Five Added to 2013 Baseball Roster
Mike Batesole and the Bulldog baseball team are thrilled with one of their best recruiting classes in program history.
Mike Batesole and the Bulldog baseball team are thrilled with one of their best recruiting classes in program history.
June 8, 2012

By Stephen Trembley

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FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State head baseball coach Mike Batesole announced the addition of five future Bulldogs - Derick Velasquez (Los Banos, Calif.), Trent Woodward (Chino Hills, Calif.), Tim Borst (Hemet, Calif.), Cameron Stewart (San Jose, Calif.), and Nick Villar (Lake Forest, Calif.) - to the program for next season.

"These five student athletes will be a great addition to the eight players we signed in the November signing period," Batesole said. p> Velasquez, a 6-3, 180-pound right handed pitcher from Merced College, and Woodward, a 6-2, 210-pound switch hitting catcher out of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., signed National Letters of intent to play for the Bulldogs and attend Fresno State this fall.

Additionally, three high school student athletes - Borst, Stewart and Villar - have accepted admission to Fresno State and have been added to the 2012-13 roster.

Borst is a right handed pitcher from Taquitz High School. Stewart is a right handed pitcher and left handed hitting first baseman from Valley Christian High School. And Villar joins the Bulldogs as a right handed hitting outfielder from El Toro High School.

These five student-athletes will join the eight players that signed letters of intent in November on the 2013 Bulldog Baseball team.

Stewart and Velasquez, in addition to early signees Taylor Ward and Brody Russell, were selected during this week's MLB Draft and have until 2 p.m. PT on Friday, July 13 to decide on if they will maintain their commitment to Fresno State or play professionally.



"We are concerned that we may lose some part of one of our best-ever recruiting classes as we had four incoming student-athletes drafted, but this is always an exciting time of year," Batesole noted.

In 2012, Fresno State advanced to its sixth NCAA Tournament in the past seven seasons and captured its seventh straight conference championship behind clutch pitching and hitting down the stretch in which the Bulldogs fended off four elimination games before falling on day three of the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional.

Fresno State will join the Mountain West on July 1 and begin competing against conference opponents Air Force, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV during the 2013 season focused on winning its eighth consecutive conference crown.

The Bulldogs will also host the 2013 Mountain West Conference Tournament at Beiden Field next May.

Full 2013 Bulldog Baseball Recruiting Class
Tim Borst
Connor Chase
Louie Payetta
Blake Quinn
Brody Russell
Preston Scott
Cameron Stewart
Kevin Viers
Nick Villar
Derick Velasquez
Taylor Ward
Luke Wiechec
Trent Woodward

2013 Fresno State Baseball Roster Spring Additions

Derick Velazquez, RHP/DH, Merced College (Los Banos, Calif.)
Height: 6-3, Weight: 180 (R/R)
• Recorded a perfect 11-0 record and a 1.43 ERA in 2012 for Merced College
• 2012 Central Valley Conference Co-Player of the Year
• 2012 First-Team All-CVC
• 2012 California Junior College All-American Team
• Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 15th round of the 2012 Major League Draft
• Graduated from Los Banos High School in 2011
• Also recruited by USC

Trent Woodward, Catcher, Orange Coast College (Chino Hills, Calif.)
Height 6-2, Weight 210 (S/R)
• Played for Orange Coast College in 2011
• Started in 35 of 42 games as freshman for OCC
• Batted .338 with 11 doubles, one home run, 22 RBI and an on base percentage of .452
• Team Captain and earned second-team All-Conference honors
• Selected for the 2011 California Community College All-Star Showcase
• Graduated from Chino Hills High School in 2010
• Batted .386 with 25 RBI, 10 doubles, four home runs and 22 walks in 2010
• 2010 First-Team All-Sierra League
• Led the Sierra League in OBP at .514 and stolen bases
• Named All-Inland Valley
• Selected to the Inland Valley Senior All-Star game.
• Team captain and received the Mr. Husky award for work ethic and leadership
• Also recruited by the University of Hawaii, UCLA, and UC Irvine

Tim Borst, RHP, Taquitz High School (Hemet, CA.)
Height: 6-0, Weight: 190 (R/R)
• Recorded an 8-2 record with one save, a 2.87 ERA and 97 strikeouts over 68.1 innings of work in 2011
• Batted .317 with 18 RBI in 2011
• 2011 All-Mountain Pass League Team
• 2011 California North/South Series Selection (South)
• 2011 New York Yankees Area Code Invite
• 2011 New York Yankees Scout Team
• Recorded a perfect 5-0 record with five saves, a 2.79 ERA and 52 strikeouts over 37.2 innings of work in 2010
• Batted .464 with six home runs and 40 RBI in 2010
• 2010 Mountain Pass League Most Valuable Player
• 2010 All-CIF Southern Section First-Team
• Varsity Captain
• Also recruited by San Diego, Cal State Fullerton, and UCLA

Cameron Stewart, RHP, 1B, Valley Christian High School (San Jose, Calif.)
Height: 6-9, Weight: 230 (R/L)
• 2012 West Catholic Athletic League - All League Team, Basketball
• 2012 Nor Cal Finest Invitation List - Basketball
• 2011 West Catholic Athletic League - All League Team, Baseball
• Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 20th round of the 2012 Major League Draft
• 2011 Seattle Mariner Scout Team
• 2011 Northern California Professional Baseball Scouts All Star Team
• Invited to 2011 Area Code Tryouts Oakland A's 2011 CA North/South All-Star Game
• Academic Athlete Awards - 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
• Warrior Award - Varsity Basketball in 2010
• Also recruited by Long Beach State

Nick Villar, OF, El Toro High School (Lake Forest, Calif.)
Height: 6-1, Weight: 200 (R/L)
• 2012 First-Team All-Tournament Hard 9 National Classic
• 2012 Most Outstanding Offensive Player Award Hard 9 National Classic
• 2012 All Star Team-Southern Section (South) - Orange County, Calif.
• 2011 AZ National Power Showcase Top 5 finalist
• 2011 Team South Coast League Champions
• 2010 Team Sea View League Champions
• 2010 Mickey Mantle National Home Run Champion - Owasso, Okla.
• 2010 Team Rawlings Top 25
• 2009 Coaches Award/MVP
• 2009 Team Sea View League Champions
• Also recruited by UC Irvine, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon State

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