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Former Diamond Don Nick Pereira Named to Play in 2006 "Futures Game"

June 22, 2006

(San Francisco) - Former USF start right-hander Nick Pereira was named to the 2006 All-Star "Futures Game" as part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Week in Pittsburgh Sunday, July 9 in a game televised live on ESPN 2 at 1:00 PM (PT). A 10th round selection by the San Francisco Giants in the 2005 draft, Pereira was promoted two levels to Class AAA Fresno just this week, making his Grizzlies debut on June 20 at Portland.

Pereira was promoted to High-A San Jose to start the 2006 season, and responded by dominating the California League, going 7-1 with a 2.06 ERA, and 76 strikeouts against 16 walks in 78.2 innings. The Cupertino native earned Giants Organizational Player of the Month honors in April.

Pereira was one of the key elements for USF's breakthrough 2005 season as the Dons established a then record 38 victories and a program best for West Coast Conference wins (20). A 2005 All-WCC First Team pick was the ace for a USF pitching staff boasting a team ERA of 2.86, good for sixth place among NCAA Division I leaders. Pereira completed a dominating senior campaign posting a 10-3 record with a 2.21 ERA in 16 starts. Pereira threw 106.0 innings, giving up 90 hits, striking out 93, while walking 33 and turned in a scoreless innings streak of 23.1 innings.

The All-Star Futures Game is Major League Baseball's showcase of top prospects during the festivities at All-Star weekend. Each team has 25 players selected by the clubs and Baseball America to appear. The Giants were one of 20 teams to have 2 players selected this year. The game will be held at PNC Park on All-Star Sunday at 1 p.m. PT, and can be seen on ESPN2.