Oct. 22, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn's baseball 2013-14 signing class was ranked 13th nationally and fifth among SEC teams by Baseball America, which released its annual recruiting rankings Tuesday.
"I'm proud of our coaching staff and how hard they worked to assemble this recruiting class," Auburn head coach Sunny Golloway said. "It just continues to prove what we already know, which is that Auburn University is a destination that very talented young athletes want to be a part of. We already know, through our observation this fall, that it was a very talented group of athletes, and we are glad that this class is getting this recognition. But now we need to turn that into victories on the diamond for our university."
Of Auburn's 16 recruits in the class - 12 freshmen and four junior-college transfers - 12 are home-grown talent from the state of Alabama. Newcomers for the Tigers this fall will include freshmen Blake Logan (C, Muscle Shoals, Ala.), Damon Haecker (SS, Altamonte Springs, Fla.), Keegan Thompson (RHP/1B, Cullman, Ala.), Anfernee Grier (OF, Phenix City, Ala.), Kevin Davis (RHP, Brewton, Ala.), Brett Binning (SS, Danville, Calif.), Connor Short (SS, Hoover, Ala.), Daniel Robert (IF, Hoover, Ala.), Tyler Lynn (OF, Phenix City, Ala.), J.J. Shaffer (Fr., Auburn, Ala.) and Bailey Chesser (Fr., Pinson, Ala.). The Tigers' junior-college transfers are Robby Clements (Jr., RHP, Birmingham, Ala./Wallace State CC), Jacob Milliman (Jr., RHP, Deatsville, Ala./Pensacola JC), Evan East (C, Jr., Faulkner State/Fairhope, Ala.) and Ben Craft (C, Jr., NW Florida State/Birmingham, Ala.).
Three of them - Thompson, Davis and Grier - were ranked in Baseball America's top 500 prospects for the 2013 MLB Draft. Grier was drafted in the 39th round by the Detroit Tigers.
The magazine highlights Thompson and Davis as having proven themselves on the international stage with USA Baseball, and describes Grier, Logan and Binning as "three quality up-the-middle building blocks."
Baseball America's recruiting class rankings are based on conversations with college coaches and pro scouts across the country. The rankings do not consider transfers from four-year schools.
For the full article on the top 25 recruiting classes, click here: http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/college-recruiting-rankings-florida-ranks-no-1/.
Auburn wraps up their fall practice schedule with an intrasquad scrimmage at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Plainsman Park.
BASEBALL AMERICA'S TOP 25 RECRUITING CLASSES
3. South Carolina
4. Oklahoma State
5. Oregon State
8. Ole Miss
9. Mississippi State
12. Cal State Fullerton
18. Florida State
22. Loyola Marymount
24. Southern California