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WSU baseball recruiting: Cougars class tabbed in top 30 nationally by D1Baseball.com

MARTY LESS' 2016 baseball signing class is ranked No. 28 in the country according to D1Baseball.com. This is the first Cougar recruiting class to be nationally ranked by D1Baseball.com.

"This is a high quality and high upside class that has head coach Marty Lees very excited and comparing his class to some of the powerhouse recruiting classes he had as an assistant at Oregon State and Oklahoma State," reads the article (subscription required).

WSU's class features 12 players including eight junior college transfers and four freshmen. Two freshmen hail from the state of Washington and were selected in the Major League Baseball draft but chose to play for Washington State.
 
“We are very excited about this class that is full of talent and depth,” second-year head man Lees said. “We were able to get some power arms, build up our rotation and bullpen and we also improved our athleticism on defense and at the plate. A lot of these players chose to play at Washington State in the Pac-12 over the MLB Draft. This is one of our best and most talented recruiting classes and we are excited to see them take the field this spring.”
 
The article mentions that 6-7 righty Joe Rosenstein is expected to have a big role out of the bullpen, sophomore shortstop Andres Alvarez was an All-Region selection at Trinidad State Junior College last season and that another 6-7 righty, sophomore David Wallum, is expected to make the starting rotation.
 
Other junior college transfers expected to contribute immediately are outfielder Blake Clanton who combined to hit 32 home runs in his two seasons at Western Oklahoma State College and first baseman James Rudkin who recorded 25 doubles, 10 home runs and drove in 85 runs in his two seasons at McLennan Junior College in Texas.

On the mound, 6-6 lefthander Cody Anderson out of Bellevue Community College is expected to serve in a number roles, from starter to closer, after leading the NWAC with 114 strikeouts last season. Another junior college infielder to watch: Ryan Ramsower who was an All-Region Second Team selection after hitting .360 for Pima Community College in Arizona last season.
 
Three freshmen also mentioned were lefthander A.J. Block, a 39th-round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs, along with infielder Danny Sinatro who was drafted in the 40th-round by the Cleveland Indians and catcher Cal Waterman who was named the State Player of the Year in Oregon last spring.
 


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