August 16, 2007

Four-Year Schools and Pro Teams Go Wild Over the Wildcats

Many players that have donned a Western Nevada College baseball uniform were not heavily recruited out of high school. Things changed for them after the Western Wildcats won the Region XVIII Championship, the Western Regionals, and advanced to the 2007 NJCAA World Series in their second season. Several sophomores suddenly became hot commodities. In total, three signed with major league baseball teams and 13 committed to four-year schools, including six who signed letters of intent with NCAA Division One universities.

Pitcher Stephen Sauer, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 31st round of this year's draft, will play for Arizona State University. Other sophomores playing Division One baseball include reliever Dan Grubbs (University of New Mexico), reliever Jeremy Joustra (New Mexico State University), and infielder Thomas Miller (University of Nevada). Three members from the 2006 team, Aaron Henry, Tyson Jaquez, and Ryan Iodence, also play for the University of Nevada.

Seven sophomores recently signed to play with four-year schools including pitcher Jake Bottari (Albertson College), outfielder Brad Carlsen (Albertson College), pitcher Josh Brink (University of British Columbia), infielder Kyle Bondurant (Vanguard University), catcher Taylor Mieras (Western Oregon University), outfielder Pat Grennan (Western Oregon University), and outfielder Andrew Ferguson (Bethany College).

Several players from the 2006 team also play at four-year universities including Aaron Greer (Concordia University), Jerahmie Libke (Southern Utah University), and Chadd Dudley (Grand Canyon University).

Last year's squad is also well represented in professional baseball. Ace pitcher Cole Rohrbough had committed to Arizona State University before signing a $728,000
contract with Atlanta Braves. He was recently called up to play for the Low A Rome Braves and has a 1-0 record, a 1.00 earned run average, and nine strikeouts in two starts. Starting pitcher Justin Garcia, who plays for the Hudson Valley Renegades, had signed to play for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, before signing with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Reliever TJ Wohlever pitches for the Gulf Coast League Braves.

Mason Tobin, a pitcher from the 2006 Wildcats, signed with the Anaheim Angels and plays for the Orem Owlz in the Pioneer League. He is 1-0 with a 1.64 earned run average in two starts. It was the third straight year that Tobin was drafted.

Other Wildcats that have been drafted include Chris Rickey by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004, and Greer by the Philadelphia Phillies, Brink by the Minnesota Twins and Jaquez by the Tigers in 2005.

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