Top Prospect Rio Ruiz Signs With Trojans
April 16, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Standout infielder/pitcher Rio Ruiz (La Puente/Bishop Amat HS) has signed a national letter of intent to play for the USC baseball program in 2013, head coach Frank Cruz announced today.
A true game-changer, Ruiz is widely viewed as the top two-way baseball player in the country. A tremendously talented left-hand hitting third baseman as well as a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, Ruiz will be an impact player for the Trojans as a freshman. He is expected to hit in the middle of the lineup and contribute off the mound.
"As one of the premier hitters in the country, we are extremely excited to have this young man join our program," said Cruz. "Rio's lifelong dream was to become a Trojan, so we are very happy to see that dream come true. He and his family are very committed to the college process and earning a degree at USC."
Ruiz, a 2011 All-American, was an All-State selection as a sophomore and a junior. He was named Junior State Player of the Year and All-CIF Division IV Player of the Year in 2011. After hitting .455 with 14 doubles, two triples and three home runs for Bishop Amat in 2011, he was named Del Rey League Player of the Year and earned Los Angeles Times All-Southland Team honors. Additionally, he played in the 2011 Area Code Games for the Milwaukee Brewers.