HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Oxnard High School in 2012 and played four seasons under head coach Al Tarazon ... Has earned first team all-league, second team all CIF Div.1, second team all-county, and all-league honorable mention throughout his career ... Career ERA of 1.68, collecting 217 strikeouts over 170 innings pitched ... Has two high school teammates playing baseball at the Division 1 level.
CLUB: Played for the Oxnard Yankees from 2001-07, Long Beach Blaze from 2007-08, OC Hawks of Rawlings from 2008-09, Placentia Mustangs from 2009-10, ABD Bulldogs and the Brewers Elite from 2010-12 ... Lead the OC Hawks of Rawlings to a USSSA Elite 24 World Series Championship, collecting the World Series MVP ... ABCL/Baseball America Top 20 MVP, Don Mattingly World Series MVP, and Tommy Hanson Pitcher of the Year for ABD Bulldogs in 2011.
PERSONAL: Given name is Jayson Ray Balades ... Born in Oxnard ... Plans to major in Sports Medicine ... Son of Jason Balades and Andrea Beltran ... Brother to Joel Balades ... Chose Pepperdine for prestigious baseball program and a chance to get a degree from a well-respected school.
FAVORITES: Ozzie Smith (pro baseball player); New York Yankees (pro baseball team); The Outsiders (book); The Sandlot (movie); Sportscenter (TV show); J Boog (musical artist); Sushi (food); Football (sport other than baseball) ... first in the family to go to college.