CBB Top 50 Countdown: Number 41 Brad Boxberger (USC)

(Courtesy of USC Media Relations)

(Courtesy of USC Media Relations)

The CBB continues our countdown to the 2009 College Baseball season with our Top 50 players to watch. We will be providing one player each day (Monday-Saturday) until we reach number 1.

We continue the list today with Junior righthanded pitcher Brad Boxberger from Southern Cal checking in at the 41st spot in our countdown. He is a 6′2 195 pound righty from Foothill High School and Tustin California.

Boxberger entered the 2008 season expected to compete for the number 1 spot in the rotation. He ended up struggling by only have a 2-4 record with a 6.12 ERA including three saves. He ended up pitching a total of 50 innings where he walked 26 batters while striking out 52 batters. He gave up six homers on the year.

Boxberger’s freshman campaign in 2007 was a successful one as he became the Trojans number 1 starter by having a 3-5 record with a 3.20 ERA. He ended up finishing the season by being recognized by Rivals with a Second-team All-American selection.

Boxberger has spent the last two summers in the Cape Cod Baseball League. In 2007, he played for the Orleans Cardinals where he accumulated a 1-0 record with a 1.24 ERA. In 2008, Boxberger had 1-2 record with a 2.89 ERA while picking up 9 saves in 19 appearances. He had 28 strikeouts in his 18.2 innings of work.

We saw Boxberger pitch in the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star game where he impressed us with his command on the mound with a great cutter that was thrown in the mid-90′s. (Full Report on the CCBL All-Star game available here). We think Brad’s future is coming out of the pen so he can use that cutter to the best of his ability.

You can check out the full top 50 by clicking here.