Freshman Sequoyah Stonecipher was one reason Baseball America rated USD's 2007 recruiting class the best in the nation.
But Stonecipher is playing the outfield this season for Grossmont College, not the Toreros. The Mission Bay High graduate left USD and enrolled at Grossmont during the semester break.
USD coach Rich Hill did not give a reason for Stonecipher's transfer, saying only: "He is no longer a part of the USD baseball team and we can't comment on the specifics of his departure."
Stonecipher participated in USD's fall series against Long Beach State and would not have been eligible to play this season at another Division I school. Playing for a junior college team does make him eligible for the 2008 draft.