Baseball Announces Signings For 2003 Season

Nov. 20, 2001

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LOS ANGELES - Eight top high school players signed letters-of-intent to play baseball at USC for the 2003 season, head coach Mike Gillespie announced today.

'We are pleased with this class, which should provide an outstanding nucleus for the next three years,' said Gillespie. 'Each player brings very special talents to our program.'

Here are brief biographies on each player:

Ryan Broderick, OF, Palm Desert (Palm Desert HS) -- Broderick batted .415 last season as a junior with six home runs (including two walk-off homers), 31 RBI and seven stolen bases. He was a TPX All-American and earned all-league honors in his last two years.

Jeff Clement, C, Marshalltown, Iowa (Marshalltown HS) -- The left-handed hitting Clement is listed as the No. 11 high school prospect in the nation by Baseball America's Prospects Plus. Last season as a junior, Clement batted .547 with 17 HR and 58 RBI. He also earned all-state, all-district and all-conference honors.

Michael Cooper, RHP, Visalia (Redwood HS) -- Cooper was 6-5 last season as a junior. In 71 innings, he struck out 55 batters and had a 1.58 ERA. He earned all-area and all-league honors. Cooper also has been the varsity starting quarterback on the football team for three years.

Jason Filarey, OF, Cypress (Cypress HS) -- Filarey batted .380 last season as a junior with nine home runs, 31 RBI and a .898 slugging percentage. He earned All-Orange County and All-Empire League honors. He also was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2001 National Classic.

Baron Frost, C, San Diego (St. Augustine HS) -- Frost batted .413 with six home runs, 34 RBI and eight stolen bases last year as a junior. He earned first team All-CIF and All-Central League honors. He was named Central League Player of the Year in his sophomore season after batting .418 with 11 home runs, 47 RBI and 11 stolen bases.

Bobby Paschal, 1B-LHP, Northridge (Chaminade HS) -- As a junior, Paschal was named California Player of the Year after going 12-1 on the mound with a 1.00 ERA and batting .460 with three home runs and 28 RBI. In 97 innings, Paschal struck out 128 batters. He also was named as the area's Pitcher of the Year and earned All-CIF and all-league honors.

Sergio Santos, IF, Hacienda Heights (Mater Dei HS) -- Santos is listed as the No. 6 high school prospect in the nation by Baseball America's Prospects Plus. Last season as a junior, Santos batted .460 with 30 RBI and 25 stolen bases. He earned All-CIF, first team all-league and all-county honors. He was also a member of the 2001 USA Junior National Team, along with current Trojans J.P. Howell and Matt Chico. Santos batted .286 with a home run, seven RBI and two stolen bases at the Junior Pan Am Championships in Cuba, where the team won a silver medal.

Brent Walker, IF, San Luis Obispo (Mission College Prep) -- Walker earned all-county and all-league honors last year as a junior after batting .482 with one home run and 12 RBI. He also was a perfect 28-for-28 in stolen bases. His father, Ken, was a former Trojan player (1963-65) and played on Troy's 1963 national championship squad.

The Trojans are coming off a 45-19 season, including the program's 21st trip to the College World Series, and won the Pac-10 Conference championship with a 16-8 mark. The 2002 recruiting class was ranked as the best in the nation by Collegiate Baseball and includes two players -- Howell and Chico -- both drafted in the second round of the 2001 draft. Troy will open the 2002 season on Friday (Feb. 8) at Long Beach State at 6:05 p.m.

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