Dec. 3, 1999
Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara baseball program has announced the signing of four standout recruits, according to head coach Bob Brontsema. The Gauchos sign 6-foot-1 left handed pitcher Justin Angevine out of El Dorado High School, 6-foot-3 right handed pitcher Matt Parris out of Highland High School, 6-foot-3 right handed pitcher Matt Moran out of Consumnes River Community College and 6-foot-3 right handed pitcher/third baseman Matt Vasquez out of Santa Barbara High School.
Here is a player-by player breakdown of the signees:
Angevine is a 6-foot-1 left handed pitcher out of El Dorado High School in Placentia, CA. He helped his team win the CIF Southern Section Championship, while also earning second team All-CIF honors. As a junior he went 9-2 with a 3.30 ERA in 72 innings. He had 62 strikeouts and only six walks. "Justin is a workhorse with a great feel for pitching," Brontsema said. "His numbers show his excellent command and he comes form a great program with a coach that prepares his players for the next level."
Parris is a 6-foot-3 right handed pitcher from Lancaster, CA. He attends Highland High School. As a junior, he was an all-conference performer, with a 7-3 record and 2.25 ERA. In 66 innings, he recorded 78 strikeouts while only allowing 24 walks. "Matt is coming into his own," began Brontsema. "He has a great arm that will touch 90 miles per hour on a gun. He is getting a lot of play from the scouts that think he may be a high pick in the June draft. But, like most of the players we recruit, we feel that he is looking forward to developing even further in college."
Moran, a native of Chico, CA., is another 6-foot-3 right handed pitcher who will come to UCSB from Consumnes River Community College. He was a 20th round pick of the San Diego Padres as a freshman. Also as a freshman, Moran went 4-0 with nine saves and a 3.27 ERA. Moran had 72 strikeouts with only 20 walks in 63 innings. "Matt is a big strong right hander who could come in and make a huge impact for this program," Brontsema said. "He is a mature young man who could pick up a lot of important innings."
Vasquez is another 6-foot-3 right handed pitcher. A local talent, Vasquez will come to UC Santa Barbara from Santa Barbara High School. He also plays third base in addition to pitching. As a junior, Vasquez went 11-2 with a 1.87 ERA, including 72 innings with 58 strikeouts and only 26 walks. He also hit .406 with eight home runs and seven steals. Vasquez earned first team All-Conference, All-CIF, and he was also selected as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athlete of the Year. "Matt brings a few options to the table for us," Brontsema said. "We have recruited him as a pitcher because that is a need for us, but I really like what I have seen from him as a hitter. He is just going to keep getting better. It is going to be fun to watch him develop."
"Overall, these four pitchers will help to replace the senior pitchers leaving after this season. They have a chance to come in and make an instant impact." Brontsema said. "All four should be big contributors and have the opportunity to extend their careers beyond UCSB. Our challenge now is retaining them after the Major League Draft in June."