Menlo College inks seven newcomers to baseball program


The Menlo College baseball program added seven players to a group of experienced players, coach Jake McKinley announced Wednesday.

"We were very intentional about bringing in a smaller class this year, as we have a great deal of faith in the core group of returners," McKinley said. "This class is talented both on the mound and with the bat."

Jake McKinley
The newcomers include freshmen Xian Covington-Hunt, Josh Hook and Temple City's Zechariah Jarrad, and transfers Justin Bruce, Kevin George, Jordan Getzelman and Joe Gillette.

Covington-Hunt, a first baseman, helped Benicia High win a section championship, Hook played varsity for Folsom High all four years a a pitcher and shortstop and Jarrad pitched and played the infield for Temple City High.

Bruce was named the SVC Hot Stove Southern California player of the year after serving as the ace for Santa Barbara City College. He went 8-2 with a 2.19 ERA in 102 2/3 innings. George comes over from Santa Clara University, where he beat then-No. 1 Cal Poly. Getzelman transferred in from Kennesaw State. He hit 27 home runs in high school. Gillette, a five-tool player that transfers in from Oregon State, was drafted in the 23rd round by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Scotts Valley High.

"There's no question we had some big shoes to fill because of losing some guys to graduation and professional baseball,” McKinley said. “But we think this group of players does a more than adequate job of doing that. Not only is it a very talented group of players, the character of the class as a whole is exceptional. I have no doubt they will not only fit into our culture but will actually strengthen it."

Menlo College completed the 2016 season with 35 wins, the most in school history and had two players drafted in the top 10 rounds of the MLB draft: Lucas Erceg (2nd round, Milwaukee Brewers) and Max Dutto (9th round, Chicago White Sox).

— Menlo Athletics


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