Pepperdine Baseball Announces Three NLI Signings

Pepperdine Waves Baseball: Trevor Hinkel, David Le Bioda and Nathan Diamond will be joining the Waves in the fall of 2019.

(Malibu, Ca) Head coach Rick Hirtensteiner of the Pepperdine baseball team announced on Sunday that three recruits have signed National Letters of Intent. Trevor Hinkel, David Le Bioda and Nathan Diamond will be joining the Waves in the fall of 2019.

“I would first off like to thank Rolando Garza and Danny Worth for their efforts with this recruiting class,” said Hirtensteiner.  “They are fully committed to Pepperdine University’s Christian mission statement and bringing in student athletes who are the right fit for both our baseball program and university. While our 2019 recruiting class is small in number, they will have a great impact on the future of Pepperdine Baseball. All of these young student athletes have a passion to play baseball but also understand the need for an excellent and challenging academic course load. The Pepperdine coaching staff is absolutely looking forward to coaching and mentoring these student athletes for the next 3-4 years.”

The Waves finished last year as the regular-season West Coast Conference champions before taking second place at the WCC Tournament in Stockton, Calif.

Here’s some more information on the Waves’ signees:

Trevor Hinkel
Temecula, Calif./Chaparral HS

Varsity baseball captain at Chaparral High School in Temecula, Calif. … Had a .330 batting average through three years … Also had a 1.4 ERA … Was named a Perfect Game Honorable Mention in the batting average category … Was named to the MLB So Cal Scouts All-Star Game … This year was named a 2018 preseason Perfect Game All-American … Chose Pepperdine because of the relationship I have formed with the coaching staff. I felt that Pepperdine was the best fit for me because it is a Christian University, and a smaller tight-knit community.”

Coach Hirtensteiner on Hinkel: “Trevor will make an immediate impact on the mound. Trevor is a RHP with a very good fastball and good secondary stuff to complement his fastball. Trevor knows how to compete in a composed manner and excels against great competition.  I expect Trevor to be in the mix to be a weekend starter early in his career. Trevor also has a chance to help us on the offensive side with his bat.”

Nathan Diamond
Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park River Forest HS

Three-year varsity baseball player as of fall 2018 … in 2018, had a 4-0 record with a 1.40 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 30 innings pitched … Also had a .542 batting average and .607 on base percentage … Played for Team Demarini Elite and had a 0.71 ERA in 30 innings pitched and 31 strikeouts … Named a 2017 and 2018 Perfect Game All-American Honorable Mention … Chose Pepperdine because “I wanted to find a school with a great balance of excellent academics and competitive athletics. Pepperdine’s academic programs were what first interested me, but when I visited the campus and spent time with the coaches, I knew it was the perfect place for me. Pepperdine’s strong baseball tradition and great coaches were what made this an easy choice for where I wanted to commit. I am so blessed to have this opportunity to play with the Waves!”

Hirtensteiner on Diamond: “Nathan is a big strong LHP with good projection who has a great feel to pitch and get hitters out.  He can move his fastball all around the zone and mix in his off speed pitches in any count. Nathan is a strike-throwing machine and typically is in the 70% strike range. I look for Nathan to make an immediate impact on our staff as a freshman.”

David Le Bioda
Laguna Niguel, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS

Started as a freshman at the varsity level for JSerra Catholic High School, batting .378 … 2016 Team USA alternative … In 2017 National Class Championship vs. Bishop Amat tripled and then scored, accounting for the Lion’s only run … Played for the SoCal NTIS 2018 team and was instrumental in winning the gold, batted .316 … Started playing for the SoCal Mariners Scout ball team as a sophomore … Had one of the highest on-base percentage with four HRs while at the SoCal Mariners Scout ball team during his sophomore and junior years, and as a senior batted .500/.583 on-base percentage, including an HR, a triple, two doubles and a single … In June 2018, invited as one of the top 60 prospects on the West Coast to the Under Armour all-American tryout … Transferred to Aliso Niguel High School in 2018 … Played travel ball for Saddleback Cowboys.

Hirtensteiner on Le Bioda: “David is a left handed power hitting first baseman. David comes into the program with as much or more raw power than any Waves player. David is a true technician and studies and works on his hitting which gives him an opportunity to be one of the best power hitters in the nation as a Freshman. I look forward to watching David compete to be a middle of the order power bat for the Waves.”

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