12 MJC Baseball Players from 2019 Team to Transfer to 4-Year Universities
Modesto Junior College baseball is sending 12 Pirates to 4-year universities from its 2019 team that went 24-17 and earned a state playoff bid.
Each student athlete came to MJC from its local recruiting area.
- Blane Abeyta, RHP, Ceres HS, University of Nevada
- Jackson Bennett, RHP, Escalon HS, Simpson University
- Jonathan Temple, OF, Turlock HS, Valparaiso University
- Brandon Booz, C, Turlock HS, Hawai'i Pacific University
- Landon Curtis, RHP, Turlock HS, University of the Pacific
- Tanner Shears, RHP, Enochs HS, Sacramento State University
- Brandon Peterson, RHP, Excel Academy (Stockton), Hawai'i Pacific University
- Ernesto Huizar, RHP, Patterson HS, Holy Names University
- Kevin Duffy, LHP, Beyer HS, Southeastern University
- Nick Singer, Util, Atwater HS, Vanguard University
- Marco Gonzales, 1B, Manteca HS, Sonoma State University
- Vito Rodin, RHP, Oakdale HS, Sonoma State University
"I am extremely proud of what these young men accomplished on the field and in the classroom as student athletes in our program.
They were a huge reason why we had such a successful season, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for them," stated MJC head baseball coach Zeb Brayton.
The 2019 MJC baseball team also garnered several conference awards.
Freshman Sean Gingerich, infielder (Oakdale HS) was voted 1st-Team All-conference and also Freshman Hitter of the Year. Gingerich led the Pirates in hitting with a .367 batting average.
Tanner Shears, pitcher (Enochs HS) was voted 1st Team All-conference relief pitcher. Shears led the Pirates with 6 saves, a 1.38 ERA and a strikeout per 9-innings ratio of 14.33.
He also had a 3-1 record while finishing second on the team in strikeouts with 52, as a reliever.
Blane Abeyta, pitcher (Ceres HS) was voted 2nd Team All-conference starting pitcher.
Abeyta led all Pirate pitchers with 5 wins, 65.1 innings pitched and 60 strikeouts.
Head Coach Zeb Brayton also earned Big 8 Conference Co-Coach of the Year honors.