RYLAN CHIN - 2B/SS - Douglas College
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
JEFF BARTO - LHP - Western Nevada College
"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," Lewis said.
"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.
These three joins six other signees from the Northwest and West Coast:
Dario Bortolotto, RHP, San Mateo, Calif.
Andrew Shoemaker, LHP, Boise, Idaho
Tanner Scott, INF, Portland, Ore.
Anthony Jakosa, C, Turlock, Calif.
Gibby Briones, SS, Sunnyside, Wash.
Anthony Wirkkala, RHP, Ilwaco, Wash.
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