LMU Inks Seven Standouts for 2014 Campaign
The LMU baseball program recently announced a recruiting class consisting of seven standout student-athletes.
Nov. 21, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Fifth-year Head Coach Jason Gill and the LMU baseball program recently announced a stellar 2014 recruiting class consisting of seven standout student-athletes. Listed alphabetically, the signing class is made up of Brenton Arriaga (LHP - Los Osos HS), Cassidy Brown (C - Walsh Jesuit HS), JD Busfield (RHP - Valencia HS), Tyler Cohen (INF - Agoura HS), David Fletcher (INF - Cypress HS), Matt Gorgolinski (RHP - Serra HS), and Austin Miller (OF - Greeley West HS).
"I think the coaching staff, and recruiting coordinator Bryant Ward in particular, did a great job of attacking some needs that we will have for the 2014 season," Gill said. "We have added tremendous talent in the middle of the field, recruiting a catcher, three big-time arms, a pair of athletic infielders, and a centerfielder who can run. All of these players have the skills to compete right away at the Division I level."
Brenton Arriaga | LHP | 6'5 | 190 | Los Osos HS
COACH GILL ON ARRIAGA: Arriaga is a command left-handed pitcher that has three pitches that he can throw for strikes in any count. He has a ton of deception, and based on his ability to throw strikes right now, he should be able to help us compete right away as a freshman.
Cassidy Brown | C | 6'3 | 205 | R/R | Walsh Jesuit HS
COACH GILL ON BROWN: Brown is a big physical catcher out of Ohio. He is already a skilled catch-and-throw player and he should bring some potential to the middle of our lineup in the future. He has a similar build to our current starting catcher, Colton Plaia, and we think that Cassidy is already refined enough to play a role for us early in his career.
JD Busfield | RHP | 6'6 | 215 | Valencia HS
COACH GILL ON BUSFIELD: Busfield is a big right-hander pitcher with a very high ceiling. He already has command of his pitches and is a strike thrower. We as a coaching staff feel that with time and development, JD will be a hard-throwing right-hander, but given his ability to throw strikes, he will be extremely valuable for us right away.
Tyler Cohen | INF | 6'0 | 180 | R/R | Agoura HS
COACH GILL ON COHEN: Cohen is a very skilled and physical middle infielder with a high ceiling and solid baseball instincts. He has a strong arm and stellar foot speed, and he will have the chance to hit in the middle of our lineup down the road. As we are with all of the recruits in this class, we are extremely excited to have Tyler joining our program.
David Fletcher | INF | 5'10 | 175 | R/R | Cypress HS
COACH GILL ON FLETCHER: Fletcher is a defensive wizard that can defend with anyone in the country. He is a smart player with unbelievable baseball instincts, and he has the ability to solidify any team in the nation's middle infield. Offensively, he understands how to play and can skill to move guys over. We see him as a top of the order type of hitter who can run well.
Matt Gorgolinski | RHP | 6'5 | 225 | Serra HS
COACH GILL ON GORGOLINSKI: Gorgolinski is another big right-handed pitcher. He has been clocked up to 93 and has a high ceiling. Matt has a very strong arm and a big body to go along with some command of his pitches, and we feel that with some development we can turn him into a star at this level.
Austin Miller | OF | 6'0 | 160 | L/R | Greeley West HS
COACH GILL ON MILLER: Miller is a guy that can really run, and another player with a very high ceiling. We were fortunate to see him play in Arizona, and we project him as a player that will be asked to hit at the top of lineup down the road. Austin can cover a ton of ground in the outfield, and that will play to our advantage in a big centerfield at Page Stadium.
"We had a recruiting class ranked 23rd in the nation a couple years ago, and we've started to see those players develop into the talented players we knew they would be," Gill stated. "After taking a look at the class we have coming in next year, it is stacking up very well with the one from two years ago, and is strong in comparison to everyone in the country."
The 2013 season begins on February 15 when LMU hosts Utah in a three-game series at Page Stadium.