Nov. 17, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - With the start of the 2010 Spring Training just a handful of months away, another Matador baseball alum will find his name on a professional roster as recent graduate P.J. Rousey becomes the second member of the senior class of 2009 to sign a contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
The La Crescenta native finished the 2009 season with 25 appearances and finished the campaign with a 1.93 ERA in his 18.2 innings pitched.
The right-handed pitcher only gave up four earned runs and struck out nine, finishing his collegiate career at Northridge with All-Big West Conference honors as he was voted to the Honorable Mention team for his success on the mound.
"PJ a 5th year senior and graduate of CSUN this past spring. We are proud of not only his all Big West conference performance, but also the adversity he has endured to get to this point having overcome multiple knee surgeries, two of which were not done correctly," stated current Northridge baseball head coach Steve Rousey.
"It's good to see a guy like PJ get a chance in pro ball because he does not fit the typical profile of MLB signees. PJ strengths are considered intangibles: toughness, intelligence, and savvy."
"The Angels, and particularly former Major leaguer and current scout Rob Wilfong, obviously understand the value of character traits as well as physical makeup. Chalk another one up for Matador Baseball graduating guys and/or sending them into professional baseball."