CORAL GABLES — Miami’s baseball recruiting class could have been better, and it’s already quite good.
The Hurricanes’ incoming class was ranked fourth-best in the country by Collegiate Baseball even though coach Jim Morris lost two players, including Palm Beach Gardens High alum J.D. Underwood, to the Major League Baseball draft.
“The fact is Gino [DiMare] and J.D. [Arteaga] have worked very hard on this class,” Morris said in a press release. “Gino coming back as our recruiting coordinator has had a big impact. Having such a high ranking correlates to having a good team, and I’m excited about this group of guys.”
The ranking is Miami’s best since 2006, when Morris’ group was ranked No. 2.
Among ACC programs, Florida State (No. 3), North Carolina State (No. 13), North Carolina (No. 17), Virginia (No. 22), Clemson (No. 32) and Georgia Tech (No. 35) were also ranked.
The 2014 class includes 14 freshman and two junior college transfers. Four players were drafted: outfielder Willie Abreu (14th round, No. 435 overall), first baseman/pitcher Derik Beauprez (25th, 743), catcher Zack Collins (27th, 825) and outfielder Jacob Heyward (38th, 1,153).
Current players Eric Nedeljkovic (21st, 619), Bryan Radziewski (29th, 875) and Javi Sala (38th, 1,130) were drafted, but opted to return as seniors. The 2013 draft was the worst for the Hurricanes in a decade; since 2003, when James Burt was drafted in the 35th round, no Miami player had been taken later than the sixth round.
Underwood, who pitched for Palm Beach State, opted to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers after he was chosen in the fifth round (154th overall). Prep center fielder Matt MacPhearson signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who took him in the fourth round (120th).
The Hurricanes have reached the NCAA tournament in each of the last 41 seasons, a college baseball record, but last year were bounced out of the Louisville Regional.
New gig for Larrañaga: Miami men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga will be an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, the school announced Friday.
Due to his coaching responsibilities, Larrañaga will be a guest lecturer at several different classes in the School of Education and Human Development throughout the semester. He was a member of the faculty in the school of management while at George Mason.
Miami’s first official practice is Friday, Sept. 27. The Hurricanes play an exhibition game against Florida Tech on Oct. 30 and start the regular season Nov. 8 against St. Francis (N.Y.).
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