November is often a bittersweet month in the elite travel baseball world. Perfect Game’s World Wood Bat Association World Championships fill up the month of October and effectively bring an end to the fall season, competition by and large tamps down to a standstill, mirroring the beginning of the start of Major League Baseball’s offseason. Strikeouts, home runs, and stolen bases against comparable competition are hard to come by in November.
But there is one significant event to look forward to in the penultimate month of the year, and oh is it a big one, —the early signing period.
The early signing period is when years, not just weeks and months but years, of hard work comes to fruition. The early signing period is when the NCAA permits high school seniors can first sign a National Letter of Intent with the college or university they will be attending the following year on an athletic scholarship. It is not the only time, there is a late signing period in spring, but the fanfare and celebration of the early signing period which kicks off on the first Wednesday of every November and runs a full week is unparalleled.
During this year’s signing period, BPA’s class of 2022 signed NLIs all over the country, literally placing their signature on documents that would end up faxed to campuses from coast to coast. Once again, BPA displays its commitment to helping players not only reach the next level, but finding the right fit when doing so. Here’s a run down of BPA’s class of 2022 with signed NLI’s.
Long Beach State
The glue in the heart of the diamond for BPA and and the spark at the top of the lineup, Borgogno is a dirtbag that is now officially a Dirtbag. Borgogno’s game should have no problem transferring to the next level, a true gamer that understands baseball.
Here’s what Fullerton assistant coach Josh Belovsky said of Calzadiaz:
“Kyle has upside on the mound and has shown flashes of it throughout his career,” Belovsky said. “He was a member of the Area Code games this past summer. Kyle flashes three quality offerings and has a pitcher’s frame that will continue to fill out and get stronger.”
Here’s what Texas State assistant coach Josh Blakley said of Luevano:
“Mikey is a defensive wizard and consistently puts together quality at bats. Coming from a quality high school program with a legendary coach in Heath Autrey, he defines the term ball player and takes great pride in his ability. We expect Mikey to lock down one of our infield spots in the near future.”
McCain’s bat possesses some of the most prolific pop to come out of BPA in recent years, a potential middle-of-the-order bat that is set to join a long line of BPA standouts terrorizing the Big West as a Cal Poly Mustang.
“Since the first time I visited SLO, I kind of had that feeling that this was where I wanted to play my college baseball. Once I got my offer, I knew Cal Poly was where I wanted to be.” -McCain
A leader whose BPA legacy will leave a lasting mark, Mackay has shown she is one of the best in the nation, playing for the USA Baseball Women’s National Team as a junior and being the primary catcher for BPA, handling elite pitchers. Mackay will attend Ole Miss on a softball scholarship.
Here’s what Fullerton assistant coach Josh Belovsky had to say about Mistone
“Luke is a two-way high school player that has had success at the plate and on the mound,” Belovsky said. “Luke is a competitor, and we feel he can come in and contribute right away on the mound. He has a solid three pitch mix. He shows maturity and leadership skills for a young prospect.”
Rodriguez joined BPA for his senior summer and show the tools in the middle infield to play at a high level. Rodriguez has the ability to be comfortable on either side of second base.
From Dana Hills High School, right-handed pitcher with an above-average feel for pitching, Rettew, like McCain, is the latest in a long line of BPA players heading to SLO to play for Coach Lee.
Retted chose Cal Poly “for its renowned academics, positive and prospering culture, outstanding location and a great baseball program that allows for development and success.”
Santos is a 6’4, 210-pound two-way standout that attends Orange Lutheran. As a left-handed pitcher, Santos is expected to make an immediate impact for the Blue Devils, after being name to the 18u USA Baseball National Team.
A consistent performer regardless of the when, where and who BPA played, Turnquist continues to develop into one of the country’s premier pitchers. The 6’5 righty from Paso Robles helped OU haul a top-10 signing class.
From Hamilton, Ariz., Turley has all of the tools to make evaluators and recruiting coordinators salivate. Deciding to attend Pac-12 power Oregon State, Turley is taking the ability to hit for power and run like a deer to Corvallis.
A standout from Oxford, developing under BPA coach Russ Pratt, Williams is taking his game tot he Pacific Northwest as a dynamic player capable of impacting the game at the plate, in the field and on the bases.
Other class of 2022 players committed to colleges and universities
Jake Bold – Princeton
Jack Hagen – Wisconsin-Whitewater
Braydon Wooldridge – San Diego State