4 Vaqueros Sign Early
4 Vaqueros sign with 4-Year schools
Last week four Central Arizona baseball players signed letters of intent to play at 4-year universities for the 2014 season. The current Vaqueros include returners Jordan Kipper and Brandon Zywicki as well as newcomers David Masters and Jess Amedee. “It is nice to see these players get recognized and rewarded for all of their hard work,” said Head Coach Jon Wente.
Jordan Kipper, a RHP from Mountain Pointe HS, has committed to TCU. Kipper was a standout starter for the Vaqueros during his freshman year posting a 9-3 record and a 2.78 ERA. He threw a total of 90.2 innings (25th all-time) while striking out 76 and and logging 5 complete games including a no-hitter on March 15th against Odessa College. For his efforts, Kipper was named Male Student-Athlete of the Year at Central Arizona College finishing with a 3.7 GPA. “Jordan is a young man that has so much potential on the field and in the classroom and we are so proud of him moving on to a great place like TCU,” said Wente.
Brandon Zywicki, a RHP from Rochester, MN will play the 2014 season at the University of San Francisco. In 2012, Zywicki completed a very impressive freshman campaign going 8-2 while throwing 97.2 innings (14th all-time) and holding a 1.57 ERA (15th all-time). Zywicki also held a scoreless inning streak of 34 innings from February 28th to March31st. It was the longest streak by a Vaquero pitcher since current big leaguer Josh Spence had a streak of 54 scoreless innings in 2008. Coach Wente said, “Brandon is a pitcher who can throw all of his pitches for strikes with a lot of movement and will be a great fit for coach Girrantano at USF.”
David Masters, a SS from St. Louis, MO has signed to play at Missouri State University. Masters comes to Central from the University of Arkansas where as a freshman he earned 14 AB's and competed at the NCAA World Series in Omaha, NE finishing one game away from playing for the National Championship. The athletic 6'2 SS will make an immediate impact at Central, “David has a very good glove and arm and will hit somewhere in the top of our order,” stated Wente. Masters follows a trio of great shortstops at Central Arizona including Jorge Flores (2011-2012) drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, Sam Lind (2010) ACCAC Player of the Year, and Kevin Lovelace (2008-2009) back-to-back ALL-ACCAC infielder and Region 1 Tournament MVP.
Jess Amedee, a RHP from Ft. Collins, CO signed a letter of intent with the University of Texas-Arlington. Amedee transferred to Central Arizona from the University of Northern Colorado. At UNC, Amedee threw a freshman leading 59.2 innings and had the second most wins on the team with 5. “Jess will throw a lot of important innings for us this year,” said Coach Wente. “UTA and Coach Thomas are getting a tough competitor who throws strikes and has a big breaking ball.” Amedee is the first Vaquero to a go to UTA since Tim Steggall, Joe Anson and Jason Mitchell all went following the 2008 season.