Four More Bruins Named Top 10 Prospects in Summer Leagues
Aug. 28, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif. - Sophomore Shane Zeile, and incoming freshmen Hunter Virant and James Kaprielian were each named among the top 10 prospects from the West Coast League by Baseball America today. Junior Brenton Allen was also named by Baseball America among the top 10 prospects from the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.
Virant, an 11th round draft pick of the Astros, was named the No. 2 overall prospect in the West Coast League. He made six starts for the Walla Walla Sweets and went 3-2 with a 2.25 ERA and 36 strikeouts. Virant also competed in the West Coast League All-Star Game back in July. During his senior season at Camarillo High School (Camarillo, Calif.), Virant posted an 8-3 record with a 0.94 ERA, logging 105 strikeouts and just 26 walks in 66.2 innings pitched.
Kaprielian was named as the No. 3 overall prospect in the West Coast League after logging 30 strikouts, two saves and a 1.73 ERA for the Wenatchee Applesox. Along with fellow incoming freshman Ty Moore, Kaprielian helped lead the Applesox to their fourth West Coast League title. He was drafted in the 40th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners after going 11-1 with a 0.72 ERA during his senior season at Beckman High School (Irvine, Calif.).
Zeile, a sophomore from Valencia, Calif., was selected as the No. 6 overall prospect from the West Coast League by Baseball America. He led the Walla Walla Sweets with a .324 batting average and recorded four home runs, 19 RBI and 15 runs in 28 games played. Like Virant, he was selected as an all-star for the West Coast League All-Star Game. During his freshman season at UCLA, Zeile posted a .371 batting average with one triple, three doubles, 10 RBI and 12 runs in 33 games played.
Allen was named the No. 7 overall prospect from the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League after leading the Southampton Breakers with a .329 batting average in 24 games. He also registered 22 runs, 11 RBI, a .448 OBP and a .906 OPS for the Breakers. This past spring, Allen hit .286 in 13 games for the Bruins as a sophomore.
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