Well, Baseball America has released their annual rankings of college recruiting classes and we are 9th overall. Collegiate Baseball Magazine earlier has us ranked 2nd in their publication. I don't mind the differing opinions, as long as we are top 10 in the nation.
After several scrimmages these are my main newcomers that I want to talk about.
1) RHP Dakota Hudson, Fr.
His stat line is: 6+ IP, 2 H, 0 ERA. Our hitters have a hard time getting a good lick on him. His mid-90's fastball is overwhelming at times. He is in line for SEC rotation duty or at the very least lots of innings logged on the weekends.
2) 3B/DH Reid Humphreys, Fr.
He is batting over .400 w over .400 for his on base percentage in 16 AB's. He has made lots of smooth plays at the hot corner. He will get lots of PT in 2014.
3) MIF Seth Heck, Jr.
From what I read, he is always on base. Batting over .600 w a .600 or better on base percentage in 13 AB's. And he is not too shabby in the field either. I expect him to play a lot too in 2014.
4) C Cody Walker, Jr.
Excellent batting stats, .400 BA, OB% .600 plus. But his position, defense rules over offense. He will definately play a lot. Since this position needs two guys to rotate, a must.
5) LF Jake Vickerson, Jr.
He brings a LH bat and he gets on base a bunch. He only adds depth to a deep OF corps.
6) RHP Austin Sexton, Fr.
My candidate as of mid-October to be the Tuesday night starter. He had one bad inning that skewed his stats. Should be better as fall progresses.
7) RF Joey Swinarski, Fr.
Just yesterday, he started to really pound the ball. Started out really struggling, which is fine for a senior in HS when facing college pitching. But he will get used to it and then watch out. He is IMO, primed for AB's late in games when we need a hit.
The rest of the new guys I will break down after fall. Some are trying to get adjusted to college ball. C Gavin Collins has been hurt but I expect him to really come on late fall and have a really good spring. He is a really good player.