Walla Walla Sweets sign southpaw Virant

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WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Sweets have signed Hunter Virant, a 6-foot 3-inch, 175-pound southpaw from southern California, for the 2012 West Coast League season.

Virant will join the Sweets after his graduation from Camarillo High School and prior to attending UCLA as a freshman.

Baseball America, Perfect Game and mlb.com all project Virant to be among the first 30 players selected in this years' major league baseball amateur draft.

According to espn.go.com, Virant is ranked as the fifth-best California high school prospect in the class of 2012. In 2011, as a junior, he appeared in the Perfect Game All-American Classic, and played for the Milwaukee Brewers in the Area Code Baseball Games. Last season at Camarillo, Virant went 6-1, with a 1.84 ERA in 57 innings pitched, and was named the 2011 Pacific View League's pitcher of the year. At the plate, he hit .452 with 15 RBI, 14 doubles, one triple, and two home runs.

The Sweets open the season June 1 against the Corvallis Knights.

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