Baseball update: Two late transfers
USF baseball coach Lelo Prado has bolstered his 2008 roster with two late transfers from the Miami area, both with previous relationships with Bulls pitching coach Lazer Collazo.
First is left-hander Teddy Kaufman, a walk-on who was used as a situational reliever at Miami last season as he continued his recovery from Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow in fall 2004. Kaufman was a standout pitcher at Miami Killian, with a 1.25 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 73 innings as a junior before his injury. He missed his senior year at Killian and redshirted the 2006 season at Miami as he recovered from his injury.
"If Teddy can do what I've seen he can do, he's going to be vying for a starting job, whether it's Sunday or Tuesday or Wednesday," said Collazo, who coached against Kaufman when he was at Miami Gulliver Prep.
The Bulls have limited left-handed options -- the only two on the returning roster didn't pitch last season, with Blake Tillett out with injury and David Torcise sitting the season after transferring from Louisville. Kaufman played with current USF infielder Dexter Butler and former Bulls Nick Manganaro and Davis Bilardello in the New England Collegiate Baseball League last summer, so he's not a new face to everyone in the USF clubhouse.
The second late fall transfer is outfielder Chris Rey, who played for Collazo at Gulliver, spent one season at Florida International, then shined last season at Miami Dade College, where Mike Piazza once played. Rey was a first-team all-state selection by the Florida Community College Activities Association after hitting .386 at Miami Dade, finishing second on the team with 37 RBIs in 158 at-bats and tying for second on the team with three home runs. Rey, a junior, will compete for playing time in USF's outfield.