WALLA WALLA - Junior college baseball traditionally produces some of the great talent in the game, with names like Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick getting discovered out of JC programs.
Brett Watson from Walla Walla Community College is among players joining the Walla Walla Sweets, Sweets general manager Zachary Fraser said. Watson is a 6-foot, 215-pound left-hand pitcher from Lewiston and is a freshman at WWCC, where he will be one of the arms for the Warriors in 2010. He is slated to join Lewis-Clark State College in 2011.
"Our baseball staff is focused on finding the best talent in the game, and oftentimes that talent is found on the junior college campuses across the country," Fraser said. "Because many of these leagues swing wood bats, these players come well prepared to compete with the best Division I talent in the country."
The Sweets are adding players from two NWAACC schools that have a strong history of preparing players for both professional baseball opportunities and progression to top Division I programs to finish their educations. The Sweets have signed three pitchers from Edmonds Community College as well as Watson.
Jacob Kemmerer, a 6'1", 180-pound right-hand pitcher from Issaquah, Wash., is a sophomore at Edmonds. He pitched in the West Coast League in 2009 with Kelowna, where he went 1-1 with a 2.76 ERA for the Falcons. He kept opponents hitting only .246.
Ryan Bean, a 6'4", 225-pound right-hand pitcher from Tumwater, Wash., is a sophomore at Edmonds. Bean was a member of the Team C All-State team in 2008 while at Tumwater High School.
A powerful presence on the mound, Bean is considered a potential pro prospect, and has accepted a scholarship to Oklahoma City University for 2011.
Jacob Overbay, a 6'3", 205-pound right-hand pitcher, is the younger brother of Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay.
Fraser said Overbay is a solid pitcher who will eat innings and throw strikes.
All three Edmonds pitchers were found by special advisor Steve Avila. Avila, a former MLB scout for the Cleveland Indians, has been working with the Sweets baseball staff to identify talent throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The Sweets, an expansion franchise in the West Coast League, opens up the 2010 season by hosting defending league champion Wenatchee AppleSox at Borleske Stadium on June 8.
For more information on the team visit Web site www.wallawallasweets.com.