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Valencia's Chris McCready picks Long Beach St.

Posted: July 8, 2013 10:47 p.m.
Updated: July 8, 2013 10:47 p.m.

Valencia senior-to-be Chris McCready will join Valencia graduate Alex Bishop at Long Beach State.

 

For the second time this year, Long Beach State has tapped Valencia High School for talent.

Outfielder and senior-to-be Chris McCready has verbally committed to the school to play baseball, according to Valencia head coach Jared Snyder.

McCready joins Valencia graduate and former College of the Canyons star Alex Bishop, who committed to Long Beach in April.

McCready was an All-Foothill League first-teamer and The Signal All-Santa Clarita Valley second-teamer in 2013.

Bishop, a sophomore catcher at COC, was named Western State Conference Player of the Year after hitting .419 with 22 RBIs and a team-high 12 doubles.

McCready batted .341 with two home runs, 10 extra-base hits and 13 RBIs as a junior in his second varsity year.

“He’s probably the best center fielder I’ve seen in Santa Clarita in a long time,” Snyder said. “Every practice to him is a game. He makes plays that are amazing because he make plays like it’s a game scenario.

“This year his power started to come along. … He has plus speed all the way around and he has a plus arm. He’s a special player. We knew that when we got him and brought him up as a sophomore and this year he figured it out.”

McCready is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds.

He is one of a handful of Valencia baseball players who are getting looks from NCAA Division I programs.

Snyder said shortstop Keston Hiura and right fielder Chad Bible — a recent Cal Hi Sports All-State Underclassman — have also received offers.

Both will be seniors at Valencia next year.

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