Gonzaga Baseball adds eight newcomers to roster for upcoming 2023 season

The Gonzaga Bulldogs baseball program, coming off a record-breaking season in 2022, announced eight more additions to the team for the upcoming 2023 season. That brings their total newcomers up to 16.

“We’re excited to welcome these young men to Gonzaga,” Macholf said. “We expect them to make great impacts on the field, in the classroom, and in the Spokane community. Each of them brings an important skill set to help us compete for the 2023 WCC title!”

Six of the eight newcomers are transfers, including Jeff Nelson and Brian Kalmer who were each junior college players of the year, as well as Ty Buckner who started NCAA regional games at Missouri State before succumbing to Tommy John surgery last year.

“I am most excited about joining the great culture at GU and continuing the successful winning tradition,” Buckner said. “I chose GU to continue my college career at a superior university with a great coaching staff.”

Nelson went to Clackamas High School and Mount Hood Community College, winning NWAC Player of the Year after throwing 38 scoreless innings in a row last season.

Kalmer comes from Wabash Valley, where he hit .421 with 20 home runs and a league leading 109 RBI as a third baseman last season.

Gonzaga’s other newcomers in this cycle include OF Hank Dunn (Yakima Valley College) C Donovan Ratfield (College of Marin) SS Kyle Memarian (Skyview HS) and RHP Everett Swaim (AR MacNeill Secondary).

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