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Valencia's Chad Bible headed to CSU Fullerton

Posted: July 22, 2013 6:31 p.m.
Updated: July 22, 2013 6:31 p.m.

Valencia outfielder Chad Bible committed verbally to play baseball at Cal State University, Fullerton beginning in the 2015 season.

 

In just one year, Valencia High right fielder Chad Bible has made a big impact in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Now the All-Santa Clarita Valley and All-Foothill League first teamer has verbally committed to Cal State Fullerton.

“They’re getting a physical, power-hitting right fielder that has a plus arm and has plus speed,” said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. “He has the most power of anyone whose walked through this program. He’s got Trey Williams power. Very, very similar power. Very similar bat speed.”

Williams, a 2012 Valencia graduate currently playing in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, is recognized as the best power hitter Valencia has had.

Bible led the Foothill League in 2013 with five home runs. He batted .365 with 19 RBIs and a .671 slugging percentage.

The senior-to-be also was selected to the Cal Hi Sports All-State Underclass Second Team.

Bible, whose father Mike was a star at Saugus High in the 1980s and played professional baseball in the Houston Astros organization, transferred from Fossil Ridge High in Fort Collins, Co. prior to the 2012-13 school year.

“He’s a very humble, quiet kid. But the impact he’s had on our program, he hasn’t been here a year yet, to take over and be the leader of the team with Keston (Hiura) and Chris McCready, to do it in one year is the most impressive part,” Snyder said.

Snyder added that with a good senior year, Bible could be a candidate for the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Bible is the second Viking to commit to an NCAA Division I program this month.

Center fielder McCready verballed to Long Beach State.

After last weekend’s California Classic Elite baseball Tournament, where Valencia was one of six host teams for the Southern California-Northern California showdown, some other Vikings made some big impressions on college coaches.

Shortstop senior-to-be Keston Hiura and junior-to-be catcher Anthony Lepre had strong showings that opened some eyes, Snyder said.

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