Collegiate Baseball Ranks Newcomers 22nd Best Class

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Sept. 25, 2012

Collegiate Baseball has ranked Auburn's recruiting class as the 22nd-best in the nation. The ranking is based on players that are now on campus after enrolling for the fall semester.

Auburn welcomed 16 newcomers onto the team this season, four of which have previously been major league draft picks but chose the opportunity to play at Auburn instead.

Athletes who initially signed with a school and then signed a pro contract after being drafted do not count in the overall evaluation.

Auburn its class of newcomers has already begun fall practice.

#19 Jackson Burgreen
Outfielder
Freshman
6-0 / 155
L-L
Athens, Ala.
Athens HS

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for Thad Prater at Athens ... Also played for the Bama Bombers and coach Jacob Legg ... Hit .508 with 16 doubles, six triples and five home runs as a senior ... Drove in 24 RBI and scored 47 runs ... 2012 ASWA All-State 5A First Team outfielder ... 2012 Decatur All-Area Team ... 2012 Huntsville Times Elite Team ... Hit .440 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 2011.

#36 Brewer Carter
Right-Handed Pitcher
Junior
6-1 / 190
R-R
Phenix City, Ala.
Central Alabama CC
Brookstone HS

JUNIOR COLLEGE
Played for Wynn Fletcher at Central Alabama CC ... Was 6-0 with three saves and a 2.10 ERA as a sophomore ... Struck out 38 in 64 innings ... 2012 ACCC All-Conference Second Team ... 6-1 with a 3.13 ERA and two saves as a freshman, throwing 31 2/3 innings with 21 strike outs ... Academic All-America.

HIGH SCHOOL
Played at Brookstone for Vince Massey ... 2010 Region 3A Pitcher of the Year ... Two-time All Bi-City (2009 and 2010).

#38 Reid Carter
Right-Handed Pitcher
Junior
6-3 / 155
R-R
Auburn, Ala.
Northwest Florida State College
Auburn HS

 

 

JUNIOR COLLEGE
Played at Northwest Florida State CC ... Was 1-2 with a 9.57 ERA in 26 1/3 innings ... Struck out 24.

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for Matt Cimo at Auburn ... 2009 OA News Pitcher of the Year ... Went 9-2 with a 2.02 ERA and 57 strike outs ... 2009 First Team All-State (6A).

#22 Terrance Dedrick
Right-Handed Pitcher / Outfielder
Junior
5-10 / 175
R-R
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Shelton State CC
Hillcrest HS

JUNIOR COLLEGE
Played for Bobby Sprowl at Shelton State CC ... 2012 Second Team NJCAA All-America ... Hit .366 with 32 RBI and was a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases ... Was also 6-0 with a 2.80 ERA and six saves in 35 innings, striking out 44 and walking 11 ... First TEam ACCC All-State ... ACCC State Tournament MVP ... Hit .347 with 38 RBIs in 2011 ... Also was 5-0 with a 1.41 ERA and 38 strike outs in 32 innings ... Second Team All-Northern League

HIGH SCHOOL
Played at Hillcrest for Todd Agee ... ASWA All-State Utility and West Alabama Super 11 ... Also played for Mickey Hallorhan and Team Tuscaloosa.

#30 Kyler Deese
Catcher / Infielder
Freshman
5-9 / 175
Auburn, Ala.
Auburn HS

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for Matt Cimo at Auburn ... Also played for the Excel Blue Wave and Matthew Maniscalso, Steve Gendron and Josh Beshears ... Ranked as a top-1,000 prospect by Perfect Game (2012) ... Hit .327 with 21 RBI and nine stolen bases as a senior ... Hit .382 with four home runs and 27 RBI in 2011 ... Had a .443 on base percentage and a .608 slugging percentage ... 2011 AHSAA South All-Star.

#23 Jordan Ebert
Infielder/outfielder
Freshman
6-0 / 180
R-R
Foley, Ala.
Baldwin county HS

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for Peter Bezeredi at Baldwin County ... Ranked 137th high school prospect by Perfect Game (2012) ... Hit .344 with 17 doubles, five home runs, 26 stolen bases and 31 RBI as a senior ... Power Showcase First Team All-America ... Finished second in the Power Showcase Home Run Derby at Chase Field ... 2012 ASWA All-State 6A First Team ... Ranked 118th high school prospect by Perfect Game (2011) ... Also played for East Cobb Braves and coaches Kevin Baldwin and Jarrod Roberts ... Was a .404 hitter in the first three years of his high school career with 30 doubles, 24 home runs, 142 RBIs and 53 stolen bases ... 2011 Louisville Slugger First Team All-America ... 2011 Perfect Game Second Team All-America ... 2011 Alabama Sports Writers 6A All-State ... 2011 AHSAA South All-Star ... 2011 First Team All-Region ... Perfect Game National Showcase Invitee ... East Coach Pro Showcase Invitee ... Attended Fairhope HS as a freshman and hit .368 with three doubles, five triples, five home runs and 40 RBI.

#11 Sam Gillikin
Outfielder
Freshman
6-2 / 195
L-R
Hoover, Ala.
Hoover HS

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for Rick Davis at Hoover ... 33rd Rd. draft pick (1,019th overall) of the Atlanta Braves in 2012 ... Ranked 105th high school prospect by Perfect Game ... Ranked 169th draft prospect by Baseball America ... Also played for Rookie Gage and the Hoover Baseball Club ... Hit .453 with 16 doubles, six home runs and 36 RBI as a senior ... Also stole 25 bases ... 2012 Baseball America Second Team All-America ... 2012 ASWA All-State 6A First Team outfielder ... 2012 Hoover Area Player of the Year ... Hit .372 with six home runs and 36 RBIs, stealing 21 bases in 2011 ... 2011 UnderArmour All-American Game ... 2011 AHSAA North All-Star ... 2011 First Team Birmingham All-Metro and All Over The Mountain ... 2011 ESPN Fab 50 Player of the Week (football) ... East Coast Pro Showcase Invitee.

#2 Hunter Kelley
Outfielder
Junior
6-1 / 200
R-R
Wellington, Ala.
Calhoun Community College
Alexandria HS

JUNIOR COLLEGE
Played for Mike Burns at Calhoun CC ... 34th Rd. draft pick (1,029th overall) of the Chicago Cubs in 2011 ... Hit .350 with 24 RBI as a sophomore ... Was also 15-for-22 in stolen bases ... Hit .407 with 23 doubles, 12 home runs and 52 RBIs during his freshman season, stealing 10 bases ... 2012 Second Team and 2011 First Team All-State.

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for Andy Shaw at Alexandria ... 2010 Anniston Star Player of the Year ... 2010 East-West All-Star Game ... 2010 Alabama Sports Writers All-State Team ... Scored 63 runs as a senior.

#13 Conner Kendrick
Left-Handed Pitcher
Junior
6-0 / 185
L-L
Sharpsburg, Ga.
Northwest Florida State College
Northgate HS

JUNIOR COLLEGE
Played for Doug Martin at NW Florida State College ... Ranked 63rd-best JUCO prospect by Perfect GAme ... Went 5-5 with a 4.46 ERA in 14 appearances (13 starts) in 2012 ... Logged a team-high 76 2/3 innings ... Struck out a team-best 84 and had a 1.44 WHIP (72 hits, 39 walks) ... Held opponents to a .246 batting average against ... Also hit .214 in 56 at bats.

PREVIOUS COLLEGE
Played at Georgia Tech in 2011 and was 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in seven innings.

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for Greg Hamilton at Northgate ... 2010 All-State pitcher and outfielder ... 2011 Alaskan Summer League All-Star ... Named best offensive player, best pitcher and team MVP as a senior ... Named All-County and All-State after hitting .450 with four home runs and posting a 15-1 record on the mound in 2010 ... Member of the 2008-09 state championship team as a junior ... Hit .480 with seven home runs while putting up an 11-1 record as a pitcher that season ... Maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school and was named to the honor roll.

#49 Cole Lipscomb
Right-Handed Pitcher
Freshman
6-0 / 175
R-R
Prattville, Ala.
Edgewood Academy

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for Bobby Carr at Edgewood Academy ... Was 32-2 in his high school career ... Ranked 319th high school prospect by Perfect Game (2012) ... Was 10-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 70 innings as a senior ... Struck out 104 against just 12 walks ... 2012 ASWA First Team All-State ... Ranked 266th high school prospect by Perfect Game (2011) ... Also played for the Alabama Seminoles and Jerry Hendrix ... Was 13-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 72 innings in 2011, striking out 116 against just 13 walks ... 2011 AISA Pitcher of the Year ... 2011 AISA Player of the Year.

#17 Mike O'Neal
Left-Handed Pitcher
Junior
6-1 / 215
L-L
Columbus, Ga.
Chattahoochee Valley CC
Pacelli HS

JUNIOR COLLEGE
Played for Adam Thomas at Chattahoochee Valley CC ... Finished his career fourth in career strikeouts with 189 ... All-time leader is former Auburn pitcher Derek Varnadore (197) and second is former Auburn pitcher Tim Hudson (193) ... 212 1/3 innings pitched in his career is a school record ... Tied for third in career wins (15) and fourth in single-season wins (11) ... 10 complete games in 2011 tied the school record ... 121 innings pitched in 2011 is a school record ... 110 strike outs in 2011 is fourth for a single-season ... Was 4-7 with a 3.65 ERA as a sophomore ... Thre 91 1/3 innings, striking out 79 ... 2012 Academic All-America ... Held opponents to a .266 batting average ... Was 11-2 with four saves and a 2.30 ERA in 121 innings of work as a freshman, striking out 110 against just 11 walks and throwing 10 complete games ... 2011 First Team All-State ... 2011 Great Lakes League All-Star.

HIGH SCHOOL
Four-year starter at Pacelli for Ken Miller ... Earned 31 wins during his high school career ... Also was a football starter for four years ... Two-time Georgia Dugout Club All-State First Team Class A pitcher ... 2008 Class A Georgia State Champion.

#42 Rock Rucker
Outfielder
Freshman
6-4 / 225
L-L
Marietta, Ga.
Russell County HS

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for Marvin Pruitt at Redan HS ... Ranked 128th high school prospect by Perfect Game (2012) ... Ranked 253rd draft prospect by Baseball America ... Hit .382 with eight home runs and 41 RBI in 2012 ... Was also 7-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 37 innings, striking out 70 ... 2012 ASWA 5A State Hitter of the Year ... 2012 ASWA All-State 5A First Team outfielder ... Ranked No. 130 high school prospect by Perfect Game (2011) ... Also played for Chad Raley and Marucci Elite ... Hit .450 with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs in 2011 ... 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase invitee ... East Coast Pro Showcase invitee ... Area Code Showcase invitee ... 2011 All-DeKalb County ... MLB Breakthrough Series invitee.

#20 Matt Schultz
Right-Handed Pitcher
Freshman
6-2 / 200
R-R
Plainfield, Ill.
Oswego East HS

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for Jim Vera at Oswego East ... Ranked 247th high school prospect by Perfect Game (2012) ... Had a 1.17 ERA and 90 strike outs in 49 innings as a senior ... Ranked 216th high school prospect by Perfect Game (2011) ... Also played for Illinois Reds and Kevin Sullivan ... 2011 Team America invitee ... 2011 Area Code Showcase invitee.

#21 Dylan Smith
Infielder
Freshmam
6-3 / 215
R-R
Pinson, Ala.
Clay-Chalkville HS

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for Brandon Johnson at Clay-Chalkville ... Ranked 125 high school prospect by Perfect Game (2012) ... Hit .537 with 14 home runs and a .619 on base percentage as a senior ... Also drove in 60 RBI ... 2012 ASWA 6A State Hitter of the Year ... 2012 ASWA All-State 6A First Team infielder ... 2012 Birmingham Area Player of the Year ... Ranked 240th high school prospect by Perfect Game (2011) ... Also played for Excel Blue Wave and Matthew Maniscalco, Steve Gendron and Josh Beshears ... Hit .453 with 17 doubles, 14 home runs and 57 RBIs as a junior ... Also had a .583 on base percentage ... 2011 Birmingham News North/East Hitter of the Year ... 2011 Alabama Sports Writers 6A All-State.

#25 Damek Tomscha
Infielder
Junior
6-2 / 225
R-R
Sioux City, Iowa
Iowa Western CC
Sioux City North HS

JUNIOR COLLEGE
Played for Marc Rardin at Iowa Western CC ... 19th Rd. draft pick (584 overall) by the Chicago Cubs in the 2012 MLB Draft ... Ranked 18th overall JUCO prospect by Perfect Game (2012) ... Ranked 485th draft prospect by Baseball America ... Hit .417 with 25 doubles, 16 home runs and a .508 on base percentage as a sophomore ... Also drove in 66 RBI ... 2012 First Team NJCAA All-America ... 2012 First Team All-Region XI ... Helped team to a 62-6 makr and a JUCO World Series Championship ... Hit .377 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs as a freshman ... Ranked No. 18 JUCO prospect by Perfect Game (2011) ... 36th Rd. draft pick (1,093 overall) of the Florida Marlins in 2011.

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for Brian Drent at Sioux City North ... 50th Rd. draft pick (1,521 overall) of Philadelphia Phillies in 2010 ... 2010 Gatorade, Louisville Slugger and Iowa High School Coaches Player of the Year ... 2009 and 2010 All-State ... 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 All-Conference ... 2008 All-State First Team.

#16 Trey Wingenter
Right-Handed Pitcher
Freshman
6-7 / 190
R-R
Madison, Ala.
Bob Jones HS

HIGH SCHOOL
Played for Jeff Bell at Bob Jones ... 36th Rd. draft pick (1,091 overall) of the Seattle Mariners in 2012 ... Ranked 239th high school prospect by Perfect Game (2012) ... Ranked 396th draft prospect by Baseball America (2012) ... Was a perfect 9-0 with a 0.47 ERA as a senior ... Struck out 114 in 60 innings against just 29 walks ... Threw five shutouts and three no-hitters ... 2012 Huntsville Pitcher of the Year ... 2012 ASWA All-State 6A First Team Pitcher ... Ranked No. 202 high school prospect by Perfect Game (2011) ... Also played for the Atlanta Blue Jays and Anthony Dye ... Area Code Showcase invitee.

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