Baseball made the splash of the offseason acquiring Matt Curtis, the former head coach of Cal State Northridge, completing the coaching staff. Now two weeks into the school year, more good news arrives in Los Angeles as the Trojans have officially announced their 15-man Freshmen class from the 2013 Baseball Recruiting Class.
"I am really excited about this year's new players," said second-year head coach Dan Hubbs. "The position players bring a lot of flexibility and versatility in terms of where they can play, and on the mound, we've brought in a strong mix of right and left-handed pitchers. We got stronger up the middle of the diamond and have added some power at the corners." -Dan Hubbs told USC Athletics
The class is highlighted by freshman catcher Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS), a three-time Team USA alum, Under Armour and Perfect Game All-American who was drafted in the June 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs in the 37th round. Here is the rest of the class, highlighted with a bevy of top California talent coming to USC this Fall to pursue their careers in collegiate athletics on the historic diamond.
C.J. Angle INF Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Dana Hills HS)
Batted .364 with 16 RBI as a senior in 2013...Played with Team Rawlings for 2012 PG WWBA 2013 Grads or 17u National Championship. At 5'11, 185 pounds, Angle provides tremendous OBP and BA for speedy-quick frame.
Sam Carmack LHP/1B Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. (Palos Verdes HS)
As a 2012 senior at Palos Verdes HS, Carmack was Bay League MVP, Daily Breeze All-Area team and CIF Division II second team. One of the three transfers on this roster, Carmack returns home to play alongside Carl and J.R. Aguierre along with Bobby Stahel his former teammates from high school.
Lee Casas RHP Ladera Ranch, Calif. (Saddleback College)
2013 California Collegiate League All-Star Game starter...2012 All-Star in NBC College Summer League...2011 & 2012 First Team All-Orange Empire Conference Team (JC). Here is some video pitching with local JC Saddleback College while also finishing second on the team with a .350 batting average and a team-leading 27 RBI last year.
Alex Chavarria RHP Coachella, Calif. (Indio HS)
2010-13 Four-year varsity starter at Indio High School...2013 Desert Valley League Most Outstanding Pitcher and First Team selection...2012 Desert Valley League MVP...2011 All-Desert Valley League First Team...MVP 2013 Coachella Valley Rotary Tournament...
Joe Corrigan IB/OF Santa Monica, Calif. (Harvard-Westlake HS)
2013 California Rawlings All-Region Second Team...2013 First Team All-Mission League...2012 Underclass Second Team & 20122 Underclass Honorable Mention...Led team to 2013 CIF Southern Section Div. I baseball title...As a senior batted .312 with 23 RBI in 32 games...2011 & 2012 Harvard Westlake Offensive Player of the Year...2012 First Team All-Mission League...Ranked #246th player in the nation by Perfect Game USA...2011 All-Tournament selection at Perfect Game World Wood Bat...2011 All-Mission League honoree.
Corey Dempster OF South Pasadena, Calif. (Loyola HS)
2013 Rawlings California All-Region Second Team...2013 Second Team All-Mission League selection...Ranked the #202 baseball player in the country by Perfect Game USA in 2012...Competed for the Milwaukee Brewers Area Code team in 2012 ... 2012 Perfect Game First Team Preseason HS Underclassman All-American...2011 Perfect Game USA Second Team Preseason HS Underclassman All-American.
Aaron Digiamarino RHP/INF La Verne, Calif. (Webb School)
2013 MaxPreps California Small Schools All-State Baseball Team...2013 All-CIF Division 6 selection...Three-time First Team All-Prep League honors...2013 Rawlings California Region honorable mention...Cal HiSports All-State Baseball nominee Southern Section...2013 First Team All-Inland Valley... As a senior in 2013, batted .551, with 44 RBI, nine home runs from the plate, and on the mound went 7-1, 1.83 ERA, 14 appearances, 49.2 IP...2012 All-CIF First Team...Prep League and Webb High School team MVP (2012).
Bernardo Flores LHP Baldwin Park, Calif. (Baldwin Park HS)
213 All-CIF Division 4 selection...2013 Rawlings California Region honorable mention...2013 Mid Valley News Top Area baseball players...2012 & 2013 First Team All-Valle Vista League...2013 Under Armour Preseason All-American...Check out hispitching video with shots at Dedeaux Field.
AJ Fritts C Los Angeles, Calif. (Brentwood School)
The player most centrally local to campus in Southern California, Fritts was named the 2013 Rawlings California Region Honorable Mention All-American...Four-time First Team All-Delphic League selection...In 2013 batted .497, 20 RBI, 10 stolen bases...Brentwood School Team MVP 2012...2012 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American ... Also was a three-year letterwinner in football, two-time All-Delphic League honoree.
Angelo La Bruna INF La Canada, Calif. (Loyola HS)
La Bruna made only 12 errors in 136 career games at Duke University...Had 60 career RBI, 14 career stolen bases...Two-year starter in prestigious Cape Cod Summer League...Three-year starter at Duke.
Andrew Lindo C Moorpark, Calif. (Oaks Christian HS)
2013 California Region honorable mention...24TH ranked high school catching prospect nationally in the 2013 MLB Draft, as decided by The Baseball Draft Report. Played with MLB Urban Youth Academy Compton and the Twins Scout Team. Lindo boasts an impressive 3.92 GPA out of high school and will be a valuable addition behind the dish and in the classroom for Dan Hubbs staff.
Jeremy Martinez C Fountain Valley, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)
Jeff Paschke INF/RHP Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara HS)
2013 Rawlings California All-Region First Team...2013 All-Star starter in the California Collegiate Summer League All-Star Game...2013 All-City High School Player of the Year...2013 First Team All-Channel League honors...In 2011 at Valley Christian HS in Arizona, led team to 2A state title, named sophomore baseball Player of the Year by ESPN Rise magazine ... All-Arizona state selection in 2011 and 2012...Four-time all-league selection ... 31 career HR's.
Frankie Rios INF Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS)
2013 All-CIF Division I selection...2013 MaxPreps Large School All-State Team...2013 Rawlings California Region Honorable Mention...Long Beach Press Telegram All-Area team...Three-time All-Moore League first teamer...2012 Moore League MVP...2012 Long Beach Press Telegram Dream Team Player of the Year...2012 Connie Mack Western Regional MVP and World Series Co-MVP...In 2013 went .406 at the plate, 39 hits, 30 RBI.
Andrew Wright LHP/OF San Diego, Calif. (Cathedral Catholic HS)
2013 California All-Region Second Team All-American... Perfect Game World Series Tournament Team in 2012
-Stats and Information on all players provided via Maxpreps.com and the USC Athletics Website.
The current roster returns 27 starters from last season, including six of the nine position starters along with the entire starting pitching staff. That being said, USC Baseball will have plenty of crucial position battles for spots on the traveling roster on a club looking to make the NCAA Postseason for the first time since the 2005 season.