AZUSA, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific baseball team has announced its 2012 recruiting class, as the Cougars will add six players to the program in the Fall of 2012. Azusa Pacific received commitments from five incoming freshman, and one transfer. Of the players brought in, two are infielders, two are pitchers, and two are outfielders.
"We are very excited about our incoming recruit class for next year. We feel we have been blessed with excellent young men over the years at Azusa Pacific and this group of incoming players is no different," said head coach Paul Svagdis. "Over the course of this past year, our coaching staff recognized this group’s enthusiasm and excitement for the opportunity to set a foundation of success on and off the field for Cougar Baseball. We are genuinely looking forward to getting the chance to work with these players next fall."
The 2012 Class
Domenic Biagini-- School: College of DuPage Position: Outfield
Biagini hit .462 (61-132) in his freshman year at the College of Dupage while slugging .682. The outfielder also swiped 35 bases and had an on base percentage of .594. Prior to his one-year stint at Dupage Biagini was ranked the No. 1 hitter by Prep Baseball Report on three separate occasions.
At John Hersey High School Biagini earned Mid-Suburban League Midwest All-Area team after leading his team in home runs (7), doubles (10) and RBI (38) while batting .351 from the plate.
“After I made my decision that I needed to get out of the Midwest, Azusa Pacific really seemed like the best option for me. I was looking for some of the best baseball in the country and to go to the school that gave me the best chance at moving on to play after college,” said Biagini. “Azusa Pacific has a resume that speaks for itself and I was so impressed with Coach Svagdis that I knew it was the place for me.”
Andrew Carrillo-- School: Covina HS Position: Shortstop
A talented local infielder, Carrillo will give Azusa Pacific versatility and speed. The Covina Colt led the San Gabriel Valley League in steals in his sophomore (20) and junior (30) seasons. As a junior he hit .381 and recorded an OBP of .450 to earn 1st team all SGV League honors. Carrillo is also a multi-sport athlete and a 3-year starter (DB/WR) for the football team where he was named to the SGV League’s 2nd team in 2010 and 2011.
"I chose Azusa Pacific because it is a Christ centered school where I can continue my baseball career," said Carrillo. "That really separated Azusa Pacific from the other schools that I had to choose from. I feel that it is the right fit for me and I am excited to see what God has in store for the Azusa Pacific baseball program in the near future."
Joe Huthsing-- School: Dos Pueblo HS Position: Pitcher
Huthsing earned a spot on varsity as a sophomore and has been the staff ace at Dos Pueblos HS in Santa Barbara, Calif. in his first two seasons. As a sophomore he struck out 47 batters in 59 innings en route to an all-Channel League selection. At the plate he hit .393, and drove in 27 RBI on top of hitting four home runs. In his junior season he blasted five home runs, and registered a .298 average. From the mound he cut his ERA by nearly a run(2.61) as the junior finished the season 7-1-1 with a 1.20 WHIP. He K’d 45 batters and walked just 18. In travel ball he played on the Ventura County Brewers’ Winter and Summer league teams and made the Fall Academic games cut as a catcher.
"Everyone at Azusa Pacific was extremely nice and friendly to me every time I visited," said Huthsing. "That, paired with the chance to receive an exceptional education, and the opportunity to win championships gave me every reason I needed to [become a Cougar]."
Daniel Martin-- School: La Costa Canyon HS Position: Infield
A smart and heady player, Martin brings a solid understanding of baseball to Azusa Pacific. As a junior Martin started at second base for a La Cost Canyon team that was ranked inside the top-10 in California by ESPN throughout the year. In 2011 he hit .341, and recorded a .409 OBP and .598 SLG to finish the season with a .993 OPS. He hit five homers on the year, and drove in 22 runs. Against Poway HS, Martin hit two homeruns and registered five RBI in the team’s 18-8 win. This summer, Martin played with the San Diego Gamers Baseball club at Short Stop and the team placed in two major tournaments (1st place in July at the USA Premiere Firecracker Tournament 18u and at The Perfect Game/Evo Shield Tournament in Peoria the team placed 2nd).
Matt Snider-- School: Scotts Valley HS Position: Catcher
As a junior at Scotts Valley, Snider earned 1st team all Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League honors after batting .391 and driving in 29 RBI in 26 starts. In 2011 he was recognized as his team’s offensive player of the year, and earned all-tournament honors at the Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament in 2011.
"I visited many schools in California, have attended many prospect camps, and have talked to many college coaches. In this search for the best fit for me, I have learned much about myself, and what I want in a college," said Snider. "Azusa Pacific University had a different feel for me that the other colleges did not provide. The respect, intelligence and integrity that its baseball program had was unmatched. When I visited, I really felt like I was part of something that I had yet to start. Azusa Pacific, to me, just felt like somewhere that could help me succeed and thrive in all aspects of my life. It is the place that I want to call 'my home' for the next four years."
Wyatt Wood-- School: Glendora HS Position: Pitcher
As a junior at Glendora High School Wood was primarily used as a closer. He finished the 2011 season with a 1.75 ERA in 13 appearances, and recorded one win. In 16 innings the right handed pitcher gave up four runs, and struck out 18 batters while walking just seven. On March 1 against Etiwanda HS he pitched three no-hit innings and allowed just one batter to reach base. This past fall Wood earned a chance to play for the Red Sox scout team where he was used as a starting pitcher.