July 13, 2012
California head coach David Esquer has confirmed to BearTerritory.net that 6-foot-2, 215-pound left-handed hitting first baseman Nick Halamandaris will not be signing with the Seattle Mariners, an hour after the deadline to sign players selected in June's First-Year Major League Player Draft.
Esquer confirmed a tweet sent earlier by Baseball America's Jim Callis:
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) July 13, 2012
Halamandaris pounded 17 home runs over four years with Monterey (Calif.) Stevenson. As a sophomore and a junior, Halamandaris was selected to the Monterey County Herald's All-County baseball team. He was also 2011 first-team Mission Trial Athletic League and finished his junior year with 38 hits, 11 multi-hit games, nine doubles, a triple, four home runs and 29 RBI.
Halamandaris completes a trifecta of lefty power for the 2013 team, including returning first baseman Devon Rodriguez and half of switch-hitter Andrew Knapp. This is a huge boon to the Cal baseball program. It's not often a kid will turn down up to $500k and a top-10-round selection to go to school, though we saw Mark Appel announce today that he'll be back after being picked in the top 10 picks of the first round. Appel, it must be noted, was a Scott Boras advisee.