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Baseball Recruiting Class Ranked No. 7
Head Coach Rich Hill (left) and Assoc. Head Coach Jay Johnson (right).

Jan. 18, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 2013 University of San Diego's baseball recruiting class has been ranked No. 7 by Perfect Game, the publication announced Friday. 

College baseball coaches have spent the last year, or more in some cases, establishing close relationships with recruits in hopes of landing one of the nation's elite recruiting classes.

The 2012 recruiting classes will first be on display on collegiate diamonds around the country this spring. But for now, it's time for the '13 recruiting classes to get all the publicity as we unveil the PG Top 50 national team recruiting rankings with class breakdowns for each of those programs.

These rankings reflect those prospects who would attend college this fall.

7. San Diego

Total 2013 class additions: 11

PG Top 100 commits: 4

Total points: 102

Average class player ranking: 9.27

Head of the class: C Reese McGuire

The Toreros put together an outstanding recruiting class with McGuire leading the charge. He's certainly a huge draft risk as the No. 11 overall prospect in the country, but it's worth the risk for the Toreros. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound, PG All-American, is considered an outstanding defensive catcher with good actions behind the plate, impressive quickness blocking balls and a good arm. Offensively, McGuire has the tools to be a special hitter and projects well with his very good bat speed.

Class synopsis

San Diego recruiting coordinator Jay Johnson and the coaching staff put together quite a balanced recruiting class. The class is particularly rich with outstanding pitchers, including left-handers Ian Clarkin (29), Stephen Gonsalves (34) and right-hander Andrew Church (131). Clarkin is a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, who has a fastball that typically sits in the lower 90s, topping out at 93. Clarkin also uses a big breaking low 70s curveball, a high 70s soft slider and a low 80s changeup. Gonsalves has a pitcher's body at 6-foot-5, 205-pounds. He's a projectable left-handed arm who topped out at 92 last August. He throws a low 70s curveball for strikes and continues to develop a high 70s changeup. Church is a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, who tops out at 92 with his fastball, but also has an upper 70s slurve. Position-wise, keep an eye on middle infielder Terrian Arbet (88) and outfielder Ryan Kirby (103). Arbet is an all-around good athlete and Kirby is a talented left-handed hitter with a smooth, easy swing.



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