The newest addition to the Trojan Family is USC Baseball’s Kyle Twomey. The Oakland Athletics drafted the 6’3”, 165 lb. left-handed pitcher from El Dorado High School in Placentia, California in the third round. He stated after much deliberation, the family decided his schooling was too valuable to pass up.
“I was very fortunate to be drafted by the Oakland Athletics, and it was always a dream of mine to be drafted, however after many days of weighing both options my family and I both agreed that my education opportunity at USC was far too important,” said Twomey.
Baseball America noted that his fastball has been compared to the Angels’ C.J. Wilson and the Phillies’ Cliff Lee. Right before the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft in June, Twomey was ranked #62 by Baseball America in its top-500 prospect listing. The incoming freshman is most excited about the advanced level of competition that D1 Baseball has to offer.
“I feel I am a very competitive athlete and I’m always looking to find ways to enhance my game and soak up as much new information as possible,” said Twomey. “The D1 level of college baseball is the cream of the crop and I feel very fortunate and blessed to soon be a part of that.”
The southpaw not only hopes to contribute to the 12-time National Championship program but to leave a footprint of success just like many of his predecessors. “The USC baseball tradition is something I have wanted to be apart of since I was a young boy; so many great idols of mine have come out of this program and been successful at the professional level,” said Twomey.
The team’s legacy and the collegiate education were not the only selling points for Twomey. “[Dedeaux Field] is such an enjoyable venue and the facilities are unmatched. In my opinion, it’s probably the greatest place to watch a game in the Pac-12.”
With our campus listed by the Food Network as one of the top ten best tailgating universities, a lively list of campus activities and our football team making a run for the National Championship, Twomey is very excited for the football games.
“Matt Barkley coming back for his senior year is going to have a tremendous impact on the entire university and I’m thrilled that I will be able to say that I went to school with a future NFL superstar,” said Twomey. “I’m also very much looking forward to the new John McKay Athletic Center, I can’t wait to see how it looks when it’s fully completed and opened this fall.”
The Athletics’ loss is the Trojans’ gain and many are looking forward to seeing him suit up in the cardinal and gold this spring. “I know that in my journey to obtain a USC degree I will receive an impeccable education, meet lifelong friends, and participate in a championship baseball program. Greatest of all, I will walk away as a proud member of the Trojan family.”