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UCLA Baseball Signs Nine Players


November 21, 2013

The NCAA champion UCLA baseball team has signed nine high school players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Head coach John Savage's latest class includes six pitchers and three position players.

Overall, all nine players from this most recent class are from California. In addition, two players competed for the USA Baseball 18U squad at the 2013 18U World Cup in Taiwan. All nine players are also ranked among Perfect Game USA's Top 500 High School prospects for 2014.

"We are very excited about this incoming class",Savage said. "These group of players have the chance to make an immediate impact both on and off the field. Coach Bruce and the rest of the coaching staff have worked very hard to get this class committed to UCLA and we believe that this group of pitchers and position players could be the best group of any class in the country."

The Bruins' recruiting class includes talented left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken, right-handers Griffin Canning, Nathan Hadley, Grant Hockin, Jacob Nix and Matt Trask, and infielders Nick Valaika, Sean Bouchard and Josh Morgan.

Seven of Coach Savage's nine recruiting classes at UCLA have earned a top-20 ranking from Baseball America, with the class of 2012 earning the highest ranking in Savage's tenure. The 2012 class was named the No. 2 class in the country by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball and helped the Bruins win the program's first NCAA Championship in program history last season.

UCLA Baseball's 2014 Signees

Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Hometown Previous School

Brady Aiken

LHP L/L 6-3 210 Cardiff by the Sea, Calif. Cathedral Catholic HS

Sean Bouchard

INF R/R 6-3 180 San Diego, Calif. Cathedral Catholic HS

Griffin Canning

RHP R/R 6-1 165 Coto de Caza, Calif. Santa Margarita Catholic HS

Nathan Hadley

RHP R/R 5-11 180 Encino, Calif. Loyola HS

Grant Hockin

RHP R/R 6-1 185 Pomona, Calif. Damien HS

Josh Morgan

INF R/R 5-11 175 Corona, Calif. Orange Lutheran HS

Jacob Nix

RHP R/R 6-3 200 Los Alamitos, Calif. Los Alamitos HS

Matt Trask

RHP R/R 6-3 205 Davis, Calif. Davis HS

Nick Valaika

INF R/R 5-11 180 Valencia, Calif. Hart HS


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