Oct. 8, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team's recruiting class has been tabbed as the nation's best, according to Baseball America's top-25 recruiting classes released Monday morning.
With three recruits who ranked among the top 100 prospects for the 2007 draft, no class can match San Diego's for high-impact talent. Kyle Blair, Victor Sanchez and Matt Thomson have already proven ready to face elite college competition, as Thomson ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the Alaska League this summer, while Sanchez and Blair were the top two prospects in the Northwoods League. Blair is one of the most polished freshman pitchers in the nation, with a quality four-pitch mix that includes an 88-92 mph fastball that touches 93-94, a hard knockout slider, a quality changeup and a 12-to-6 curveball. Thomson also has a good feel for pitching with a heavy, sinking 88-92 mph fastball and an excellent slider. Sanchez has solid tools across the board and projects to hit for plus power--he figures to be a staple at third base and in the heart of USD's lineup for three years. Stephan Kaupang, a former basketball player, has massive raw power and a surprisingly compact swing. Sequoyah Stonecipher is recovered from the back problem that limited him a bit in high school, and he brings a solid all-around tools package and an aggressive approach at the plate and in the field. Nick Ousman is another three-pitch mix guy in the mold of USD senior Matt Couch, while Solis has lots of projection to along with a present 88-91 mph fastball and a variation of a knuckle curveball.
The Toreros have already begun fall practice and will begin their regular-season on February 22 against cross-town rival San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.