Nov. 18, 2011
OREM, Utah - Utah Valley University baseball coach Eric Madsen has announced the signing of three Utah high school players during the early signing period.
Danny Beddes (Highland, Utah/American Fork HS), Beau Kallas (Draper, Utah/Alta HS) and Mark Krueger (Draper, Utah/Jordan HS) will all enter UVU in the fall of 2012.
"We signed three very talented local high school players who are all great kids with a lot of character and take academics very seriously," Madsen said. "It gives us another good recruiting class and they're kids who are excited to be in the program and be a part of what we're building here at UVU."
Beddes is a 6 foot 5 inch pitcher who was an All-Region and All-State selection as a junior in 2011. He also plays basketball for American Fork and helped both teams to appearances in the Utah State Championship games during his junior year. Beddes was also recruited by BYU.
"He's a big and strong pitcher with an enormous ceiling. As he gains more experience he has a chance to be as good as anyone we've had in the program," said Madsen.
Kallas also was an All-Region and All-State player at Alta as a junior. He played for the Mountain West team in USA Baseball's National Team Identification Series and in the Junior Olympics. Utah, Arizona and Stanford also recruited Kallas, among other schools.
"Beau's athletic and versatile and can play third base or in the outfield. He's a very good defender who can really hit and will be a big asset to our program," Madsen said.
Krueger is a 6 foot 6 inch, three-sport athlete at Jordan High School (football and basketball). He received All-Region and All-State honors and played for the Utah Marshalls during the summer of 2011. He was also recruited by Utah.
"He's a left-handed hitter with the athletic ability to play at first as well as in the outfield. Mark has the potential for a lot of power a to go with his ability to hit for average," said Madsen.
The Wolverines are coming off back-to-back Great West Conference regular season and tournament championships. UVU has won 76 games over the last two seasons.