Virant, like Williams and Avis ahead of him, has the capability to soar to at least No. 2 on this list with a strong spring. He offers projection at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds and already boasts a solid to average fastball that has brushed 94 mph in the past. His arm action is somewhat short, but there's plenty of time to figure that out and it's not expected to negatively impact his draft status. The left-hander's mid-70s curveball and potential for added velocity suggest he's among the prep arms with the most upside in any state.
--Jason A. Churchill
UCLA Release, Nov. 11, 2011
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Camarillo High School (Camarillo, Calif.) under head coach Richard Jaquez ... went 6-1 with a 1.54 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 50 innings as a junior (2011) ... earned Pacific View League Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior ... threw a perfect game against arch rival Rio Mesa High School during his junior season ... compiled a string of 33 consecutive batters retired in March 2011 ... at the plate as a junior, batted .456 with two home runs, 41 hits and 15 RBI ... made his varsity pitching debut in mid-May of his sophomore season (2010) ... was an honorable mention all-Pacific View League selection as a sophomore ... batted .246 with one home run, 10 doubles and 14 RBI in 28 games as a freshman (did not pitch as a freshman) ... ranked No. 19 in Perfect Game USA's list of the top 300 prospects eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft ... listed by Baseball America as one of the top 20 prospects at the 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase ... selected to USA Baseball's 18U National Team Trials Roster in June 2011 ... selected to compete for USA Baseball's 18U National Team at the 2011 COPABE `AAA' 18U Junior Pan American Championships in Cartegna, Colombia (Nov. 17-27, 2011) ...
Head Coach John Savage: "One of the country's top left-handed pitching prospects, Hunter is an immediate impact pitcher. He has three plus pitches and a very athletic delivery. Hunter will be able to make a difference in our program from the start."