2002: Chico will battle for a starting pitching role as a 2002 freshman...can also play in the outfield or serve as a designated hitter.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: "Matt is a key player. He is one of college baseball's most prominent freshmen this year. He is a legitimate two-position player. He is in the mix as a pitcher, perhaps as a weekend starter. He swings the bat well enough that he will also be looked upon to contribute as an outfielder or designated hitter."
HIGH SCHOOL: He earned 2001 All-America honors at Fallbrook (Calif.) High...also earned all-state, all-county, all-city and All-Avocado League honors...threw back-to-back no-hitters during his career...played under coach Jay Craver.
PERSONAL: He was a member of the 2000 and 2001 United States Junior National Team...was a second-round draft selection by the Boston Red Sox in the 2001 professional draft...member of the silver-medal-winning team at the 2001 Pan American Games in Cuba...won a silver medal at the 2000 IBAF in Canada...undecided as a major...enjoys snowboarding in his spare time...lists Pedro Martinez as his biggest sports hero...birthdate is June 10, 1983.