Dec. 1, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Head baseball coach Rich Hill of the University of San Diego is proud to announce the signings of six players to a National Letter's of Intent to play baseball at USD beginning in the 2012 season. Joining the Toreros in 2012 will be Austin Bailey (Temecula, CA/Great Oak HS), Daniel Camarena (Bonita, CA/Cathedral Catholic HS), Andrew Daniel (San Diego, CA/Rancho Bernardo HS), Max Homick (San Diego, CA/Rancho Bernardo HS), Connor Joe (Poway, CA/Poway HS) and Ryan Keller (Castaic, CA/West Ranch HS).
"Once again Jay Johnson has orchestrated an incredible recruiting class. As our blueprint here at USD, we focus on bringing in small classes, which is consistent with our philosophy of developing the players first," stated Hill. "There is great balance with three pitchers, and three position players, and two of the pitchers are also outstanding position players as well. With our new stadium in the works, in conjunction with our last two classes, the future of USD baseball is bright!"
Bailey, a 5-11 infielder, comes to the Toreros after a stand-out high school career in which he was named first-team All-CIF Southern Section, was named the Southwestern League Most Valuable Player and was named the Southwestern League batting champion as a junior. Perfect Game Baseball also ranked Bailey the 54th best player in California ad the No. 344 best player in the country.
"Austin is a very athletic infielder in the mold of Justin Snyder from a few years back," said Hill. "He is a switch hitter who can play anywhere with plus speed."
Camarena, a 6-1 left-handed pitcher/outfielder, comes to San Diego after being a member of the USA 18 and Under National team in 2010 , and a member of the USA 16 and Under national team in 2008. He was named first-team All-CIF San Diego section, first-team All-Western League and named an AFLAC All-American as a junior in high school. Perfect Game Baseball ranked Camarena as the 10th best player in California and the 43rd best player in the nation.
"Daniel is a highly touted center fielder/left-handed pitcher from Cathedral. Along with Max Homick, he has a chance to be another in a prestigious line of left-handed pitcher's at USD," stated Hill. "As a center fielder he possesses great outfield instincts and is a great hitter."
Daniel, a 6-2 infielder, also had a stand-out high school career, as he was named the 2010 Palomar League Player of the Year, was named a Cal-Hi Sports first-team All-State, first-team All-North County and first-team All-CIF San Diego Section selection.
"Andrew is a ball player in every sense of the word," explained Hill. "He is a plus defensive infielder that has a chance to be special as an offensive player, in the mold of Mark Loretta."
Perfect Game Baseball ranked Homick, a 6-3 left-handed pitcher/first baseman and outfielder, the No. 23 best player in California and the No. 126 best player in the country. Homick was also a first-team All-CIF San Diego section, first-team All-North County and a first-team All-Palomar league selection as a junior.
"Max is another in a long line of great two-way players to come to USD," stated Hill. "He is special at both positions. Very projectable with great baseball mentality."
Joe, a 6-0 infielder, was named second-team All-Palomar League as a sophomore and junior, while also taking home second-team All-North Country honors as a sophomore. He was ranked the No. 31 best player in California and the No. 221 best player in the nation according to Perfect Game Baseball.
"Connor has that ball player type mentality that fits in well with the USD program," said Hill. "Nobody outworks Connor. He can play anywhere in the field and has huge offensive potential."
Keller, a 6-3 right-handed pitcher, comes to USD after receiving an invite for the 2011 Under 18 team USA Baseball National Team trials. He was a first-team All-Foothill League selection as a junior and was a first-team All-Santa Clarita Valley selection as a junior as well.
"Ryan is the sole right-handed pitcher in the class. He has an ideal pitcher frame, has a low 90's fastball with developing off speed," stated Hill. "He has a great attitude and commitment to college, a real steal for us. He could end up being one of the best USD has ever had."