Dec. 12, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. --- The Washington State baseball team signed four players to national letters of intent during the early signing period, head coach Tim Mooney announced Wednesday.
"I'm really excited about this class," Mooney said. "They are going to make our program better for years to come."
All four signees are from the prep ranks and give the Cougars depth at catcher, pitcher and the infield.
Matt Ircandia (Calgary, Alberta) is the lone pitcher in the early signing class. Ircandia, who prepped his first three years at St. Mary's High School in Calgary, will finish his high school career at Semiahmoo High School in Vancouver, B.C. Last summer, Ircandia starred on the Calgary Dawgs, an elite traveling team that won a province championship, and was a pitcher on Team Alberta's tour of Japan.
"Matt is a left-handed pitcher with a high ceiling," Mooney said. "His best days are ahead of him. He's just started pitching. If he continues to improve he could end up as one of the top guys in the Pac-10."
Jay Miller (Bellevue, Wash.) and Dustin Realini (Cupertino, Calif.) should bolster the Cougars middle infield depth.
Miller was a first team All-KingCo selection as a junior last season at Newport High School, which won the Class 3A State Championship last year.
"Miller can flat-out hit, Mooney said. "That's what separates him from other players in this class. Plus, he's a winner, competitive and a hard-working, positive-attitude guy that makes a difference."
Realini hit .375 with three home runs last season at Valley Christian High School, where he was a second team All-Blossom Valley Athletic League selection. Realini is ranked as the No. 323 high school senior in the nation by Baseball America.
"He's really superb on defense," Mooney said. "He's a high school shortstop, but can probably play any infield position because he is so good defensively."
Jonathan Woodcox (Orinda, Calif.) is ranked the No. 220 high school senior by Baseball America and its No. 18 catcher. It also tabbed Woodcox as the No. 42 prospect overall in talent-rich California.
"He has an athletic body, good feet and soft hands," Mooney said. "He has a chance to make an impact at Washington State before his career is over."
Matt Ircandia Pitcher 6-1/190 Calgary, Alberta Semiahmoo High '02
IRCANDIA'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: FRESHMAN (1998-1999): Attended St. Mary's High School in Calgary...did not play baseball. SOPHOMORE (1999-2000): Played for Team Alberta...was also named MVP of junior varsity basketball team. JUNIOR (2000-2001): Starting outfielder and pitcher for Team Alberta...was invited to Canadian Junior Elite Camp for top 30 16-and-under baseball players in Canada...was also MVP of varsity basketball team...outfielder and pitcher for the Calgary Dawgs, an elite travel team...team won province championship on his home run in the title game...Team Alberta squad won bronze medal at Canadian championships...invited to Canadian Junior National Team.
PERSONAL: Matthew V. Ircandia...born July 17, 1984...father Vince Ircandia played baseball at Niagara University in New York...mother deceased...hobbies include skiing and playing basketball...3.2 prep GPA...interested in business major at WSU.
JAY MILLER Second Base/Outfield 5-10/170 Bellevue, Wash. Newport High '02
MILLER'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: FRESHMAN (1998-1999): Did not play baseball. SOPHOMORE (1999-2000): Coached by Brian Fischer...was named honorable mention All-KingCo...lettered in football, playing halfback and cornerback. JUNIOR (2000-2001): First team All-KingCo selection...team won Class 3A State Championship...lettered in football.
PERSONAL: Jay Michael Miller...born August 11, 1983...parents are Mike and Jamie Miller...father played baseball at University of Montana...has one brother Jeff...prep teammate of current WSU catcher Zach Franklin...hobbies include wakeboarding and playing basketball...interested in business major at WSU.
DUSTIN REALINI Third Base/Shortstop 6-1/190 Cupertino, Calif. Valley Christian High '02
REALINI'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: FRESHMAN (1998-1999): Attended Monta Vista High School...coached by Dave Vieria...batted .404. SOPHOMORE (1999-2000): batted .421 with eight home runs...named captain. JUNIOR (2000-2001): Attended Valley Christian High School...coached by John Diatte...batted .375 with three home runs...was second team All-Blossom Valley Athletic League selection...lettered in football as a quarterback.
PERSONAL: Dustin Realini...born May 14, 1984...parents are Rob and Lauri Realini...father played baseball at San Francisco State University...brother Ryan played baseball at West Valley (Calif.) Community College...interested in math major at WSU.
JONATHAN WOODCOX Catcher 6-0/200 Orinda, Calif. Miramonte High '02
WOODCOX'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: JUNIOR (2000-2001): Attended Miramonte High School...coached by Vince Dell'Aquila...named second team all-conference...ranked as No. 18 catcher in the country by TeamOneBaseball...ranked No. 220 player in the country by Baseball America.