Eight Trojans Receive Summer Ball Top Prospect Honors
Sept. 18, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Perfect Game USA and Baseball America recently announced their post-summer top prospect rankings, and eight Trojans were featured for excelling in their various summer leagues.
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Kyle Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS), junior right-handed pitcher Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) and junior infielder Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco) were each named as top prospects from the prestigious Cape Cod League. Twomey, who ranked No. 11 by Baseball America and No. 36 by Perfect Game USA, pitched for the Orleans Firebirds and finished with an impressive 31 strikeouts in 23.1 innings pitched. Nootbaar suited up for the Bourne Braves, logging 10 strikeouts and giving up only six hits during seven games (one start) and was ranked the No. 44 Cape prospect by Perfect Game USA. Flores represented the Chatham Anglers in the midseason All-Star Game and earned First-Team All-Cape Cod League honors. He finished the season hitting .317 with 44 hits: 13 doubles, two triples, and one home run to be named the 74th best prospect in the Cape by Perfect Game USA.
From the New England Collegiate Baseball League, sophomore outfielders Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) and Timmy Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) ended the summer ranked No. 13 and No. 24, respectively by Perfect Game. Bozoian played for the Holyoke Blue Sox, hitting two home runs, driving in 21 runs and placing second in the NECBL Home Run Derby. Robinson recorded 31 hits, eight doubles and one home run as a member of the Newport Gulls, who finished second in league.
Ranked No. 5 by Perfect Game USA and No. 7 by Baseball America in the West Coast League, left-handed pitcher Marc Huberman (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton HS) competed for the Bellingham Bells. The USC sophomore recorded 27 strikeouts in 22 innings, earning a spot on the midseason West Coast League All-Star team.
Trojan newcomers Lee Casas (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Saddleback College) and Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) played for the California Collegiate League this summer. Casas, a transfer from Saddleback Community College, competed for the Los Angeles Brewers, earning 2013 CCL Midseason All-Star honors and ranking as the CCL's seventh-best pitching prospect and 34th best prospect overall by Perfect Game. Paschke has joined the Trojans as a freshman and looks to build on a successful summer with the Santa Paula Halos. The freshman infielder was named a CCL Midseason All-Star, finished the season as a First Team All-CCL honoree, was named the league's fifth-best hitting prospect and earned a No. 36 ranking from Perfect Game USA.