Oct. 26, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The Louisville baseball program's 2009 recruiting class was ranked 25th nationally by Baseball America last week marking the second straight year the Cardinals have had a top 25 recruiting class under the leadership of head coach Dan McDonnell.
The Cards' 2008 recruiting class was ranked 20th in the nation by Baseball America, and for the second straight season, the Cards' recruiting class was the top ranked class in the BIG EAST Conference. The 2009 class was headlined by pitchers Matt Koch (RHP), Brian Feekin (LHP) and Andy Flett (RHP), position players Kyle Grieshaber (2B), Cade Stallings (3B) and Jarred Clarkson (OF) and two-way player Zak Wasserman (1B/LHP).
Here is what Baseball America published about Louisville's 2009 recruiting class:
"After reeling in a pair of power arms from cold-weather locales last year in Keith Landers and Tony Zych, the Cardinals landed three more this year in Koch, Feekin and Flett. Koch, the top prep prospect in Iowa this spring, is an athletic former four-sport standout with a fastball that reaches 93 mph and a promising 82 mph slider. Feekin's quality three-pitch mix includes an 88-92 mph fastball, a good changeup and a solid curve. Flett was throwing strikes with a 91-93 fastball this fall and mixing in a sharp mid-70s curve and a change.
"That trio is complemented by an athletic group of position players, led by Grieshaber, a versatile infielder in the mold of Louisville sophomore Ryan Wright
. The physical Stallings could step in and play third base immediately, and the projectable Clarkson is Louisville's center fielder of the future. The long-levered Wasserman has the most raw power in the class but needs to shorten his swing a bit."
The 2010 Cardinals return seven position starters and most of the pitching staff from a team that swept the BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles in 2009 and made the program's second NCAA Super Regional appearance in McDonnell's three years as the head coach.
Louisville will open the 2010 season with a three-game series at home against Bowling Green on Feb. 19-21 at Jim Patterson Stadium, while the complete 2010 Cards' schedule is expected to be released later this week.