15 Newcomers Join the USC Baseball Squad

    Sep 6, 2013

    LOS ANGELES- Trojan baseball welcomes 15 newcomers to campus as the 2013 recruiting class, which includes 12 true freshmen and three transfers. The group will join a Trojan team, which boasts 27 returners from the 2013 team.

    The highly decorated class is comprised of three pitchers, eight position players and four two-way players. The class is highlighted by freshman catcher Jeremy Martinez(Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS), a three-time Team USA alum, Under Armour and Perfect Game All-American who was drafted in the June 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs in the 37th round.

    "I am really excited about this year's new players," said second-year head coach Dan Hubbs. "The position players bring a lot of flexibility and versatility in terms of where they can play, and on the mound, we've brought in a strong mix of right and left-handed pitchers. We got stronger up the middle of the diamond and have added some power at the corners."

    Three freshmen--outfielder Joe Corrigan (Santa Monica, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS), infielder/pitcher Aaron Digiamarino (La Verne, Calif./Webb School) and infielder Frankie Rios(Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) were members of the elite So Cal Renegades club squad that finished second in the 2013 Connie Mack World Series this past summer.

    Incoming freshman infielder Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) got a jump on college level competition this past summer, competing for the Santa Paula Halos of the California Collegiate League. A 2013 Rawlings All-West Region in his senior season at Santa Barbara High School, Paschke carried his success into the summer, where he was named a 2013 California Collegiate League (CCL) All-Star, a First Team All-CCL honoree and the league's fifth-best hitting prospect. Saddleback College transfer pitcher Lee Casas(Ladera Ranch, Calif./Capistrano Valley HS) was also a 2013 CCL All-Star and was selected the seventh-best pitching prospect in the league.

    Along with Casas, the class also brings the Trojans more collegiate-level experience in Duke transfer infielder Angelo La Bruna (La Canada, Calif./Loyola HS) and University of Maryland transfer pitcher Sam Carmack(Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes HS).

    Hubbs added, "Overall I believe they will fit in well with the 27 returners that we have coming back from last year's squad. We think this class has the potential to be the cornerstone of our program of the years to come."

    Recruiting Class 

    Player Pos. Hometown (Previous School)
    C.J. Angle INF Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Dana Hills HS)
    Sam Carmack LHP/1B Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. (Palos Verdes HS) 
    Lee Casas RHP Ladera Ranch, Calif. (Saddleback College) 
    Alex Chavarria RHP Coachella, Calif. (Indio HS) 
    Joe Corrigan IB/OF Santa Monica, Calif. (Harvard-Westlake HS) 
    Corey Dempster OF South Pasadena, Calif. (Loyola HS) 
    Aaron Digiamarino RHP/INF La Verne, Calif. (Webb School) 
    Bernardo Flores LHP Baldwin Park, Calif. (Baldwin Park HS) 
    AJ Fritts  C Los Angeles, Calif. (Brentwood School)  
    Angelo La Bruna INF La Canada, Calif. (Loyola HS) 
    Andrew Lindo C Moorpark, Calif. (Oaks Christian HS) 
    Jeremy Martinez C Fountain Valley, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)
    Jeff Paschke INF/RHP Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara HS) 
    Frankie Rios INF Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS) 
    Andrew Wright  LHP/OF San Diego, Calif. (Cathedral Catholic HS) 

    2013 Recruiting Class Bios

    Jeremy Martinez - C - Fountain Valley, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)
    -Three-time All-CIF Division I selection (2011,12,13)...2013 Rawlings First Team All-American...California All-Region First Team...MaxPreps First Team Large School All-State Team 2013...2010-13 All-Orange County Team selection... All-Trinity League selection 2010-13...2011 & 2012 Perfect Game Underclass First Team...Member of the U18 USA National Team...All-World Team 18U World Championships...National Junior Player of the Year and First Team Underclass All-American by MaxPreps in 2012...Perfect Game All-American, Under Armour All-American...In 2013 as a senior, batted .395, 17 RBI, 4 doubles...Four-year varsity career batted .380...National Freshman of the Year in 2010 by MaxPreps...Led team to NHSI titles in 2012 and 2013, CIF championship in 2010, Trinity League titles in 2010 and 2013 and Boras State title in 2013.

    Frankie Rios - INF - Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS)
    -2013 All-CIF Division I selection...2013 MaxPreps Large School All-State Team...2013 Rawlings California Region Honorable Mention...Long Beach Press Telegram All-Area team...Three-time All-Moore League first teamer...2012 Moore League MVP...2012 Long Beach Press Telegram Dream Team Player of the Year...2012 Connie Mack Western Regional MVP and World Series Co-MVP...In 2013 went .406 at the plate, 39 hits, 30 RBI.

    Angelo La Bruna - INF - La Canada, Calif. (Loyola HS/Duke)
    - La Bruna made only 12 errors in 136 career games at Duke University...Had 60 career RBI, 14 career stolen bases...Two-year starter in prestigious Cape Cod Summer League...Three-year starter at Duke.

    Joe Corrigan - 1B/OF - Santa Barbara, Calif. (Harvard-Westlake HS)
    - 2013 California Rawlings All-Region Second Team...2013 First Team All-Mission League...2012 Underclass Second Team & 20122 Underclass Honorable Mention...Led team to 2013 CIF Southern Section Div. I baseball title...As a senior batted .312 with 23 RBI in 32 games...2011 & 2012 Harvard Westlake Offensive Player of the Year...2012 First Team All-Mission League...Ranked #246th player in the nation by Perfect Game USA...2011 All-Tournament selection at Perfect Game World Wood Bat...2011 All-Mission League honoree.

    Aaron Digiamarino - INF/RHP - La Verne, Calif. (The Webb School)
    - 2013 MaxPreps California Small Schools All-State Baseball Team...2013 All-CIF Division 6 selection...Three-time First Team All-Prep League honors...2013 Rawlings California Region honorable mention...Cal HiSports All-State Baseball nominee Southern Section...2013 First Team All-Inland Valley... As a senior in 2013, batted .551, with 44 RBI, nine home runs from the plate, and on the mound went 7-1, 1.83 ERA, 14 appearances, 49.2 IP...2012 All-CIF First Team...Prep League and Webb High School team MVP (2012).

    Corey Dempster - OF - South Pasadena, Calif. (Loyola HS)
    -2013 Rawlings California All-Region Second Team...2013 Second Team All-Mission League selection...Ranked the #202 baseball player in the country by Perfect Game USA in 2012...Competed for the Milwaukee Brewers Area Code team in 2012 ... 2012 Perfect Game First Team Preseason HS Underclassman All-American...2011 Perfect Game USA Second Team Preseason HS Underclassman All-American.

    AJ Fritts - C - Los Angeles, Calif. (The Brentwood School)
    -2013 Rawlings California Region Honorable Mention All-American...Four-time First Team All-Delphic League selection...In 2013 batted .497, 20 RBI, 10 stolen bases...Brentwood School Team MVP 2012...2012 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American ... Also was a three-year letterwinner in football, two-time All-Delphic League honoree.

    Andrew Wright - LHP/OF - San Diego, Calif. (Cathedral Catholic HS)
    -2013 California All-Region Second Team All-American... Perfect Game World Series Tournament Team in 2012

    Bernardo Flores - LHP - Baldwin Park, Calif. (Baldwin Park HS)
    -213 All-CIF Division 4 selection...2013 Rawlings California Region honorable mention...2013 Mid Valley News Top Area baseball players...2012 & 2013 First Team All-Valle Vista League...2013 Under Armour Preseason All-American...

    Alex Chavarria - RHP - Indio, Calif. (Indio HS)
    - 2010-13 Four-year varsity starter at Indio High School...2013 Desert Valley League Most Outstanding Pitcher and First Team selection...2012 Desert Valley League MVP...2011 All-Desert Valley League First Team...MVP 2013 Coachella Valley Rotary Tournament...

    Lee Casas - RHP - Ladera Ranch, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS/Saddleback JC)
    - 2013 California Collegiate League All-Star Game starter...2012 All-Star in NBC College Summer League...2011 & 2012 First Team All-Orange Empire Conference Team (JC).

    Jeff Paschke - INF/RHP - Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara HS)
    -2013 Rawlings California All-Region First Team...2013 All-Star starter in the California Collegiate Summer League All-Star Game...2013 All-City High School Player of the Year...2013 First Team All-Channel League honors...In 2011 at Valley Christian HS in Arizona, led team to 2A state title, named sophomore baseball Player of the Year by ESPN Rise magazine ... All-Arizona state selection in 2011 and 2012...Four-time all-league selection ... Boasts 31 varsity career home runs.

    Andrew Lindo - C - Moorpark, Calif. (Oaks Christian HS)
    -2013 California Region honorable mention...24TH ranked high school catching prospect nationally in the 2013 MLB Draft, as decided by The Baseball Draft Report.

    C.J. Angle - INF - Laguna Niguel, Calif. (Dana Hills HS)
    -Batted .364 with 16 RBI as a senior in 2013...Player of the Game in victory over Downey on Feb. 23, 2013.

    Sam Carmack - LHP/1B - Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. (Palos Verdes HS/Maryland)
    -As a 2012 senior at Palos Verdes HS, Carmack was Bay League MVP, Daily Breeze All-Area team and CIF Division II second team.