Winthrop baseball’s 2013 recruiting class has been ranked in the top 20 percent of all NCAA Division I baseball programs, and is the top-ranked class in the Big South Conference, according to Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s 31st annual recruiting evaluation which was released last week.
Winthrop was ranked 60th out of 298 Div. I baseball programs, and first out of the 12 Big South schools. In addition to having the top-rated Big South class, the Eagles received the third best ranking in the state behind South Carolina and Clemson.
“I am very excited to have our 2013 recruiting class recognized as one of the top classes in the country,” said Winthrop head coach Tom Riginos. “A lot of the credit goes out to coach (Clint) Chrysler and coach (Ben) Hall. It takes a lot of hard work to put together a class of this caliber. Many of our new players are going to make an immediate impact on our program. The last few years we have been recruiting at a high level and we will continue to recruit at a high level to keep this program moving forward.”
The Florida Gators were awarded their second national recruiting title by Collegiate Baseball and became the 10th Southeastern Conference program to receive the honor in the past 11 years. Mississippi State, Florida State, Miami (Fla.) and Oklahoma State rounded out the top-five.
The rankings are based on players who enroll at school each fall. Athletes who initially signed letters of intent with a school but then signed a pro contract after being drafted do not count in the overall evaluation.