SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly has added four high school baseball players, all pitchers, to the 2017-18 recruiting class, joining eight future Mustangs who signed a National Letter of Intent in the fall.
The latest group includes southpaw Andrew Alvarez of Los Alamitos High School and right-handers Jack Zigan of Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School, Aidan Goicovich of Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) High School and Taylor Dollard of Crespi Carmelite (Encino, Calif.) High School.
"The addition of the four pitchers will help create some much needed depth for the future," said Mustang head coach Larry Lee. "We expect them to contribute right away."
The four new signees:
Andrew Alvarez, Left-Handed Pitcher, 6-3, 205, Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos High School)
Under head coach Matt Nuez at Los Alamitos High School, Alvarez is off to a 1-1 start with a 3.00 ERA in the 2017 season, striking out 21 batters over 26 innings. The Griffins are 13-8 so far this spring and posted an 18-15 record and fifth-place Sunset League finish in 2016.
Taylor Dollard, Right-Handed Pitcher, 6-1, 160, Encino, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite High School)
Under head coach Mike Glendenning at Crespi High School, Dollard is off to a 2-0 start with two saves and a 1.43 ERA this season. He has struck out 42 batters over 29 1/3 innings and has issued just two walks. As a junior in 2016, Dollard was 2-4 with a 3.38 ERA over 12 appearances, striking out 38 batters in 47 2/3 innings. Also recruited by Fresno State, Sacramento State, Cal and UC Davis, Dollard chose to come to Cal Poly "because I really enjoyed being on the campus and felt that I would get the best experience both from an education and baseball standpoint at Cal Poly compared to the other schools."
Aidan Goicovich, Right-Handed Pitcher, 6-3, 180, Gilroy, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty High School)
As a junior under head coach Brian Yocke, Goicovich posted a 2-3 record with one complete game and a 3.29 ERA, helping the Monarchs to a 15-13 record, fourth-place finish in the West Catholic Athletic League and a berth in the CIF-Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs. His complete game was a five-inning 14-1 triumph over Gilroy on March 31, tossing a one-hitter. He earned numerous Perfect Game honors, including 2016-17 Rawlings/Perfect Game All-American honorable mention, a Perfect Game National Top 500 ranking and a spot on the Perfect Game 2016 17-and-under World Series all-tournament team. So far this season, Goicovich is 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA, pitching a five-inning complete-game one-hitter in a 10-0 win over Santa Teresa on March 3. He has struck out 23 batters over 23 1/3 innings. Also recruited by San Diego, UC Davis, Nevada, Sacramento State and San Jose State, Goicovich decided to continue his baseball career at Cal Poly because "I felt at home on campus and feel that I will have the best chance of succeeding at Cal Poly given the quality of the coaching staff, outstanding baseball program and academics."
Jack Zigan, Right-Handed Pitcher, 6-1, 192, Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie High School)
Zigan was the winning pitcher in Eden Prairie's season-opening 7-0 triumph over Chaska on Tuesday. As a junior in 2016, Zigan pitched 14 innings and earned five saves with nine strikeouts and a 2.00 ERA. During American Legion play in 2015 and 2016, Zigan earned a combined 12-1 record and 1.51 ERA, striking out 73 batters over 79 innings. He helped Eden Prairie to a 19-11 overall mark, second-place finish in the Lake Conference and a berth in the Minnesota state Class AAAA playoffs in 2016.
The eight signees during the early signing period in November:
Matt Arens, Left-Handed Pitcher, 6-4, 210, Apple Valley, MN (Apple Valley High School)
Cole Cabrera, Outfielder, 5-10, 150, Honolulu, HI (Punahou High School)
Zach Chalmers, Right-Handed Pitcher, 6-1, 195, San Ramon, CA (California High School)
Nick DiCarlo, Infielder, 6-2, 185, Scottsdale, AZ (Arcadia High School)
Connor Gurnik, Infielder, 5-11, 175, Naperville, IL (Naperville Central High School)
Darren Nelson, Right-Handed Pitcher, 6-8, 250, Granite Bay, CA (Granite Bay High School)
Tate Samuelson, Infielder, 6-1, 190, San Diego, CA (Serra High School)
Blake Wagenseller, Outfielder, 6-1, 185, Poway, CA (Poway High School)