Clemson baseball class ranked No. 5 in nation; Carolina's 10th

2012-09-25T19:25:00Z 2012-09-25T19:28:00Z Clemson baseball class ranked No. 5 in nation; Carolina's 10thT&D Staff Report The Times and Democrat
September 25, 2012 7:25 pm  • 

Clemson’s 19-player baseball recruiting class was ranked No. 5 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball on Tuesday, while South Carolina's 15-player class ranked 10th.

Vanderbilt was ranked No. 1, while UCLA, Arizona State, Louisiana State and Clemson rounded out the top five.

Clemson head coach Jack Leggett, along with assistant coaches Dan Pepicelli and Bradley LeCroy (recruiting coordinator), recruited the class that was the ACC’s highest rated. All 19 Tigers are already on campus and have been going through fall workouts in preparation for the 2013 season-opener against William & Mary on Feb. 15.

Eighteen of the 19 players are eligible for the 2013 season. The newcomers include three players who were selected in the 2012 Major League draft. Infielder Tyler Krieger (Johns Creek, Ga.) was a 35th-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners, infielder/catcher Kevin Bradley (Pennington, N.J.) was a 36th-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies, and righthander/infielder Clate Schmidt (Acworth, Ga.) was a 36th-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers.

In Columbia, new Gamecock Coach Chad Holbrook said, "We are excited about our newcomers. It's a balanced class made up of four junior college players and 11 high school standouts.

"We feel like (Jack) Wynkoop and (Curt) Britt gives us two elite arms that will be ready to pitch in big moments right away. Max Schrock, according to many professional scouts, was one of the best high school hitters that chose to attend school. Also a polished defender, he will factor in from day one," Holbrook said.

"In (George) Iskenderian and (DC) Arendas, we feel that we have polished baseball players that will push for playing time immediately. (Ryan) Ripken, a 20th-rounder, had a great summer in a collegiate summer league. A polished defender, Ryan will compete for our first base job. Our JC signees, (Graham) Saiko and (Zack) Smith, will help us offensively from day one. We feel really good about the depth, versatility and experience of our class.”

Rounding out the top 10 teams are No. 6. Stanford, No. 7 Florida, No. 8 North Carolina, No. 9 Miami (Fla.) and No. 10 South Carolina.

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