Jan. 23, 2007
LOS ANGELES - True, LMU baseball was picked to finish fourth in the competitive West Coast Conference by both the WCC coaches and Baseball America this season. But, in its preseason WCC preview released this week, Baseball America points to some of the Lions' talent that may help them shake up those WCC predictions.
Second baseman Eric Farris headlines that talent, as Baseball America picked the junior to be the WCC's Player of the Year in 2007. Though Farris has yet to be a first-team All-WCC pick, Lion fans remember his great summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League. Farris went from a temporary contract with the Cotuit Kettleers to being the all-league second baseman and among the top-10 hitters. Baseball America also predicts that Farris will be the fourth player selected in this year's MLB Draft from the WCC.
Baseball America also picked LMU's Brad Meyers, A.J. LaMonda, and Sean Dovel to be first-team all-conference selections in 2007. Meyers, the top professional prospect in the WCC, was a second-team All-WCC selection in 2006 after going 8-4 with a 3.23 ERA.
LaMonda earned Baseball America's preseason pick at first base for the second straight year. He hit .273 last year, but is best know for his solid defense with a .991 career fielding percentage as a three-year starter.
Dovel rounds out the list of Lions on Baseball America's preseason all-league selections. The Lions' catcher hit .311 last year with two home runs and 26 RBI.
Baseball America also picked the WCC's top-5 newcomers, and LMU freshman Angelo Songco ranked third. Songco, who came to the Lions out of Bishop Alemany High School, is slated to start in the Lions' outfield.
The Lions are just over a week away from Opening Day, which is set for Friday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Page Stadium. LMU will host Sacramento State for the opening three-game series.