Baseball's Recruiting Class Ranked 22nd By Baseball America
Oct. 20, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. - The publication Baseball America has ranked Oregon State's 2010 recruiting class as the 22nd-best in the nation. Baseball America released its annual top 25 rankings on Tuesday.
The Beavers, who were rated 25th by Collegiate Baseball last month, have 20 newcomers in their fall camp, including 12 freshmen. One such freshman is catcher Andrew Susac, who was a 16th-round selection by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He did not sign and has been working out with the club since the team began fall practices in early September.
Tony Bryant also did not sign after being drafted by Minnesota in the 25th round, and has since brought a 6-foot-7 frame to the Goss Stadium mound. Other players listed by Baseball America in a recruiting capsule on the publication's Web site include left-handed pitcher/first baseman Matt Boyd, infielders Danny Hayes, Tyler Smith and Andy Quiring, catcher Parker Berberet and left-handed pitcher/utility player Dylan Jones.
Wrote Baseball America about Oregon State's class: 'Oregon State's big class is anchored by Susac, the best defensive catcher of any class in the nation. His athleticism, excellent receiving skills and above-average arm helped him rank as the No. 1 prospect in the West Coast League this summer, though his bat lags behind somewhat. He does have power potential and could become a solid hitter if he can improve his timing. His high school teammate, Hayes, makes consistent contact with an inside-out swing and should grow into some power as he fills out his skinny frame. Smith has been a revelation in fall ball, showing excellent actions and arm strength at short, slightly above-average speed and occasional gap power. Quiring and Berberet add depth up the middle, while Jones can contribute at first base, in the outfield and on the mound. Boyd, another two-way player, adds more depth at first base but will make a bigger impact off the mound, The pitcher in this class with the highest ceiling is Bryant.'
Oregon State is one of five schools from the Pacific-10 Conference to be ranked in the top 25. Other Pac-10 schools include Stanford (second), Arizona State (third), UCLA (19th) and Oregon (24th). Florida was rated as having the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, followed by Stanford, Arizona State, No. 4 TCU and No. 5 Cal State Fullerton. The Pac-10 is tied with the Atlantic Coast Conference for the most schools in the top 25; the Southeastern Conference has six.
Visit www.baseballamerica.com for more information regarding the top 25 classes.
Oregon State Associate Head Coach Marty Lees serves as the team's recruiting coordinator and is in his third year at the post. Baseball America has rated his recruiting classes in the top 25 in two of his three seasons; Collegiate Baseball has had the Beavers in the top 25 in each of his three years.
The Beavers opened fall practice in the second week of September and are coming up on the conclusion of workouts. Check osubeavers.com for more information regarding the Oregon State baseball team.
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