THIS YEAR: An excellent defensive outfielder, Verbryke will make a push for playing time, and possibly a starting position, as a 2000 freshman.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: Eric has shown great talent both on defense and offense. He possesses the best throwing arm in the outfield on the team, and it's of major-league caliber. He has the potential to hit with power and has great promise as a player here.
HIGH SCHOOL: Verbryke set several school career records at Righetti High in Santa Maria, Calif., including batting average (.454), hits (114), runs (89) and doubles (36) ... He was a two-time (1998-99) All-CIF Southern Section Division II second teamer ... He was also a three-time (1997-99) All-Northern League selection and helped Righetti to league titles as a junior and senior ... He was a scholar-athlete at Righetti.
PERSONAL: A member of the 1999 U.S. Junior National Team, he won a gold medal in the World Championships in Taiwan and a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games in Venezuela ... He enjoys camping, fishing and hunting ... His favorite baseball player is Robin Ventura ... His birthdate is Aug. 6, 1981.