Pepperdine Signs Aaron Barnett for 2014 Season
Waves Welcome Decorated Prep Catcher to Malibu
Jan. 3, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine baseball is pleased to announce the signing of 6-0 C Aaron Barnett (Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley HS) to a National Letters of Intent to compete at Pepperdine in the 2014 season as released today by head coach Steve Rodriguez.
Pepperdine Baseball will release a new member of its 2014 class every Thursday on the official website of Pepperdine Athletics, PepperdineSports.com.
AARON BARNETT, 6-0, 185, C (Capistrano Valley HS)
Barnett captured All-South Coast League first team honors as a junior and was a first team EBS pick in 2011. A team MVP and two-time team captain, Barnett helped propel his American Legion team to a tournament championship. A standout student, Barnett was a National Merit Student quarterfinalist. In addition to his excellence on the field, Barnett works with Jewish youth groups and donates time to the Smile Train Foundation.
Why Barnett Chose Pepperdine: “I chose Pepperdine because the combination of the baseball and academic opportunities is fantastic, and it is the perfect distance from home.”
Coach Rodriguez on Barnett: “Aaron is a very good catch and throw catcher whose ability to hit from the left side makes him very valuable. We are expecting Aaron to step in and contribute right away. He is a good athlete who can play multiple positions if needed.”
An Inside Look at Barnett
Baseball Player: Derek Jeter
Professional Athlete: Sidney Crosby
Team: New York Yankees
TV Show: Suits
Sporting event you would most like to attend: The World Cup
What is your most exciting/thrilling moment in your sports career? The most exciting event in my baseball career was playing in the championship in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with my U12 baseball team. We played our rival, the Long Beach Dirtbags, and unfortunately, they beat us. Still, the game was televised nationally, and it was one of the most thrilling championship games we ever played in. Now, when we play against the Long Beach Poly High School team, I will still talk to some of the players about that game.
What do you want to accomplish on and off the field at Pepperdine? On the field at Pepperdine, I want to win all the time. My dream has always been to get the big victory in Omaha. Off the field, I want to enjoy what Pepperdine has to offer, making new friends and getting a good education for my future.