Powers Inks Five To Play Baseball For Wolf Pack In 2012

Reno, Nev. - University of Nevada head baseball coach Gary Powers has inked five players to compete for the Wolf Pack in 2012.  Four of the players, Brady Dragmire, Kyle Hunt, Ryan Teel and Nicholas Valenza, are currently high school seniors while Brooks Klein is in his sophomore season at Western Nevada College.

At 6-0, 180-pounds Dragmire is a two-position player working at shortstop and as a right-handed pitcher.  His junior year at Bradshaw Christian High School in Sacramento, Calif. he hit .588 with 32 RBI and stole 19 bases.  On the mound he went 8-2 with a 0.71 ERA and struck out 116 in just 69 innings as the squad posted a 19-11 record.  A four-year starter he was the 2010 Metro Athletic League MVP, a three-time team MVP and a member of the Colorado Rockies scout team.  Competing in football he is a four-year starter and a three-time all-league running back for the current 9-1 BCHS Pride.  A 2009 all-league basketball selection he started three seasons for the Pride and earned all-league honors his junior year.

A switch-hitter, Hunt attends Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Calif. where he has started the last three seasons at shortstop.  His junior year he hit .314 with seven stolen bases and set a school record committing just four errors.  The Cougars won the 2009 CIF and California State titles.  He was selected to play in the Blue-Grey Baseball Classic but prior commitments did not allow him to attend the game.  Competing in the Junior Olympics he hit .360 as his team reached the quarterfinals.  He was a member of the 2010 Southern California Yankees scout team.

A 6-1, 190-pound third baseman and catcher, Teel attends Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. where he has started the last three seasons for the Monarchs.  His sophomore season he earned league Rookie of the Year honors after hitting .406.  MDHS ended the 2010 season ranked third nationally and first in the state of California posting a 20-10 record.  The Monarchs were ranked 14th nationally and sixth in California in 2009 going 24-6.   He was a member of the 2010 Southern California Yankees scout team.

Another left-handed pitcher, Valenza is currently a senior at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. where he helped guide the Huskies to the 5A II Arizona State Championship.  On the mound he went 4-1 and hit .335 playing in the outfield.   Played for the 2010 Mountain West Stars team that played in the USA qualifier in Cary, N.C.  He was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers scout team.

An outfielder, Klein is a sophomore at Western Nevada College in Carson City, Nev. where he hit .268 with five home runs and 37 RBI his freshman year helping the Wildcats to 43-17 record.  The Las Vegas native attended Sierra Vista High School and hit .480 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI his senior season.  Playing American Legion Baseball his team competed in the 2010 American Legion World Series.

“We are extremely excited about this group of players,” Powers said.  “Brooks provides us with a quality left-handed bat for our lineup with great experience and the five freshmen are all kids who can compete right away for us. Brady and Nick will be huge additions to our pitching staff and will all definitely contribute on the mound as freshmen.  We are really happy to have these two in our program as the future of our pitching staff.  Kyle gives us an extremely competitive presence and leadership potential as a shortstop and Ryan provides us versatility with his ability to play multiple positions and is a real power presence offensively.” 

“This group is as good a group as we have had sign with us in many years” added Powers.  “My two assistants Chris and Buddy did a great job of identifying these quality players and first class individuals and aggressively stayed with them so we could sign them.”


Name                    Pos.         Ht.    Wt.    B/T    Class at Nevada    Hometown/Previous Schools
Brady Dragmire    RHP/SS    6-0    180    R/R           Fr.               Sacramento, Calif./Bradshaw Christian HS
Kyle Hunt             SS        5-11   175   S/R           Fr.                Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano HS
Brooks Klein          OF        6-2    190    R/L           Jr.                Las Vegas, Nev./Western Nevada
Ryan Teel           3B/C       6-1    190    R/R           Fr.                Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei HS
Nicholas Valenza   LHP       5-10   170    R/L           Fr.                Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon HS