|Hometown:||San Fernando, CA|
|High School:||Alemany HS|
Expected to start at shortstop for the second straight year at Cal Poly.
2013: A stellar true freshman season with a .253 batting average and .957 fielding percentage ... played in all 59 games, 57 as the Mustangs' starting shortstop ... five doubles and one triple with 13 RBI ... .352 on-base percentage ... first two doubles were against Notre Dame on March 16 while his triple drove in a run against UCSB on March 24 ... 13 RBI for season, all in last 41 games ... committed 11 errors in 254 chances at shortstop ... had five-game hitting streak in late February halted by Washington and seven-game streak (.385) snapped by Pepperdine ... was hitting .330 after 3-for-3 game at Bakersfield on April 9 but went 16-for-90 (.178) rest of season ... 5-for-11 in Notre Dame series and 4-for-10 in UC Davis series ... one hit in each of Cal Poly's three Los Angeles Regional games at UCLA ... seven multiple-hit games, including 3-for-3 game at Bakersfield on April 9 ... lone multiple-RBI contest also was the Bakersfield game in which he knocked in two runs with three singles ... hit .340 as leadoff hitter and was successful producing an RBI with a runner on third and less than two outs 82 percent of the time (9 of 11) ... hit .274 at home and .275 in day games ... earned team's John Orton Gold Glove Award ... played summer ball for Corvallis Knights, hitting .310 with four doubles, three triples, 24 RBI and 11 stolen bases ... went 21-for-52 (.404) in late-season 13-game hitting streak to lift average 56 points ... named to All-West Coast Collegiate Baseball League first team and was WCCBL Player of the Week when he went 9-for-18 with seven runs scored, two steals, six RBI and a .571 on-base percentage in final week of regular season.
High School: Earned first-team All-Mission League and All-CIF-Southern Section Division 2 honors as a senior shortstop under head coach Randy Thompson at Alemany High School in Mission Hills … hit .446 with four home runs and 26 RBIs along with four saves, leading Warriors to 21-7-1 overall mark, 8-3-1 record for second place in Mission League and a spot in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs … named to All-Area first team by Los Angeles Daily News … earned first-team All-Mission League and second-team All-CIF-Southern Section Division 2 honors as a sophomore and junior … hit .412 as a junior in 2011 with 20 doubles, five triples, seven home runs, 46 RBI and eight stolen bases, leading Warriors to 20-10 overall record, third-place tie in the Mission League and into the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs … also earned nine saves on the mound … a four-year varsity player, Van Gansen was a Perfect Game 2011 Underclass High Honorable Mention as a junior … hit .447 as a sophomore with 11 doubles, three triples, one home run, 23 runs scored, 14 RBI, 15 steals and just two strikeouts in over 90 plate appearances … was recruited by Long Island, Pacific, Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount, choosing to sign with Cal Poly because "I really liked the coaches and it has a great baseball program. The school has a good child development program and it's a beautiful campus and city."
Personal: Son of Peter and Maria Van Gansen … one brother, Andrew … born March 4, 1994, in San Fernando, Calif. … majors in child development.