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Three Toreros Named Top Prospects

Aug. 23, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team had several players perform extremely well in summer ball, and three of them, AJ Griffin, James Meador and Matt Thompson, have been tabbed as top prospects by Perfect Game baseball.

Griffin was tabbed as the No. 1 prospect out of the Central Illinois College League. His reputation as the CICL's top prospect and power closer preceded him as he had an impressive freshman season at USD, going 6-2 with an ERA of 2.70, had 11 saves and 65 strikeouts in 63 innings of work. He didn't skip a beat for the Danville Dons, posting a 4-2 record with an ERA of 2.61 and had four saves and 43 strikeouts in 31 innings of work.

Meador was tabbed as the No. 5 top prospect out of the CICL. Meador went both ways for Danville, hitting .281 as a corner outfielder while posting a 3-1 record with an ERA of 3.18 in 23 innings on the mound.

The final Torero on this list is a new comer to the Toreros, a transfer from Santa Rosa Community College, Matt Thompson, who was tabbed as the No. 1 prospect out of the Alaska League, went 4-4, with an ERA of 2.37, had seven walks and 33 strikeouts in 42 innings for the Oilers. Thomson, who was a 22nd-round pick of the Blue Jays in this year's draft, will join left handers Brian Matusz and Josh Romanski (both Team USA pitchers), and closer A.J. Griffin (No. 1 prospect in the CICL) and Matt Couch to form possibly the nation's most talented pitching staff, according to Perfect Game Baseball.