Cal Baseball Signs Seven Athletes to Letters of Intent

Golden Bears feature another impressive class.

Head coach David Esquer and his staff has signed another impressive recruiting class.

Head coach David Esquer and his staff has signed another impressive recruiting class.

Dec. 12, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The University of California baseball program has signed seven in-state athletes to national letters of intent - featuring three pitchers, two infielders, an outfielder and an infielder/outfielder - it was announced by Cal head coach David Esquer. The Golden Bears' latest recruiting class was selected as the nation's 24th-best, and the fifth-best in the Pac-10, by Collegiate Baseball.

Esquer and his staff signed outfielder Mark Canha, a 6-2, 190-pounder from San Jose (Bellarmine College Prep); Todd Fitzgerald, a 5-10, 170-pound left-handed junior college pitcher from Cupertino (San Jose City College); Brian Guinn, a 6-1, 165-pound shortstop from El Sobrante (Berkeley HS); and Kevin Miller, a 6-0, 175-pound right-hander from San Jose (Valley Christian HS).

Also signed by the Bears were Maris Moore, a 6-2, 185-pound infielder from San Ramon (California HS); Stephen Pistoresi, a 6-2, 195-pound right-handed pitcher from Fresno (San Joaquin Memorial HS); and Dwight Tanaka, a 5-9, 160-pound infielder/outfielder from El Sobrante (Campolindo HS).

Last spring as a junior at Bellarmine Prep, Canha hit .423 with 43 hits and three home runs, earning second-team All-WCAL honors. He also had a .596 on-base percentage with 40 walks. As a sophomore, Canha was first-team All-Central Coast Section and first-team all-league, batting .378 with 12 home runs.

Fitzgerald was a standout left-handed pitcher for San Jose City College last spring as a freshman, finishing 3-3 with a 3.53 ERA and had 84 strikeouts in 74.0 innings. He was drafted in the 38th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in the June 2006 Major League Amateur Draft.

The son of former Cal standout (1981-83) and professional baseball player Brian Guinn, B.J. Guinn is the starting shortstop at Berkeley High School, where last year he was ACCAL first-team all-league, a member of the Milwaukee Brewers Area Code team, and was named one of the area's Top 100 athletes (baseball/basketball) by the Contra Costa Times. During his junior season, Guinn batted .340 with nine doubles, two triples, two home runs, 16 RBI and 17 stolen bases in league play. As a sophomore in 2005, he also was first-team all-league, was a member of the Alhambra Easter All-Tournament team, and was the recipient of the North Coast Section Student-Athlete Award (3.5 GPA or higher) for the second straight year.

Miller, a 2006 first-team All-WCAL right-hander for Valley Christian High School, was 11-3 with a 0.95 ERA, and had 102 strikeouts in 95.3 innings as a junior. Besides being first-team all-league in 2006, he was selected first-team All-Central Coast Section by the San Jose Mercury News, and was the MVP of the North-South series played in Irvine. Combined with his sophomore year, in which Miller was second-team All-WCAL and All-CCS, he has a high school career record of 16-4 with a 1.15 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 136.0 innings.

An infielder from California High School, Moore batted .368 last spring, earning 2006 second-team All-East Bay Athletic League honors. He also led his team with a .556 on-base percentage and had 25 hits in 22 games. This past summer, Moore played for the Danville Hooters American Legion team, batting .354 with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and 22 RBI. He is a two-year letterwinner in basketball as well.

Pistoresi, a right-handed pitcher from San Joaquin Memorial High School, finished his junior campaign 9-1 with four saves and a 1.85 ERA, striking out 61 batters with only 11 walks in 68.0 innings. He earned first-team all-league, first-team All-Valley, and was selected as the Central Section Top Pitcher. Pistoresi was also a member of the Fresno Bee All-Star Team, the Diamond Kings Central Section All-Star Team and the California Baseball Coaches Association Junior All-Star Team. Combined with his sophomore year, he has a high school record of 17-2 with a 1.77 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 122.3 innings, including five complete game shutouts.

Tanaka is an infielder/outfielder from Campolindo High School, who batted .485 with three doubles, two triples and 20 stolen bases as a junior at De Anza High School, earning honorable mention all-league honors. He played for the Nor Cal squad this past summer, batting .427 with 11 doubles, eight triples, four home runs, and had a .519 on-base percentage. As a sophomore in 2005, Tanaka hit .418 with four doubles, two triples, two home runs and 14 stolen bases, earning second-team all-league; and hit .391 with 11 doubles, four triples and 16 stolen bases as a freshman in 2004. He is also a two-year member of the varsity basketball team, helping his team to the NorCal semifinals in 2006.

"We are very happy with the three pitchers we have recruited, and combined with the group we already have, we feel we have the makings of a solid pitching staff," said Esquer. "Our position players - Mark Canha, Brian Guinn, Maris Moore and Dwight Tanaka - will provide us with both power and speed. We are pleased with this class."

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