Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey announced 11 signings that will join the program for the 2019 season on Monday.
The 11 players are:
• Carter Booth, outfield, Mill Creek, Washington
• Jayce Easley, infield, Glendale, Arizona
• Greg Fuchs, outfield/catcher, Mercer Island, Washington
• Gavin Grant, infield, Puyallup, Washington
• Matthew Gretler, infield, Bonney Lake, Washington
• Jake Harvey, infield/outfield, Kennewick, Washington
• Joey Mundt, right-handed pitcher, Hughson, California
• Jake Pfennings, right-handed pitcher, Post Falls, Idaho
• Beau Philip, infield, Sacramento, California
• Bret Soulages, right-handed pitcher, Alamo, California
• Andrew Walling, infield/left-handed pitcher, Longview, Washington
“I’m excited to have this class become a part of Beaver Nation,” Casey said in a statement. “These young men will provide us with a great balance offensively and defensively and on the mound. Not only do they excel on the field, but off it as well.”
Six of the 11 have experience at the Area Code Games, with Soulages and Walling appearing at the esteemed prospect tournament twice. Pfennings, Walling, Gretler — the younger brother of current OSU infielder Michael Gretler — and Booth have all been teammates with the Royals team, while Soulages appeared with Mundt on the Athletics team this past year. Walling and Soulages were teammates two years ago.
Booth has been a three-year starter for Henry M. Jackson High and was voted first-team all-area and all-league as a junior after batting .487 with nine doubles, three triples two home runs, 21 RBIs and seven steals.
Easley hit .463 with five triples, two homers, nine RBIs with 12 steals and 33 runs scored to earn first-team all-conference honors as a junior. His father, Damion Easley, played 17 years in Major League Baseball for the California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets.
Fuchs was named first-team all-state last spring after hitting .408 with five doubles, one triple, and 24 RBIs. He was the Kingco Conference's leading batter.
Grant helped lead Puyallup High to the 2017 state title and three consecutive division championships. Grant finished his junior season with a .276 average and 13 RBIs.
Gretler, the second-ranked prospect in Washington, earned Puget Sound League player of the year honors as a junior. He collected eight doubles, seven homers, 23 RBIs and 13 stolen bases while batting .464.
Harvey was an all-state selection as a junior after hitting .516 with 12 doubles, five triples, 14 RBIs and eight stolen bases. On the mound, he went 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 games.
Mundt posted a 1-3 mark as a junior and went 4-4 as a sophomore. His older brother, Johnny, played tight end at Oregon and is currently with the Los Angeles Rams.
Pfennings is ranked as the the No. 1 prospect in the states of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming by Baseball Northwest. He has been voted first-team all-league and the league's pitcher of the year.
Philip, a transfer from San Joaquin Delta College, will enter OSU with two years of eligibility. Philip hit .322 (59 hits) as a freshman with nine doubles, three triples, three home runs, 43 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
Soulages picked up five wins while sporting a 2.13 ERA in 52⅔ innings with 54 strikeouts as a junior. His older brother, Jeffrey, pitched for Cal State Fullerton from 2004-08.
Walling is rated the No. 285 nationally by Perfect Game for the class of 2018. He is a three-time first-team all-league selection for R.A. Long High.