Baseball America Lists Three Trojans In Top 100 College Prospects List
Jan. 3, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- Baseball America released its list Monday for the top 100 college prospects in the nation with three USC players gaining recognition. Right-hander Austin Wood was rated at No. 26 for the Trojans with first baseman Ricky Oropesa at No. 33 and right-hander Andrew Triggs at No. 100.
USC is one of eight teams to have posted three players on the list as the Trojans are tied in the Pac-10 Conference for the most players on the list along with Arizona State and California.
Wood was the highest draft pick (4th round, Tampa Bay) in the 2010 draft among Pac-10 Conference players who will be attending college after going 3-0 this summer in the famed Cape Cod Baseball League with a 0.74 ERA.
Oropesa earned 2011 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America second team honors as announced by Collegiate Baseball. He led the Trojans in the triple crown categories last season with a .353 batting average, 20 home runs and 67 RBI. He also hit 22 doubles, recorded a .711 slugging percentage and led the team with seven stolen bases as he earned Baseball America All-America second team honors.
Triggs was drafted last summer by the Cleveland Indians in the 24th round, but elected to return to school. He was 2-7 last season for the Trojans with a 3.95 ERA. In 70 2/3 innings, he allowed 71 hits with 21 walks, 62 strikeouts and a .257 opponents' batting average.
USC opens the 2011 season with a tournament, Feb. 18-20, that features Cal Poly, North Carolina and Missouri at Dedeaux Field.