Three baseball walk-ons rewarded; Guillen gone
Three walk-ons who were significant parts of last year's USF baseball team -- pitcher Andrew Barbosa, third baseman Daniel Rockhold and second baseman Luis Llerena -- have been placed on scholarship for the 2010-11 school year, coach Lelo Prado said.
All three led the Bulls in key statistical categories in 2010 -- Barbosa led the team with a 2.40 ERA and eight wins while finishing second with 95 strikeouts, Llerena's .328 batting average was the team's best, and Rockhold tied for the team lead with seven home runs while also driving in 33 runs. All three started their Bulls careers on their own dime, but Prado was able to change that for this season.
The Bulls will go into 2011 without one freshman who expected to enroll this week -- Ozney Guillen, the son of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and a USF commitment, opted to instead enroll at Miami-Dade College, which will allow him to be eligible for the 2011 MLB draft. Guillen was disappointed by his draft position in June -- he was taken by this father's team -- and would have had to wait three years before re-entering the draft had he enrolled at USF.
And nearly two months after the resignation of pitching coach Lazer Collazo, USF has not yet announced a replacement. Prado is expected to announce his new assistant next week.