New Jersey RHP Has Interest In MSU

St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, New Jersey) righthanded pitcher Victor Diaz, who plays his summer ball with the NJ Super 17 travel team, is receiving interest from schools not only in the north but also from several high-profile southern schools.

"I have received (July 1st recruiting) calls from (coaches at) Mississippi State, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Boston College, Penn State, St. John's, Seton Hall, Rutgers, George Mason, Elon and Fordham," said the 6-1, 190-pounder. "We had a big tournament at Select Fast and right after that they called."

Victor has unofficially visited several colleges with another one possibly on the agenda this weekend.

"I've (unofficially) visited UNCG (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Boston College, Seton Hall, St. John's and Stony Brook," said Victor. "If they ask, I'm also going to visit Mississippi State this weekend."

One college has really caught his attention.

"Mississippi State is my favorite right now because it's baseball country," said Victor. "Carl Nonemaker and (former Mississippi State baseball player and NJ Super 17 team assistant coach) Keith Dilgard were the ones who told them about me. Carl and Keith told me how it is there, how many fans come out to games, just one game they have 8 to 9 thousand fans. And I love the weather down south."

While distance might be a factor with some kids when it comes to what schools they might sign with, not so with Victor.

"The distance doesn't factor into it because my parents want me to go to the best possible school that I can go to and I want to go wherever I need to go to achieve what I want to achieve in my baseball career and academically," he said.

Although he is a dual-position player in high school and with his summer travel team, pitching is what college coaches like about him.

"I am being recruited as a righthanded pitcher," said the 17-year-old. "Coaches have told me that they like how I attack hitters and they like my changeup. And they like my composure on the mound."

Victor talked about what he sees as his strengths as a pitcher.

"My strengths as a pitcher are that I'm very aggressive and I attack hitters, and my changeup is very, very good," said Victor. "I have the same arm action with my changeup as I do with my fastball but when I come in with my changeup it just dives into righties and they can't hit it. I also throw it a lot to lefties. I get up to 88 to 90 (miles per hour) with my fastball some games. My four-seam (fastball) I can get up to 90 and I can get up to 86 to 87 with my two-seam."

Victor Diaz, who has gained three inches in height and thirty-five pounds in weight since last summer, touched 90 several times in Thursday's game against the Orlando Baseball Academy team in the 2009 World Wood Bat Association 17U national championship series.

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