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Nevada Baseball Coach TJ Bruce Inks 10 to National Letters of Intent

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From the University of Nevada, Reno: 

Second-year University of Nevada head baseball coach T.J. Bruce has signed 10 players to play for the Wolf Pack in 2018. Bruce’s first recruiting class was ranked 35th nationally and he looks to continue on the recruiting success with his second class.

“We have signed 10 outstanding players for the 2018 season,” Bruce said. “We signed six middle infielders that will compete for playing time in year one and three pitchers that we expect to help us on the mound next season. Josh is a local product that is a big catcher for our future.” 

The class includes eight high school seniors and two junior college transfers. Nine players come to the Wolf Pack from California with the 10th being local catcher Josh Prizina. Junior college transfers, Marcus Chiu will be a junior and Daniel Perry a redshirt sophomore when they join the Wolf Pack for the 2018 season.  

Prizina from Spanish Springs High School is one of the eight high school players to sign with the Pack. Prizina’s uncle Jim Puzey (1982-85) played for the Pack and was inducted into the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. Fellow signee Jake Jackson also has ties to the Wolf Pack as his father Wade played for the Wolf Pack and was drafted by the Angles in 1996.   

Tyler Bosetti, shortstop, 5-11, 160, Vacaville High School, Vacaville, Calif.
 
Bosetti is an athletic infielder that has surprising power for his size.  He is a good defender that can play multiple infield positions and has played varsity baseball for VHS for three years and was awarded as their team MVP honor last season. He was also voted Max Preps player of the year for the 2016 season. Tyler was chosen to play in the prestigious area code baseball games, which brings together the best high school baseball talent in the country, this past summer.
 
Coach Bruce on Bosetti: “Tyler has a chance to be an elite defender for us as shortstop.   He could make an impact his freshman year, both defensively and offensively.  He is a work horse and brings a toughness and a bulldog mentality to the field every day.”
 
Josh Zamora, Infielder, 5-11, 190, El Toro High School, Foothill Ranch, Calif. 

Zamora is four year starting infielder from El Toro High School in Southern California. He helped lead the chargers to south coast league title. Zamora played on the USA National Development team and was also selected as a south coast all league performer. 
 
Bruce on Zamora: “Josh has a good compact swing and good defensive actions on the infield.  He has a chance to make an immediate impact as a freshman. He plays at a high level high school program and knows what it takes to be successful.”
 
Josh Prizina, catcher, 6-5, 195, Spanish Springs High School, Sparks, Nev.
 
Prinzina is a good athlete that was all-conference as a basketball player.  His family has been around Reno for a long time and his uncle, Jim Puzey, a recent Nevada athletics department Hall of Fame inductee, was a player for the Pack. He is a very good student and member of the National Honor Society and was selected to the all-state academic team. He was also voted as the 2016 Male Athlete of the Year at Spanish Springs High school. An athletic family his brother is a pitcher at Seattle University.  
 
Bruce on Prizina: “Josh is a solid defensive catcher, who grew up in our backyard and who I immediately heard about after taking the head coaching job at Nevada. He is a big, athletic body who has very good power potential for the Pack. We are excited to get Josh in a Wolf Pack uniform.”
 
Adam Kirk, right handed pitcher, 6-5, 210, Arcata High School, Eureka, Calif.
 
Kirk is a big bodied right handed pitcher who has thrown two no hitters in high school, as well as being undefeated in two of his three years as a varsity pitcher. He was the MVP pitcher of the Los Angeles Invitational this past summer and is a member of the National Honor Society. 
 
Bruce on Kirk: “Adam is a very well built young man with a very good work ethic. He is striving to get better as a pitcher and will have a chance to help us immediately. He has emerged as a top end right handed pitcher in Northern California and we are excited to get him to campus.”
 
Kenny Lebeau, infielder, 5-10, 175, Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, Calif.
 
Lebeau has a dirtbag approach to playing baseball. He plays for NorCal Baseball during the summer and is the everyday second baseman for them. He has a compact swing and creates power with his athleticism.
 
Bruce on Lebeau: “Kenny is the type of player that every coach wants in his program. His approach to the game is hard-nosed, and his ability matches his enthusiasm for the game. He has a chance to help our program immediately and we couldn’t be happier that he chose Nevada.”
 
Bradley Norton, infielder, 6-1, 170, Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, Calif.
 
Norton is an athletic baseball player who plays his summer baseball with NorCal Baseball. He was selected to the U17 National Team Identification Series team USA in Cary, N.C. and was also a 2015 and 2016 NorCal World Series all-tournament and all-star team selection. Norton was also named to the 2016 Perfect Game Evoshield all-tournament team in Goodyear, Ariz.
 
Bruce on Norton: “Bradley is a very athletic baseball player with good instincts. He can play any infield position and is athletic enough to play the outfield as well. We are excited about Brad’s potential here at Nevada.”
 
Jake Jackson, right handed pitcher, 6-1, 200, El Toro High School, Lake Forest, Calif.
 
Jackson is a high school teammate of Josh Zamora, another Wolf Pack commit. He is a bulldog on the mound and a fierce competitor. Recently he played for the Angels Elite Scout Ball team and has also been a three time all-tournament team member for Perfect Game. He was a third team All-American selection by Perfect Game.
 
Bruce on Jackson: “Jake is a command pitcher that can throw three pitches for strikes. He is ultra-competitive and will be able to pitch for us right away. His father Wade, played baseball for the Wolf Pack and was drafted by the California Angels in 1996. He has thrown against elite talent and succeeded so we are excited to call him one of ours.”
 
Kyle Marino, right handed pitcher, 6-1, 170, Alta Loma High School, Alta Loma, Calif.
 
Marino, from Southern California, plays on one of the most elite summer programs in the country and has had great success pitching for them. During the summer, his team has won multiple prestigious tournaments, such as the Junior Olympics, the Perfect Game California World Series, and the Perfect Game Evoshield National Championship.

Bruce on Marino: “Kyle is an up-and-coming right handed pitcher with a very high upside. He has a loose arm with good command of the strike zone. He will be a very good arm for us and could be a factor for us on the mound as a true freshman.”
 
Marcus Chiu, second baseman, 6-2, 205, College of Marin, Marin, Calif.
 
Chiu is an athletic second baseman and is an experienced hitter who has excellent athleticism and drive. He was an honorable mention all-conference player at Marin College last year. During his high school career at San Marin High School in Novato, Calif., he was a three-time all-conference performer as well as the player of the year his senior season.
 
Bruce on Chiu: “Marcus is a high level baseball player that we are excited to get. He will bring leadership and knowledge of the game to our program. He will compete immediately at second base, his personality and toughness are exactly what we are looking for in a student-athlete.”
 
Daniel Perry, shortstop, 6-2, 200, Lassen College, Susanville, Calif.

Perry was drafted in the 13th round by the Toronto Blue Jays after his senior year in high school but chose to attend Lassen College. As a prep athlete he was a four-time all-conference selection in baseball and earned the honor three times in basketball. A Perfect Game preseason All-American he earned a spot on the Northern California High School all-start team. Scouting News ranked him as a top 100 recruit coming out of high school in 2015.

Bruce on Perry: “Daniel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him to Nevada. He is a high level infielder that knows what it takes to be a Division 1 player. He should make an immediate impact with his leadership and could be a top end offensive and defensive player for us. We are very excited to have Daniel as part of the Pack.”  

From the University of Nevada, Reno 

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