UCLA recruiting from Baseball America

By: coachemup!



 

4. UCLA


Recruiting coordinator: Bryant Ward

Top recruit: Alonzo Tredwell, RHP (No. 19)

Overview: The Bruins continue to excel on the recruiting trail and have put together the West Coast’s best class. It’s especially deep and talented on the mound and could give coach John Savage a wealth of pitchers to deploy over the next few years.

Hitters: Shortstop Cody Schrier (41) is the Bruins’ top position player in the class and has the skills to step right into the lineup right away if he makes it to school. He has a strong track record of performance on big stages in high school and a solid set of tools. He drives balls to all fields, has plus speed and his glove plays well up the middle. Outfielder Nick McLain is the younger brother of UCLA shortstop Matt McLain and Arizona State outfielder Sean McLain. He’s a switch-hitter with power potential, especially from the right side, has plus speed and has a strong arm. While Matt McLain played center field for UCLA as a freshman before moving to shortstop, Nick profiles as the Bruins’ center fielder of the future. Catcher Jack Holman has a physical frame at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and a powerful lefthanded swing. He’s big for a catcher and will need to improve his throwing, but is a steady receiver, giving him a chance to develop behind the plate. Infielder Bryce Martin-Grudzielanek comes from excellent bloodlines—his mother, Danielle Martin, played softball at UCLA and his father, Mark Grudzielanek, is a former all-star and Gold Glove winner. Martin-Grudzielanek is still growing into his 6-foot-3 frame but has a good righthanded swing and will fit somewhere on the infield, likely either as an offensive second baseman or third baseman. Alex Fernandes has well above-average speed and uses it well both on the bases and in the field, likely fitting either at second base or the outfield.

Pitchers: Tredwell has a big 6-foot-7, 225-pound frame and the upside to match. He missed this summer due to Tommy John surgery, but when he’s healthy he has an easy delivery and a promising three-pitch mix that figures to take a step forward as he physically matures. He also has two-way ability as a first baseman thanks to his big power potential at the plate, though his future is on the mound. High school teammates Gage Jump (37), Eric Silva (38) and Luke Jewett (63)—as well as Schrier—will head to Westwood from JSerra Catholic High in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Jump, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound lefthander, doesn’t stand out for his physicality, but has a good fastball-curveball combination. His fastball sits around 90 mph and touches 94 and plays up. Silva, a 6 feet, 180-pound righthander, played a lot of shortstop growing up before taking off on the mound. His fastball reaches 94 mph, and he attacks hitters with a good four-pitch mix. Jewett, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound righthander, has a more projectable build than his teammates. His fastball sits in the low 90s and he pairs it with a good slider. Righthander Thatcher Hurd (68) was a catcher earlier in his prep career before moving to the mound as a sophomore. Listed at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, he throws in the low 90s and projects to add more velocity in time. Righthander Josh Alger last winter injured his knee playing basketball and missed the summer as a result. He offers plenty of upside thanks to his athleticism, projection and a fastball that gets up to 92 mph already. Lefthander Ethan Flanagan and righthander Nate Leibold also were sidelined this summer but offer intriguing upside and some projection. Righthander James Hepp has an ultra-projectable 6-foot-7 frame and fills up the strike zone with a fastball that currently works in the mid to upper 80s.

 

 

 

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