Pacific signed six players in the early signing period and I think that even though it is a small class, one of the players has a chance to be a cornerstone type of player. Here is the list of players...
OF/RHP Gio Brusa, St. Mary's HS (Stockton)
SS/C Brett Sullivan, Lincoln HS (Stockton)
SS Drake Atlee, Foothill HS (started at Pleasant Grove HS) - BAWS 2010
2B Louis Mejia, Jesuit HS
P/3B Jake Jenkins, Legend HS (CO)
RHP Kevin Hammann, Chandler-Gilbert CC (AZ)
What I really like about the class is that Brusa and Sullivan are two of the top players from Stockton. Stockton is a good baseball city and when a college program can get some of the best hometown kids, it is GREAT for a program. As those kids and the team have success, future players will look at Pacific in a different way. Brusa has a chance to be an impact player for three years. The problem with him could be that he will be considered a prospect for the draft and keeping him could be tough if he has a great spring.
I have heard of Sullivan but don't know much about him. Atlee I saw at BAWS a couple of years ago and he is a lean, athletic kid who I think has good things ahead of him.
Pacific has been fine in terms of scoring runs and they will be fine offensively year in and year out. The ballpark is great for hitting, especially when the weather warms up and Coach Sprague and his staff do a good job of developing hitters. The Tigers HAVE to get better at either developing pitching or identifying/recruiting/signing pitchers if they are going to consistently compete in the Big West, against traditionally strong pitching programs Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, and Cal Poly. In the near future UC Santa Barbara will join those programs as a strong pitching program, under the direction of new head coach Andrew Checketts, one of the best pitching coaches in the nation.