Mark Wasikowski added to his first freshman class as Oregon baseball coach with a commitment from first baseman Anthony Hall of San Diego on Tuesday.
Hall, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound left-hander, was drafted by Atlanta in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball draft earlier this month, but has apparently elected not to sign and instead play for the Ducks next season.
“Excited to say that I have committed to Oregon to play some baseball,” he posted on Twitter.
Hall batted .366 with four home runs and 33 RBIs for Point Loma High School.
Hall becomes the fourth recruit for the Ducks who was selected in the draft but the first to commit to Wasikowski after he was hired to replace George Horton.
Oregon’s recruiting class announced in the fall included outfielder Colin Barber of Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, Calif. who received a $1 million signing bonus from Houston after being taken in the fourth round.
Shortstops Zachary Arnold of Great Oak High School in Temecula, Calif., and Tyresse Turner of Gahr High School in La Palma, Calif., have yet to sign after being selected in the 34th and 38th rounds, respectively. Arnold was taken by Baltimore and Turner went to Milwaukee.
The MLB signing deadline for players drafted with college eligibility is July 12.
Oregon has had two players sign a pro deal to give up their final year of eligibility.
Junior pitcher Ryne Nelson received a $1.1 million deal from Arizona after being selected in the second round. Junior third baseman Spencer Steer signed for $575,000 after going to Minnesota in the third round. Senior outfielder Jakob Goldfarb received a signing bonus of $2,500 from the Chicago White Sox, who selected him in the 24th round.
Pitcher Kenyon Yovan announced he will return to Oregon for his redshirt junior season instead of signing with the Los Angeles Angels, who took him in the 27th round. Oregon outfielder Jonny DeLuca would have two years of eligibility remaining if he does not sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who selected him in the 25th round.
Angier officially added to staff
Wasikowski officially added Jake Angier to his coaching staff Wednesday. Angier and Jack Marder will be UO’s two full-time assistants.
Marder, a former UO player who coached the past two seasons at Stanford, will be Oregon’s hitting coach. Angier will be the pitching coach.
Angier spent the past six seasons at Sacramento State beginning as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He was named pitching coach in 2017 and added the title of associate head coach last season.
Sacramento State led the Western Athletic Conference in earned-run average during each of the past three seasons and reached the postseason in two of those years.
Angier is from Bellevue, Wash., and began his college career at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Wash. He played two seasons at South Dakota State before beginning his coaching career at the school. He was the pitching coach at North Dakota State from 2011-13.
“Jake has proven to be one of the best pitching coaches on the West Coast in recent years,” Wasikowski said in a statement. “His connection to the Pacific Northwest, being originally from Seattle, has allowed him to recruit quality pitching pieces from the region to his staff. His familiarity with local high school, travel ball and community college baseball coaches in the Northwest will be a tremendous benefit to the recruiting direction I would like Oregon baseball to be known for. His staffs at Sacramento State have consistently improved and led the conference in many of the key statistical areas which has clearly separated himself amongst his competitors.”