For all intents and purposes, Quinntin Perez will be playing Division I ball next spring.

The former St. Joseph and Hancock College standout has already landed on the radar of a few major college programs.

Perez, a middle infielder who carries a top-of-the-order bat, visited Oregon this past weekend.

Perez, who's a switch-hitter, also received interest from San Diego State and landed an offer after he visited the Aztecs this week.

Perez batted .346 before graduating from St. Joseph in 2016. He hit .446 as a junior with 25 runs, nine RBIs and eight doubles, playing mostly at shortstop. 

Perez credits his father Ernie for helping him get to this point. 

"I'm a natural right-handed hitter but I learned to hit left as soon as I could swing," Perez said. "All my baseball success goes to my hard work and my dad."

This past season at Hancock, Perez was arguably the Bulldogs' most productive hitter. Batting at the top of the order, Perez set the table for Hancock's offense to the tune of .367 batting average, three homers, 18 RBIs and 35 runs despite missing nines games.

Perez missed the final part of the season with a wrist injury. He had 18 RBIs, seven doubles and two triples. His .550 slugging percentage was second on the team behind Jake Shusterich (.656). 

Perez had an OPS of 1.064 on the year and struck out just 18 times while drawing 26 walks. He also stole 10 bases. 

The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder was just as good as a freshman at Hancock.

In 2017, he hit .389 in 28 games for the Bulldogs, going 35-for-90 on the year. He had nine doubles, 21 RBIs and 15 runs scored. He only struck out 13 times while drawing nine walks. Perez's batting average was about 80 points higher than any everyday player on Hancock's roster that season.

Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jbaileysmsports

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