Stock, Green Named To Baseball America's Top 50 Freshman List
Jan. 17, 2007
LOS ANGELES -- Baseball America has released its 2007 Top 50 Freshman list, rating USC freshmen Robert Stock (Westlake Village/Agoura HS) and Grant Green (Anaheim Hills/Canyon HS) at No. 13 and No. 14, respectively. Stock and Green headline a recruiting class that has been rated in the top five nationally by Baseball America, as well as Collegiate Baseball.
Stock will begin the 2007 season as USC's No. 1 catcher, but will also utilize his talents on the mound as one of the key relief pitchers thanks to his velocity in the low 90s. He was named 2005 Baseball America Youth Player of the Year after his junior season at Agoura (Calif.) High for coach Scott Deck after batting .456 with six home runs and 25 RBI while posting a 5-3 record with a 2.69 ERA with a fastball clocked as high as 95 miles per hour. Behind the plate, he committed only one error and threw out almost 70% of all base runners.
He also played in the 2006 Aflac All-American Classic in San Diego where he was the starting pitcher for the West squad and allowed two unearned runs in one inning before striking out the side. He later showed his hitting prowess later in the game with a solo home run to center field.
Baseball America named Stock as the top player in his age group three years in a row (age 13, 14 and 15) and also played on the 2004 and 2005 U.S. Youth National Team.
Green begins the season as the team's starting shortstop, the first time a freshman has started in that position since Seth Davidson in 1998. He was a member of the 2005 U.S. Junior National Team, batting .412 with six RBI and two stolen bases at the 2005 Pan-Am Championships.
As a standout infielder at Canyon High in Anaheim Hills, Calif., under coach Joe Hoggatt, Green earned All-CIF Division I, Orange County Register and all-league first team honors as a senior after batting .453 with four home runs, 22 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He batted .455 (40-for-88) in his junior season with three home runs, 30 RBI and 14 stolen bases.
USC begins the 2007 season under first-year head coach Chad Kreuter on Tuesday (Jan. 30) against Cal Poly in a 6 p.m. game at Dedeaux Field. The season opener will also feature the first of six 'Taco Tuesdays' as the famous El Cholo tacos will be sold for only $1 each.