Three Cuesta College baseball players have recently committed to Division I schools, Cougars coach Bob Miller said Monday.
Two of the trio are former San Luis Obispo High stars, as Max Duval will play at Hawaii after accepting a partial scholarship, and John Tiedemann will play at Hofstra, Miller said. In addition to the locals, teammate Michael Camporeale has committed to Washington, Miller said.
Duval batted .315 as a sophomore, tying for the team lead with six home runs while collecting 36 RBI. The Warriors want him to play first base, Miller said.
“No question he can play at that level,” Miller added. “He made a lot of progress in this last year.”Miller called Duval, who started all 36 games for Cuesta (22-14) this past season, one of the hardest workers he has seen in his nine years with the program.
“Legitimately, he was the first one on the diamond and the last one to leave,” Miller said. “It’s been a pleasure to watch him work and to continue that on to the Division I level. I really think he’s got a chance to prosper in that program.”
Tiedemann compiled a 2.53 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 27 walks in 67 2⁄3 innings earlier this spring.
Tiedemann’s pitch speed has increased from about 84 mph during his high school days to 92 by now.
Hofstra, which is located in Hempstead, N.Y., competes in the Colonial Athletic Association.
“He’s got a great opportunity to be in a rotation and collect a lot of innings,” Miller said.
Camporeale came to Cuesta after a decorated prep career in Colorado, where he clubbed 14 homers as a senior at Littleton’s Chatfield High, second in the state, according to MaxPreps.com.
As a sophomore at Cuesta, Camporeale batted a team-best .384. He tied Duval for the team lead in home runs with six and drove in a team-best 39 runs.
The NCAA’s regular signing period for baseball ends Aug. 1.
Meanwhile, former Cuesta star Todd Simko, an Arroyo Grande High grad, recently signed within the Washington Nationals’ organization.
After going 10-6 with a 4.31 ERA and a .249 batting-average-against at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this past season, the Nationals selected the junior left-hander in the 21st round of the MLB Draft.
He’s now with the Gulf Coast League Nationals.