Bruce Inks 11 To Play Baseball For Pack In 2020
University of Nevada head baseball coach T.J. Bruce has signed 11 players to National Letters of Intent to play for the Wolf Pack in 2020.
Nevada Press Release:
University of Nevada head baseball coach T.J. Bruce has signed 11 players to National Letters of Intent to play for the Wolf Pack in 2020. The group is comprised of eight high school seniors and three junior college transfers.
“We are beyond excited for this great group joining our program,” Bruce said. “Each one brings a specific skill to the table that we know will help our team. This class should make a big impact here at Nevada and we can’t wait.”
Blane Abeyta, RHP, Modesto Junior College, Ceres, Calif., 6-3, 185
Blane Abeyta is a right-handed pitcher that comes to Nevada from Modesto Junior College in Modesto, Calif. Abeyta is a right-handed power pitcher that features a firm fastball and quality slider. Abeyta has only been pitching for the last two years so his future is off the charts. Recruited as a catcher, Abeyta made the swith to the mound last year in junior college. Abeyta was an all-league catcher in high school, and last year at Modesto JC was second on the team in saves and struck out 22 batters in only 16 innings.
Coach Bruce on Abeyta: “Blane has a chance to be an elite arm for us and eat up innings in his first year at Nevada. He is fairly new to pitching so his arm is fresh and his pitching acumen will get better and better with every outing he has. We are very excited for Blane’s future here and we can’t wait to get him to campus.”
Anthony Flores, OF, College of San Mateo, San Jose, Calif., 6-2, 200
Anthony Flores comes to Nevada by way of Valley Christian High School and the College of San Mateo. Flores, an outfielder, is a right-handed hitter that can play any outfield position. Flores has a strong build but is also very athletic in his movements. Last year flores hit two home runs and swatted 11 doubles, while also stealing four bases. Flores does a great job of leading from whatever position he plays.
Coach Bruce on Flores: “Anthony is a high level baseball player that we are excited to get. He brings with him and athleticism and skill set that you don’t often see. He will bring leadership to the field and we are excited that he will be part of the Wolf Pack family moving forward.”
Sean Flowers, RHP, Cardinal Newman High School, Healdsburg, Calif., 6-1, 170
Sean Flowers comes to the Wolf Pack by way of Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, Calif. Flowers is an athletic right-handed pitcher that is projected to get innings as soon as he dons a Wolf Pack uniform. One of the top ranked right handed pitchers in the state of California, Flowers features a quality three pitch mix that should be able to keep hitters off balance and allow him to earn quality innings on the mound for the Pack as a freshman. With Flowers’ athletic build, he will be able to add strength and be a big time contributor to the Pack during his career.
Coach Bruce on Flowers: “Sean brings with him a contagious energy plus a quality pitching acumen that should immediately help the Pack on the mound. He has a gritty toughness to him that is hard to teach and is a bulldog on the mound. He wants the ball and wants to win, so we are excited to see what his future holds.”
David Hays, 1B, St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower, Calif., 6-2, 205
David Hays is a big, physical first baseman from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif. Hays is a strong, smart player that will bring an immediate prescence to the lineup. Hays is a left-handed hitter that has the chance to hit for power as a freshman. He was honored as a perfect game third-team 2018 underclassmen, and is ranked as the 15th best high school first baseman in the country.
Coach Bruce on Hays: “David is a solid defensive first baseman and is a quality left-handed bat that will hit for power immediately. He has a strong build and could impact games with his power almost immediately as a freshman. We are excited to see what David can do in a Wolf Pack uniform in the future.”
Ethan Hurte, RHP, Turlock High School, Turlock, Calif., 6-3, 195
Ethan Hurte is an athletic right-handed pitcher from Turlock High School in Turlock, Calif. Hurte is a late bloomer that has immense upside and could step in and pitch for the Pack at a high level from day one. He is ranked as the 64th best right handed pitcher in California. He is a perfect game top 500 recruit and features three quality pitches. Hurte is a power pitcher that will be able to help the Pack immediately.
Coach Bruce on Hurte: “Ethan is your proto-typical right handed power arm. He features two plus pitches now, but can throw all three in the zone. He is as strong as they come in high school and we can only see him getting better and stronger. Ethan is very athletic for his size and we are excited to see what he can do in his career here at Nevada.
Zach Meddings, INF, Franklin High School, Elk Grove, Calif., 6-2, 185
Zach Meddings is an athletic infielder from Franklin High School in Elk Grove, Calif. Meddings has the athleticism and arm strength to play any infield position on the diamond. The rangy, athletic infielder plays shortstop for his high school team but could move around the field to take advantage of his skill set. As a junior, Meddings hit .348 with good power numbers.
Coach Bruce on Meddings: “Zach is a wiry, athletic player that could fill multiple roles for us as a freshman. He can play all over the diamond and is a position-less position player. He brings a quiet confidence with him and his competitive nature is exactly what we look for in our clubhouse.”
Shane O’Malley, RHP, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, Calif., 6-0, 175
Shane O’Malley is a long and loose right-handed from Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, Calif. O’Malley features a live fastball with a very good curve ball and change-up. The red-shirt freshman has the ability to pitch to both sides of the plate and keep hitters off balance with the consistency of his off speed pitches.
Coach Bruce on O’Malley: “Shane should be a big contributor for us right away next year. Shane has three years of eligibility left so we are very excited about his future. He is a big time competitor and likes to go right after the hitters. He’s another pitcher that brings a toughness and edge to the mound that we like to see.”
Steven Riddle, OF, Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta,Calif., 5-10, 170
Steven Riddle is an outfielder from Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, Calif. Riddle is very athletic and can play any outfield position. He has a chance to immediately play in the outfield for the Wolf Pack and also has a chance to be a top of the lineup hitter from day one. He is a three year varsity letter winner in baseball and also has earned two varsity letters in football.
Coach Bruce on Riddle: “What we really like about Steven is his toughness and athleticism. He has a football mindset when he plays baseball and he will fit in immediately with our culture. He can play any outfield position and we look for him to be at the top of our lineup for years to come.”
Tommy Rover, INF, St. Mary’s High School, Brentwood, Calif., 5-10, 165
Tommy Rover is a solid defensive and offensive player from St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, Calif. Rover is a true switch hitter and will be able to use his speed to get on base. He plays shortstop for his high school, but is comfortable at any of the infield positions. He is a very skilled baseball player on both sides of the ball and could make an immediate impact for the Pack.
Coach Bruce on Rover: “Tommy is the type of player you want in your program. He is a grinder and just finds a way to win. He constantly works on all facets of his game and is never satisified. He will bring a mentality to our clubhouse that players will want to play with. We are excited he chose the Pack and are looking forward to what his future holds.”
Cory Steinhauer, INF, Foothill High School, Pleasanton, Calif., 6-2, 180
Cory Steinhauer is a long, athletic middle infielder from Foothill High School in Pleasanton,Calif. Steinhauer has athleticism that allows him to make all the plays at shortstop, while also being able to play all the other positions in the infield. He has a smooth left-handed swing that can produce power numbers, while at the same time his speed makes him a threat on the basepaths. Last year, he hit .406, with seven doubles, a triple, and three home runs. He was a third-team All-NCS player and a second team All-EBAL performer.
Coach Bruce on Steinhauer: “Cory is a long, athletic infielder that knows how to play the shortstop position. He has been very successful in high school, both offensively and defensively, and we are thrilled that Cory decided to make Nevada his home for the next four years. He is a very skilled hitter and his skill set will play very well here in Reno.”
Nic Wilson, RHP, Consumnes River College, Sacramento, Calif., 6-0, 175
Nic Wilson is a right handed pitcher from Consumnes River College in Elk Grove, Calif. Wilson is an athletic pitcher with a quality three pitch mix. He has the abilty to throw any of his pitches in any count. A first-team all league performer in high school at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento he was also chosen for the prestigious 2017 area code games, which brings together the best high school talent in the country. He should see immediate innings on the mound for the Pack. Wilson comes from a good baseball pedigree as well as his father, Gary, was drafted in the 18th round of the 1992 MLB Draft and currently works with the Kansas City Royals.
Coach Bruce on Wilson: “Nic has a chance to get a lot of innings for the Pack in his career. Nic is competitor and should make an impact for us immediately. He is a work horse and brings a toughness and a bulldog mentality to the mound everyday.”