SAN DIEGO — San Diego's top prep pitcher, left-hander John Hemmerly of Mission Bay High, has decided to stay home to play his college baseball and has signed a letter of intent to play at San Diego State.
Hemmerly, who has been brilliant this season for the third-ranked Buccaneers, compiling a 7-0 record and allowing only one run in 40 innings of work, was among the most highly recruited pitchers on the West Coast.
"We've had some pretty good players but as a 'prototype' pitcher, John's probably the best I've ever had," Mission Bay Coach Dennis Pugh said. "The reason he was so highly recruited is because he has good size (6-feet 4-inches) and he throws left-handed. Most of the school's recruiting him were saying he was the best left-hander on the West Coast from Los Angeles down."
Pugh said the main reason Hemmerly decided to play at San Diego State was because he wanted to play somewhere where his family could see him pitch and because he was impressed with SDSU's baseball program.