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RECRUITING CLASS RANKED TOP 20 BY COLLEGIATE BASEBALL
Three MLB draftees among 14-member group joining for 2015
TUSCON, Ariz. – The Miami Hurricanes baseball recruiting class for the 2014-15 season was ranked among the top 20 in the country by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the publication announced Monday.
The Hurricanes’ 14-member class, comprised of 13 freshmen and one junior college transfer, was tied for No. 20 nationwide. The class continues a long stretch of recruiting success for Miami, which featured a top 10-rated class in each of the last two seasons by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.
Three players from the class were selected in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft: junior infielder George Iskenderian (Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Indian River State College), freshman outfielder Carl Chester (Longwood, Fla., Lake Brantley HS) and freshman pitcher Michael Mediavilla (Hialeah, Fla., Mater Academy).
Miami’s class was tied with Florida State for the third-best class in the Atlantic Coast Conference, trailing only Virginia (No. 9) and North Carolina (No. 11). The class will be joining a group of returners who helped lead the Hurricanes to the 2014 ACC Regular Season Championship – the second in program history.
Joining Miami’s three selections from the June MLB Draft in the signing class are: Ryan Alvarez (Miami, Fla., Christopher Columbus HS), Rafa Manau (Weston, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas), Nick Bottari (Wading River, N.Y., Montverde Academy), Peter Crotcitto (Palm City, Fla., South Fork HS), Daniel Epstein (Weston Fla., University School), Andy Honiotes (Geneva, Ill., Geneva Community HS), Jesse Lepore (Beverly Hills, Fla., Trinity Catholic), Devin Meyer (Coral Springs, Fla., Coral Springs Christian Academy), Keven Pimentel (Wading River, N.Y., Montverde Academy), Justin Smith (St. John’s, Fla., Bartram Trail HS) and Luke Spangler (Cape Coral, Fla., Cape Coral HS).
Miami opens fall practice on Oct. 20. All practices will take place at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field and are open to the public. For more information, follow @CanesBaseball on Twitter, @TheUBaseball on Instagram, or LIKE Miami Baseball on Facebook.