Nov. 18, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis baseball team has signed five standout recruits to National Letters of Intent during the fall early signing period, it was announced by head coach Rex Peters Thursday. The newest Aggies - Kevin Barker, Spencer Koopmans, Cameron Law, Izaak Silva and John Williams - will join UC Davis for the 2012 season.
"Our recruiting coordinator, Tony Schifano, has done a tremendous job of identifying and recruiting these baseball student-athletes," said Peters. "All five are exceptional players and good students who will fit well within our program's philosophies and represent UC Davis with class both on and off the field. It's Coach Schifano's best as a recruiting coordinator for our baseball program, and we are not done yet! We hope to add at least two more pitchers and a few position players in the April signing period."
Barker posted a .425 batting average last year to lead Saint Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, Calif. to the West Coast Athletic League semifinals. The 5-foot-11 outfielder earned All-WCAL honorable mention honors and was selected to participate in the 2010 Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.
"Kevin is one of those superb athletes that has not discovered his full potential yet," Peters said. "He has battled some injuries throughout his HS career and that has held back his development, but we are excited about his potential."
Koopmans, a 6-foot-4 pitcher out of Santa Teresa HS in San Jose, Calif., is a two-sport letterwinner in baseball and basketball. In 2009, he posted a 1.42 ERA en route to being named Sophomore of the Year in the Mount Hamilton Division of the Blossom Valley Athletic League. During his junior campaign, he recorded a 2.43 ERA to lead Santa Teresa HS to a second place league finish and an appearance in the Central Coast Section tournament. For his efforts, he was named to the All-Mount Hamilton Division first team. Koopmans averaged 10.0 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game with the basketball team, earning All-Mount Hamilton Division first team honors.
"Spencer is a tremendous athlete. He needs to get bigger and stronger, like most incoming freshmen, but has a feel for pitching that you don't see very often in high school pitchers. With improved velocity, he has potential to be a weekend starter in our program," said Peters.
Law helped lead Jesuit High School to the 2009 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship and a first-place Delta River League finish in 2010. On the mound, Law posted a 1.88 ERA, earning All-Delta League honorable mention accolades, and posted a .355 batting average to go with a .548 slugging percentage. Jesuit HS advanced to the section quarterfinals.
"Cameron comes from a very athletic family and a good high school program where they know how to win," said Peters. "He loves to compete and has good potential to develop into a power pitcher with a devastating slider."
Silva, a 5-foot-10 catcher for Soquel High School in Soquel, Calif., helped lead the 2009 squad to a Central Coast Section semifinals appearance. During his sophomore campaign, he posted a .333 batting average and 20 RBI which earned him All-Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League second team accolades. He was an All-SCCAL first team selection at catcher as a junior in 2010 after recording a .487 batting average and 17 RBI.
"Izaak is a mentally tough leader with above-average athleticism for a catcher," said Peters. "He has good hands and receives the ball well. He is a bit undersized for a Division I catcher, but projects to be an outstanding defensive catcher for us someday."
Williams is a two-sport standout in football and baseball at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. He recorded a .375 batting average as a junior and was selected to the California Baseball Coaches' Association North Team.
"This kid is a stud. His athleticism is off the charts!" said Peters. "He's strong, he runs very well, he throws well, and he hits from the left side. He displays a unique toughness and he always plays hard. When he mentally adjusts to the speed of the college game, he will be an impact player."
UC Davis finished the 2010 season with a 26-29 overall record and a 9-15 mark in the Big West Conference.