Torrey Pines’ baseball players sign NCAA Letters of Intent to play at the next level

Torrey Pines High School Seniors Reed Mason, Michael Mullen, Luc Rennie and Kyle Johnson announced recently that they have committed to play baseball at the Division I level in the NCAA.

• Reed Mason 6’ 0”, 165 pound left-handed pitcher and centerfielder, will be headed to Evanston, Illinois, to the Northwestern Wildcats to play for Paul Stevens in the Big Ten Conference. Mason joins former Cathedral Catholic lefty Danny Tyson (’10) and current LCC Maverick Evan Schreiber on the 2012 roster.

Mason will earn three varsity letters playing baseball at Torrey Pines. He was 5-0 with a 2.68 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 6 saves his sophomore year. Last year, the lefty moved into the starting rotation and led the Falcons with a 7-2 record, with a 2.58 ERA, and 56 strikeouts. He also was the team’s center fielder where he batted .274 with 18 RBI, 3 HR and 10 SB.

“Reed is real bulldog — he is the type of athlete that whenever he is on the mound or at bat, everyone gets excited. He will be one of my team captains this year, but he has always been a leader. Reed is one of the most disciplined, hard-working and talented ball players that I have worked with.”

• Michael Mullen 5’ 11”, 165 pound right-handed throwing, left-handed hitting middle-infielder, will be headed to West Lafayette, Indiana, to don the black and gold of the Purdue Boilermakers and play for Doug Schreiber in the Big Ten Conference. Former Boilermakers include ex-Padre Archi Cianfrocco and current Dodger prospect Josh Lindblom.

Mullen will earn his third letter with the Falcons this year and spend his second year as the squad’s starting second basemen. Michael batted .274 with 15RBI, 17 Runs, 7 doubles and 7 SB.

“Michael is a sure-handed and very smart defender. At the plate, he has a great eye and knows how to work a count and get on base. He has plenty of pop from the left side and he is a clever base runner. Michael is a tough competitor and a real gamer and I am certain Purdue will be thrilled with his baseball IQ and his ability.”

• Luc Rennie, a 6’ 02”, 195-pound, right-handed pitcher and catcher, is excited to play in Muncie, Indiana, for the Ball State University Cardinals. Under the Red Birds coach Mark Marconi, the Cardinals have had nine different players drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft, including 2010 first round draft pick Kolbrin Vitek by the Boston Red Sox. The Cardinals compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference.

Rennie stepped in a big way last year when starting catcher Garrett Stubbs (USC) suffered a shoulder injury and Luc filled in admirably for the Falcons who were Division I semifinalists last season. Equally important was his contribution on the mound where he was 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA with 29 strikeouts and a save.

“Luc will do well playing baseball at the next level and Ball State is a great fit. We’ll miss him here but, it will be exciting to see him where the red and white for Ball State,” suggested Torrey Pines Varsity Coach Matt Chess, “he’s going to enjoy the midwest, the baseball program, and the opportunity to be a student-athlete at the Division I level.

• Kyle Johnson will be joining teammate Michael Mullen as a Purdue Boilermaker. He is a 6’ 04”, 205 lb. right-hander who plays right field and pitches.

Johnson is a 4.2 GPA student who has a laser arm. He will earn his third varsity letter this season. As the starting right fielder last year, Johnson batted .316 with 23 RBI, 11 SB and a team high 30 runs and 6 HR.

“Kyle had an amazing season last year and I know that he will build on this for the upcoming season. He throws big, hits big, runs big — he is a legitimate five-tool threat. I fully expect Kyle to be a significant impact player in the Big 10.”

Mason, Mullen, Rennie and Johnson will join 21 other Former Torrey Pines Falcons playing at the next level including since Coach Chess took over in 2006, including MLB Draft picks Kevin Vance, University of Connecticut/Chicago White Sox (2009); Scott Schneider, St. Mary’s/St. Louis Cardinals (2006); Jerrud Sabourin, Indiana University/Cleveland Indians; and Taylor Murphy University of Pacific/San Diego Padres (2011).

Torrey Pines High School is a public high school in the San Dieguito Unified High School District located in the Carmel Valley area of North San Diego. 2,600 students attend Torrey Pines, which competes in Division I of the San Diego CIF Section. Torrey Pines is a member of the Palomar League. Under the direction of Coach Chess the Torrey Pines Baseball program has 145 wins and 59 losses and has made the CIF Division I playoffs each season since he took over in 2006.