After a weekend where the California football team scored two 2015 commitments, the Bears baseball program got in on the act with a commit of its own, this time snagging Rogelio Reyes of Union City (Calif.) James Logan, a 2016 right-handed pitcher.
"I visited Cal two weeks ago, two or three weeks ago, on an unofficial, and I toured around, and they offered me there. I also visited Santa Barbara a week later, and then I visited Cal again last weekend, and then I committed," Reyes told BearTerritory the day after he pulled the trigger. "Cal was the place to go.
"The University is one of the best universities in the world, and they have my major there, which is No.1 in the nation – they have the best business school there. And, the coaches, they showed me that they can teach me a lot there, and I just want to win a championship there."
Reyes joins Jared Horn and Andrew Vaughn as members of the Cal's 2016 class, but also joined two other future Bears the last weekend of June in the NorCal World Series in Stockton, Calif.
Reyes was named to the All-Tournament Underclass team – as was 2016 Cal target Andrew Martinez -- thanks to 3.0 shutout innings and seven strikeouts, while 2015 commits Jeremiah Burks and Ripken Reyes were named to the All-Tournament team.
Rogelio Reyes both pitches and plays shortstop for the Colts, but projects as a right-handed pitcher in the vein of another Logan product – Bears hurler Alex Martinez.
Reyes and Martinez have spoken several times, but he was a senior when Reyes was a freshman, and the two never played together. Reyes did say, however, that he plans on talking to ‘A-Mart' in the near future to talk about the Bears.
Like Martinez, Reyes features a plus slider, but also throws a slurve and a change off of his mid-80s fastball, which topped out at 87 at the NorCal World Series.
"My slider, I can start it inside corner and make it look like it's going to hit them, but it'll slide to the other half of the plate," Reyes said. "My curveball is a slurve, so it has a sharp break. I can throw it almost as hard as my fastball, but just a little bit slower. It looks like a fastball, but then it breaks."
Reyes's change up falls down and in to righties, and he'll throw it in a fastball count to get hitters out in front, with an 8-10 mph differential off of his fastball.
Reyes also throws a two-seam fastball with good movement, and has good fastball command.
Harvard, Utah and Boston College showed interest, but it was the Gauchos and the Bears who extended scholarship offers. Cal pitching coach Mike Neu likes Reyes's heart and competitiveness on the mound, as well as his composure.
"He sees a lot of potential in me," Reyes said.
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