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Medford native Bradshaw commits to WCL team

Medford's West Coast League baseball team has received another round of player commitment for its inaugural 2013 season, including one from former North Medford player Mike Bradshaw.

Bradshaw, a right-handed pitcher who is currently playing for Nevada, is one of five players added to the list of earlier announcements, bringing the total to 21.

"As with all summer ball teams, recruitment is hot and heavy at this point of the year," Medford general manager Chuck Heeman said in a release. "We've got a large number of verbal commitments and we'll announce them as contracts come in from the coaches. We're finding that we are getting a lot of very high-profile incoming freshmen, like Sam Ayala and Hector Lujan, that want to play in the West Coast League, and we'll see the benefit of that come next summer."

Bradshaw transferred to Nevada from Linn-Benton Community College in Albany and is a junior with the Wolf Pack.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder went 5-3 with a 1.91 ERA in 12 games. He pitched for the Roadrunners last spring, striking out 41 and walking only 19.

Ayala (6-2, 195), from La Jolla, Calif., is headed to Cal Santa Barbara. He's a Left-handed hitting catcher who is ranked as the 72nd best player in the California by maxpreps.com.

Right-handed pitcher Lujan (6-3, 220), who is from Jurupa, Calif., is also headed to UC Santa Barbara. He went 12-2 for Jurupa Valley High last year with 105 strikeouts and only 12 walks. He had a 1.21 ERA and was on the 16-under Junior Olympics team.

Also committed to Medford are Kevin Davidson, a first baseman/outfielder from Yuciapa, Calif., and Quentin Urban, from Omaha, Neb.

Davdison (6-4, 215) is a sophomore at UC Riverside. In 16 games as a freshman — he relinquished his redshirt status during the season — he hit .321 with a one home run and 21 RBIs.

Urban (5-9, 194) is a redshirt freshman outfielder at Nebraska. At Millard South High, Urban hit .386 in 82 games with seven home runs, 58 RBIs, a .575 on-base percentage and 38 stolen bases.

The Medford team also hired assistant coach Aaron Nielsen, who volunteered with the WCL's Klamath Falls Gems last summer.

The team expects to announce the schedule and winners in the "Name the Team" contest, presented by the Mail Tribune, in the next couple weeks. To vote for a team name, go to www.mailtribune.com/nametheteam.