WSU '15 baseball signing class has star power

COLLEGE BASEBALL isn't as omnipresent on TV or in the media as football or basketball. And that extends to recruiting. But if you want the rundown on the 2015 Washington State baseball signing class, you've come to the right place.

The 18-member recruiting class coming to Pullman under first-year skipper Marty Lees (pictured above) features 12 players from the Evergreen State.

One of the gems is Parker McFadden out of Yelm. His fastball is in the 94-95 mph range and in 44 2/3 innings this season, he racked up 89 strikeouts, tossed a no-hitter and logged an 0.78 ERA. He was drafted in the 20th round by Seattle but will instead head to Washington State.

But there looks to be plenty of other potential star power in the class.

Justin Harrer out of Sisters, Ore. was drafted by the Padres in the 18th round but will play at WSU, KTVZ-TV reported. Intriguingly, Harrer told The Nugget the Padres were all set to draft him in the fourth round, around the 100th player chosen and with a signing bonus of $500,000 plus all his schooling paid, but he turned them down in order to play at Washington State.

Local TV station KIMA called Yakima's Riley Benedetti "the first standout player from the Valley to play for the Cougs" in more than a decade.

Auburn's Mason Cerrillo upped his betting average to .410 as a senior, after being named his school's MVP as a junior when he hit .380.

Ryan Ward out of Hood River, Ore. broke his jaw during a game on April 25 but continued to play with metal plates in his face. Indeed, Ward was "the heart, soul and arm of the club that won the 5A state title," reported The Oregonian. He struck out a season-high 17 batters during a no-hitter in the opening round of the playoffs and finished his senior campaign with a 9-1 record, 119 strikeouts, 16 walks and a 0.68 ERA in 72 innings pitched. He was named the Brian T. Meehan Oregon Baseball Player of the Year. His fastball is consistently in the low-90s.

Thomas Lampkin out of Vancouver is the son of former major league catcher Tom Lampkin, who rapped out 422 hits over 13 seasons with Cleveland, San Diego, Milwaukee, San Francisco, St. Louis, Seattle and San Diego.

The regular signing period runs through August 1 but WSU appears to be set. Hot off the presses, here's the complete list from Washington State SID.

2015 WSU Baseball Signing Class

Name                   Pos.     Hometown
Davis Baillie          1B       Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville High)
Riley Benedetti        RHP      Yakima, Wash. (East Valley High)
Justin Brown           INF      Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens High)
Kevin Calderhead       RHP      Redmond, Wash. (Redmond High)
Mason Cerrillo         OF       Auburn, Wash. (Mountain View High)
Trenton Dupre          LHP      Yakima, Wash. (Davis High/Murray State College)
Chandler Greenfield    LHP      Filer, Idaho (Twin Falls High)
Justin Harrer          INF      Sisters, Ore. (Sisters High)
Ty Johnson             C        Anacortes, Wash. (Anacortes High)
Thomas Lampkin         OF       Vancouver, Wash. (Union High)
Kameron Lane           OF       Eagle, Idaho (Eagle High)
Caleb McAlister        RHP      Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva High)
Mactintyre McCarty     UTL      Port Orchard, Wash.
Parker McFadden        RHP      Yelm, Wash. (Yelm High)
Jacob Prater           INF      Wenatchee, Wash. (Wenatchee High)
Jacob Thurber          C/1B     Seattle, Wash. (Kennedy Catholic High)
Ryan Ward              RHP      Hood River, Ore. (Hood River Valley High)
Ryley Widell           LHP      Haiku, Hawaii (King Kekaulike High)

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