PRESS RELEASE | FEBRUARY 20, 2018
PORTLAND - Today, the Portland Pickles announced the signing of right-handed pitchers Damon Treadwell and Zach Espinosa from the University of California.
Zach Treadwell had Tommy John surgery in January 2017 and is currently completing his rehab process. He will redshirt this spring for the Golden Bears but is set to throw in Portland this summer.
The Turlock, California product was well under 6-feet tall as a freshman in high school but sprouted to 6'5" as a sophomore; by his junior year, he was 6'6" and commanded a fastball up to 91 mph.
"Treadwell is an Area Code pitcher that was one of the top pro prospects in Northern California," said Cal Head Coach, Mike Neu. "His repertoire will include a low 90's fastball with heavy sink. His best secondary is a power change-up."
The 6'6" pitcher from Turlock, CA, originally committed to Coach Neu at the University of the Pacific before following him to Cal.
"Once I found out that coach Neu left, I decided I had to follow him," Treadwell said to 247Sports. "He's one of the best coaches I've ever talked to, and I feel like I can learn so much from him ... There's nothing I can't like about him. The way he works with guys, the relationship you can have with him -- I've been with him since my sophomore year [of high school], and I have nothing but positive thoughts about him, and the things he can do for a player, and a program, in general."
Zach Espinosa is a current freshman right-hander, also at Cal, who will be used primarily out of the bullpen this season.
"Espinosa was a successful HS pitcher that can get up to 91 with late action on the fastball," said Coach Neu. "He also has a sweeping slider that will make him an immediate option out of our bullpen as a freshman.
Espinosa is a native of Irvine, California who attended Beckman High School where he was named 2017 Pitcher of the Year. He helped Beckman win the 2017 Newport Elk championship and reach the 2016 CIF semifinals.
"We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Cal Baseball under coach Mike Neu,” said Rose City Baseball’s Gregg Swenson. “Zach and Damon will be great additions to the Pickles and provide us another pair of Pac-12 quality arms on our staff.”
The University of California started its season 1-2 this past weekend against the University of San Diego and Cincinnati.