometown (Last School)
Jarrett Martin (LHP, 6-3, 200, Bakersfield, Calif., Centennial HS)
Michael Montgomery (LHP, 6-4, 180, Valencia, Calif., Hart HS)
Carlos Lopez (INF, 6-1, 190, Northridge, Calif., Crespi HS)
Tyler Pill (P/UTIL, 6-0, 165, Covina, Calif., Covina HS)
Nick Ramirez (LHP/1B, 6-3, 225, Anaheim, Calif., Katella HS)
John Hay (OF, 5-10, 190, Canyon Country, Calif., Col. of the Canyons)
Justin Koehler (RHP, 6-1, 180, Merced, Calif., Buhach Colony HS)
Austin Kingsolver (OF, 6-1, 165, Dana Point, Calif., Dana Hills HS)
Kyle Witten (RHP, 6-4, 195, Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield College)
Noe Ramirez (RHP/SS, 6-2, 165, Alhambra, Calif. , Alhambra HS)
Cody Collins (C, 5-10, 190, Las Vegas, Nev., Spring Valley HS)
Left-handed Pitcher, Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial HS)
The 12th-best High School Baseball Prospect for 2008 according to Baseball America...Was the 2006 Kern County Rookie of the Year... Was a 2007 CalHi Sports All-State Selection (underclassmen division)... Participated in the Area Code Games in both 2006 and 2007... Has been nominated as a pitcher/first baseman to participate in the inaugural MLB Scout League All-Star Game... Selected to play for the 2007 Angels Elite Team, and the Lasorda Elite Games.
Left-Handed Pitcher, Valencia, Calif. (Hart HS)
The 43rd-best High School Baseball Prospect according to Baseball America... Two-time All-Foothill League Second Team... Will be a three-year varsity letterman... Collected 11 wins, four saves and 114 strikeouts in 127.1 innings pitched in two seasons so far for Hart HS... Was selected to participate in the Milwaukee Brewers Blue Area Code Games, the Angel Elite Games and the Milwaukee Brewers Elite Games in the Summer of 2007.
Infield, Northridge, Calif. (Crespi HS)
Will be a four-year varsity letterman for the Celts under Head Coach Scott Muckey... 2006 second-team All-Mission League... 2007 first-team All-Mission League... 2007 first-team All-CIF... 2007 All-State Team...Selected to the Milwaukee Brewers Blue Area Code Team
Pitcher/Utility, Covina, Calif. (Covina HS)
Two-time All-Valle Vista League first teamer (2006, 2007)... First-team Academic All-Valle Vista Team (for both basketball and baseball, 2007)... 2006 Varsity Pitcher of the Year... 2007 Varsity Most Valuable Player... Was selected to participate in the 2007 Area Code Games, the 2007 Mariners Cup, the 2007 Angels Elite Team, the Lasorda Elite Games and the NorCal-SoCal All-Star Game ... Is the younger brother of former Cal State Fullerton first baseman, Brett Pill.
Left-Handed Pitcher/1B, (Katella HS)
Will be a four-year varsity letterman... Three-time All-Empire League first teamer... 2007 Co-Most Valuable Player of the Empire League... 2007 USA Baseball Tournament of the Stars: PONY National Team Roster... Participated in Team USA Trials held in Cary, North Carolina in 2007... Played for the New York Yankees scout team
Outfield, Canyon Country, Calif. (Col. of the Canyons)
Hit .407 (11th in conference) with 10 home runs and 35 RBI (led Western State Conference in both categories)... 1st Team All-Western State (South) Team as designated hitter... Drafted in the 39th round of the 2007 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers
Right-Handed Pitcher, Merced, Calif. (Buhach Colony HS)
Firtst-team All-League 2006 & 2007... Has been an OF throughout high school... just started pitching this summer... has an electric arm.
Outfield, Dana Point, Calif. (Dana Hills HS)
Hit .380 (30-for-79) with a home run and 6 RBI in 2007 for the Dolphins of the South Coast League
Right-Handed Pitcher, Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield College)
Finished 2007 with a 3-4 record on the mound a 4.70 ERA in 67 innings pitched for Bakersfield... Second-team All-Western State (South) Conference honors in 2007... Drafted in the 25th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves... Drafted in the 26th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins
Right-Handed Pitcher, Alhambra, Calif. (Alhambra HS)
Will be a four-year letterman at Alhambra High School... Three-time first-team All-Almont League (2005, 2006, 2007)... 2007 Almont League Most Valuable Player... 2007 first-team All-CIF... Member of the 2007 San Gabriel Valley Babe Ruth World Series Championship team... Two-time second-team All San Gabriel Valley (2005, 2006)... Most Valuable Player of the LA/Watts Summer Games in 2006
Catcher, Las Vegas, Nev. (Spring Valley HS)
Second-team All-Sunset-Southwest League... Varsity Most Valuable Player... All-State Academic Team... Southern Nevada Junior All-Star Game Participant... Hit .470 with 45 RBI and 20 doubles in 2007.