Nov. 28, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara baseball program has signed three recruits to National Letters of Intent for the 2002 season, head coach Bob Brontsema announced today.
The Gauchos have received letters from pitcher Eric Posthumus, from Hart High School (Newhall, CA), infielder Ryan Keating of Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park, CA) High School, and Jared Edrosolan of Moorpark (CA) Junior College.
"With the addition of these three players, we feel we are off to a good start with our 2001 recruiting class," noted Brontsema.
Posthumus is a 6'5" right-handed pitcher who finished his 2000 campaign with a perfect 8-0 record. He had 68 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched with a stellar 1.61 ERA. Posthumus was also named L.A. Times Player of the Week during the CIF playoffs. In addition, he is an accomplished student with a 3.79 GPA.
"Eric has the potential to become a quality college pitcher," stated UCSB pitching coach Tom Myers. "He has good command of three pitches and is a strong competitor."
Keating is a fleet-footed 5'10" infielder from Rancho Cotate High School where he was first Team All-Empire and North Bay League. He batted .428 with 22 stolen bases as a junior and a .563 on-base percentage. Keating also has 80 career stolen bases. He too is an accomplished student-athlete having received three Scholar Student-Athlete awards and possessing a 3.70 GPA.
"Ryan is an aggressive, hard-nosed player who will wreak havoc on the bases," said Myers.
Edrosolan is a 6'2" right-handed pitcher who garnered All-Western States Conference as a freshman at Moorpark College last season. He spent his prep career at Newbury Park (CA) High School where he was all-conference as a junior and senior. Edrosolan was 5-3 with a 3.50 ERA last year.
"Jared has a pro-type arm with an A-plus slider," commented Myers, "and he has a bulldog attitude."
The signing of Posthumus, Keating, and Edrosolan completes the UCSB baseball recruiting for the early signing period.