June 15, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - A whirlwind month for two recent Cal State Northridge graduates just got a little more interesting, as Bryan Longpre and Billy Ott each signed free agent deals with Major League Baseball organizations in the past week.
Longpre, a right-handed pitcher, inked a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays organization, while Ott, also a right-hander, signed with the Washington Nationals organization. The deals bring the total number of CSUN baseball players drafted or signed since the conclusion of the 2010 season to six, as Ryan Pineda, Dominic D'Anna, Drew Muren, and Brad Decater were all selected in the 2010 MLB draft.
Longpre concluded his CSUN career by appearing in 25 games in the 2010 season, finishing the year with a 2-1 record and a 4.54 ERA. The La Cracenta native struckout 27 batters, walked just 12, and finished with three pick-offs, good for the third-highest total in the Big West Conference.
A native of Cypress, Calif., Ott capped off his four-year career with the Matadors by making 20 appearances, four starts, earning three saves in his senior season. For the year, Ott struckout 45 batters and picked off two runners, while his 64.0 innings pitched were the second-most by a Matador pitcher this season. In his final appearance on the mound as a Matador, Ott went the distance and struckout two batters, throwing a season-high 101 pitches in the process.
In addition to their on-the-field success, both players are recent CSUN graduates. Both received their diplomas in May, with Ott earning a degree in Political Science and Longpre earning his degree in Finance.