SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State baseball team welcomed eight new Hornets who will officially join the program this fall as announced by head coach Reggie Christiansen. Six of the eight newcomers are local to the Sacramento area.
"We believe our 2015 class will be exciting to watch on the field, but equally as important they will represent our program in the classroom and off of the field in a first class manner," Christiansen said. "We sought to bring in a group of position players that can play multiple positions along with adding a few left handed hitters. We are also very excited about the two physical right handed pitchers in Tyler Beardsley and Brad Bonnenfant, both of whom have very high ceilings and can pitch in multiple roles."
The eight newcomers join a group of 10 players that committed to the program in November. Two of those 10 players, Sam Long and Brandon Hunley, played their freshman seasons in 2014 after graduating high school early, so there will be a total of 16 newcomers to the program next year.
Sacramento State is coming off a historic season in which it claimed its first WAC title and played in the Div. I NCAA Regionals for the first time. The squad lost six seniors as well as junior MLB Draft picks Rhys Hoskins and Alex Palsha, but does return six starting position players as well as all three weekend starters and closer Sutter McLoughlin.
The eight signees are below. To see the early signing period class, click here.
Tyler Beardsley - RHP - College of the Sequoias - Tehachapi, Calif.
Coach Christiansen: "Tyler has a chance to be used both as a starter or reliever. He is a competitive kid and will fit in nicely with the group of pitchers returning this fall."
Brad Bonnenfant - RHP - Sutter High School - Yuba City, Calif.
Coach Christiansen: "Coach Jake Angier did a nice job finding Brad this spring. Brad is a diamond in the rough and is a big, physical pitcher that throws downhill."
Sam Curtis - Infielder - Rocklin High School - Rocklin, Calif.
Coach Christiansen: "Sam can really run and plays with a lot of energy. Sam brings some versatility to us as he can play all three positions in the middle of the diamond."
Josh Egan - Utility - Ohlone College - Castro Valley, Calif.
Coach Christiansen: "Josh is a left-handed hitter that has the ability to play three positions (OF/C/1B). We are excited to add Josh to our club this fall."
PJ Floyd - Infielder - Whitney High School - Rocklin, Calif.
Coach Christiansen: "PJ reminds us of a young Justin Higley. He can really run and has the ability to play all three infield positions."
Bronson Grubbs - Utility - Pleasant Grove High School - Elk Grove, Calif.
Coach Christiansen: "Bronson is a winner, plays the game extremely hard, and also brings flexibility to our roster as he can play all three positions in the middle of the diamond."
Billy Rockefeller - 1B/LF - Del Oro High School - Loomis, Calif.
Coach Christiansen: "We are thrilled to have Billy join our program. He was the MVP of the Optimist game and has a huge upside. Billy is a left handed hitter that has shown the ability to hit for both average and power."
Dylan Spezia - RHP/OF - Woodcreek High School - Roseville, Calif.
Coach Christiansen: "Dylan is a big physical RHP that has a chance to be a 2-way player for us."