|Hometown:||Santa Ana, Calif.|
|High School:||Villa Park HS|
UC Santa Barbara
As a freshman, appeared in 11 games with one start and 10 plate appearances ... Singled in his first NCAA at-bat, at Fresno State on Feb. 15 ... Used mostly as a pinch hitter.
High School: Joe played his high school ball at Orange Lutheran before earning a varsity letter for the Spartans of Villa Park and head coach Mike Spears … Played catcher, first base, Outfield, and pitcher … Boasted a .347 batting average with seven home runs and 37 RBIs his senior year… Also competed in football.
Personal: Born in Orange, CA on April 27, 1994 to his parents Barry and Linda … Has one brother, Tony … Plans to major in either sociology or psychology and aspires to play professional baseball … Lists his best performance in Junior Olympics, where his team finished in the top-five and in one game he was 4-4 with three doubles and six RBIs … Favorite sports teams are the Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta Braves, and New England Patriots … Favorite athletes are Tom Brady and Hanley Ramirez … Favorite movies are The Sandlot and 21 Jump Street … Favorite novels are Lone Survivor, American Sniper, and Juiced… Listens to Rebelution, Iration, Lecenzo, Daddy Yankee, and The Green … favorite TV shows are The Boondocks, That 70’s Show, and Family Guy … Enjoys working on cars and hitting in his spare time … Also recruited by UCI, Stanford, SMC, Virginia, UCSD, and USD.