Two members of the Long Beach State baseball program will come north this summer to join the Bellingham Bells. Catcher Ryan Mendoza from Van Nuys, Calif. and right-handed pitcher Tyler Radcliffe from Long Beach, Calif. will suit up for Bellingham during the 2017 West Coast League season.
“We've heard some great things about both Tyler and Ryan,” Bells’ Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Jim Clem said. “Both are talented, both are hard workers, and both are great guys! We are excited to have them play for us this summer.”
Radcliffe is a redshirt sophomore for the Dirtbags, who has made two appearances this season for LBSU after sitting out the 2016 season with an injury. As a freshman in 2015, Radcliffe made 13 appearances out of the bullpen for the Dirtbags, fanning 11 batters in 12 innings on the hill. Radcliffe played his high school baseball at nearby Wilson High School in Long Beach, going 7-2 with a 1.26 ERA as a senior, earning All-League and Long Beach Press-Telegram's All-Dream Team second team honors. Perfect Game USA rated the right-handed hurler as one of the top 250 players in the state of California as a senior. Radcliffe pitched for the Sag Harbor Whalers of the Hamptons Collegiate League in the summer of 2015, earning the starting spot in the All-Star game after compiling a 5-1 record with a 2.06 ERA in 43 and two-thirds innings on the bump.
"Tyler will be an important piece of our pitching staff this summer,” Clem said. “Tyler is coming off a knee injury, but is now healthy and ready to go. With a quality fastball, change-up, and slider, Tyler should be able to fill just about any role needed."
Mendoza is in his first season with LBSU in 2017 after a successful prep career at Birmingham High School. Mendoza hit .372 as a senior for the Patriots, en route to earning first team All-League and All-City honors. Perfect Game USA selected Mendoza as honorable mention All-American and second team All-California for his senior campaign, and rated the left-handed hitting catcher as one of the top 500 players in the country and one of the top 15 catchers in the state of California as a senior.
Radcliffe, Mendoza and the 2017 Bells will look to begin another successful campaign on Friday June 2nd against the Gresham GreyWolves at Joe Martin Field.