Recruiting Notebook: Part III
Our countdown of the Top 25 incoming classes in the nation is complete, but there are plenty of other strong classes around college baseball that deserve mention. Here’s a look at some other classes that stand out, relative to a normal class in their conference, in their region or at their school. We’ll run through the conferences alphabetically; today’s installment looks at newcomers from the Mountain West, NEC, Ohio Valley, Pac-12, Patriot League, SEC, SoCon, Southland, Summit, Sun Belt, WCC and WAC.
The MWC has a number of strong contenders for the title of best recruiting class in the conference. Fresno’s class stands out for its high-upside position-player star power. SS Jeremiah Burks is a standout athlete with good tools across the board and is advanced enough to start on the field somewhere as a freshman. Switch-hitting C Jake Ackerman has a plus arm and a good, aggressive stroke from both sides of the plate. OF Zach Ashford adds plus speed and a very good lefthanded bat that should make him a valuable leadoff man. 3B RJ Cordeiro has a chance to hit for average and power, and SS Scott Silva is a versatile juco transfer with outstanding defensive skills. The top arm in the class belongs to LHP Alec Gamoa, an athletic former three-sport high school star with good feel for his 87-89 fastball and sharp breaking ball.
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