October 8, 2007
Baseball America announced its 2007 collegiate recruiting class rankings Monday, and the publication rated Tennessee’s crop of newcomers 21st in the nation. The Southeastern Conference led the country with seven teams whose recruiting classes ranked among the top 25 nationally. San Diego boasts this year’s top-ranked class.
Tennessee’s newcomers—who are currently in the midst of fall practice—include five true freshmen and five junior-college transfers. Three of the 10 have been previously drafted by Major League franchises.
The Vols’ group of true freshmen includes outfielders Kentrail Davis (14th round pick by Colorado in 2007), Josh Liles (40th round pick by Seattle in 2007) and P.J. Polk, catcher Blake Forsythe and right-handed pitcher Dylan Hochevar.
Transfers from the junior-college ranks are left-handed pitchers Joey Rosas (43rd round pick by Texas in 2007 and ninth round pick by Washington in 2006) and D.J. Leffler, infielders Trey Burstrom and Cody Grisham and catcher Matt Hamaker.
Only incoming freshmen and junior-college transfers were considered in Baseball America’s rankings, so right-handed pitcher Steve Crnkovich did not count towards UT’s ranking. The rising sophomore transferred to Tennessee from the University of Illinois-Chicago after leading the Horizon League with a 2.39 ERA in 2007. Sophomore third baseman Tanner Moore, a Chattanooga, Tenn., native who transferred from ETSU, also did not count toward UT’s ranking.
This is the third consecutive season that Tennessee’s recruiting class has been ranked among Baseball America’s top 25.
Fans interested in getting an early glimpse of the 2008 Vols in action can attend any of the three remaining games of the inaugural Tennessee Baseball Orange & White World Series. The Orange and White teams have split the first two games of the fall intrasquad series. Game three is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Game four is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m., while game five will be played Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. Admission is free for all World Series games.