Sept. 9, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team welcomes 14 newcomers to campus as the 2014 recruiting class, which includes 12 true freshmen and two transfers. The group will join a Trojan team which boasts 24 returners from the 2014 team.
On the class, third-year head coach Dan Hubbs said, ""This is a great class for us, especially on the pitching side. We have brought in a bunch of quality arms that could make an immediate impact. Offensively we have a good mix of right and left-handed hitters and some very good defenders."
The highly touted class is comprised of seven pitchers and seven position players. Standouts of the class include right-handed pitchers Mitch Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS), Brad Wegman (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS) and Bryce Dyrda (Oakdale, Calif./Oakdale HS), who were named 2014 Perfect Game California All-Region first teamers. Hart was the only member of this year's class who was drafted, as the San Francisco Giants picked him up in the 35th round of the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft.
Some big bats for the Trojans include junior college transfer outfielder David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./College of the Canyons) and freshman infielder Cole Young (Corona, Calif./Norco HS). Oppenheim, who began his collegiate career at Pepperdine, earned 2014 First Team All-State honors by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association after batting .377 for College of the Canyons. Young, was named to the 2014 Perfect Game California All-Region First Team and earned All-CIF honors. He was also named the 19th-best third baseman prospect in the class nationally by Perfect Game.
Joining Oppenheim with collegiate playing experience is junior college left-handed pitcher Tyler Gilbert
(Felton, Calif./Santa Barbara City College) from Santa Barbara City College, where he earned 2013 Western State-North Division Pitcher of the Year honors.
2014 Recruiting Class
||Hometown (Previous School)
||Monrovia, Calif. (Loyola HS)
||Santa Ana, Calif. (Tustin HS)
||Woodside, Calif. (Menlo School)
||Pasadena, Calif. (Loyola HS)
||Oakdale, Calif. (Oakdale HS)
||Felton, Calif. (Santa Barbara City College)
||Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)
||Miami, Fla. (Westminster Christian HS)
||Mercer Island, Wash. (College of the Canyons)
||Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield HS)
||Pasadena, Calif. (Loyola HS)
||La Cañada, Calif. (Crescenta Valley HS)
||Temecula, Calif. (Great Oaks HS)
||Corona, Calif. (Norco HS)
2014 Recruiting Class Bios
Angelo Armenta - SS - Monrovia, Calif. (Loyola HS)
-Ranked the No. 5 middle infielder in California and the No. 14 middle infielder in the country by Perfect Game...2013 Perfect Game Underclass All-American...All-Mission League shortstop in 2012 and 2014...Two-time participant in the Southwest Futures All-Star Game...Two-time South Bay All-Game participant...Four-year starting shortstop at Loyola HS...As a left handed hitter, went .365 at the plate in 2014 with 38 hits, 26 RBI, eight doubles, five triples, and three home runs...Offensive MVP of Loyola HS in 2014...Played for Oakland A's Scout Team.
Adalberto Carrillo - SS - Santa Ana, Calif. (Tustin HS)
-Three-time All-Century League Selection (2012-2014)...Two-time All-CIF Southern Section...2014 Orange County All-Star Game selection...2014 Ryan Lemmon Senior All-Star Game Selection and Home Run Champion...In 2014, batted .435 with nine doubles, two triples, and six home runs...Two-time Captain of his Tustin HS team.
Wyatt Driscoll - RHP - Woodside, Calif. (Menlo School)
-2013 All-Parochial Athletic League...2013 Orange County Summer Showcase All-Tournament Team...2013 WBAL Comeback Player of the Year...2012 Hard 90 Summer Baseball All-Tournament Team...All-WBAL in 2011 and 2012...2011 WBAL Newcomer of the Year...Varsity career ERA of 2.90...Recorded eight wins, 45 strike outs in 89.1 innings pitched while at Menlo HS.
Stephen Dubb - INF - Pasadena, Calif. (Loyola HS)
-Ranked the No. 9 middle infielder in California by Perfect Game...Perfect Game 2014 California All-Region Second Team...First Team All-Mission League in 2014...Ranked the No. 346 player overall in the 2014 class by Perfect Game...2013 Perfect Game Underclass All-American Honorable Mention...Chosen to play in the 2013 Perfect Game National Showcase...Played for Oakland A's Scout Team in 2013...Participated in the 2012 Top Underclassmen Showcase...Had a varsity career batting average of .320, 39 hits and 35 RBI.
Bryce Dyrda - RHP - Oakdale, Calif. (Oakdale HS)
-Named to 2014 Perfect Game California All-Region First Team...Selected All-Valley Oak League in 2013 and 2014...Chosen to participate in the 2013 Perfect Game National Showcase...Perfect Game Underclass All-American Third Team selection in 2012 and 2013...MaxPreps Medium Schools First Team All-State in 2012 and 2013...Four-year varsity player at Oakdale HS...Had a high school career ERA of 1.34, recorded 20 wins, 225 strikeouts in 151.2 innings pitched.
Tyler Gilbert - LHP - Felton, Calif. (Santa Barbara CC) -Played two years at Santa Barbara City College...Named 2013 Western State-North Division Pitcher of the Year...Selected to the 2013 All-Southern California team by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association...Went 9-2 with 2.43 ERA in 2013...Recorded 73 strikeouts in 85.1 innings pitched in 2013 season...Played high school ball at San Lorenzo Valley HS...First Team All-County in 2011 and 2012...Selected to the First Team All-Santa Cruz Coast League from 2010 through 2012...Named Senior Male Athlete of the Year at San Lorenzo Valley HS.
Mitch Hart - RHP - Granite Bay, Calif. (Granite Bay HS)
-2014 Perfect Game Third Team All-American...2014 Perfect Game California All-Region First Team...In 2013, rated the No. 15 player in California and the No. 76 player in the country by Perfect Game...Selected to participate in the 2013 Perfect Game National Showcase...Member of the 2013 Oakland A's Area Code Team...2013 First Team All-Sierra Foothill League...Named to the 2013 All-Tournament team at the 17U WWBA Tournament...2012 and 2013 Perfect Game Underclass All-American Honorable Mention...Named to the 2012 All-Tournament Team at the 16U WWBA Tournament...35th round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft.
Xander Mason - OF - Miami, Fla. (Westminster Christian HS)
-In 2013, selected to play for the Florida Barons 18U Elite Team, one of the top travel ball teams in the Southeast...Four-year varsity player at Westminster Christian HS...Led his high school team in stolen bases from 2011 through 2013.
David Oppenheim - OF - Mercer Island, Wash. (College of the Canyons)
-In 2014, played at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif. ...Named to the 2014 First Team All-State by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association...Selected to the 2014 Second Team All-Region by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association...went .377 at the plate in 2014...Played at Pepperdine University in the 2013 season...Started 20 games as a freshman for the Waves...Batted .224 with one double and three RBI in 2013...Four-year varsity players for Mercer Island High School...Named to the 2012 Perfect Game West All-Region Second team...Participated in the 2012 Perfect Game World Showcase.
Mason Perryman - RHP - Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield HS)
-Rated the No. 9 pitcher in the country by Student Sports...Selected as a 2014 California Region Honorable Mention...Played in the 2013 CBCA North-South Series as one of the top juniors in Northern California...Member of the 2013 Oakland A's Area Code Team...Named to the 2012 and 2013 Bakersfield Californian All-Area Team...Selected to the All-Southwest Yosemite First Team in 2012 and 2013.
Jack Poulsen - RHP - Pasadena, Calif. (Loyola HS)
-Selected as a 2014 Perfect Game California Region All-American Honorable Mention...Rated by Perfect Game as one of the top 1,000 players in the country...Selected as a 2013 Underclass All-American Honorable Mention...Played on the 2013 Oakland A's Scout Team...Named to the 2013 Perfect Game World Series All-Tournament Team...Went 2-0 in his 2013 season for Loyola HS with a 1.47 ERA.
Bryan Wang - CF - La Cañada, Calif. (Crescenta Valley HS)
-Three-year varsity player for Crescenta Valley HS...Selected to the First Team All-Pacific League in 2013 and 2014...Named to the First Team All-Area in 2014.
Brad Wegman - RHP - Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak HS)
-Named to the 2014 Perfect Game California All-Region First Team...Rated the No. 28 player in California and the No. 162 player in the country by Perfect Game...Named MVP of the Southwest League while playing for Great Oak HS...2013 Underclass Third Team All-American...Member of the 2013 New York Yankees Area Code Team...Played for the 2013 Milwaukee Brewers Scout Team...Named the 2013 Southwest League Pitcher of the Year...Participated in the 2013 Perfect Game National Showcase...Selected to the All-Southwest League in 2012 and 2013...Played in the 2012 Perfect Game Jr. National Showcase.
Cole Young - 3B/1B - Corona, Calif. (Norco HS)
-Named to the 2014 Perfect Game California All-Region First Team...Rated the No. 19 third baseman in the country and the No. 359 best overall player in the country by Perfect Game...Named to the First Team All-CIF in 2014...In 2013, played for the New York Yankees Scout Team and the Angels Elite Scout Team...Selected as a 2013 Underclass All-American Honorable Mention...Selected to play in the 2013 CBCA North-South Series...Named the 2013 MVP of the Jesse Flores Scout All-Star Team...Named the 2013 Offensive Player of the Year while playing for Norco HS...Was a 2013 All-Area Selection...Chosen as a two-time All-Big VIII selection...Named to the Second Team All-CIF as a freshman in 2011.