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Ducks Sign Baseball America's No. 7 Recruiting Class
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 10/22/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Oregon landed the seventh best baseball recruiting class in 2013 according to Baseball America’s annual evaluation of NCAA Division I baseball classes.

The Ducks class features nine freshmen, including two who were picked in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, and one junior college transfer. Left-handed pitcher Matt Krook, the 35th overall pick in the MLB Draft, highlights the class while infielder Mark Karaviotis was a 39th round pick. Right-handed pitcher/infielder Stephen Nogosek and Zach Aukes both were members of the USA 16U Team, while outfielder Austin Grebeck, infielder Jerry Houston, right-handed pitcher Trent Paddon and utility player Jack Kruger all claimed all-region honors.

Baseball America had this to say about the Ducks’ class, “Oregon’s class took a slight hit when catcher Francis Christy opted for junior college over Eugene, but landing supplemental first-rounder Krook was a coup, and the California-dominated supporting cast is strong. A physical lefty with enormous upside, Krook sits at 89-93 and reaches 95 mph, complementing his heater with an inconsistent but promising hard curveball. Grebeck’s game is similar to that of his father Craig, who spent 12 years in the big leagues. The younger Grebeck is instinctive and aggressive, with a plus arm, average speed that plays up, excellent bat-handling skills and sneaky pop. Balta needs to find a position, and he underperformed in the spring, but his short, compact swing should make him an impact college hitter. The athletic Karaviotis reminds Wasikowski of Mark Ellis, whom he coached at Florida; he is a smooth defender with a solid gap-to-gap stroke. Kruger has experience catching premium velocity (he handled first-rounder Phil Bickford in high school) and has some strength in his righthanded swing. Paddon has a physical, projectable frame and flashed quality stuff on the showcase circuit before his senior year, but his stuff was down in the spring, when he worked at 86-90 with below-average secondary stuff. Nogosek, who like Paddon was a multi-sport star in high school, is another projectable righty with a quick arm. Aukes did not pitch as a senior while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he should grow into a useful bullpen lefty with feel for pitching and poise.”

Baseball America has a complete rundown of the top 25 classes on its website (http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/). The magazine’s top recruiting classes are listed below.

2013 RECRUITING CLASS RANKINGS

1. Florida

2. Texas

3. South Carolina

4. Oklahoma State

5. Oregon State

6. Miami

7. Oregon

8. Mississippi

9. Mississippi State

10. Oklahoma

11. Nebraska

12. Cal State Fullerton

13. Auburn

14. Virginia

15. Tennessee

16. Clemson

17. Texas Christian

18. Florida State

19. Louisville

20. Vanderbilt

21. Georgia

22. Loyola Marymount

23. Tulane

24. Southern California

25. Kentucky

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