Baseball: Olmedo-Barrera commits to Cal State Fullerton.

St. Francis is quickly becoming a breeding house for Division I baseball athletes. On Monday night, senior-to-be shortstop David Olmedo-Barrera, a two-time Star-News All-Area selection, committed to Cal State Fullerton.

St. Francis baseball coach Brian Esquival found out Tuesday morning when he woke up to a Olmedo-Barrera voicemail.

“He called me, left a message Monday night but I was already in bed,” Esquival said. “When I got up Tuesday morning I got the message. He sounded really excited. I think he wanted to take care of this as early as possible because now he can concentrate on baseball and not so much worry about ‘Who’s looking at me.’ It’s now taken care of and he can now play baseball and have some fun.”

Esquival said Cal State Fullerton, a four-time national champion, was the best fit for him. Esquival added there were other schools coming after the standout shortstop who also is a two-time All-Mission League selection.

“I know UCLA was in the mix,” Esquival said. “He spoke to Oregon and a few schools back East. San Luis Obispo was there, too. There were a few schools that were intersted but I think he just thought this was the best fit for him. I’m not sure it’ll be as a shortstop, maybe second base. I don’t know for a fact. My guess is it’s probably going to be somewhere up the middle, but more towards second base.”

In just the last couple years, St. Francis has sent three players to major Division I schools. Star-News All-Area catcher David Hubinger is getting ready to start at Pepperdine; A.J. Berglund is at UCSB and Ethan Bramschreiber is at Northwestern.

“It’s good for the program,” Esquival said. “It’s just good news.”

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  • Alex_Trebek

    Dear, Miggy
    Still waiting for the SM article you said you would have up last friday…..

  • ?

    Joey Malham, class of 2011, a RHP, from Saint Francis signed with UMass-Amherst in November, another D1 player.

  • Prep Editor is a joke:

    Our Pasadena Prep Sports Editor Extraordinaire, Miguel Melendez,does it again, no review or interest in his his own stories to make sure he lists all the deserving players. I guess we all just accept his attempt at reporting. Maybe he was more interested in his upcoming feature “Nick Bueno packs for college” to bother to have this one completed in detail!