USC Baseball Signs Six For 2013 Season|
Nov. 10, 2011
Frank Cruz announced today. The signees are: outfielder/infielder Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills/Ayala HS), pitcher/outfielder Chase De Jong (Long Beach/Woodrow Wilson HS), pitcher/infielder Brooks Kriske (Palm Desert/Palm Desert HS), pitcher/first baseman Kyle Twomey (Placentia/El Dorado HS), pitcher Shane Watson (Bellflower /Lakewood HS) and pitcher Brent Wheatley (Orange/Orange Lutheran HS).
"We are excited to build on the No. 5 rated class that we brought in this fall. We feel that this class has the ability to strengthen the foundation that is being built for USC baseball," said recruiting coordinator Dan Hubbs.
Here are brief biographies on the signees:
Vahn Bozoian, OF, 6-5 210 (Chino Hills/ Ayala HS)--Bozoian is rated No. 58 in the country by Perfect Game USA and played in the 2011 Area Code Games for the Milwaukee Brewers. He plays for the Yankees Scout Team and Angels Elite Scout Team in addition to being a 2011 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars participant. In 2011, Bozoian hit .308 with two home runs in six games for head coach Chris Vogt at Ayala High School, but missed most of the season due to injury. Parents are Vahn and Sheril Bozoian.
Hubbs on Bozoian: "He provides us with a big arm in the outfield and an influx of power to the lineup. We envision him being a middle-of-the-order hitter for us."
Chase De Jong, RHP, 6-5 190 (Long Beach/ Woodrow Wilson HS)--De Jong is rated the No. 72 player in the country by Perfect Game USA and will represent the United States in November at the COPABE Pan Am 18U Junior Championships in Cartagena, Columbia. He played in the 2011 Area Code Games for the Milwaukee Brewers and was named one of the top-20 pitchers in attendance. De Jong was named the 2011 Long Beach press Telegram Dream Team Co-Pitcher of the Year after posting a 10-2 record with a 1.00 ERA and 98 strikeouts last year for head coach Andy Hall at Woodrow Wilson High School. Parents are Clayton and Bonnie De Jong.
Hubbs on De Jong: "Chase is a premier arm who has performed everywhere he has played. We expect him to make an immediate impact when he gets here".
Brooks Kriske, RHP/OF, 6-3 185 (Palm Desert HS)--Kriske is a 2011 Perfect Game Preseason All-American rated as the No. 210 player in the country. He was a 2011 First Team All-CIF and all-desert Valley selection after posting an 11-2 record with a 0.90 ERA and 80 strikeouts while hitting .352 with four home runs and 21 RBI for head coach Darol Salazar at Palm Desert High School. In 2010, as a sophomore, Kriske pitched two shutouts in the playoffs leading Palm Desert to the CIF Championship. Parents are Garret and Janice Kriske.
Hubbs on Kriske: "He has a chance to be a two-way player for us. Brooks has a good arm with a solid curveball and change-up that will provide depth on the mound. His bat has the ability to add power to our lineup".
Kyle Twomey, LHP, 6-3 180 (Placentia/El Dorado HS)--Twomey is one of the elite left handed pitchers in the country, rated No. 70 overall by Perfect Game USA. He was a 2011 Under Armour and Perfect Game All-American selection as well as a MaxPreps All-California first team honoree. Twomey played in the 2011 Area Code Games for the Milwaukee Brewers and participated in the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars. He was named Century League Pitcher of the Year after posting a 7-3 record with a 1.32 ERA and 65 strikeouts last season for head coach Dave Moore at El Dorado High School. Parents are Mike and Cindy Twomey.
Hubbs on Twomey: "Kyle is one of the top lefties in the country. We feel with his pitch ability, he will make an immediate impact once he arrives on campus".
Shane Watson, RHP, 6-4 195 (Bellflower/Lakewood HS)--One of the top pitching prospects in the country, Watson was a 2011 All-CIF and all-state first team selection. He played in the 2011 Area Code Games for the Milwaukee Brewers earning Top-5 Pitcher honors. Watson earned all-league first team honors for the second year consecutive year after posting a 10-2 record with a 1.16 ERA and 52 strikeouts for head coach Spud O'Neil at Lakewood High School. He has led the team to three-straight Moore League Championships. Parents are Scott and Wendy Watson.
Hubbs on Watson: "He is one of the top power-arms in the state of California with an outstanding curveball. We expect great things from Shane".
Brent Wheatley, RHP, 6-4 215 (Orange/Orange Lutheran HS) --Brent was named a 2011 Preseason All-American by Under Armour , Perfect Game USA and Power Showcase. He earned All-Trinity League and Orange Lutheran Pitcher of the Year honors playing for head coach Eric Borba, posting a 1.41 ERA with 42 strikeouts last season. Wheatley's older brother, Bobby, is currently a sophomore pitcher on the USC baseball team. His dad, Bob, played basketball at USC and his mom, Julie, was a Song Girl.
Hubbs on Wheatley: "Brent has a strong fastball and an emerging slider. We feel he has just scratched the surface of his potential and has a big up-side".
USC opens the 2012 season Friday Feb. 17 when they play host to Jacksonville.