Good news: Barbosa says he's coming back
USF baseball coach Lelo Prado hasn't had a lot of good news to read here in recent weeks, what with 10 players from his 2011 roster getting drafted and four already signing pro contracts.
But today, there's good news for Prado and for USF baseball fans: Junior left-hander Andrew Barbosa, who emerged as a star on the mound for the Bulls this spring, said Thursday that he intends to return to the Bulls rather than sign with the Giants in the 15th round.
"I am coming back to USF for my senior year can't wait," Barbosa wrote via e-mail Thursday.
It's the third time Barbosa has spurned the Giants, who drafted him in the 15th round out of Riverview High in 2007 and again a year later when he was in junior college. It's a huge boost for Prado, who is also hopeful his other junior ace, right-hander Randy Fontanez, will return after being drafted in the 23rd round by the Reds.
Barbosa, who came to the Bulls as a walk-on last fall, led the Bulls with an 8-2 record and led the Big East with a 2.40 ERA, finishing third with 95 strikeouts. We'll see if we can get more comments from him today. ...
USF recruit Ozney Guillen has also said he'll be a Bull this fall despite being drafted in the 22nd round by the White Sox. That leaves four USF players still in limbo -- Fontanez and signees Kyle Waldrop, James Ramsey and Nick Gonzalez.