So Cal United ace pitcher, Diego Barrea, took the Fall off to play football. He is now preparing to return this spring as the United looks to build on a solid year.
As we continue to look at some of the outstanding 11 year old players to watch in 2012, we once again turn to the talent rich area of Southern California. Diego Barrera was a 2011 TBS All America selection. He is one of the talented players from So Cal United. He lives in Chino Hills, California area located just east of Los Angeles. This young athlete has been playing travel baseball since the age of seven. He is known among his coaches as the calm and confident kid who loves the challenge of taking the mound in the big and tough games.
During the fall, Diego took a break from baseball to play football where he’s a quarterback and safety. Off the field, he enjoys spending time with his family. His uncle, Cesar Barrera, won a California High School State Championship with major leaguer Mike Sweeney and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins. Additionally, he looks up to his older sister who’s an accomplished softball player and has played in three ASA National Championships.
Last year, Diego played outfield and pitched for So Cal United. The lefty pitcher finished the season with a 2.62 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and averaged 1.34 strikeouts per inning. He throws four pitches: two-seam fastball, cut fastball, circle change, and spike curve. Off the mound, he finished the season as So Cal United’s leadoff hitter and posted a .425 batting average.
Diego loves his So Cal United teammates and coaches. Most of the team lives within the city of Chino Hills, attend the same schools, and are growing up playing together in Chino Hills Pony and eventually will play together in high school. After a year apart during the 9U season, the team came together to form So Cal United with the goal of establishing itself as one of the best teams in the nation. The coaching staff planned out a tough schedule and last season, the United was able to post some big victories against elite competition.
When Diego is not playing baseball, he is also an excellent student. His favorite subject is math. Diego’s goals in life are; to play baseball at Arizona State, get an engineering degree, and play in the major leagues. He’s a huge Los Angeles Dodgers fan and his favorite players are Clayton Kershaw and Andre Either. Thus, far, the way this young athlete is developing, all of these goals are within his grasp.
He is clearly a player to watch in 2012.