“We have a talented, young roster for the spring of 2010 and are trying to fill specific needs in our recruiting class this year, and we are excited to add two of the top left-handed pitchers in the state of California to our program,” said Soto. “Both pitchers have exceptional command of four pitches they can throw in any count during a game. Both are also of high character and will represent Saint Mary’s College on and off the field; we expect them to make an immediate impact on our pitching rotation.”
Ben Griset (Gustine, CA) is in his senior year at Gustine High School, lettering three years in baseball and two years in basketball. The talented southpaw threw 54 innings as a junior, posting a 0.90 earned run average with 104 strikeouts. Not only did Griset excel on the mound, but the 6-1 lefty clubbed a .463 batting average with six homeruns and 22 runs batted in. He was named the Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player in baseball in 2008 and 2009.
Soto had this to say about Ben Griset:
“Griset is a bulldog on the mound who will come at you with all of his pitches. He is aggressive and shows above average command. I think he is going to continue to grow during his tenure at Saint Mary’s College.”
Jordan Mills (Shingle Springs, CA) will come to Saint Mary’s from Oakride High School in El Dorado Hills, CA after playing baseball for two years. As a junior at Oakride HS, Mills, a 6-5 lefty, posted a perfect 7-0 record and led the Sierra Valley Conference with a 0.84 earned run average. Following the 2009 season, Mills as a First Team All-SVC selection, earned Honorable Mention All-Metro honors, and was picked to play on the CIF Coaches North/South All-Star game.
Soto’s thoughts on Jordan Mills:
“Mills is a tall, deceptive left-hander who throws a heavy sinking fastball and an above average change up. He has a very high ceiling and work ethic to match. I will enjoy being part of his development in his college career.”
The Saint Mary’s baseball team will begin its 2010 campaign on Friday, February 19 with the first game of a three-game series against San Jose State. First pitch for the season will be at 2 p.m. at Louis Guisto Field. Game two of the series will be played in San Jose on Saturday, and the final game of the series will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Moraga.