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Monday, October 04, 2004

Dirtbags Land Catcher Jordan Struble In Transfer From State Champion Saddleback College (JUCO)

Jordan Struble, a 6'0" 205 lbs. catcher/outfielder, has transfered to Long Beach State after two years with the Saddleback College Gauchos. According to the Saddleback College webpage "Struble started all 41 games for the Gauchos [in 2004], getting most of those starts behind the plate as the team's everyday catcher. He batted .356 with 11 doubles, one triple, and nine home runs." Saddleback (29-12) won the California community college state championship in last May.

Jordan hit .283 in 99 at bats, with 17 RPI, for the Alaska Goldpanners this summer. Here's his bio from the Goldpanners webpage:
Junior College: 2-year starter at catcher and outfield for Jack Hodges of the Saddleback Community College Gauchos, the 2004 California JC State Champion and 2003 State Runner-Up...Led team in hitting at the 2004 State Tournament with a .667 BA, 1.000 slugging % and .700 on-base %... Second on the team for 2004 post-season play with a .478 BA, 2 HR, 3-2B, 9 runs, 7 RBI's, .869 slug % and .629 on-base %...Voted Co-Defensive player of the year with a .989 fielding % and only 3 errors in 41 games as the Gauchos starting catcher...2004 overall season stats include a .356 BA in 160 AB's, 57 H, 9 HR, 1-3B, 11-2B, 35 RBI's, 41 R, .606 slug %, .440 on-base %, 21 walks, 16 K's and 10 stolen bases as Co-Captain, 2004 Pre-Season JC All-American...2003 overall stats include a .300 BA in 160 AB's, 3 HR, 1-3B, 10-2B, 21 RBI's, 38 R, .431 slug %, .411 on-base %, 22 walks and 5 stolen bases.

HIGH SCHOOL: 4-year Elsinore Tigers varsity starter for 3 different head coaches (Steve Waldroff, Jaime Barker and Dusty Brinley) batting average of .424...3-time First Team All-League at catcher (3 different leagues due to re-alignment)...earned All-CIF and All-County honors his senior year...2-time team MVP and Captain...3-year varsity starter in football as a linebacker and tight end...First Team All-League selection at was Runner-Up in the 2000 CIF Finals...Co-Captain his senior year.

posted on 10/04/2004 by Jeff Agnew

They picked up a catcher from Sac City College too. Higher BA but not as much power as Struble. His name is Tom Sarti. Will be interesting to see who wins this spot. Any returning catchers?
Thanks for the info on Tom Sarti. I'll see what I can find and post on his transfer. As far as I know, Tito Cruz will be back. Tito caught a few games last year, and also spent some time in the infield. The roster last year included Chris Jones (who will be a junior this year). As I recall, Chris had a few pinch hit appearances, but I don't think he caught any games. David Chamberlain was a freshman listed as a catcher last year, but I don't believe he saw any playing time. I have not heard that either Chris or David have left. If anyone knows differently, let us know.
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