Sahuarita senior first baseman/outfielder Nathan Huie, a 6-foot-2 and 210-pound prospect, has changed his commitment from Arkansas to San Diego State.
Huie participated early this week in the prestigious 2023 World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) World Championship at Jupiter, Fla.
He made the commitment to the Aztec program while visiting San Diego on Friday before his return to Sahuarita.
He will play for Shaun Cole, Arizona’s pitching coach when the Wildcats won the 2012 College World Series title. Cole was named San Diego State’s coach in July.
He was the pitching coach under former San Diego State coach Mark Martinez, who retired after being part of the the Aztecs’ program for 18 years, the last nine as the head coach.
When Cole was the pitching coach at Arizona, the Wildcat pitchers combined for 121 wins, 25 complete games and 1,324 strikeouts between 2010 and 2012. Nine pitchers were selected in the MLB Draft, including Kurt Heyer, who received All-America recognition in 2011 by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
A starter since he was a freshman at Sahuarita, Huie is batting .309 with five home runs and 45 RBIs in his career with the Mustangs. He also has 20 doubles and five triples.
Last season, his slugging percentage was .700 with his five home runs. 10 doubles and three triples.
His father Bryan Huie is an area New York Yankees scout and owner and player development director of the elite training organization Baseball’s Next Level.
The elder Huie, a Marana Mountain View graduate, is also the principal at Mission Manor Elementary School. He pitched for Westark Community College in Fort Smith, Ark., before finishing his college career at Lubbock Christian. He played professionally in the Seattle Mariners organization.
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