USF baseball adds junior college RHP Moran
USF coach Lelo Prado has added another arm to his 2010 staff in Jimmy Moran, a 6-foot-2 right-hander from Kissimmee who pitched last season for Catonsville (Md.) Community College.
Moran, who will have three years of eligibility at USF, found the Bulls through redshirt freshman Sean Buckley, who was a teammate of his in the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League. Moran and Buckley played for the Youse's Orioles, and Moran pitched well enough -- a 1.93 ERA, ranking second in the league with 17 appearances and third with four saves -- that Buckley called USF pitching coach Lazer Collazo.
"It was everything I wanted," said Moran, whose father Jim coached him at Poinciana and is now the head coach at St. Cloud. "They made me a good offer, and I'm pretty excited about playing there."
The 19-year-old said his stats at Catonsville weren't anything incredible -- 52 strikeouts in 52 innings -- but he said he's improved much in the summer. Collazo told him many pitching jobs are up for grabs, so he could compete for the closer role, or to round out USF's starting rotation, which returns top pitchers Randy Fontanez and Derrick Stultz, but must replace Sunday starter Shawn Sanford, who was drafted.