Stanford's 2006 Class Ranked Ninth By <i>Baseball America</i>
Oct. 11, 2005
Durham, N.C. - The 2006 freshman class of Stanford Baseball players was ranked ninth in the nation by Baseball America when the publication released its 'Dandy Dozen' of the nation's Top 12 recruiting classes on Tuesday. The large 14-player class includes Joey August (OF), Jeremy Bleich (LHP), Stephen Brown (INF), Jason Castro (C), Grant Escue (INF/LHP), Max Fearnow (RHP), Blake Hancock (LHP), J.J. Jelmini (INF), Brent Milleville (C), Cord Phelps (INF), Sean Ratliff (LHP/OF), Tom Stilson (LHP), Jeff Whitlow (OF) and Austin Yount (INF/RHP).
The publication noted August, Bleich, Castro, Milleville, Ratliff and Yount as the key recruits. Bleich and Ratliff both helped USA Baseball's Junior National Team to a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in September, while the publication rated Milleville as the second-best prep catcher in the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Milleville (Los Angeles Angels, 39th round), Castro (Boston Red Sox, 43rd round) and Whitlow (Detroit Tigers, 50th round) were all selected in the 2005 draft but did not sign professional baseball contracts.
Stanford is in the midst of approximately three weeks of 2005 team fall practice sessions that began last Sunday.
The Cardinal will open its 2006 season with a three-game home series versus 2005 College World Series participant Cal State Fullerton from February 3-5.