Campbellsville University baseball has signed three new
transfers for the 2011 season, the program announced Friday.
Middle infielder Rylan Chin and pitchers Jacob Cook and Jeff Barto bring the
Tigers' recruiting class up to nine players so far. The Tigers have now signed
five pitchers, three infielders and a catcher.
RYLAN CHIN - 2B/SS - Douglas College
For the second straight year, Campbellsville is bringing in
a middle infielder All-Star from Douglas College. Rylan Chin, a 5-foot-10,
160-pound second baseman/shortstop will join former teammate Michael Caleb on
the 2011 Tiger roster.
A native of Strathmore, Alberta, Chin was selected a 2010
Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) All-Star. He led
the Royals' offense in 2010 with 37 hits, while hitting .308 with an on base
percentage of .404. He also led the team with19 runs scored. Defensively, he
was selected to the NWAACC Gold Glove Team for the Northern Region. He was also
a two-time recipient of the Douglas baseball program's Jesse Penner Memorial
Award, given annually to a player that demonstrates leadership, sportsmanship
and team spirit.
"Rylan is a
tremendous athlete who can play just about anywhere. He has tremendous bat
speed and is a legitimate 6.7 runner. Rylan can play shortstop, second base and
anywhere in the outfield," CU assistant coach Chris Lewis said. "In the infield he has great defensive
actions and in the outfield he can cover ground. Rylan is a great young man and
we are excited to have him in the program. Look for Rylan to be impact guy in
the 2011 season."
In high school at Strathmore High in Alberta, he was named the
Baseball Alberta Player of the Year in 2008 and was Athlete of the Year at
Strathmore. He also received the Strathmore Ambassador Award and was given the
Gordon Prusky Award of Merit for his national success in track and field,
baseball and volleyball. In 2009, he played in the Canada Summer Games, hitting
.339 with seven stolen bases to help lead Alberta to a silver medal.
Before coming to CU, Chin will compete this summer in the outfield for the
Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Club in Alberta, Canada. Tiger signee Anthony Jakosa will also be playing with the Dawgs, who open their season June 4.
JACOB COOK - RHP - Mission College
Jacob Cook, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-handed pitcher, was born in Vallejon,
Calif. He played his prep career at Branham High in San Jose before playing his
final two years at Monte Vista High in Danville, Calif. During his senior year
at Monte Vista in 2007, he posted a 1-2 record with one save. His ERA was 2.23,
the second-lowest on the team.
During his two junior college seasons, Cook posted one of the lowest ERA's (5.31)
for the struggling Mission College Saints, which won only 13 games the past two
years. He led the Saints in strikeouts (42) this year and had 39 as a freshman
in 2009. Despite the team's struggles, Cook was honored as a Second Team
"We are really excited about Jacob signing
with us. He is a good sized kid, with a good pitching frame. He was an
outstanding pitcher in high school and has proven his ability to pitch at the
junior college level. He comes highly recommended by the other coaches in his
conference," Lewis said. "He played on a team that struggled and we believe he
is only going to get better with us. Jacob does a tremendous job keeping
hitters off balance, and does a great job locating his off speed. He flew under
the radar all year and we feel like we stole a great arm."
JEFF BARTO - LHP - Western Nevada College
Jeff Barto, a native of Boise, Idaho, is the fourth pitcher the Tigers have
signed for the 2011 season. He comes to Campbellsville after pitching two years
at Western Nevada College in Carson City, Nevada.
"We can't tell you how thrilled we are that Jeff is going to
be a Tiger. He is a tremendous arm, with outstanding pitch ability and is a
great character kid to boot.He comes from a great junior college program,
knows how to compete, pounds the zone and brings a great presence to the yard,"
"We are expecting big things from Jeff next year as a pitcher.
Anytime you can bring in a solid arm, that is also a tremendous teammate is
huge because you not only add talent but leadership as well."
As a freshman, he posted a 1-0 record in relief, throwing 17 innings in 13
appearances as part of a third-place finish in the National Junior College
World Series. In 2010, he was 2-0 in relief, throwing 32 innings in 14
appearances. He was presented the Outstanding Athletic Award by the WNC student
body and the WNC Wildcat Coaches Choice Award.
Before college, Barto was a four-year letter winner at Boise High School. He
was a First Team Southern Idaho Conference selection as a junior and a Second
Team SIC selection as a senior, while helping his team to the 2008 Class 5A
Idaho state championship. He grew up playing little league for retired Boston
Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner.
Barto will play ball this summer with the Willmar Stingers (Minn.) of the North
Woods Collegiate Baseball League.