Four Big 12 teams are ranked in the top 25 of Baseball America’s 2013 recruiting class rankings, including three teams in the top 10. Texas (No. 2), Oklahoma State (No. 4) and Oklahoma (No. 10) join TCU (No. 17) on the list. The Big 12 has the second-most teams in the top 10.
UT’s class is comprised of 12 freshmen and one junior-college transfer. Five of the 13 incoming players were selected in the 2013 MLB Draft but chose to report to campus rather than sign professional contracts. Blake Goins was selected in the 12th round, left-handed pitcher Josh Sawyer was taken in the 32nd round, Lukas Schiraldi and infielder/right-handed pitcher Kacy Clemens were picked in the 35th round, and Andy McGuire was taken in the 36th round.
Oklahoma State second-year head coach Josh Holliday and his staff tabbed the highest ranking for the program. The Cowboys’ class is the first full group of recruits for the program under Holliday and includes 18 newcomers — 13 freshmen and five from the junior college ranks. The class includes three players — pitchers Thomas Hatch and Garrett Williams and infielder Andrew Rosa — who were drafted in last June’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Oklahoma also earns its highest-ever position in the rankings, which began in 2000. TCU will welcome 19 new members this fall.
The 2014 Big 12 baseball season begins on Friday, February 14.
2013 RECRUITING CLASS RANKINGS
3. South Carolina
4. OKLAHOMA STATE
5. Oregon State
9. Mississippi State
12. Cal State Fullerton
18. Florida State
22. Loyola Marymount
24. Southern California