LA JOLLA, Calif. - Sixth-year University of California San Diego baseball head coach Eric Newman has announced four National Letter-of-Intent signings for the early period from November.
The four additions are Noah Conlon, Garett Lake, Cameron Leonard and Shay Whitcomb. All are current high school seniors, with three from Southern California and Lake from Nevada. Conlon and Leonard are right-handed pitchers, with Lake a left-handed-hitting outfielder, and Whitcomb an infield prospect. The new Tritons will arrive on the La Jolla campus next fall, ahead of the 2018 season.
Conlon comes to the Tritons from El Dorado High School in his native Placentia. He played for the Oakland Athletics scout team this fall, compiling a 1.33 ERA and 22 strikeouts against six walks over 21 innings pitched. Conlon is also a member of the Adam Kennedy Baseball club system.
"Noah has spent most of his time in the infield, but over the past year, has really translated his athleticism and arm strength to the mound," offers the UC San Diego staff, consisting under Newman's direction of associate head coach Rob Avila, third-year recruiting coordinator J.T. Bloodworth, Jeff Calhoon and former Triton Tony York. "He has very good command and movement with all of his pitches, an upper 80's fastball, good feel for his change-up, and a slider that he can put hitters away with. Along with his talent, Noah's makeup and competitiveness will allow him to make an immediate impact for us."
Conlon is the younger brother of former University of San Diego hurler PJ Conlon (2013-15). The left-hander was the 13th-round selection of the New York Mets in the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, and finished the 2016 season at Class A Advanced St. Lucie and as an MiLB.com Organization All-Star.
Lake heads to La Jolla from Nevada, where he plays the outfield and pitches for head coach Rich Santigate at Coronado High School in Henderson. Lake is also a member of the California Baseball Academy (CBA), as well as the Las Vegas Baseball Academy (LVBA) Cardinals. He earned Perfect Game Preseason High School Underclassmen All-America honorable mention this past March.
"Being the great athlete and competitor Garett is, he will play an important role on his high school team this year. As a hitter, Garett has good pop from the left side and very good discipline at the plate. He is an aggressive base runner and defensively he is outstanding. Garett is a very well-rounded player who has an opportunity to help our club right away because he can impact a game in multiple ways."
Leonard is a four-year varsity Scholar-Athlete at Hemet High School, where he pitches and plays shortstop for the Bulldogs. He was the winning pitcher and MVP of the 2015 CIF Southern Section Division 5 championship game. In 2016, Leonard earned All-Mountain Pass League honors.
"Cameron will continue to play an important role for his high school team this year, both on the mound and at shortstop. His fastball can touch 90, and he has a swing-and-miss slider. He has a very bright future ahead of him, and will make an immediate impact for us on the mound."
Whitcomb garnered his team's Gold Glove and Scholar-Athlete awards as a junior at Newbury Park High School, where he hit .321 with an on-base percentage of .430 and slugging percentage of .410. Outside of his high school, Whitcomb competes for the SoCal Giants, and was selected to play in the Jesse Flores Scout Ball All-Star Game this past October.
"Shay has a chance to become a very special player. He is an outstanding defender that can play anywhere in the infield and has the maturity at the plate to be a middle-of-the-order type of hitter. Shay has outstanding makeup, and we are extremely excited to have him on campus next fall."
"We appreciate the hard work of our staff in putting this recruiting class together," summed up Newman. "We feel as though this class represents a very strong commitment to the future of UC San Diego Baseball. These four are part of an incoming group that will keep our program competitive for years to come."
Opening Day for UC San Diego for the 2017 campaign is on Friday, Feb. 3, in the first of a four-game non-conference home series against Concordia University of Portland, Ore. First pitch at Triton Ballpark in La Jolla is slated for 3 p.m. The Tritons begin official spring practice upon their return to campus for the winter quarter on Monday, Jan. 9. They will contest multiple exhibitions that month, likely all at home, but those additions to the schedule have not yet been made public.
|UC San Diego Baseball 2018 Early Signings|
|Noah Conlon||RHP||6-0||170||R/R||Placentia/El Dorado HS|
|Garett Lake||OF||5-11||185||L/L||Henderson, NV/Coronado HS|
|Cameron Leonard||RHP||6-4||160||R/R||Hemet/Hemet HS|
|Shay Whitcomb||IF||6-1||190||R/R||Newbury Park/Newbury Park HS|