SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State baseball team has received commitments from nine players to join the program next fall, head coach Reggie Christiansen announced Monday.
"I am excited to announce this group," Christiansen said. "Our program is built on pitching and defense and we have added pieces to help us keep that as our strength. This is a very strong group in the middle of the diamond defensively along with a great group on the mound."
The group has six high school signees and three players coming from the junior college ranks. Of the six high school recruits, three of them (Kody Gardner, Austin Roberts, and Josh Urps) are from the Sacramento area.
"Again we secured some of the best players locally and had success going outside of our region to round out this class," Christiansen said. "I am very thankful and lucky to have Jake Angier and Steve Holm on our staff; they both did a great job putting together this group."
The Hornets, who have won the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) title in two of the last four seasons, have been built with both local talent and quality junior college transfers and the new recruiting class continues that mold.
The nine newcomers will help off set the loss of four seniors - and potentially some junior MLB draft picks - following the 2016 season. Meet the newcomers below:
Dawsen Bacho - C - Novato, Calif./San Marin HS
Coach Christiansen: Our last two catchers have set the bar very high when it comes to playing defense. Upon seeing Dawsen play we immediately knew that he would be able to come in and play defense at the same level or higher. He also plays water polo, which we felt strengthened his leadership qualities that are obviously very important behind the plate.
Parker Brahms - RHP/3B - Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS
Coach Christiansen: Despite not being a full-time pitcher, Parker showed us all of the characteristics that we look for in a pitcher. He is very athletic, as evidenced by also being a third basemen, and we believe he has yet to tap into his full potential.
Jake Corn - LHP - Manteca, Calif./Modesto JC/Oregon/Manteca HS
Coach Christiansen: Jake was a high profile guy that we recruited out of high school. He chose to go to University of Oregon but once we learned he was available again we knew that we would love to have him. He will provide some much needed experience to the front end of next year's pitching staff. It may have taken awhile but we are extremely excited to add him to our roster.
Kody Gardner - CF - Sacramento, Calif./Rio Americano HS
Coach Christiansen: Kody is a local high school shortstop and will transition to center field once he arrives on our campus. He is a plus runner and hits from the left side. He has an outstanding ability to steal bases, which was an area that we targeted in this class.
Ricky Martinez - SS - Pflugerville, Texas/ Pflugerville HS
Coach Christiansen: Rickey comes to us all the way from Texas. We received a tip on him and fell in love with him as a shortstop the moment we saw him. Ricky plays defense at an extremely high level, his leadership qualities are off the charts, and his energy is infectious. We are very excited to have him join our program.
William Reeder - C - Manteca, Calif./Modesto JC/Manteca HS
Coach Christiansen: Pitchers that have thrown to William rave about his abilities behind the plate. With William we also feel we have added a strong leader. He is a tough, hard-nosed catcher that will work very well with our pitching staff.
Austin Roberts - RHP - West Sacramento, Calif./River City HS
Coach Christiansen: Austin is as talented a pitcher we have had since I've been here. He is a two-way guy for his high school team as well as being a starter for the basketball team. He was up to 92 mph at the area code games this summer and we anticipate him to step in and impact our pitching staff immediately.
Josh Urps - SS - Elk Grove, Calif./Elk Grove HS
Coach Christiansen: Josh is yet another local player that we have added to this class. He is a tough, hard-nosed player that has the ability to play both middle infield positions at a very high level. He projects to be a top of the lineup hitter. It was very easy to fall in love with Josh as a player the first time I saw him play.
Michael Warning - RHP - Henderson, Nev./Mesa Community College (AZ)/Coronado HS
Coach Christiansen: The moment Michael walked out onto the mound we sat up in our chairs. His body and arm action indicate that he has the ability to pitch for many years to come. He has all of the equipment you look for on the mound.