May 2nd, 2018 | PORTLAND - Today, the Portland Pickles announce the signings of JACK DOLAK (RHP) from the University of San Diego, and GRANT NEWTON (RHP) from UC Santa Barbara.
JACK DOLAK heads to Portland this summer for his first taste of collegiate wood-bat baseball, like many others on the 2018 team. Hailing from La Mesa, CA, Dolak developed into one of the region’s top pitchers at St. Augustine High School, with his high velocity and equally high frame at 6’3”. Opening a lot of eyes all over the west coast, University of San Diego’s pitching coach Nate Choate was glad that Dolak was only moving across town for his college ball. Eager to use Dolak on the 2019 team, he described Jack as a “big, physical RHP that has been a up to 92. A late bloomer, but will be one of the top prep arms in San Diego this spring.”
GRANT NEWTON comes from right up I-5 in Santa Ana, CA, currently finishing up his senior season at Servite High School. Not only recognized for his pitching repertoire, Newton carries a fierce work ethic on and off the field, which helped him earn his spot on UC Santa Barbara’s staff for 2019. "We are proud of Grant and the progress he has made to put himself in the position to commit to a great school like UCSB," Servite coach Shawn Gilbert said. "He made an effort to get himself in great shape and it showed this summer in the events that he attended.” UCSB head coach Andrew Checketts also had high remarks, and when asked about Newton’s upcoming summer, said he should “be ready to come in and contribute for the Pickles immediately.”
The two right-handers wrap up an impressive list of California high schoolers to join the Pickles for 2018, and GM Gregg Swenson was thrilled to further bolster the team’s stacked pitching staff. “We are excited to have such talented arms join us as they prepare for their freshman year in college.” Swenson said. “Grant and Jack are both highly regarded and headed to excellent programs, and they’ll be a big part of our success this summer.”
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