LOS ANGELES. – Drew Finley (Rancho Bernado HS/Calif.) has committed to the University of Southern California (PAC-12). The right-handed pitcher is slated to hit campus and take the field under head coach Dan Hubbs for the start of the 2016 college baseball season.
College Baseball Central tracked down Finley for an interview, and the 6 feet 2 inch 205 pound pro prospect went on record.
“It’s going to be an unbelievable moment when I put on that uniform,” Finley stated. “The tradition at USC is unbelievable. Once you go there you bleed USC!”
Finley pitches from the first base side of the rubber, and has a nice set of tools containing a three pitch ensemble that includes a fastball, which sits in the low 90’s, a filthy 12-6 curve ball, and a change-up fashioned after Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cole Hammels.
“I can throw my curve for strikes anytime I want,” Finley points out. “I like to get ahead on the hitter and show no mercy with every pitch.”
Finley steps in to the summer as the 78th ranked underclassman in the nation, and the 20th ranked player in the state of California. His varsity totals highlight a 1.62 ERA with 48 strikeouts over 34.2 innings pitched in 19 games played. He has five wins and has held opponents’ batting averages to a minuscule .180.
“I plan on doing whatever I can to contribute at USC,” Finley added. “My goals are to win the College World Series, and to be the MVP in that series.”
Music to coach Hubbs ears as 2014 was not kind to the Trojans baseball program. Hubbs is a pitchers coach—make no mistake—In his 12-year (2000-11) occupancy at Cal, the 42-year-old Hubbs repeatedly manufactured team ERAs amongst the lowermost in the Pac-10.
On three separate occasions, his pitching staff achieved school records for season strikeouts, as well as 475 in 2011 after the Golden Bears–a club that was scheduled to be dropped after 2011 in arrears to budget cuts nevertheless was kept through fundraising efforts—punched a ticket to the College World Series for the first time since 1992.
“All the players respect coach Hubbs so much,” Finley was sure to bring up. “I know I can learn not only how to pitch great, but learn in each aspect of my life. I am going to bring a great student and a great ballplayer to this university.”
Finley, a Perfect Game All American, transferred to Rancho Bernardo from Cathedral Catholic last year, and will showcase his talents for all in the upcoming Perfect Game All-American Classic held Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. at Petco Park.
Do yourself a favor, check this kid out. He is worth the price of admission himself and has a motor on the mound that won’t soon be forgotten.
“I put one-hundred-percent in to everything I do,” Finley concluded.