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Arizona Baseball Inks 14 to 2023 Signing Class

Nov 9, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona Baseball head coach Chip Hale today announced the Wildcats 2023 signing class, consisting of 14 exceptional players from the high school and college ranks.
 
The 2023 signing class — which features nine pitchers, five position players, and four community college additions — is expected to join the Wildcats in Tucson next August.
 
"We are exceptionally excited to welcome this group of accomplished young men to the Wildcat family," Hale said. "Our 2023 signing class will complement our talented roster and set up Arizona Baseball well for the future. It is notable that over half of the student-athletes in this class proudly call Arizona home; recruiting in-state has been a priority for our staff as we strongly believe in the talent being developed all throughout Arizona. I am excited to see how this class contributes on the field, in the classroom, and in the community during their time as Wildcats."
 

Name Position Previous School Hometown
Easton Breyfogle OF Benilde-St. Margaret's HS Edina, Minn.
Andrew Cain INF Ironwood Ridge HS Oro Valley, Ariz.
Alessandro Castro LHP Pima CC Tucson, Ariz.
Cole Dillon C McLennan CC Rockwall, Texas
Raul Garayzar RHP South Mountain CC Rio Rico, Ariz.
Carson Johnson RHP Hamilton HS Chandler, Ariz.
Owen Kramkowski RHP Walden Grove HS Sahuarita, Ariz.
Bryce McKnight RHP Desert Vista HS Phoenix, Ariz.
Josh Morano LHP Granada HS Livermore, Calif.
Nico Newhan INF Maranatha Christian HS Vista, Calif.
Zach Plasschaert 1B/OF Saugus HS Saugus, Calif.
Will Shelor RHP Hamilton HS Chandler, Ariz.
Jaeden Swanberg LHP Pima CC Tucson, Ariz.
Blake Wolters RHP Mahomet-Seymour HS Mahomet, Ill.

 
Career highlights and superlatives on all 14 members of the Wildcats 2023 signing class can be found below, listed alphabetically.
 
Easton Breyfogle  |  OF  |  Benilde-St. Margaret's HS  |  Edina, Minn.

  • No. 3 ranked prospect in Minnesota by Perfect Game (No. 1 ranked Minnesota outfielder)
  • 2022 Perfect Game Underclass All-American
  • Perfect Game Top 500 player
  • 2022 Area Code Games participant (Chicago White Sox)

Andrew Cain  |  INF  |  Ironwood Ridge HS  |  Oro Valley, Ariz.

  • No. 3 ranked third baseman in Arizona by Perfect Game
  • 2021 and 2022 Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American
  • Perfect Game Top 500 player
  • 2022 Area Code Games participant (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Across 24 games as a junior, hit .536 with 24 runs, 15 doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 20 RBI

Alessandro Castro  |  LHP  |  Pima CC  |  Tucson, Ariz.

  • No. 5 ranked left-handed pitcher in Arizona in 2022 class by Perfect Game
  • 2022 Perfect Game Preseason All-American and All-Region
  • 2021 Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American
  • Set to play 2023 season at Pima CC before joining Wildcats
  • Prepped at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy in Tucson and posted an 18-8 record with a 1.74 ERA and 242 strikeouts across 31 varsity games spanning four seasons
  • As a senior, went 7-2 with a 1.34 ERA and 116 strikeouts
  • Logged 8-1 record with 0.67 ERA and 81 strikeouts as a junior

Cole Dillon  |  C  |  McLennan CC  |  Rockwall, Texas

  • Prepped at Rockwall HS in Texas where he hit .467 with five home runs and 42 RBI
  • As a freshman at McLennan CC in 2022 logged time in 35 games and hit .273 with 21 RBI
  • 2021 Perfect Game Preseason All-American and All-Region

Raul Garayzar  |  RHP  |  South Mountain CC  |  Rio Rico, Ariz.

  • Prepped at Rio Rico HS south of Tucson, earning 2021 Team MVP honor and All-Region Second Team recognition
  • Joined South Mountain CC program and made 16 appearances in 2022, going 4-4 with one save and a 5.04 ERA in 55.1 innings
  • Logged 53 strikeouts to just 18 walks in freshman campaign

Carson Johnson  |  RHP  |  Hamilton HS  |  Chandler, Ariz.

  • No. 4 ranked right-handed pitcher in Arizona by Perfect Game
  • 2021 and 2022 Perfect Game Underclass All-American
  • 2021 Perfect Game Underclass All-American Games participant
  • Perfect Game Top 400 player

Owen Kramkowski  |  RHP  |  Walden Grove HS  |  Sahuarita, Ariz.

  • 2022 Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American
  • Perfect Game Top 500 player
  • Made 16 varsity appearances across sophomore and junior seasons, posting a 2.14 ERA with 67 strikeouts

Bryce McKnight  |  RHP  |  Desert Vista HS  |  Phoenix, Ariz.

  • 2022 Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American
  • Perfect Game Top 500 player
  • As a junior made 10 appearances and went 4-4 with a 3.92 ERA and 56 strikeouts

Josh Morano  |  LHP  |  Granada HS  |  Livermore, Calif.

  • No. 6 ranked left-handed pitcher in California by Perfect Game
  • 2021 and 2022 Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American
  • Perfect Game Top 500 player
  • 2022 Area Code Games participant (Oakland Athletics)
  • In two varsity seasons posted 10-5 record with 1.40 ERA and 137 strikeouts across 20 appearances and 100 innings
  • Also logged 125 at-bats and posted a .312 batting average with 22 runs and 17 RBI

Nico Newhan  |  INF  |  Maranatha Christian HS  |  Vista, Calif.

  • 2022 Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American
  • 2021 Perfect Game Underclass All-American Games participant
  • Perfect Game Top 500 player
  • Has logged 68 games and 222 at-bats at the varsity level, hitting .437 with 83 runs, 26 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs, and 87 RBI
  • As a junior, hit .522 with 52 runs, 15 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs, and 52 RBI in 33 games

Zach Plasschaert  |  1B/OF  |  Saugus HS  |  Saugus, Calif.

  • No. 3 ranked first baseman in California by Perfect Game
  • 2021 ad 2022 Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-American
  • 2022 Perfect Game National Showcase participant
  • Perfect Game Top 450 player
  • Across 29 varsity games as a junior, hit .350 with 16 runs, 11 extra-base hits, and 19 RBI

Will Shelor  |  RHP  |  Hamilton HS  |  Chandler, Ariz.

  • No. 9 ranked right-handed pitcher in Arizona by Perfect Game
  • 2020, 2021, and 2022 Perfect Game Underclass All-American
  • 2021 Perfect Game Underclass All-American Games participant
  • Perfect Game Top 500 player

Jaeden Swanberg  |  LHP  |  Pima CC  |  Tucson, Ariz.

  • Prepped at Salpointe Catholic HS in Tucson
  • As a junior in 2019, went 7-3 with a 3.22 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 63 innings
  • Has logged 18 appearances across two seasons at Pima CC
  • Made 13 relief appearances for the Aztecs in 2022 and went 3-0 with one save and 3.43 ERA

Blake Wolters  |  RHP  |  Mahomet-Seymour HS  |  Mahomet, Ill.

  • No. 10 ranked prospect in Illinois by Perfect Game (No. 4 ranked right-handed pitcher)
  • 2022 Perfect Game National Showcase participant
  • Perfect Game Top 300 player
  • Made 13 appearances as a junior and posted an 8-0 record with a 0.27 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 51.2 innings