GCU’s Perez tabbed as no. 2 prospect in West Coast League

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Grand Canyon University right-handed pitcher Jorge Perez was tabbed as the second-best prospect from the West Coast League according to Baseball America and Perfect Game Crosschecker. Left-hander Andrew Naderer was listed as the 11th-best prospect on the Perfect Game list, also for the WCL. Both Perez and Naderer were named to the All-West Coast League team as members of the league-champion Corvallis Knights.

The lists include players from UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Oregon, UC Santa Barbara, and Long Beach State.

"We are excited to see Jorge and Andrew get recognized in the Baseball America and Perfect Game publications as top prospects in the West Coast Collegiate League," said head coach Andy Stankiewicz. "The West Coast League has grown into one of the most competitive summer leagues, with players from big time Division I programs, and to see two of our players be recognized as top prospects in that league is very rewarding. It speaks volumes as to their development, the work they have put in with pitching coach Nathan Choate, and the direction our baseball program is headed."

Perez tossed a six-strikeout complete game shutout, allowing just two hits and no walks, to win the WCL Championship over Wenatchee, earning WCL Player of the Week honors for his efforts. Perez went 2-0 in the WCL playoffs and posted a 1.17 ERA while walking 1 and striking out 11. He spent a majority of the summer season in the closer role, recording six saves in 11 games and posting a 1.30 ERA.

For the Antelopes last season, Perez went 8-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 16 games (15 starts), collecting three complete games. Perez was named to the NCAA Division II West Region Championship All-Tournament after allowing just 2 earned runs in 12.0 innings, including a complete-game victory over Sonoma State and his first career save in the championship-clinching win over Chico State. He also tossed a complete game versus Coker College in GCU's 10-2 win at the NCAA Division II Baseball Championships in Cary, N.C.

Naderer appeared in nine games (six starts) for the Knights during the summer season, posting a 3-1 record and 2.48 ERA. He allowed just one earned run over 8.1 innings in his start in the league championship series against Wenatchee.

Naderer led the GCU baseball team with nine wins, four complete games, and 87 strikeouts during the 2013 season en route to being named the Pacific West Conference Freshman of the Year. He also garnered Rawlings/ABCA Division II Gold Glove honors as the best defensive pitcher in the country after collecting eight putouts and 28 assists in 36 chances without committing an error, serving as the long freshman on the Gold Glove team. Among his many other accolades, Naderer was named to the Rawlings/ABCA Division II West All-Region Second Team and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-West Region Honorable Mention.

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