University of Hawai’i head baseball coach Mike Trapasso announced the signing of nine players to national letters of intent for the 2017 season. The class is made up of three pitchers, three position players, and three possible two-way players.
“We’re very excited about this recruiting class,” Trapasso said. “This is a physical, athletic group. I want to thank coaches Fraticelli and McNamara for their tireless effort in recruiting these players. We’re happy to add them to our Rainbow Warrior Baseball Ohana.”
2017 Fall Hawai’i Baseball Signees with Quotes from Head Coach Mike Trapasso
Alex Baeza – LHP/UTL, Jordan, Utah. (Jordan HS)
6-4, 185 lbs.
2015 stats: 6-2, 2.10 ERA through 60 innings pitched in 11 appearances, 44 strikeouts and .196 opposing average. Also batted .341 in 27 games, with six doubles, three triples and a home run, bringing in 22 RBI with 12 runs.
Trapasso quote: “Alex is a wiry, lean-bodied, athletic two-way player whose best baseball is ahead of him.”
Nick Belzer – RHP, Ankeny, Iowa (Des Moines Area CC)
6-1, 185 lbs.
2015 stats: Missed season
2014 stats: 4-2, 3.34 ERA in nine games with four starts, two complete games, 36 strikeouts and .212 opposing average. As a senior in 2013: 5-3, 3.26 ERA, Class 4A all-state third team. As a junior, 10-0, 1.24 ERA, two no-hitters in aiding Ankeny to Class 4A state title. Originally signed with Kansas State out of high school.
Trapasso quote: “Nick is a front-line, top of the rotation pitcher. He consistently throws in the low 90s with great feel for his off-speed pitches as well.”
Dustin Demeter – 3B, Goleta, Calif. (Dos Pueblos HS)
6-2, 175 lbs.
2015 stats: Guided DP to Channel League Championship and was named to both all-Channel League first team and Presidio Sports All-City Baseball Team. Batted .333 with a .495 slugging percentage.
Trapasso quote: “Dustin is an athletic, left-handed hitting third baseman. As his body develops, we feel he has the potential to be a tremendous player.”
Adam Fogel – 1B/OF, Palos Verdes, Calif. (Palos Verdes HS)
6-5, 190 lbs.
Stats: Registered nine doubles, 19 RBI and 22 runs so far at PVHS, stealing six bases with a .325 on-base percentage.
Trapasso quote: “Adam is a very exciting player. He’s an athletic 6-5 with the frame to gain another 20 pounds. He runs well for his height and is a versatile player on defense, being able to play first base and corner outfield.”
Carter Loewen – RHP/INF, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada (Yale Secondary)
6-4, 205 lbs.
2015 stats: 3-7, 3.13 ERA in 12 games for Abbotsford Cardinals Premier Baseball Club, 45 strikeouts in 67 innings, walking only 11 batters. Batted .292 with seven doubles and three home runs, logging 20 RBI and 15 runs.
Trapasso quote: “We’re very excited about Carter. He’s a big, physical player that has the ability to help us as a pitcher and a hitter.”
Jacob Sniffen – OF, San Diego, Calif. (Westview HS)
6-3, 190 lbs.
2015 stats: .280 average with seven doubles, five triples, two home runs. Walked 20 times for a .421 on-base percentage.
Trapasso quote: “Another physical but athletic player, Jacob has a sweet left-handed swing and a frame to put on more strength.”
Terrell Tate – SS/RHP, Moorpark, Calif. (Moorpark CC)
6-1, 175 lbs.
2015 stats: .321 average in 35 games, with eight doubles, one triple, recording 13 RBI and 29 runs. As a senior at Alemany HS, batted .307 with a .402 on-base percentage, hitting seven doubles with 13 RBI and 20 runs, stealing 10 bases.
Trapasso quote: “Terrell is a tremendous athlete. He’s a quality shortstop with a good bat, and can also be a closer, throwing up to 93 MPH on the mound. “
Dylan Vchulek – OF, Bainbridge Island, Wash. (Bellevue CC)
6-1, 195 lbs.
2015 stats: .395 average, six doubles, one triple, generating eight RBI and 20 runs, nine stolen bases. Led team and conference in hitting his rookie season.
Trapasso quote: “Dylan led the NWAAC (Northwest Athletic Conference) in hitting last year as a freshman, but his most exciting tool is his defensive ability in center field. A plus, plus runner, Dylan is a prototype top of the order guy.”
Connor Zalewski – RHP, Honolulu, O’ahu (Mid-Pacific Institute)
6-3, 175 lbs.
2015 stats: Aided Mid-Pac to the HHSAA runner-up finish in 2015.
Trapasso quote: “We’re excited about Connor. At 6-3 and 175 pounds, he has a great pitcher’s frame. He’s touched 88 MPH and his best baseball is still ahead of him.”
The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors open the 2016 campaign on the road at UH-Hilo, Feb. 13 on the Big Island.