Silveira signs with Sonoma State |

Silveira signs with Sonoma State

by Chuck Smock

Jared Silveira has big plans for his senior baseball season at Douglas.

One of the things he wasn’t looking forward to was the possible off-field distractions associated with worrying about where – or if – he’ll be playing after graduation.

Silveira took care of that problem Sunday when he accepted a scholarship and signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Sonoma State.

He’s projected to be a starter as a freshman in the 2001 spring season.

“That was one of the main reasons I wanted to go there, because I’ll get the chance to start as a freshman,” said Silveira, who added that it was a relief to sign early. “During the year, I’m not going to have to worry about colleges.

“It’s going to be nice to play my senior year without worrying about where I’m going to go.”

Silveira posted a 4-1 conference record last season for the Tigers and was second on the team in innings pitched and ERA (4.33). His fastball was clocked at 87 mph at the Area Code Games tournament at Long Beach State this summer.

The Area Code Games is also where Silveira caught the eye of Sonoma State coach John Goelz.

In addition to a fastball that is flirting with the magical 90 mph mark, Silveira also throws a hard slider and a changeup.

He has been working with pitching coach Brian York in Los Angeles for about a year and has made four trips to Southern California to work on the mechanics of his delivery and improving his velocity.

“He’s the one who’s really got me throwing hard,” Silveira said. “I’ve picked up 5 to 6 miles per hour working with him.”

Silveira and the Tigers will enter the 2000 season with a new coaching staff. Fred Bendure has been hired to replace former head coach Lars Baker, who resigned this summer after learning that school officials weren’t going to allow assistant coach Larry Silveira (Jared’s father) and junior varsity coach Jason Kyle to return for the upcoming season.

“That’s the way it goes,” Jared Silveira said. “It’s not bothering me that much. We’ll have a good year.”