The Oregon State baseball team’s incoming recruiting class has been rated as seventh-best in the nation by Perfect Game.
It’s the second top-10 ranking for the Beavers, who were selected as No. 9 last week by Baseball America.
The Beavers have five freshmen who were drafted by MLB clubs in June but who elected to attend school. They include Joe Gillette (23rd round, St. Louis), KJ Harrison (25th round, Cleveland), Elliott Cary (32nd round, Washington), Michael Gretler (39th round, Boston) and Drew Rasmussen (39th round, Arizona).
Cary is the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Oregon after batting .520 for Clackamas High as a senior. He’ll be joined by Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Washington in left-handed pitcher Luke Heimlich. He went 11-1 with a 0.66 ERA for Puyallup High last season.
Rasmussen, meanwhile, matched Heimlich’s numbers with an 11-0 record and 0.57 ERA for Mt. Spokane High. Harrison batted .534 and drove in 28 runs to earn All-State honors in Hawaii, where he was joined by Christian Donahue, who batted .412 with 16 RBIs and nine stolen bases.
Gillette earned all-state honors in California after a season that included a .442 average and six home runs while Gretler batted .500 and had six home runs with 24 RBIs to earn all-state in Washington at Bonney Lake High.
Baseball America also listed Jackson Soto, who hit .519 to be named all-state in Oregon, along with Sam Tweedt, who went 6-4 with a 1.00 ERA and was named second-team all-league for South Salem High. Left-handed pitcher Ryan Mets had a 1.75 ERA with 134 strikeouts in 72 innings and was named his league’s MVP for North Thurston High in Olympia, Washington.
The lone junior college transfer to be recognized by Baseball America is right-handed pitcher Travis Eckert, who was 10-1 with a 1.20 ERA for Clark Junior College in Vancouver, Washington, last season.
The Beavers have five of the top seven high school prospects from the state of Oregon, according to BaseballNorthwest, along with three of the top six from Washington.
According to Perfect Game, both Harrison (85) and Gillette (95) rank in their top 100 signees list.