Sweets ink four Bruins

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Sweets have signed four players from UCLA.

The quartet is comprised of right-handed pitchers Jacob Nix and Grant Hockin, and infielders Josh Morgan and Sean Bouchard.

Nix, a 6-foot, 4-inch, 205-pound righty, is a UCLA commit and senior at Los Alamitos High School. A three-year letter-winner in baseball, Nix is ranked No. 60 on Perfect Game USA’s 2014 list of Top 500 high school prospects.

In 2013 Nix played in both the Area Code Games and the Perfect Game National Showcase. Following his junior season at Los Alamitos, Nix pitched for the 18U National Team at the 18U World Cup in Taiwan.

Hocken is 6-3, 200-pound UCLA commit. A senior for Damien High School, Hockin lives in Pomona, Calif. He is currently ranked No. 132 on Perfect Game USA’s list of Top 500 High School prospects for 2014.

As a junior at Damien, Hockin went 7-3 with a 1.96 ERA and 96 strikeouts.

“We have been fortunate to build a positive relationship with UCLA baseball,” said Sweets pitching coach Mark Michaud. “The trust that they put in us with their top pitchers is an honor, and I am excited to work with Grant and Jacob in their transition to college baseball.”

Morgan, a three-year baseball letter winner at Orange Lutheran High School, is ranked No. 51 on Perfect Game USA’s 2014 list of top high school prospects. During his junior year, the 5-11, 175-pound Morgan batted .326 with three doubles and was named first-team Perfect Game Underclass All-American, and played for the Milwaukee Brewers squad at the Area Code Games.

“Josh is very advanced for a young infielder, good feet and hands, and a great arm,” said Sweets manager J.C. Biagi.

Bouchard, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 180-pound infielder and native San Diego, Calif., is a senior at Cathedral Catholic High School. He’s ranked No. 58 on the 2014 Perfect Game USA list of top 500 high school prospects.

He is a two-year varsity baseball letter winner, hitting .316 with one double, one home run, and nine RBI, and posting an on-base percentage of .391 as a junior at Cathedral Catholic.

“Sean could go high in the MLB draft this year,” Biagi said. “He’s built well, has a lot of power and can run as well as anyone we’ve had.

“Both Josh and Sean are really good ballplayers,” he said. “They’ve received a ton of recognition over the past couple years and are poised to have pretty remarkable opportunities in the coming years.”

The Sweets’ Opening Day, presented by Northwestern Mutual, is June 5 at 7:05 p.m. at Borleske Stadium, with an alumni game. They open league play on June 6 when the Sweets host the Bellingham Bells.

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