Baseball: Andrew Arguello signs with Bluefield (VA) College

Andrew Arguello is the first Falcon to sign
Andrew Arguello is the first Falcon to sign

Andrew Arguello spent two seasons in the hunt for a CCCAA State Championship at Orange Coast College and received a ring in 2019 during his red-shirt season. Lost in the shuffle of pitchers, Arguello decided to join high school teammate Nick Martinez at Cerritos College for the 2020 season. Although his campaign was shortened due to COVID-19, Arguello was starting to come into his own, as he dominated in his final three starts of the season. Arguello, who still has sophomore status, has signed a National Letter of Intent with NAIA school Bluefield (VA) College.

Andrew Arguello signing with Bluefield College Arguello went 3-3 on the year with two complete games and a 4.46 ERA in a team-high 38.1 innings. He also led the team with seven starts on the year. Arguello turned it up in South Coast Conference play with a 2-1 record to go along with a team-leading 1.17 ERA and allowed just 17 hits in 23 innings of work.

"Orange Coast College is a huge community college baseball name and lots and lots of bounce backs come to play for them and it would just be really hard to get playing time," commented Arguello. "It's understandable, because they are a winning program and want the best of the best on the field. I thought I carried more than my weight there, but just didn't work out and moved on (to Cerritos)."

"The reason I chose Bluefield College comes in many factors," stated Arguello. "(Assistant) Coach (Chris) Allen called me about a week and a half ago and immediately was very enthusiastic about me attending Bluefield to play for them, which is always a plus. I told him I was interested, but Virginia isn't around the corner, so I'd need some time to sleep on it. He sent me some pictures of the campus, field, lifting facilities, locker room... you name it, he sent it. I was hooked. It's a beautiful town, campus, great field and locker room. He then pushed me a little further to go there. He started to say how they can further develop my body physically and get more velocity out of me, which again, is a plus. I could not pass up (on the scholarship offer), as it was a very hefty amount of money, which sealed the deal and knew I'd be a Ram. I'm very very excited to attend Bluefield, as it would be a very different change of lifestyle for me and my family. But I'm always up for a challenge."

Struggling out of the gate at the start of the 2020 season, Arguello started his first game of the season with a 103-degree temperature, which affected his strength, location of his pitches and durability. Three more starts later, and Arguello was still looking for the success he experienced during the fall. But things started to turn around in a 3-1 win over East Los Angeles College on February 21. He lasted six innings, surrendered seven hits and just one earned run. That was followed by a hard-luck 1-0 loss to El Camino College, as he went the distance while allowing just five hits and struck out five. Arguello tossed his second straight complete game in what turned out to be his final start of the season.

In a 6-2 win over Pasadena City College, Arguello threw nine innings (110 pitches), with 70 of his pitches being strikes. Although he allowed five hits and three walks, his defense came through for him while he shut down the Lancers when necessary. In his final three starts of the season, Arguello allowed four runs (three earned) on 17 hits, with 10 striekouts in 23 innings.

Andrew Arguello signed with Bluefield (VA) College "(Pitching) Coach (Max) Gibbs gave me great advice throughout the year on pitching in big moments and being a dog on the mound," stated Arguello. "He has experience with that, considering he pitched in Omaha (for Cal State Fullerton). This team and coaching staff brought the best out of me as a person and I love them tremendously for that. I learned how to be a better leader to the younger guys on the team. I'm not the most talkative person, but the coaching staff was big on us participating in team talks, which helped me a ton to break out of my shell."

Arguello will be joining a Rams team that has 14 pitchers coming back from a 7-11 season. But his newfound confidence and success in the latter part of the season will serve him well, as he looks to fill the #3 or #4 starting pitcher position. Arguello was also being recruited by Cal Lutheran, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Westcliff University, as well as several school on the East Coast. Lost in a rotational shuffle at Orange Coast prior to coming to Cerritos has provided Arguello the much-needed experience should any situation present itself.

The abbreviated time he spent with the Falcons will not go unnoticed to Arguello, as he moves on.

"I will definitely remember the family I made along the way," said Arguello. "When I was at the other colleges I played for, I did not have this family feeling I got at Cerritos. I truly felt like I belonged there and will be forever grateful for the brothers I made there in the short time we had together. I want to thank everyone at Cerritos that I met. My teammates and coaching staff. I love you guys more than you will ever know for what you did for me. Thank you for everything. I will never forget this team."