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Baseball Announces No. 3-Ranked 2023 Recruiting Class

Baseball Announces No. 3-Ranked 2023 Recruiting Class


LOS ANGELES – UCLA baseball head coach John Savage on Tuesday officially announced the program’s 2023 recruiting class, a group of 15 highly-decorated players from the states of California and Arizona.

The Bruins’ incoming class features three players ranked among the top-25 nationally, seven players in the top-100, and 12 players among the top-200. UCLA Is set to bring in the top-ranked player from the states of both California (Roman Martin) and Arizona (Roch Cholowsky).

The class has received an initial ranking of No. 3 from both Baseball America and Perfect Game. It continues a tradition of strong recruiting for UCLA, as the Bruins have constructed a nationally-ranked recruiting class in 16 of 18 seasons under head coach John Savage, including eight top-five groups.

By position, the class features six right-handed pitchers, six infielders, two outfielders, and one catcher.

“This class is clearly an impact group that has major attributes which will help build our program for years to come,” said Savage. “You seldom see this many high-level players in one class, so we feel fortunate to be able to put this group together. Coach Ward, Coach Gallego, and our entire staff have done a terrific job of putting this class together. We have always built our program around the high school player, and we will do so again with this class.”

UCLA’s recruiting class is highlighted by top-100 prospects in infielder Roch Cholowsky (No. 14), infielder Roman Martin (No. 16), infielder Brandon Winokur (No. 18), right-handed pitcher Cal Randall (No. 71), outfielder Dean West (No. 74), right-handed pitcher Cole Miller (No. 83), and right-handed pitcher Justin Lee (No. 88).

Below are capsules on each player in the new class, including a report from Coach Savage.

Blake Balsz

Catcher – Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Santa Margarita HS) – 5-10/190

Awards/Stats: In the state of California, ranked the No. 6 catcher and No. 41 prospect overall … Nationally, is the No. 32-ranked catcher and No. 310-ranked prospect overall … Was a 2022 Preseason Underclass All-American … Was a participant in the USA Baseball 18U Training Camp this past summer … Competed for the White sox in the 2022 Area Code Games … Played in the USA Baseball All-American Game at Dodger Stadium … Won a pair of WWBA Championships with TB SoCal ……

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