Holyoke Sox add three UCLA Bruins to roster

HOLYOKE " The Holyoke Blue Sox have reeled in three members of the University of California, Los Angeles Bruins baseball team for the 2009 season. Freshmen pitchers Chase Brewer and Mitchell Beacom are expected to bolster a Blue Sox pitching staff while their battery-partner Steve Rodriguez will see time behind the plate.

Brewer, a Paradise Valley, Ariz., resident, was a high school standout at Chaparral High School, leading them to the 2008 Arizona 4-A State Championship, pitching the championship game. He finished his senior season with a 9-1 record, posting a 1.24 ERA and totaling 79 strikeouts in 60.0 innings leading him to first-team all-city and all-region honors and honorable mention all-state accolades.

Beacom, who calls San Diego, Calif., home, was redshirted last season but did see some limited action during the summer pitching in 10 games, making one start, for the Wenatchee AppleSox of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League (WCCBL). In this stint he posted a 3.28 ERA in 15.1 innings, recording seven strikeouts for Wenatchee, who finished first in the WCCBL s East Division.

Beacom was also a fine high school hurler at University City High School, earning varsity letters all four years of his attendance. He captured first-team All-CIF and All-Section honors, in addition to being named a first-team All-Academic selection and the Western League Player of the Year in 2007. He also gained CIF Division III pitcher of the year accolades and was nominated for Athlete of the Year honors from CalHiSports.com and earned CalHiSports All-State honors. During his senior year he recorded a 7-4 record and 1.88 ERA in 81.2 innings, totaling 82 strikeouts and 32 walks; surrendered one home run against 350 batters. He also performed as a hitter, logging a .385 average as a first baseman, collecting three home runs, three triples, five doubles, 32 RBI, 30 walks and a .511 on-base percentage.

Rodriguez, the St. John Bosco alum of Lomita, Calif., has seen the most playing time of the young trio at UCLA this season appearing in 21 games as of April 3. Like Beacom he was four-year letter winner and a big time performer. He was a four year starter, garnered All-Trinity League honors all four seasons and never hit under .300 in any campaign.

These are some young talented guys. They re all freshmen, and we are looking forward to them getting a great opportunity here in Holyoke, General Manager Barry Wadsworth said of his Bruin trio.

The Blue Sox will take the field for the first time on June 4 in New Bedford, Mass., against the Bay Sox and will open up MacKenzie Stadium on June 6 as they host their Western Division foes, the Vermont Mountaineers, at 6:30 p.m.

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