Oct. 19, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - USF Baseball's 2006 recruiting class has been ranked 40th in the Nation by Baseball America. These top recruits fill the shoes of former Dons stars now playing professional ball.
Head Coach Nino Giarratano spoke about the honor. "We are extremely appreciative of the honor we have been given to be in the Top 40 Nationally. Greg Moore, our recruiting coordinator and Coach Nakamura are directly responsible for securing such a talented recruiting class. We feel that we have met our needs in each area on and off the field."
Brian Chavez, a 6-2, 185-pound junior transfer from College of the Canyons, is one of the best infielders in the state. He has been drafted twice, first by the Seattle Mariners in 2004 and then by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005. He finished the 2006 season batting .306 with 10 doubles, two triples, four homeruns, 26 RBI and 25 runs scored.
Two-way player, junior transfer Tommy Peale had a stellar sophomore campaign at Long Beach City College. On the mound, the right-hander was 16-0 with a 1.48 ERA, three complete games, three shutouts and 90 strikeouts. At the plate, the 6-4, 230-pounder batted .341, 60 hits, eight doubles, two homeruns, 29 RBI and 26 runs scored.
Junior transfer Matt Lieb (Fresno City College) will be looked on to bolster the already talented outfield. In 2006, he batted .290 with 42 hits, six doubles, one triple, five homeruns, 42 walks, 44 runs, and 33 RBI along with seven stolen bases.
Matt Baugh, junior transfer from the University of Arizona, is a Bay Area product, hailing from Antioch, CA. In his sophomore season with the Wildcats, Baugh went 2-1 with a 5.53 ERA in 16 appearances (one start), one save, and 41 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched.
Freshman Chase Tigert (Lancaster, CA), like Peale, is a double threat. The 6'5" Tigert was named as one of the top 200 high school players in the nation and has racked up a 92 on the radar gun. In his senior season at Quartz Hill High School, Tigert won six games, including a complete game shutout, and struck out 42 batters. At the plate, Tigert batted .505 with 15 doubles, four triples, seven homeruns, 39 RBI and a .989 slugging percentage.
Bay Area product, Alex Kalogrides (San Jose, CA), has been clocked as high as 94 mph and uses a darting slider and a split-like change up to beat hitters. In his senior season at Santa Teresa High School, Kalogrides was 9-2 with an 0.61 and 82 strikeouts in 69 innings.
Derek Poppert comes to USF after four standout seasons at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, CA. The shortstop batted .456 with 10 doubles, two homeruns, 27 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 24 games during his senior campaign.
Southern California native, freshman Sean Wilson, played four years at Orange High School in Orange, CA. In his senior season, the shortstop batted .443 with six doubles, four triples, three homeruns, 20 RBI, and eight stolen bases.
Giarratano gave a little insight on his new players. "We feel Brian Chavez is a wonderful addition to our infield. Tommy Peale is will solidify our pitching staff. Alex Kalogrides, Chase Tigert, and Matt Baugh will give us depth necessary to be competitive in the West Coast Conference this year. We are also extremely proud of our signings of Derek Poppert, Sean Wilson and Matt Lee in the outfield," Giarratano said.