BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- Head baseball coach Jeremy Beard has announced additions to the 2017 recruiting class, adding eight more student-athletes for the 2018 Roadrunners baseball team.
Beard, who was recently named head coach of the Roadrunners after serving the 2017 season in the interim role, put together a talented group of student-athletes as he prepares to build on the momentum of last season's 32-24 record. Beard, who served as the pitching coach during his first season in Bakersfield in 2016, put a stamp on the program, with his first-full recruiting class as head coach. The eight recently-received National Letters of Intent bring the 2017 recruiting class to a total of 16.
“We are excited to announce the signing of a quality group of incoming student athletes,” Beard said. “We feel the players we are bringing in will fit in our system while achieving success in the classroom. This is a large class of primarily-freshmen newcomers adding speed, defense, and pitch-ability.”
Joining the Roadrunners from the high school ranks are Kevin Altamirano a right-handed pitcher and infielder from Warren HS in Downey, Calif. He is joined by infielder Trent Anderson from Lakewood HS in Lakewood, Calif. where the second baseman hit .390 as a senior in 32 games for the Lancers.
“Kevin has a four pitch mix and is consistent in the zone. His secondary pitches are very complimentary to his fastball that has been up to 92. We expect him to compete early in his career at CSUB,” said Beard.
“Trent “Buck” Anderson is a very athletic middle infielder with above average defensive skills and a feel for the short game. His presence on the base paths is a game changer and fits out style of play.”
Evan Berkey looks to make an impact at shortstop for the Roadrunners as he comes to Bakersfield from La Quinta HS in La Quinta, Calif. where he had a .505 batting average during his senior season while recording 24 RBI.
“Evan will be a difficult to keep off the field. He is a well-rounded player that can play multiple positions and his offensive approach fits our system,” Beard said.
Jared Toothman, from Centennial HS in Bakersfield joins the club after earning all-league, all-area, and Bakersfield Jockey Club recognition last season. He hit .435 with 28 RBI as a senior for the Golden Hawks.
From the junior college ranks the Roadrunners added Ben Cutting from the College of Southern Nevada. The 2018 junior left hander was a first-team all-region pitcher in 2017 posting a 6-2 record with a 3.34 ERA in 15 starts for the Coyotes who won the NJCAA Western District Championship and advanced to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. Cutting, a Las Vegas native led the team with 75 strikeouts and had the second-lowest batting average against at just .231 last season.
“Ben is a quality Junior College left handed arm with a tremendous amount of experience in big games. He comes in as the ace from one of the top JC programs in the country,” Beard said.
Also joining CSUB from junior college is catcher/first baseman Ryan Koch from San Joaquin Delta College. As a sophomore for the Mustangs last season, Koch hit .333 with four homeruns and 34 RBI. He had a .474 slugging percentage and a .413 on base percentage for Delta who advanced to the CCCAA NorCal Sectional finals while posting a 36-11 record last season.
“Ryan played at one of the top Junior College programs in California and hit in the middle of the order,” Beard said. “He is a solid catcher with the ability to play first base. We will count on him to be a leader and impact right away.”
The Roadrunners also added another local product to their pitching staff as junior left-handed pitcher Kyle King returns home after stops at Wabash Valley College in 2015 where he was 3-0 with a 2.31 ERA and Allan Hancock College in 2016 where he posted 82 strikeouts in 71.1 innings of work. King spent last season at Long Beach State but did not play, meaning he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining when he suits up for the Roadrunners. King was a 2014 All-Area selection playing for John Moncier at Frontier High School.
Also bolstering the left-handed offerings on the mound is Jordan Ragan a 6'3” junior-college transfer from College of Southern Idaho and Western Nevada College. Ragan was the former Oregon State Player of the Year after leading his team to a Class 6A Championship.
“Jordan comes to CSUB after a forced transfer to College of Southern Idaho after Western Nevada College shut down its program,” Beard said. “He has pitched in a lot of big games and will add immediate help as a lefty.”
The eight-recent additions to the recruiting class join Michael Bovee Jr., a right-handed pitcher from Mira Mesa HS in San Diego, Calif., Zachary Bromstead, another right hander from South Hills HS in West Covina, Calif., infielder Daniel Carrizosa from Boulder Creek HS in Anthem, Ariz., Andrew Ciandro, a right-handed pitcher from St. Francis HS in Watsonville, Calif., Lewis Dirkes, an infielder/outfielder from Valhalla HS in El Cajon, Calif., Elijah Parks, a pitcher/infielder from Tulare Western HS in Tulare, Calif. and Hank Schineller, first baseman from Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, Calif.