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BSB | 2013 Season Preview; The Pitching Staff
Release: Sunday 01/28/2013 
by SMC Athletics
MORAGA, Calif. - With the 2013 Saint Mary's baseball season rapidly approaching, head coach Jedd Soto has taken time to preview the squad. In this, the first of three previews (pitchers, infielders, outfielders), Soto discusses this year's pitching staff with the return of a few key arms.

Mark Anderson (RHP, 6-3, 208, Sr., Tempe, Ariz.)
Soto on Anderson...
" A three-year starter, Anderson pitched on Friday's during sophomore and junior years, and is a real presence on the mound... very competitive, relies on an arsenal of pitches, very crafty, makes big pitches... won eight games as a junior, had tommy john surgery last season.

"We are going to rely on Anderson this year, he's back and he's healthy, back on track to be a starter, we expect him to make a full recovery."

Kurt Jahnke (RHP, 6-2, 175, Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Soto on Jahnke...
"He pitched 35 innings as a freshman, played summer ball and really improved his velocity up to 93-95 mph... He also had Tommy John surgery last year and he too is on track to come back and compete... his timeline is a little pushed back from Mark's, because he had surgery about a month after him. We expect him to be a full-go for conference this year."

Jordan Mills (LHP, 6-5, 208, Jr., Shingle Springs, Calif.)
Soto on Mills...
"A very deceptive 6-5 LHP, very good at throwing strikes and mixing his pitches. His slider has improved a lot which will help his role grow.

Ben Griset (LHP, 6-0, 184, Jr., Gustine, Calif.)
Soto on Griset...
"Another guy who has put it all together. He was drafted out of HS by the White Sox. He's spot started the last two seasons... He can throw four or five pitches and hits both sides of the plate. He and Mills will both have starts this year... ideally it'd be great to have the option of Griset or Mills out of the bullpen."

Kelsey Outram (RHP, 6-1, 178, Sr., Mililani, Hawaii)
Soto on Outram...
"Started against the Gaels last year on opening day... the Friday pitcher for Southern Utah... they cancelled their program so Outram was able to transfer and play right away. An experienced Friday starter out of Southern Utah for two consecutive years, said Soto." " We will rely heavily on Kelsey because of his experience... he is very crafty and can throw five pitches for a strike. He's also been strong out of the bullpen, having saved several games for SUU."

Gary Cornish (RHP, 6-2, 187, Fr., Phoenix, Ariz.)
Soto on Cornish...
"Cornish impressed us this fall as he was very good as a relief pitcher... and had his moments as a starter... I anticipate him getting innings as a freshman, he can throw multiple pitches for a strike... he will be a big cornerstone for us at some point in his career."

Tanner Kichler (RHP, 6-5, 190, So., Sherwood, Ore.)
Soto on Kichler...
"He threw 15 scoreless innings to start his career as a freshman last season," said Soto. "We expanded his role because of his success, a very deceptive fastball. Has a very heavy ball which is hard for hitters to gage. He could start for us this year, if he can repeat it for seven innings... he closed for us a bit last season as well. He's a big 6-foot-5 power arm who will eventually be a starter in this program."

Ryan Brockett (LHP, 6-1, 187, Jr., West Hills, Calif.)
Soto on Brockett...
"A very crafty lefty... he really broke out last year as a sophomore. He's a long relief guy who can throw five pitches for a strike. He can beat hitters in many ways... very effective against lefties, as are Griset and Mills. His arm rebounds very quickly and he did a great job last year pitching those middle innings for us."

David Dellaserra (RHP, 5-11, 159, Fr., Fair Oaks, Calif.)
Soto on Dellaserra...
"David was impressive this fall with his command, throws a lot of strikes," "He pounds the strike zone at the knees and I expect him to throw innings for us as a freshman. I see him throwing a lot of innings because he throws so many strikes."

Thomas Cortese (RHP, 5-11, 215, Jr., Fremont, Calif.)
Soto on Cortese...
"Thomas closed for us early as a freshman and has pitched in many different roles. Very effective in short stints. He has a variety of pitches to get you out... the more he pounds the strike zone will result in more innings and how effective he will be."

Jacob Valdez (RHP, 6-3, 196, Fr., San Diego, Calif.)
Soto on Valdez...
"Started slow in fall ball but finished strong... very good tilt on his fastball, will definitely challenge hitters. If he can have a consistent change up and slider, they will compliment his fastball and he will see innings based on that."

Robby Rivera (RHP, 6-2, 222, So., Napa, Calif.)
Soto on Rivera...
"After a redshirt season, Rivera came back much improved in the fall. He has a very deceptive delivery which makes it hard on righties and sometimes lefties. The ball cuts and slides and moves... he can be very effective in short stints... looking for him to get some late inning outs."

Anthony Gonsolin (RHP/INF, 6-2, 179, Fr., Vacaville, Calif.)
Soto on Gonsolin...
"A two-way player, played CF this fall and was very productive at the plate... on the mound we have seen him at a high level. He's one of the fastest on the team, an infielder by trade. Moved him to the outfield to save some wear and tear on his arm. If we use Gonsolin, it will be late in the game as a closer or set-up role."

Patrick Keane (RHP, 6-0, 175, Sr., Clayton, Calif.)
Soto on Keane...
"Phenomenal last year... really a smart pitcher and does what he does well... was undefeated last season, he closed for us last year and I expect him to close again this season. If Patrick closes, it makes us a lot better in the 6-7-8-9th innings because we will have a lot of options."

"For us in the starting rotation, with two guys coming back from Tommy John, we expect them to come back at 100 percent," said Soto. "This is different from previous years as we had a set rotation. We have eight guys who are very capable of starting for us."