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Posted by - Fri, May. 28, 2010 - [Baseball]
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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

Rylan Chin
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
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 All-Conference pitcher.

"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
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," 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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