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OCC deep and talented in 2012

Community College Baseball

Pirates, ranked No. 4 in one national poll, take aim at their second state title in four years.

February 01, 2012|By Barry Faulkner

Sophomore Austin Wobrock, a Newport Harbor High product who started 25 games last season, primarily at shortstop, will shift to third base. He is expected to share time there with sophomore Ben Agredano, a transfer from Irvine Valley.

Second base is a battle between freshmen Justin Broussard and Ricky Navarro, while freshman Manny Argomaniz is backing up Licon at short.

Altobelli said freshmen Boog Powell and Zach Nehrir bring rare defensive skills to center field, where he expects the two to share time.


"I think I could cover more ground with just those two than any three outfielders other teams use," said Altobelli, who compared the 5-11, 170-pound Powell (hardly similar to his namesake and former Baltimore Orioles first baseman) to Lenny Dykstra.

Powell, the projected leadoff hitter, bats left-handed, while Nehrir bats right-handed, providing a platoon opportunity similar to that in right field, with Bynum and freshman lefty Bijan Rademacher, who redshirted at Cal State Fullerton in 2011.

"Its nice to have some righty-lefty options," Altobelli said. "If teams are going to stack left-handers against us, I can flip the lineup to right-handers and be OK."

Most expect OCC, second in he OEC last season to Santa Ana, to be better than OK this spring.

"Our guys have been great during the fall about working out and buying into our team concept," Altobelli said. "But they've got to continue to do that. They've got to understand that there are going to be a lot of good players sitting on the bench who have never sat the bench in their whole life."

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