Baseball Inks Eight to NLI

USD head coach Rich Hill announced the signing of eight players to NLI's for the 2010 season.

Head Coach Rich Hill.

Head Coach Rich Hill.

Nov. 18, 2008

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego head baseball coach Rich Hill has announced the signing of eight players to National Letters of Intent to play baseball at USD beginning in the 2010 season, and four of them have been named in Baseball America's top-100 recruits. Singing NLI's to play at USD are Mike Detrick (Canyon View HS - Cedar City, Utah), Evan DeLucca (Immaculata HS - Whitehouse Station, N.J.), Cameron Garfield (Murrieta Valley HS - Murrieta, Calif.), Matt Moynihan (Cathedral Catholic HS - San Diego, Calif.), James Needy (Santana HS - Santee, Calif.), Andrew Walter (Cactus HS - Peoria, Ariz.), Jake Williams (Brophy Prep - Scottsdale, Ariz.), and Aaron Wirsch (El Toro HS - Trabuco Canyon, Calif.).

Dedrick, a 6-3 right-handed pitcher, comes to the Toreros after a stand-out career at Canyon View High School in Cedar City, Utah. He was selected as the No. 39 top high school prospect by Baseball America. Dedrick was named first-team All State as a junior, and named an Under Armour All-American. He was selected to USA Baseball's Tournament of the Stars, the 2008 Area Code Games and named to play in Perfect Games' National Showcase.

"Mike is a very competitive RHP, low 90's with a dynamic curve ball," stated Hill. "He has one of those electric arms that we can't wait to get here."

Deluca, a 6-1 left-handed pitcher, comes to San Diego after a stand-out career at Immaculata High School. Deluca was selected to USA Baseball's Tournament of the Stars in 2008, and played in the Area Code Games as a junior. He received the Most Valuable Pitcher award at the WWBA Northeast Regional Qualifier.

"Proud to be reaching across the country to get an East Coast player like Evan," stated Hill. "He fell in love with the city of San Diego on his recruiting trip and we feel fortunate to get a player of his caliber at USD. We feel his best years are ahead of him and he is a real sleeper."

Garfield, a 6-1 right-handed catcher, comes to the Toreros after a stand-out career at Murrieta High School where he was named by Baseball America as the No. 63 best high school prospect in the nation. As a junior, he was named a California All-State Underclassman first-team, selected to USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars (AABC team), selected to the Angels Elite Scout Team, named to the 2008 Area Code Brewers Blue Team and named to the USA U18 National Team, which a sliver medal in the international Baseball Federation's World Summer Championships.

"Cameron has that rare quality of being a physical offensive player while playing a premium defensive position," stated Hill. "He should step right in and provide a serious punch to our line-up and is one of the premier position players in the country."

Moynihan, a 6-2 outfielder, will join the Toreros from nearby Cathedral Catholic High school. He was selected as the No. 52 top high school prospect, according to Baseball America. He has earned back-to-back first-team All-State distinctions and he ranks second in CIF San Diego Section history with 61 hits in a season, only trailing current Oakland A's third baseman Eric Chavez. Moynihan was also selected to play in the Area Code Games for the Milwaukee Brewers and was selected to Perfect Games' National Showcase at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. He also set Cathedral HS single-season records as a junior for hits, runs scored and stolen bases. Moynihan was also selected to USA U18 National team trials.

"Matt is the fastest player that we have recruited in my tenure at USD. We have been looking to get more athletic and Matt provides that for us," stated Hill. "With his speed and athleticism, both centerfield and the top of the order are in good hands for years to come."

Needy, 6-6 right-handed pitcher, will join USD from Santana High School in Santee, Calif. He was selected as the No. 68 top high school prospect by Baseball America. He was selected as the Santana Varsity Most Outstanding Athlete, was a second-team All-East County honoree and named first-team All-League as a junior. He was selected to the Area Code Games for the Milwaukee Brewers, was selected to USA Baseball's Tournament of the Stars and selected to play in Perfect Game National Showcase.

"James is just now coming into his own. Every time we see him he gets better and better," said Hill. "He has the ideal pitchers frame, can really throw down hill and has a chance to really be special at the top of our rotation someday."

Walter, a 6-4 right-handed pitcher, will join the Toreros after an outstanding career at Cactus High School in Glendale, Ariz. Walter was a member of the Arizona Junior Sunbelt team as a junior and played in the Area Code Games for the Cincinnati Reds. He played in the July 4th Prep All-State Showcase at Peoria Sports Complex and he earned the most outstanding player award. As a junior he pitched in 48.7 innings and posted 84 strikeouts with a 2.01 ERA.

"Andrew has a chance to be a special RHP in our program," said Hill. "He gives hitters a different look with his ¾ arm angle and provides a ton of deception so hitters don't get a good swing off."

Williams, a 6-1 first baseman/left-handed pitcher, will join the Toreros after a stand-out career at Brophy Prep. He played in the 2008 Area Code Games for the Cincinnati Reds, was selected to the Tournament of the Stars with AABC and played in Perfect Games' National Showcase. He also played with the WWBC Texas Scout Team for the Yankees and the Diamondbacks Scout Team in the fall. He is the son of former Major League slugger Matt Williams.

"Jake is the best defensive first basemen that we have recruited at USD," stated Hill. "He is really coming into his own as a switch hitter from the left side of the plate, but can already provide some juice from the right side. He has great blood lines from his father Matt."

Wirsch, a 6-6 left-handed pitcher, joins the Toreros after a stand-out career at El Toro High School. As a senior, he has been selected to play for USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars in Cary, N.C. He was also selected to play in the Area Code Games for the Oakland A's and was selected by the Baseball Scouts of Southern California to pitch in the 2008 Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star Game in October of 2008. As a junior he helped lead his team to the CIF championship and as a sophomore he was named first-team All-League.

"Aaron has that ideal pitcher body with a very loose arm action and his command of three excellent pitches," said hill. "Aaron has a chance to be the next great left-handed pitcher in a long line of Torero star lefty's."

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