A pair of high school recruits from the University of San Diego are the latest additions to the AppleSox roster. The Toreros are sending high school infielders Andrew Daniel and Austin Bailey to play in Wenatchee this summer. Both players are set to gain valuable experience with the AppleSox before they begin at USD next fall.
“Coach Rich Hill is definitely one of the most respected coaches on the west coast,” said AppleSox head coach Ed Knaggs. “We are excited that he and his staff are having these two talented recruits play with us this summer.”
Daniel, a San Diego native, committed to the Toreros after an outstanding junior season at Rancho Bernardo High School. He was named the 2010 Palomar League Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports first-team All-State, first-team All-North County and first-team All-CIF San Diego Section selection.
"Andrew is a ball player in every sense of the word," said USD head coach Rich Hill after Daniel signed his letter of intent. "He is a plus defensive infielder that has a chance to be special as an offensive player, in the mold of Mark Loretta."
Bailey attends Great Oak High School in Temecula, CA, where he was named the Southwestern League Most Valuable Player as a junior. The switch-hitter was the Southwestern League’s batting champion after hitting .495 with four home runs, and 31 RBIs in 2010.
“They are pretty similar kids,” said Knaggs. “They are very talented young guys that can play any of the three infield spots and are expected to make an impact immediately as freshman.”
The AppleSox open the 2011 season June 3rd with a three-game home series against the Kitsap BlueJackets. Tickets are available now at www.applesox.com or by calling (509) 665-6900.