EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Oregon landed the 19th best baseball recruiting class in 2013 according to Perfect Game USA annual evaluation of NCAA Division I baseball classes.
The Ducks class features 14 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.
Perfect Game had this to say about the Ducks’ class, “Quick take: The Ducks put together another solid recruiting class and received a couple of early Christmas presents when big-time lefthanded pitcher Matt Krook, a first-round supplemental pick of the Miami Marlins, opted to head to college. Krook, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, should be an immediate impact type of arm with a fastball up to 91. UO did receive a little bad news this past summer when outfielder Dane McFarland, first baseman Cody Bellinger and catchers Jacob Sweaney and Chance Sisco decided to sign professional contracts. The Ducks also received some bad news when highly touted catcher Francis Christy, ranked No. 85 nationally, opted to head to a junior college. With that said, keep an eye on stocky 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, pitcher Trent Paddon, who's a physical arm with the ability to get up to 92 with his fastball.
At a glance:
— High school commits: 14
— PG Top 100 commits on campus: 1 -- LHP Matt Krook (16)
— Class Jewel: LHP Matt Krook — UO would love nothing more than to see Krook meet his high expectations by the end of fall and going into the 2014 campaign. In addition to having a fastball well into the 90s, the talented lefty often utilizes a curveball and changeup, the curveball sitting in the low-80s.”