HONOLULU-The University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors baseball program continues to grow its roster heading into the 2015-16 academic year, as head coach Mike Trapasso announced the signing of three additional players to national letters of intent on Friday (July 17).
Hawai’i baseball will add left-handed pitchers Daniel Rocha and Troy Stainbrook, as well as right-hander Kyle Mitchell to the squad for the fall 2015 semester. All three come to O’ahu from California, with two high school signees and one from the junior college ranks.
“We’re extremely excited about Kyle, Danny and Troy,” Trapasso said. “All three will help us in different ways. They’re tremendous talents and their best baseball is still ahead of them.”
Mitchell (6-0, 190, Napa, Calif.) wrapped up his sophomore season in 2015 at Santa Rosa Junior College in California, logging a 3.41 ERA and 5-2 record in seven starts through15 appearances, striking out 47 batters in 58 innings. As a freshman, he received all-Big 8 honorable mention with a 5-5 record and 1.95 ERA, striking out 52 in 69.1 innings. Starting for the past two seasons, Mitchell aided SRJC to consecutive Big 8 runner up finishes and playoff appearances. He was a standout utility player at Vintage High School in Napa, Calif.
“Kyle is very versatile, can be used in multiple roles and will bring a mature presence to the staff,” Trapasso said.
Rocha (6-0, 170, Carson, Calif.) provides another possible utility presence for the ‘Bows. He registered a 9-2 record with one save and a 0.80 ERA in his senior season at Narbonne High School in California. He used a solid pitch variety to rack up 103 strikeouts in 70 innings. In addition, Rocha showed potential at the plate, batting .434 with 16 doubles, six triples and six home runs to tally 29 RBI for NHS-also walking 22 times on the year.
“Danny is a tremendous competitor. He’s a lefty with a mid-to-high 80’s fastball with great feel,” Trapasso noted. “He also has a solid left-handed swing that makes him a possible two-way guy.”
Stainbrook (6-7, 220, Visalia, Calif.) is another high school signee out of Golden West High School. The sizable left-hander will be among the tallest to ever don a Rainbow Warriors uniform. Stainbrook proved consistent throughout his three-year high school career, logging a 2.71 career ERA with 229 strikeouts-aiding the team to consecutive Central Section Division III titles. As a senior in 2015, he earned first-team all-West Yosemite League honors, posting a 2.40 ERA through 11 starts, while striking out 78 batters in 49.2 innings of action.
“Troy starts with what you can’t teach, coming in at 6-7. On top of that, he has tremendous stuff and is capable of being a front line guy,” Trapasso said.