Baseball's 2013 Recruiting Class Picked 16th by Collegiate Baseball

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Alabama baseball welcomed 12 new signees for the 2013 season.
Alabama baseball welcomed 12 new signees for the 2013 season.

Sept. 25, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The 2013 Alabama baseball team recruiting class was rated the 16th best by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, as announced on Tuesday afternoon. The Crimson Tide welcomed 12 signees for the upcoming season that includes 11 freshmen and one junior college transfer for the upcoming season.

The rankings are based on players who enroll at school each fall. Athletes who initially signed with a school and then signed a pro contract after being drafted do not count in the overall evaluation.

Of the 12-man recruiting class secured by head coach Mitch Gaspard and his coaching staff, Alabama had three players drafted last June. Those players were catcher Wade Wass, Pensacola, Fla. (Meridian CC),a 13th round selection by the Baltimore Orioles, right-handed pitcher Ray Castillo, Seale, Ala. (Russell County HS), who was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 27th round and infielder Mikey White, Birmingham, Ala. (Spain Park HS), a 34th round selection by the New York Mets.

Here is a rundown of the nine other signees that started school at Alabama in the fall; infielder Kyle Overstreet, Boaz, Ala. (Boaz HS), infielder Chance Vincent, Scott, La. (Acadiana HS), infielder Daniel Cucjen, Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian Academy), outfielder Matthew Goodson, Oxford, Ala. (Oxford HS), right-handed pitcher Keaton Haack, Oak Ridge, N.C. (Northwest Guilford HS), outfielder Georgie Salem, Birmingham, Ala. (Vestavia Hills HS), right-handed pitcher Jonathan Hess, Kenner, La. (Jesuit HS), right-handed pitcher Mitch Greer, Prattville, Ala. (Edgewood Academy), and left-handed pitcher/outfielder Colton Freeman, Hoover, Ala. (Spain Park HS).

Alabama did lose one player to Major league Baseball, when Jackson Stephens from Oxford High School, decided to sign with the Cincinnati Red after being drafted in the 18th round of the 2012 June draft.

With Vanderbilt earning the top spot this year, a team from the Southeastern Conference has had a team ranked number one nine of the last 10 years. In addition to Alabama and Vanderbilt, the SEC had 12 of the 14 schools in the conference selected to the 40-team list.

A complete look at the top 16 recruiting classes will be available in the Oct. 5, issue of Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Here is a list of this year's top 40 recruiting classes as selected by Collegiate Baseball
1. Vanderbilt
3. Arizona St.
4. LSU
5. Clemson
6. Stanford
7. Florida
8. North Carolina
9. Miami, Fla.
10. South Carolina
11. Kentucky
12. Texas Christian
13. Texas A&M
14. Georgia
15. Texas
16. Alabama
17. Cal. St. Fullerton
18. U.C. Santa Barbara
19. Florida St.
20. Fresno St.
21. Arizona
22. Auburn
23. Oregon
24. Southern California
25. California
26. Arkansas
27. Rice
28. Georgia Tech.
29. Stetson
30. Missouri St.
31. Oklahoma
32. Virginia
33. East Carolina
34. Oregon St.
35. Louisville
36. Houston
37. Mississippi St.
38. Kennesaw St.
39. Mississippi
40. Central Florida

*SEC Schools in italics