Top 25 Recruiting Classes





Baseball America's recruiting class rankings are based on dozens of conversations with college coaches and pro scouts across the country this fall, as well as countless more calls during our Draft Preview preparation this spring. The rank column in the charts below indicates players who ranked among BA's Top 200 prospects (which included college players) for the 2010 draft. Draft references are for 2010 unless otherwise noted. The rankings do not consider transfers from four-year schools, except when players are leaving programs that have been eliminated.

1. STANFORD
Recruiting coordinator: Dean Stotz. Total Recruits: 11 (11 freshmen).
RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
27 Austin Wilson, of R-R 6-4 215 Cardinals (12) Harvard-Westlake HS, Los Angeles
46 A.J. Vanegas, rhp R-R 6-3 205 Padres (7) Redwood Christian HS, San Lorenzo, Calif.
139 Brian Ragira, of/if R-R 6-2 190 Rangers (30) Martin HS, Arlington, Texas

Lonnie Kauppila, if R-R 6-1 170 Athletics (44) Burbank HS, Glendale, Calif.

Danny Diekroeger, if L-R 6-1 175
Menlo HS, Atherton, Calif.

Brian Guymono, of R-R 6-2 170
Arapahoe (Colo.) HS

Brant Whiting, c R-R 6-2 215
Troy HS, Fullerton, Calif.

Brett Doran, if/rhp R-R 6-2 192
Milford (Conn.) HS

The Cardinal ranked second on this list a year ago thanks to a class headlined by three superstar recruits (Jake Stewart, Mark Appel, Kenny Diekroeger) and a highly regarded pure hitter (Stephen Piscotty). This year's class is constructed similarly, though with less depth after the top four than the previous class had. No class in the country has a trio that can match Wilson, Vanegas and Ragira for star power. Wilson and Ragira offered some of the best righthanded power potential in the 2010 draft. Only Wilson's lack of signability kept him out of the first round; his power and arm strength rate as plus-plus tools and his speed is solid-average, giving him a prototypical right fielder's tools package. Ragira is wiry-strong and projectable, but he also has a knack for making contact more consistently than Wilson. He's also a solid-average runner with a solid-average arm, and he should play immediately at a corner, either on the infield or outfield. Vanegas is one of the most polished incoming pitchers in the nation, with excellent feel for a quality three-pitch repertoire. His 90-92 mph fastball touches 94 and has natural cut, while his mid-70s curveball has tight spin. Kauppila, sidelined this fall after having minor arm surgery, has surprising strength in his slender frame and could be a standout defender at second base immediately. The rest of the class is composed of players more likely to contribute down the road than in 2011, led by Diekroeger, who lacks older brother Kenny's raw tools but has excellent toughness and hand-eye coordination.

2. LOUISIANA STATE

Recruiting coordinator: David Grewe. Total Recruits: 18 (11 freshmen, 6 JC transfers, 1 exempt four-year transfer).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
50 Kevin Gausman, rhp R-R 6-4 185 Dodgers (6) Grandview HS, Centennial, Colo.
166 Jacoby Jones, 3b R-R 6-3 205 Astros (19) Richton (Miss.) HS

Ryan Eades, rhp B-R 6-3 205 Rockies (19) Northshore HS, Slidell, La.

Tyler Jones, rhp R-R 6-4 215 White Sox (21) Madison (Wis.) JC

Mitchell Hopkins, lhp L-L 6-3 184 Reds (42) Louisiana State-Eunice JC

Raph Rhymes, if R-R 6-0 185
Louisiana State-Eunice JC

Tyler Ross, c R-R 6-3 220 Phillies (46) Collier HS, Naples, Fla.

Jimmy Dykstra, rhp R-R 6-3 190 Rockies (50) Yavapai (Ariz.) JC

Kevin Koziol, 3b/1b R-R 6-3 185
Brother Rice HS, Chicago

Nick Rumbelow, rhp R-R 6-0 185
Bullard (Texas) HS

Three years after bringing in the nation's No. 2 recruiting class LSU once again had plenty of holes to fill, so the Tigers put together perhaps the nation's deepest and most balanced class. Many of the biggest names in the class (Garin Cecchini, Zach Lee, Cam Bedrosian, Lucas Leblanc) signed pro contracts late in the summer, and another (Austin Southall) opted to attend Chipola (Fla.) JC rather than LSU, but the Tigers still landed three blue-chip recruits in Gausman, Jacoby Jones and Eades. Gausman had one of the biggest arms in the 2010 draft, but his lackluster spring, spotty command and underdeveloped secondary stuff caused him to wind up in Baton Rouge, where he could blossom into a high first-rounder by the time he's eligible for the 2012 draft as a sophomore. Jacoby Jones, a premium athlete with bat speed and arm strength, could earn the starting third base job as a freshman if he shows he can make contact consistently. Eades showed an explosive 94 mph fastball and a very promising breaking ball as a 16-year-old before having labrum surgery that kept him off the mound as a senior; his recovery is progressing well, and the Tigers expect him back to 100 percent by the spring. Ross is polished enough to start behind the plate immediately, and Rumbelow's 88-91 fastball and good changeup should make him a weekend contributor early on, as well. Koziol isn't a great athlete and will need some work offensively, but he has raw power and arm strength. Like they did in 2007, the Tigers supplemented their talented freshmen with a strong group of junior-college transfers. Tyler Jones has shown low-90s heat and a good curveball, and LSU thinks he could earn a weekend starter job. Dykstra, the younger brother of former Wake Forest star Allan Dykstra, is a converted outfielder with a fastball that reaches 93, though his breaking ball is a work in progress. Hopkins projected as a top-five-rounds pick before a strained deltoid muscle derailed his spring; he has a quality three-pitch mix and projects to add velocity to his 90-91 mph fastball as he gets stronger. Rhymes is a slightly undersized hitting machine who could find himself entrenched in the middle of LSU's lineup in 2011.

3. UCLA

Recruiting coordinator: Rick Vanderhook.Total Recruits:9 (9 freshmen).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
131 Adam Plutko, rhp R-R 6-3 190 Astros (6) Glendora (Calif.) HS
132 Zach Weiss, rhp R-R 6-2 210 Pirates (10) Northwood HS, Irvine, Calif.

Nick Vander Tuig, rhp R-R 6-3 190 Blue Jays (39) Oakdale (Calif.) HS

Brenton Allen, of L-L 6-2 205 Phillies (9) Gahr HS, Cerritos, Calif.

Pat Valaika, ss R-R 5-11 170
Hart HS, Valencia, Calif.

Jake Shirley, ss R-R 6-1 195
South Hills HS, Covina, Calif.

Pat Gallagher, 1b L-L 6-2 210
Reno (Nev.) HS

Kevin Williams, if L-R 6-0 180 Dodgers (41) Crespi HS, Van Nuys, Calif.

Brian Carroll, of R-R 5-10 170
Granite Hills HS, San Diego

UCLA welcomes a ranked class for the sixth straight year, and a top-10 class for the fifth time in the last decade. The most balanced class on the West Coast, UCLA's group also features the best group of front-line arms in the West. The headliner is Plutko, a lean, projectable yet polished righty with a fastball that reaches 93 mph, a devastating 12-to-6 curveball and a good changeup. He figures to be the front-runner for UCLA's Sunday starter job this spring, and his total package compares with Dylan Covey, A.J. Vanegas, Pepperdine's Scott Frazier and Cal's Eric Jaffe—the other top freshman arms in the West. Weiss, who flashes 94-95 mph heat and a sharp two-plane curveball, could replace Dan Klein as UCLA's power closer, or compete for a starting job. Vander Tuig, a Tommy John survivor with a sinking 90-93 mph fastball, reminds Bruins coach John Savage of Klein for his fastball command and movement. He had surgery as a junior and has regained his old stuff this fall. The position players in this class aren't premium prospects like the three arms, but they are solid. The athletic Shirley and the savvy Valaika—the younger brother of former UC Santa Barbara shortstops Chris and Matt Valaika—will compete for a job in the middle infield as freshmen. Valaika also stands out for his line-drive stroke, strong arm and sure infield actions, though his range might be shy for shortstop. Gallagher, who played for Savage's brother at Reno High, is a pure lefthanded hitter who uses the whole field. Williams and the speedy Carroll are excellent athletes who will fit well into Vanderhook's aggressive offensive philosophy. Allen has the most upside of the hitters; his speed, power and arm strength are all plus raw tools, though his bat is a work in progress.

4. SAN DIEGO

Recruiting coordinator: Jay Johnson. Total Recruits: 17 (9 freshmen, 8 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
18 Dylan Covey, rhp R-R 6-2 190 Brewers (1) Maranatha HS, Pasadena, Calif.
53 Kris Bryant, 3b/1b R-R 6-5 205 Blue Jays (17) Bonanza HS, Las Vegas

Tyler Painton, lhp L-L 6-5 195 Blue Jays (13) Centennial HS, Bakersfield, Calif.

James Pazos, lhp L-L 6-3 225 Diamondbacks (40) Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) JC

Paul Paez, lhp L-L 5-9 200
Bishop Amat HS, Baldwin Park, Calif.

Michael Wagner, rhp R-R 6-4 185 Red Sox (28) Centennial HS, Las Vegas

Julian Duran, ss R-R 5-11 175
Santa Ana (Calif.) JC

Corey LeVier, 1b/of L-L 6-4 210
Cypress (Calif.) JC

Max McNabb, lhp L-L 6-1 205
La Costa Canyon HS, Encinitas, Calif.

San Diego and LSU are apparently on the same recruiting schedule; three years ago, USD brought in the nation's No. 1 class, just ahead of LSU's. Like the Tigers, the Toreros reloaded this year, weathering several high-profile draft losses (Marcus Littlewood, Tony Wolters, Griffin Murphy, Kellen Sweeney) to land another banner class. Covey, who opted to attend USD rather than sign as a first-round pick when he was diagnosed with diabetes this summer, is one of the biggest recruiting prizes in the country. At his best, Covey is a true ace with a 92-96 mph fastball, a wicked power breaking ball and excellent feel for a changeup. The Toreros also landed one of the nation's best incoming bats in Bryant, whose prodigious power earns him comparisons to Troy Glaus. That core is complemented by a quartet of intriguing lefthanders. The wiry Painton has loads of projection but lacks refinement and might not make a big impact right away. Pazos has a workhorse build, an 88-92 mph fastball with good movement and a good changeup, giving him a good shot to step into the weekend rotation. The short, stocky Paez has a bit of Rob Rasmussen in him, with an 87-91 mph fastball, a hammer curve and plenty of savvy and competitiveness. McNabb sits in the 85-88 range, but his quality breaking ball eats up lefthanded hitters. Wagner, whose velocity jumped into the low 90s this spring, gives USD another quality righty with plenty of upside, but he'll need to improve his breaking ball. Duran and LeVier could become solid regulars in 2011, but neither has star potential.

5. OREGON

Recruiting coordinator: Andrew Checketts. Total Recruits: 13 (11 freshmen, 2 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
95 Stefan Sabol, c/of R-R 6-2 210 Braves (17) Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
163 Tyler Kuresa, 1b L-L 6-4 200 Twins (11) Oakmont HS, Roseville, Calif.

Ryon Healy, 1b/rhp R-R 6-4 220
Crespi HS, Encino, Calif.

Connor Hofmann, of R-R 5-11 175 Padres (16) St. Augustine HS, San Diego

Brando Tessar, rhp/of R-R 6-1 185 Blue Jays (25) Chaminade HS, Canoga Park, Calif.

Aaron Jones, c/of R-R 6-1 190 Red Sox (37) San Clemente (Calif.) HS

Brett Thomas, of L-R 6-2 190
Poway (Calif.) HS

Brandon Brennan, rhp R-R 6-3 215 Rockies (40) Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif.

Jimmy Sherfy, rhp R-R 6-1 165
Newbury Park (Calif.) HS

Brett Hambright, c R-R 6-1 230 Rockies '09 (36) Riverside (Calif.) CC

Brimming with both star potential and depth, Oregon's class boasts the nation's best collection of incoming hitters. The physical, athletic group is headlined by Sabol and Healy, who ranked as the No. 1 prospects in the West Coast and California Collegiate summer leagues in 2010. Healy's size, strength and swing earned him comparisons to Scott Rolen and Evan Longoria this summer, though he'll likely wind up at first base for Oregon. His strong arm could make him a valuable contributor on the mound as well. Sabol also has big-time power potential as part of a provocative five-tool package. Kuresa is a slick-fielding first baseman with a smooth lefthanded swing, and he also projects for plus power as he fills out his lanky frame, but he will need to get stronger to make an impact in 2011. Hofmann, who broke his hand on the first day of fall ball, has plus-plus speed, excellent defensive instincts and table-setter offensive skills. Jones, whose older brother Chris played for Ducks coach George Horton when he was at Cal State Fullerton, is an athletic catcher with a polished bat and rapidly improving receiving ability. Thomas is a gamer with good speed and surprising pop in his lefthanded bat; his feel for small ball could make him a starter immediately. Oregon is loaded on the mound, so this class lacks blue-chip pitching prospects, but it does feature three intriguing arms in Tessar, Brennan and Sherfy. The ultra-athletic Tessar throws strikes with a lively 88-92 mph fastball and a power curveball. Sherfy's loose, projectable arm reminds Checketts of former UC Riverside star Joe Kelly, though he relies more on his slider currently than his fastball, which has average present velocity. Brennan has the most arm strength of the trio, with a fastball that has touched 95, but he lacks polish.

6. FLORIDA

Recruiting coordinator: Craig Bell. Total Recruits: 8 (7 freshmen, 1 JC transfer).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
15 Karsten Whitson, rhp R-R 6-3 220 Padres (1) Chipley (Fla.) HS
148 Daniel Gibson, lhp L-L 6-0 215 Brewers (26) Jesuit HS, Tampa

Keenan Kish, rhp L-R 6-3 185 Yankees (34) Germantown Acad., Fort Washington, Pa.

Zach Powers, 3b L-R 6-4 195 Pirates (28) Armwood (Fla.) HS

Jonathan Crawford, rhp R-R 6-2 190 Marlins (42) Okeechobee (Fla.) HS

Frankie DeJiulio, rhp R-R 6-1 190 Indians (45) Daytona Beach (Fla.) CC

The rich get richer. A year after bringing in a historically strong class that included a record five freshman All-Americans, Florida struck gold again with one of the nation's best groups of incoming pitchers. The headliner, of course, is Whitson, who did not sign as the No. 9 overall pick. With a mid-90s fastball and a devastating power slider in the 80-84 range, Whitson has front-line big league starter stuff, and he figures to anchor Florida's loaded weekend rotation as a freshman. Gibson's size, polish, competitiveness and stuff—an 88-91 mph fastball that has touched 93-94, an outstanding changeup and a promising slider—evoke last year's top Gator southpaw recruit, Brian Johnson. Kish barely missed out on the Top 200 in the spring and ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Cal Ripken League this summer. Like Gibson, he has advanced feel for a quality three-pitch mix, and he figures to add velocity to his 88-92 mph fastball as he fills out his loose, projectable frame. Crawford figures to make an instant impact in the Florida bullpen, thanks to a riding 88-92 fastball and a power curve with downer action. The Gators focused on arms after loading up on bats in last year's banner haul, but they still landed an impact hitter in Powers, who has feel for hitting and plenty of power projection to go along with strong defensive skills at the hot corner.

7. GEORGIA TECH

Recruiting coordinator: Bryan Prince. Total Recruits: 16 (16 freshmen).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
72 DeAndre Smelter, rhp/of R-R 6-3 225 Twins (14) Tattnall Square Acad., Macon, Ga.

Matthew Grimes, rhp R-R 6-6 185 White Sox (4) Skagit Valley (Wash.) CC

Daniel Palka, of/1b/lhp L-L 6-1 223 Phillies (19) Greer (S.C.) HS

Mott Hyde, ss R-R 6-0 175 Blue Jays (44) Calhoun (Ga.) HS

Chris Triplett, if R-R 6-0 185 Tigers (47) Sandy Creek HS, Fayetteville, Ga.

Dusy Isaacs, rhp R-R 6-0 180 Pirates (50) Lebanon (Ohio) HS

Zane Evans, c/rhp R-R 6-2 210
Roswell (Ga.) HS

Chase Butler, 3b R-R 5-10 205
Darlington School, Rome, Ga.

The Yellow Jackets had plenty of holes to fill after losing nine drafted players off last year's star-studded team, and they reloaded with a deep, balanced class. Smelter, the biggest name in the group, is a premium athlete who has flashed 95 mph heat and a promising 87 mph slider off the mound, but his speed, power potential and arm strength might make him more of an impact player in the outfield, at least at first. Grimes looks like the next great Georgia Tech ace, with a fastball that reaches 94-94 mph, a power breaking ball in the high 70s and loads of projectability. Palka, like Smelter, could contribute off the mound, but he stands out most for his big lefthanded power at the plate, and he could be the second coming of former Tech slugger Tony Plagman. Hyde could step into Derek Dietrich's vacated shortstop job right away thanks to a strong arm and good hands in the field, plus solid speed and some power potential. He'll likely team with the athletic Triplett to give the Jackets a quality keystone combination of the future. Evans is a solid defensive catcher with a strong arm and gap power at the plate, making him another likely freshman starter in 2011. Butler is a good defender with arm strength at the hot corner, and Isaacs gives this class another live arm off the mound.

8. ARKANSAS

Recruiting coordinator: Todd Butler. Total Recruits: 17 (15 freshmen, 2 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
42 Ryne Stanek, rhp R-R 6-4 185 Mariners (3) Blue Valley HS, Stillwell, Kan.
77 Dominic Ficociello, 3b B-R 6-3 175 Tigers (23) Fullerton (Calif.) Union HS

Nolan Sanburn, rhp/c/of R-R 6-0 185 Tigers (34) Kokomo (Ind.) HS

Jeff Harvill, lhp L-L 6-0 180 Phillies (40) Evangel Christian Acad., Shreveport, La.

Sam Bates, 1b/of L-R 6-5 215 Marlins (39) Crowder (Mo.) JC

Barrett Astin, rhp R-R 6-1 190
Forrest City (Ark.) HS

Bronson Gillam, rhp L-R 6-4 230
Evangel Christian Acad., Shreveport, La.

Colby Suggs, rhp R-R 6-0 225
Sulpher Springs (Texas) HS

Jacob Rice, of R-R 6-3 190
Union HS, Tulsa

Despite losing three drafted players to well-above-slot bonuses (Jared Lakind, Robbie Ray and Ben Wells), Arkansas welcomed a strong class anchored by a pair of potential superstars in Stanek and Ficociello. Like Florida's Karsten Whitson, Stanek is a bona fide ace. He entered last year as a projectable righty with excellent feel for pitching, and he maintained his feel even after his velocity jumped into the 91-96 range during his senior year. He also has an out pitch in his sharp two-plane curveball. Ficociello is a switch-hitter with lightning-quick hands and loads of power potential as he fills out his rail-thin frame. "He's got some serious levers from both sides," a National League scout said. "I'm all in on that guy—he's got flick in those hands, believe me." The athletic but unrefined Sanburn has flashed plus fastball velocity in the past, while Harvill and Gillam both reached the low 90s before injuries derailed their springs. Suggs evokes former Arkansas ace Jess Todd for his size, his riding 88-94 mph fastball and his quality curveball. Astin has good command of an 87-91 fastball and good slider, giving this class another quality arm. Bates, like Ficociello, is a long-levered power hitter, but he'll need to improve his defense and improve his contact rate. Rice oozes athleticism but lacks polish.

9. RICE

Recruiting coordinator: Mike Taylor. Total Recruits: 10 (10 freshmen).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
118 John Simms, rhp R-R 6-4 210 Nationals (39) College Park HS, The Woodlands, Texas
153 Austin Kubitza, rhp L-R 6-6 185 Pirates (7) Heritage HS, Colleyville, Texas

Tyler Pearson, c R-R 6-2 180 Indians (38) Monterey HS, Lubbock, Texas

Connor Mason, rhp R-R 6-3 185
Home school, Suwanee, Ga.

Derek Hamilton, ss/rhp R-R 6-0 180
Brazoswood HS, Clute, Texas

Shane Hoelscher, ss/of R-R 6-1 185
Belton (Texas) HS

Keenan Cook, of L-R 6-1 175
College Park HS, The Woodlands, Texas

Kyle Mueller, lhp R-L 6-6 215
Bellville (Texas) HS

The Owls never expected to land No. 2 overall pick Jameson Taillon, but the group of front-line pitching they did bring in "has a chance to be exceptional," in the words of recruiting coordinator Mike Taylor. Simms has even more feel for pitching than Taillon, and his stuff is not too far behind. His 89-93 mph fastball is a true plus pitch because of its incredible run and sink, and his 83-84 mph slider is a second above-average offering. Simms also has loads of projection, as does Kubitza, whose fastball currently bumps 93 and whose slider ranked as one of the best in the 2010 high school draft crop. Mason, who touched the low 90s and showed a solid changeup before hurting his elbow last spring, gives Rice's class a third potential front-line starter down the road, but he'll miss 2011 after having Tommy John surgery this fall. Mueller is more of a project, but as a lefthander with size and arm strength, he has intriguing upside. This class is mostly about pitching, but the Owls augmented their arms with some athletic position players. Pearson, a former high school running back, might have been the best defensive catcher in the state of Texas last year, though his bat lags behind a bit. Hamilton and Hoelscher bring defensive versatility, and Cook's lefthanded bat has promise.

10. CAL STATE FULLERTON

Recruiting coordinator: Greg Bergeron. Total Recruits: 15 (8 freshmen, 7 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
140 Michael Lorenzen, of R-R 6-3 180 Rays (7) Fullerton (Calif.) HS

Joe Terry, 2b L-R 5-10 185 White Sox (8) Cerritos (Calif.) JC

Nick O'Loughlin, c R-R 6-0 200
Fullerton (Calif.) JC

Bijan Rademacher, of/lhp L-L 6-0 190
Canyon HS, Anaheim Hills, Calif.

Christian Coronado, rhp R-R 6-2 195
Hemet (Calif.) HS

Chad Wallach, if/rhp R-R 6-3 220 Dodgers (43) Calvary Chapel HS, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Blake Barber, if R-R 5-10 185
Modesto (Calif.) JC

Cody Webster, c R-R 6-2 200
Santa Margarita HS, Trabucco Canyon, Calif.

Greg Velazquez, ss R-R 6-1 180
Fullerton (Calif.) HS

The Titans have one of the nation's best and deepest pitching staffs coming back for 2011, so former recruiting coordinator Sergio Brown focused on bats with his last recruiting class. In Lorenzen and Terry, they landed a pair impact position players who were drafted in the top eight rounds. Lorenzen is a projectable five-tool talent with plus speed, a bazooka arm and power potential, though there is some difference of opinion in the West over the readiness of his bat. Terry will make an offensive splash immediately—he has serious lefthanded bat speed and a refined approach at the plate. He's also a plus runner, though his defense at second base is a question mark. The rest of the class contains players who project as solid regulars rather than stars. O'Loughlin's good catch-and-throw skills and playable bat should make him an instant starter behind the plate. Rademacher is a good athlete with a quick arm and a quick bat, and he could contribute on both sides of the ball. Barber also brings athleticism and scrappiness, while Wallach (the son of Titan legend Tim) has surprising athleticism and intriguing power potential. Coronado could find a home in the Fullerton bullpen as a freshman thanks to a decent 87-89 fastball, quality breaking ball and changeup.

11. CALIFORNIA

Recruiting coordinator: Dan Hubbs. Total Recruits: 11 (10 freshmen, 1 JC transfer).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
91 Eric Jaffe, rhp/1b R-R 6-3 235 Red Sox (19) Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland
184 Andrew Knapp, c B-R 6-1 180 Athletics (42) Granite Bay (Calif.) HS

Louie Lechich, of/lhp L-L 6-3 205 Athletics (43) St. Mary's HS, Stockton, Calif.

Derek Campbell, ss R-R 6-0 170
Mater Dei HS, Irvine, Calif.

Kyle Porter, lhp L-L 6-3 190
Oakridge HS, El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Vince Bruno, of/1b L-R 6-0 165
Los Medranos (Calif.) CC

Jacob Wark, 1b L-R 6-5 240 Braves (38) Jesuit HS, Portland

Mike Theofanopoulos, lhp/of L-L 6-1 185
Foothill HS, Pleasanton, Calif.

The future of Cal baseball would have been bright if the school had not announced this fall that it will cut the program after the 2011 season. After bringing in a very strong class last year, the Golden Bears landed an elite class this year, headlined by Jaffe and Knapp. Jaffe has a pair of true plus pitches in a fastball that reaches 95 mph and a wipeout curveball, and he also has big-time power potential at the plate. Knapp is the complete package—a switch-hitting catcher with a pure stroke from both sides, to go along with the makings of above-average receiving skills and a solid-average arm. Lechich, a former football wide receiver with good speed, a quick bat and a loose arm, gives the Bears another potential impact two-way player. Porter and Theofanopoulos, like Lechich, work in the 85-88 range, and Porter's four-pitch arsenal also includes a very good slider. Campbell is an athletic shortstop with a strong arm, but his bat lags behind his defense at this stage. Bruno is a good runner with excellent bat speed, while Wark is a hulking slugger who also plays tight end on the Cal football team.

12. VANDERBILT

Recruiting coordinator: Josh Holliday. Total Recruits: 13 (11 freshmen, 2 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
178 Kevin Ziomek, lhp R-L 6-3 190 Diamondbacks (13) Amherst (Mass.) Regional HS

Conrad Gregor, 1b/of L-R 6-3 210 White Sox (40) Carmel (Ind.) HS

T.J. Pecoraro, rhp R-R 5-11 160 Astros (48) Half Hollow Hills West HS, Dix Hills, N.Y.

Joel McKeithan, ss R-R 6-3 185 Rockies (39) Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C.

Robert Hansen, rhp R-R 5-11 155 Cardinals (45) Beech HS, Hendersonville, Tenn.

Steven Rice, lhp L-L 5-8 170
Crawfordsville (Ind.) HS

Sam Lind, if L-R 6-0 175
Central Arizona JC

Spencer Navin, c R-R 6-1 190
Dowling HS, Des Moines

Tony Kemp, of L-R 5-6 160
Centennial HS, Nashville

Will Johnson, if/of L-R 6-0 175
Westwood HS, Austin

Vanderbilt's balanced class is anchored by Ziomek, whom the Commodores hope is the next in an impressive line of Vandy lefthanded aces that includes first-round picks Jeremy Sowers, David Price and Mike Minor. Ziomek has a loose arm and projectable frame, but his present stuff is already plenty good; he has shown a 91-94 mph fastball with good angle this fall, and he complements it with a biting two-plane slider at 78-81, a quality fading changeup at 81-82, and a slow curveball. Two more cold-weather arms comprise the pitching core of this class. Pecoraro is an undersized bulldog with wiry strength and a fastball that has reached 93-94 mph, in addition to a curveball and changeup that both project as average or better offerings. Rice is even smaller, but his lively 87-88 fastball can bump 91, and he throws strikes with a four-pitch repertoire that also includes a devastating downer curve. Hansen, like Pecoraro, is a fast-twitch righty who can reach 93 mph, but his bread-and-butter pitch is an 82-83 slider with good tilt. Vandy's incoming position players have plenty of potential, too. Gregor has a knack for squaring up pitches and brings excellent lefthanded power potential. McKeithan is a lanky shortstop with excellent speed and even better defensive skills, though he'll need to get stronger at the plate. Lind is a hitting machine who should compete for a starting job in the infield. Kemp, the younger brother of former Conference USA player of the year Corey Kemp, has plus-plus speed and strong defensive skills in the outfield. Johnson stands out for his flat, smooth, line-drive stroke from the left side.

13. NORTH CAROLINA

Recruiting coordinator: Scott Jackson. Total Recruits: 14 (14 freshmen).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
169 Matt Roberts, c R-R 6-1 185 Diamondbacks (38) Graham (N.C.) HS

Kent Emanuel, lhp L-L 6-4 188 Pirates (19) Woodstock (Ga.) HS

Andrew Smith, rhp R-R 6-2 185 Athletics (40) Roswell (Ga.) HS

Jake Cole, rhp R-R 6-3 230 Rangers (24) Sahuaro HS, Tucson

Shane Taylor, rhp R-R 6-0 170
Clearview Regional HS, Mullica Hills, N.C.

Jeff Bouton, of R-R 6-1 190 Diamondbacks (45) Hoggard HS, Wilmington, N.C.

Colin Moran, 3b L-R 6-3 180
Iona Prep HS, Rye, N.Y.

Thomas Zengel, 1b/of L-L 6-0 195
North Hunterdon HS, Annandale, N.J.

Brian Holberton, c L-R 5-10 180
Myers Park HS, Charlotte

Parks Jordan, 1b/2b L-R 6-3 180
Glenn HS, Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Tar Heels lost big-name recruits Sean Coyle, Ty Linton and Stetson Allie right before the Aug. 16 deadline, but they landed many of the key recruits they were really banking on—Roberts, Emanuel, Smith and Cole. Roberts has a case as the best incoming catcher in the nation, thanks to above-average catch-and-throw skills and a rapidly improving righthanded bat with pull power. UNC hopes Emanuel is the next in its line of heralded pitching recruits who develop into first-round picks in Chapel Hill. A terrific athlete who also starred on the basketball court in high school, Emanuel has a loose arm and a big, projectable frame. He attacks the strike zone with a lively 86-89 mph fastball that touches 91, and he has excellent feel for a changeup. With a fastball that reached 93 mph, a plus curveball and a solid-average to plus slider, Smith ranked ahead of Emanuel heading into the spring, but shoulder soreness torpedoed his senior season, helping him slip through the draft. Cole has shown a 92-93 mph fastball with sink but needs to become more consistent with his hard slider. The rest of the class is made up of intriguing under-the-radar talents who will have to battle for playing time as freshmen. Taylor is a sinker/slider righty who reminds UNC of former Tar Heel Adam Warren. The athletic Bouton impressed with his speed and power potential in fall ball, and Holberton's knack for barreling up balls made him a fall revelation. Zengel, Jordan and Moran (the brother of former Tar Heel lefty Brian and nephew of B.J. Surhoff) all have nice lefthanded strokes.

14. OREGON STATE

Recruiting coordinator: Marty Lees. Total Recruits: 18 (12 freshmen, 6 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
117 Adam Duke, rhp R-R 6-1 185 Red Sox (16) Spanish Fork (Utah) HS

Ben Wetzler, lhp L-L 6-1 212 Indians (15) Clackamas (Ore.) HS

Jake Rodriguez, if R-R 5-8 195 Angels (11) Elk Grove (Calif.) HS

Dan Child, rhp R-R 6-4 243 Padres (48) Jesuit HS, Rocklin, Calif.

Cam Booser, lhp/of L-L 6-3 220
Fife HS, Milton, Wash.

Scott Schultz, rhp R-R 6-2 200
Gig Harbor (Wash.) HS

Brian Stamps, if/of B-R 5-11 160
Sacramento CC

Brandon Defazio, if R-R 6-0 186
Foothill HS, Pleasanton, Calif.

With the bulk of Oregon State's somewhat disappointing third-ranked 2007 recruiting class departing after the 2010 season, the Beavers had a chance to reload with a large, athletic class highlighted by loose-armed pitchers. Duke has superstar potential; at his best this spring, he attacked hitters with a 92-95 mph fastball with tailing life, a sharp curveball and a changeup with fade. He's an excellent athlete who also played shortstop in high school, and he is a strong competitor with a good understanding of the nuances of pitching. Wetzler, the top prep prospect in the state of Oregon this spring, has a polished four-pitch mix and projects to add some velocity to his 88-92 mph fastball. The compact, strong Rodriguez is a heady sparkplug with legit tools despite a small stature. He's also a versatile defender who can play all over the infield and even behind the plate. Child's stature evokes former Beaver closer Eddie Kunz, and OSU says his fastball has reached 96 mph, though he's not particularly loose. Booser was a serious prospect heading into the spring, having hit 95 mph from the left side, but his spring was derailed after he hurt his shoulder lifting weights, helping him wind up in Corvallis. Schultz looks like yet another impact arm, thanks to an 87-91 fastball with big-time sink. Stamps and Defazio bring added versatility and athleticism.

15. OKLAHOMA STATE

Recruiting coordinator: Billy Jones. Total Recruits: 25 (7 freshmen, 17 JC transfers, 1 exempt four-year transfer).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
173 Jason Hursh, rhp R-R 6-1 185 Pirates (6) Trinity Christian HS, Addison, Texas
176 Chris Marlowe, rhp R-R 6-1 185 Blue Jays (21) Navarro (Texas) JC

Jared Womack, c/of L-R 5-10 200
Ranger (Texas) JC

Andrew Heck, of/rhp R-R 6-2 210
Duquesne

Hunter Herrera, rhp R-R 6-4 190
San Diego CC

Blake Barnes, rhp R-R 6-1 180 Rays (48) Howard (Texas) JC

Vince Wheeland, rhp R-R 5-11 190
Turlock (Calif.) HS

Vance Woodruff, rhp L-R 6-2 185 Twins (40) Grayson County (Texas) JC

Zach Johnson, if R-R 6-0 200
Ohlone (Calif.) JC

Oklahoma State's large class includes numerous walk-ons to boost the competition level in fall camp, but the strength of the class is an exciting core of power arms. The loose-armed Hursh is a future ace with a 90-93 mph fastball and a very promising curveball. Marlowe is an excellent athlete—he's a converted shortstop—with a 91-94 mph fastball and a power 12-to-6 curve that could make him a shutdown closer in 2011. Barnes was slowed by elbow tendinitis in the spring, but when healthy he flashed 92-95 mph heat and a good slider. Woodruff is yet another live arm—he has reached 93-94 but must become more consistent with his command. Herrera is a competitive strike-thrower who should vie for a starting job. Wheeland's arm-side run and good slider remind the Cowboys of former OSU righty Justin Friend. Junior-college transfers Womack and Johnson bring pop to the lineup, as does Heck, who can transfer in without sitting out a year after Duquesne folded its program. Heck, the No. 10 prospect in the Jayhawk League this summer, is also a strike-throwing sinkerballer off the mound.

16. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Recruiting coordinator: Doyle Wilson. Total Recruits: 7 (6 freshmen, 1 JC transfer).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
114 Austin Wood, rhp R-R 6-4 220 Rays (4) St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC

Jake Hernandez, c R-R 6-1 195 Tigers (22) Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamongo, Calif.

James Roberts, ss/rhp R-R 6-2 170 Giants (42) Archbishop Mitty HS, San Jose, Calif.

Omar Cotto, of R-R 5-11 190 Blue Jays (12) Bonnevile HS, San Juan, P.R.

Kyle Richter, lhp L-L 6-4 215 Rockies (44) Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

Bobby Wheatley, lhp L-L 6-4 205
Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HS

James Guillen, rhp R-R 6-1 165
Damien HS, La Verne, Calif.

Former USC coach Chad Kreuter's troubles starting on the recruiting trail. The Trojans repeatedly signed big-name recruits that had little chance to wind up on campus, and the inevitable draft defections left their cupboards somewhat barren. This year, USC shepherded five quality drafted signees to campus, and also landed a pair of projectable lefthanders in its best class since its third-ranked 2006 crop, which included Grant Green, Brad Boxberger, Robert Stock and Nick Buss. Wood, the No. 8 prospect in the Cape Cod League this summer, has an electric arm capable of producing mid-to-upper-90s fastballs, but he must prove he has the toughness to handle big-time competition after falling into a low-leverage middle-relief role in junior college. Hernandez is one of the nation's best catching recruits—a physical backstop with excellent catch-and-throw skills and good power potential. The lean, wiry Roberts has excellent bat speed and power potential and could be USC's shortstop of the future if he can become more consistent on routine plays. His strong arm plays in the field and on the mound, where he has flashed 92 mph heat and an above-average curveball. Cotto, who sprinted for the Puerto Rican national track team, is the fastest incoming player in the nation. "He's got speed that you don't see most people have," an NL scout said. "He's got strength for his size, he's a switch-hitter who just started switch-hitting last year, he's got uncanny hand-eye coordination. I think he's got a chance to be special down the line when he focuses just on baseball." Richter showed 88-92 mph velocity this summer in the Alaska League, where he ranked as the No. 4 prospect. Richter and Wheatley both need refinement, but both have tantalizing size, loose arms and plenty of upside.

17. SAN DIEGO STATE

Recruiting coordinator: Eric Valenzuela. Total Recruits: 22 (20 freshmen, 2 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL

Philip Walby, rhp R-R 6-3 200 Orioles (50) Scripps Ranch HS, San Diego

Evan Thomas, rhp R-R 6-2 185
Poway (Calif.) HS

Mike Hachadorian, rhp R-R 6-3 200 Yankees (33) San Diego Mesa JC

Carl Robinson, lhp L-L 6-2 185
Valencia HS, Fullerton, Calif.

Cody Slader, ss B-R 6-0 170
Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland

Dillion Bryant, of R-R 6-0 185
Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HS

T.J. Kendzora, rhp R-R 6-4 195
El Toro HS, Lake Forrest, Calif.

Brad Haynal, c R-R 6-3 200
Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego

Cole Swanson, lhp L-L 6-7 190
Torrey Pines HS, San Diego

Tim Zier, if R-R 5-10 200
Escondido (Calif.) HS

San Diego State coach Tony Gwynn says this class is the best in program history, and scouts think he might be right. Though it lacks the big-name star power of recruiting coordinator Eric Valenzuela's top-ranked 2007 class at San Diego, it has much more depth, as well as several arms with upside. Walby and Thomas are both competitors who can run their fastballs into the low 90s, and Valenzuela says Walby has repeatedly reached 94 in fall workouts. Walby has an out pitch in his split-finger but needs to tighten up his breaking ball. Thomas flashes a promising hard slider, but he is raw at this stage. Hachadorian is the third key power arm in this class; a former Division III college quarterback at Whittier (Calif.), he features a 90-92 mph fastball and a good curve, but he must iron out his control. Numerous coaches in the West raved about Robinson's advanced feel for pitching; with an 87-90 fastball, excellent changeup and feel for a breaking ball, he reminds Valenzuela of former Torero star Josh Romanski. Swanson is a projection lefty with a surprisingly short arm action for a 6-foot-7 lefty, while Kendzora is a lean, funky strike-throwing righty. The Aztecs also reeled in some intriguing position players, led by Slader, an athletic, switch-hitting shortstop in the mold of former Long Beach State star Danny Espinosa. He has a quick bat and could develop some pop as he fills out his skinny frame. Bryant, whose best tool is his righthanded bat, was a late addition after the coaching change at Nevada-Las Vegas left him seeking a new school. Haynal is a physical, athletic catcher who just needs to refine his offensive approach.

18. MISSISSIPPI

Recruiting coordinator: Carl Lafferty. Total Recruits: 20 (14 freshmen, 6 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL

Bobby Wahl, rhp R-R 6-3 190 Indians (39) West Springfield HS, Springfield, Va.

Austin Wright, lhp L-L 6-4 234 Red Sox (23) Chipola (Fla.) CC

R.J. Hively, rhp R-R 6-1 202 Yankees (26) Santa Ana (Calif.) CC

Will Allen, c R-R 6-3 210 Pirates (37) Buchholz HS, Gainesville, Fla.

Blake Newalu, ss R-R 5-11 185
Chipola (Fla.) CC

Preston Overbey, 3b R-R 6-4 210 Rays (42) University HS, Jackson, Tenn.

Weston Hoekel, rhp R-R 6-0 210 Red Sox (50) Bishop Kinney HS, Jacksonville

Zack Kirksey, of L-R 6-0 210 Blue Jays '09 (41) Louisiana State-Eunice JC

Mike Mayers, rhp R-R 6-3 185
Grove City (Ohio) HS

Jordan Poole, 1b/of R-R 6-3 215
Calhoun (Ga.) HS

In the Mike Bianco era, Ole Miss typically takes a conservative approach to recruiting players who are high draft risks, so it is noteworthy that this recruiting class features six players who were drafted in June—though none went inside the top 20 rounds. Wahl, though, might have gone in the top four rounds if not for his strong commitment to Ole Miss. The top prep prospect in the state of Virginia this year, Wahl knows how to pitch with a fastball that reaches 93 and an excellent 80-83 mph slider. He also has feel for a changeup and plenty of room to add fastball velocity, giving him a chance to develop into Mississippi's next first-round pick off the mound. Wright also has a big arm capable of producing 90-94 mph fastballs and swing-and-miss slurves at 78-81, but his makeup, violent delivery and spotty command have raised questions among scouts and other coaches. Hively typically works in the 88-92 mph range with his fastball—though he bumped 94 this summer—but his bread and butter is an 80-82 mph slider. Hoekel is a bit undersized but makes up for it with a sharp mid-70s curveball, quality changeup and a fastball that reached the low 90s this fall. Mayers has a workhorse build and a promising fastball-changeup repertoire, along with a developing curve. The Rebels also landed some likely regulars in the field. Allen's solid catch-and-throw skills and slightly long swing caused one scout to compare him to former Rebel Brett Basham, though two other scouts said they believe he will hit more than that. Overbey's best tool is his power potential, and he has the tools to develop into a good defender at third. Kirksey struggles mightily against lefthanded pitching and is a shaky defender in the outfield, but his lefthanded bat speed, plus raw power and plus speed are intriguing. Poole's righthanded power and athleticism remind Ole Miss of Rebels slugger Matt Smith. And Newalu, who spent a semester at San Diego before transferring to Chipola for two season, is a favorite of scouts for his steadiness at short and scrappiness at the plate. He's also a plus runner with a solid arm, and he figures to do a fine job replacing defensive stalwart Kevin Mort at short.

19. SOUTH CAROLINA

Recruiting coordinator: Chad Holbrook. Total Recruits: 16 (10 freshmen, 6 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL

Bryan Harper, lhp L-L 6-5 200 Cubs (27) JC of Southern Nevada

Peter Mooney, ss L-R 5-7 160 Cardinals (46) Palm Beach (Fla.) CC

Forrest Koumas, rhp R-R 5-11 190 Rangers (48) Lugoff-Elgin HS, Elgin, S.C.

DeSean Anderson, of R-R 5-9 185 Red Sox (30) Ragsdale HS, High Point, N.C.

Drake Thomason, rhp R-R 6-2 200 Red Sox (46) Eastside HS, Taylors, S.C.

Spencer Jordan, rhp R-R 6-2 200 Braves (41) Florence (S.C.) Darlington Tech

Wes Cook, lhp L-L 6-2 170
Central Alabama JC

Patrick Harrington, c/of R-R 5-10 180
Kellam HS, Virginia Beach, Va.

Jake Watson, ss/2b L-R 5-10 165
Charlotte Christian HS

Dante Rosenberg, c R-R 5-10 175
Palm Beach (Fla.) CC

The Gamecocks replaced the losses from their national title team with a strong blend of instant-impact junior-college transfers and high-upside prep talents. Harper, the older brother and juco teammate of No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper, will slide into a rotation spot or a key weekend bullpen role. A fiery competitor, he attacks hitters with an 88-91 mph fastball that can reach 93-94, and his slider can be an out pitch. The Gamecocks are counting on Mooney to replace defensive mainstay Bobby Haney at shortstop, and he has the hands, arm strength and range to make that transition seamless. Though he's undersized, Mooney has a good lefthanded swing and surprising pop, helping him rank as the No. 4 prospect in the Coastal Plain League this summer. Anderson is similarly undersized but makes up for it with explosive athleticism and plus bat speed. Koumas' electric arm produces fastballs that reach 94-95 and power sliders at 83-85, making him a potential fit at the back of the South Carolina bullpen—which would let the Gamecocks slide Matt Price from closer to Friday starter. Thomason's polished four-pitch mix and arm strength should make him a quality weekend starter down the road, but he had Tommy John surgery as a high school senior. Cook's command and poise gives him a chance to earn a starting rotation role right away, and Jordan's fastball-breaking ball repertoire will be a good fit in the 'pen. Harrington is an athletic catcher with a nice line-drive bat who plays with a lot of energy, and the steady Watson adds middle infield depth.

20. AUBURN

Recruiting coordinator: Scott Foxhall. Total Recruits: 17 (11 freshmen, 6 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
165 Zach Alvord, ss/2b R-R 6-0 185 Braves (18) South Forsythe HS, Cumming, Ga.

Andrew Morris, rhp R-R 6-3 190 Brewers (16) Gulf Coast (Fla.) CC

Jay Gonzalez, of L-L 5-11 175 Red Sox (27) Freedom HS, Orlando

Derek Varnadore, rhp R-R 6-4 215
Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) CC

Tyler Dial, if L-R 5-10 195
Russell County HS, Phenix City, Ala.

Ethan Wallen, rhp R-R 6-1 170
Northwest Shoals (Ala.) CC

Blake Austin, c R-R 6-1 210
Landmark Christian HS, Fairburn, Ga.

Jay Wade, rhp L-R 6-0 190
Bremen (Ga.) HS

Cullen Wacker, of L-R 6-1 200
Northeast Texas CC

Auburn gave its pitching staff an immediate boost with the addition of a solid group of junior-college arms. The Tigers also focused on increasing their athleticism up the middle, which will ease their transition from a team that relies heavily on the long ball to a team that can defend well and manufacture runs with the new less potent bats. Alvord is the pillar of the class—a well-rounded middle infielder with serious bat speed, a strong arm, slightly above-average speed and good infield instincts. He will start immediately at either short or second, and one American League scout predicted he will be a freshman All-American. Morris is a tremendous competitor with an 89-92 mph fastball and a swing-and-miss split-finger, though the Tigers say his breaking ball has been a pleasant surprise this fall. He's very likely to earn a weekend rotation spot in 2011. Varnadore's three-pitch arsenal is very similar to Morris', and his stuff and deception helped him break Tim Hudson's career strikeout record at Chattahoochee Valley CC. Wallen has uncommon velocity (88-91) from a sidearm slot, and he could anchor Auburn's bullpen this spring. A fourth juco arm, Will Irvin from Itawamba (Miss.) CC, is another sleeper with good arm strength. Wade owns a power curveball with sharp downer action that could make him a force in the bullpen early in his career. Gonzalez's plus-plus speed and small-ball skills give him a chance to replace Trent Mummey in center field. Dial has a pure lefthanded swing and a strong arm that will play anywhere in the infield, and Austin has good catch-and-throw skills as well as intriguing righthanded power potential.

21. OKLAHOMA

Recruiting coordinator: Tim Tadlock. Total Recruits: 13 (9 freshmen, 4 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL
80 Burch Smith, rhp R-R 6-3 197 Indians (20) Howard (Texas) JC

Dillon Overton, lhp L-L 6-2 160 Red Sox (26) Weatherford (Okla.) HS

Cayle Schambaugh, of L-L 6-0 187
Jay (Okla.) HS

Cale Coshow, rhp R-R 6-5 285
Deer Creek HS, Edmond, Okla.

Evan Mistich, if R-R 6-0 190
Panola (Texas) JC

Steven Bruce, rhp R-R 6-0 195
Flower Mound (Texas) HS

Jake Smith, c R-R 6-2 225
McKinney (Texas) HS

Casey Coyle, c R-R 5-9 180
Putnam City North HS, Oklahoma City

Kindle Ladd, rhp R-R 6-1 170
McKinney (Texas) North HS

Oklahoma had few holes to fill from its 2010 Omaha team, but this class will help plug them, plus cement the Sooners' foundation. Like Zach Neal a year ago, Smith went from Howard JC to Oklahoma, where he hopes to step into the rotation just like Neal did in 2010. With an effortless 90-94 mph fastball, a good changeup and a decent curve, he'll have the biggest arm on Oklahoma's experienced staff. Overton is a projectable lefty who flashes a plus hammer curveball at times, and OU coach Sunny Golloway envisions him pitching at 92-93 mph once he fills out his skinny frame, though he works in the 85-90 range now. Schambaugh, whose father Mike played on Oral Roberts' 1978 CWS team along with future big leaguer Mike Moore, was projected as a top-three-rounds pick before putting together a poor spring. On the showcase circuit last summer, he ran his fastball up to 93 mph and showed a tight breaking ball, but his future in Norman is in the outfield, where his strong arm, plus speed and lefthanded power potential are assets. Coshow drew some comparisons to Jonathan Broxton this spring for his size, clean delivery and arm strength; he has touched 94 mph and showed a promising curveball at times. Bruce's stuff was inconsistent this spring, but he did run his fastball up to 93 mph when he was on. Mistich started his career at Tulane before transferring to Panola JC, where he showed a nice line-drive stroke. He's not a good runner, but he could replace Danny Black at second base in 2011 because of his hitting ability. Coyle could be Oklahoma's catcher of the future thanks to his grittiness and power potential.

22. MISSISSIPPI STATE

Recruiting coordinator: Butch Thompson. Total Recruits: 19 (14 freshmen, 5 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL

C.T. Bradford, of/lhp L-L 5-9 165 Indians (48) Pace (Fla.) HS

Daryl Norris, rhp/1b R-R 6-1 222 Rangers (46) Fairhope (Ala.) HS

Hunter Renfroe, c/rhp R-R 6-2 200 Red Sox (31) Copiah Acad., Gallman, Miss.

Demarcus Henderson, ss R-R 5-11 170 Astros (43) Wayne County HS, Waynesboro, Miss.

Brayden Jones, 3b R-R 5-11 190
Madison (Wis.) Central HS

Taylor Stark, ss/rhp R-R 6-0 190 Nationals (42) Northwest Rankin HS, Brandon, Miss.

Adam Frazier, ss L-L 5-10 170
Oconee County HS, Bishop, Ga.

Luis Pollorena, lhp/of L-L 5-8 160
Marion (Ala.) Military Institute

David Bishop, of R-R 6-0 192
Alabama Southern CC

Cody Abraham, of/lhp L-L 5-11 165
Lamar Consolidated HS, Houston

Mississippi State's recruiting is a group effort between the four members of its staff who have served as D-I recruiting coordinators (Thompson, John Cohen, Lane Burroughs and Nick Mingione). They cast a wide net, bringing in recruits from eight different states to build a second straight deep, athletic class—although most of its key pieces are raw. This crop gives the Bulldogs extra depth because it features six legitimate two-way talents. Bradford is an undersized stick of dynamite, a plus-plus runner with a quick arm, a compact lefthanded swing and the ability to "command the field," as one scout put it, whether he's in center field or on the mound. Norris—who also starred as a high school quarterback—and Renfroe both stand out for their big raw power and strong arms. Renfroe has plenty of rough edges to polish, but his tools are freakish, and he touched 96 off the mound this fall. Stark, Pollorena and Abraham give the Bulldogs three more smallish competitors with quick arms off the mound and middle-of-the-diamond athleticism. Speaking of athleticism, Henderson was the quarterback on a 5-A state championship football team. He has plus speed, good strength at the plate, and enough range and arm strength to play short in college, but he needs to become more consistent in all facets of his game, like many two-sport athletes. Jones and Bishop are a solid all-around players with some pop.

23. NEBRASKA

Recruiting coordinator: Dave Bingham. Total Recruits: 12 (10 freshmen, 2 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL

Logan Ehlers, lhp L-L 6-1 200 Blue Jays (8) Nebraska City (Neb.) HS

Jon Keller, rhp R-R 6-5 225 Mariners (11) Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Brandon Pierce, rhp R-R 6-2 200 Pirates (26) Gunter (Texas) HS

Tyler King, lhp L-L 5-11 200
Republic (Mo.) HS

Colton Bickerstaff, c/rhp L-R 5-10 220
Minneola (Texas) HS

Tanner Krietemeier, of/rhp B-R 6-3 185
Rock Canyon HS, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Nick Miller, 1b/lhp L-L 6-4 190
Mountain View HS, Loveland, Colo.

Ryan Richardson, 2b/ss R-R 6-0 170
St. Charles (Ill.) North HS

Mike Pritchard, of L-L 5-9 170
Creighton Prep HS, Omaha

Nebraska welcomes one of its best classes in the last decade, headlined by a pair of unsigned top-11-rounds-picks in Ehlers and Keller. Ehlers ranked as the top draft prospect in the state of Nebraska after setting a state high school record with 186 strikeouts in 78 innings this spring. He's a very polished lefthander with good command of an 87-92 mph fastball, a plus curve and a promising changeup. Keller is bigger and more physical, with a low-90s fastball that scrapes the mid-90s and the makings of a good slider, though he's still developing his secondary stuff. That duo and Pierce all figure to pitch meaningful innings in 2011, either in the weekend rotation or the back of the bullpen. Scouts shied away from Pierce because he had a screw inserted in his elbow in 2009, but at his best he works in the 92-94 range with command and late movement. He also has a nice power breaking ball and good mound presence. Lefties King and Miller lack overpowering velocity but have good feel for pitching. Miller, Bickerstaff and Krietemeier could all become valuable two-way contributors for the Cornhuskers. The switch-hitting Krietemeier has a strong outfield arm and above-average speed. The smaller Pritchard also runs well and has a nice lefthanded stroke. Bickerstaff will fight for the DH spot as a freshman and could earn bullpen innings thanks to a fastball that reaches the low 90s. The athletic Richardson will compete for time at second base.

24. LOUISVILLE

Recruiting coordinator: Chris Lemonis. Total Recruits: 14 (13 freshmen, 1 JC transfer).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL

Dace Kime, rhp R-R 6-5 213 Pirates (8) Defiance (Ohio) HS

Chad Green, rhp R-R 6-4 200 Blue Jays (37) Effingham (Ill.) HS

Ryan Seiz, 3b B-R 6-3 200
Christopher Dock HS, Lansdale, Pa.

Alex Chittenden, ss R-R 6-0 180
Lawrence Central HS, Indianapolis

Adam Engel, if/of R-R 6-1 195
Loveland (Ohio) HS

Cole Sturgeon, of/lhp L-L 6-0 170
Owensboro (Ky.) Catholic HS

Cody Ege, lhp/of L-L 6-1 170
Cherokee (Iowa) Washington HS

Kyle Gibson, c R-R 5-9 190
Henderson (Ky.) County HS

Jeffrey Thompson, rhp R-R 6-6 245
Floyd Central HS, Greenville, Ind.

For the third straight fall, Louisville welcomes a top-25 class anchored by a potential ace from the upper Midwest. Two years ago it was Tony Zych, last year it was Matt Koch, and this year it's Kime, a product of the same Ohio high school that produced Chad Billingsley and Jonathon Niese. A former basketball player, Kime is physical and athletic, and he has good command of an 88-92 mph fastball; he also uses a vicious power curveball as a chase pitch. Green also starred on the hardwood and commands a fastball in the same range as Kime's, though his curveball is more of a work in progress. He has plenty of projection, though, as does Thompson, a former football defensive end with a promising fastball/curveball arsenal. Seiz is yet another former multi-sport star; he was a soccer standout, and his athleticism plays well at the hot corner. He's also a switch-hitter with good power from both sides. Chittenden and Young both have nice line-drive swings and enough arm strength to play shortstop, though Young is a considerably better runner. Engel is the big sleeper of the class; recruiting coordinator Chris Lemonis calls him a "freak athlete" who had a football scholarship offer from Wisconsin. He's an excellent runner who can play all over the diamond. Sturgeon and Ege both work in the 85-88 range from the left side and have promising secondary stuff, and both could contribute in the outfield as well. Gibson is a superb athlete for a catcher with legitimate above-average speed and a strong arm, though he raw behind the plate.

25. MARYLAND

Recruiting coordinator: Dan Burton. Total Recruits: 22 (13 freshmen, 9 JC transfers).





RK NAME, POS B-T Ht. Wt. DRAFTED PREVIOUS SCHOOL

Chuck Ghysels, rhp R-R 5-11 210 Reds (36) Lincoln Trail (Ill.) CC

Tim Kiene, 1b L-R 6-4 240 Nationals (30) Avon (Conn.) Old Farms HS

David Carroll, rhp R-R 6-8 235
Western Nevada CC

Korey Wacker, of/lhp L-L 5-9 175
Temple (Texas) CC

Kyle Convissar, ss R-R 6-3 185
Severna Park (Md.) HS

Ryan Holland, ss/2b L-R 6-0 190
Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) CC

Tomo Delp, 3b R-R 6-4 215
JC of Southern Nevada

Mike Montville, of R-R 6-3 190
Portsmouth (N.H.) HS

Creighton Hoke, rhp R-R 6-5 270
San Jacinto (Texas) CC

Brady Kirkpatrick, rhp R-R 6-2 180
Marist (Ore.) HS

Alex Ramsay, c L-R 6-1 190
Severna Park (Md.) HS

Second-year Maryland coach Erik Bakich wanted to overhaul the talent level on his roster with his first recruiting class, and he and assistants Dan Burton and Sean Kenny did just that, bringing in a deep class highlighted by junior-college transfers who will play immediately. This class might have ranked in or near the top 10 if it hadn't lost four players to the draft (most notably first-round pick Cito Culver), but even securing commitments from major draft risks is a sign of progress in College Park. A far more important development, of course, is the addition of Ghysels, a live-armed bulldog with a fastball that reaches 95, a good power slurve and a solid changeup. He'll hold down a rotation spot or the closer role, and Hoke's heavy fastball and decent slider could make him a good fit at the back of the bullpen if Ghysels starts. The hulking Carroll pitches downhill with a solid three-pitch mix and also could earn a weekend starter job. Bakich expects Holland and Delp to earn starting infield jobs and hit in the middle of the lineup in 2011. Wacker's plus-plus speed will ticket him for the center field job and the top of the lineup, and he also could contribute as a submarine lefty out of the 'pen. The Terps also built a solid foundation with a nice group of incoming freshmen, led by the powerful Kiene, a former hockey player with a blue-collar approach who ranked as the best prep prospect in lower New England this spring. Montville, meanwhile, ranked as the top prep prospect in upper New England thanks to his power potential and hand-eye coordination, though his game needs some refinement. Ramsay and Convissar were the top two prospects in Maryland this spring and give the Terps a pair of quality up-the-middle building blocks. The lean, athletic Convissar looks like the shortstop of the future, while Ramsay has a nice lefthanded swing and a strong arm behind the plate.