The Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting class for the 2015 season could be the Hogs’ best ever. Year in and year out head coach Dave Van Horn brings in a premiere recruiting class, but many of them break up with players deciding to forgo college and enter the professional scene. This year’s class has stayed together to the coaching staff’s liking.
The Hogs have been nationally ranked No. 2 by Perfect Game and No. 4 by Baseball America.
The recruiting class includes 6 junior college transfers and 14 true freshmen.
Four of the twenty newcomers were drafted in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, but have decided to bring their talents to the University of Arkansas. Among these talents are: Luke Bonfield, Keaton McKinney, Blake Wiggins and Nathan Rodriguez.
Bonfield is an outfielder from Skillman, New Jersey. He was drafted in the 21st round by the New York Mets.
McKinney is a first baseman and right-handed pitcher from Ankeny, Iowa. He was drafted in the 28th round by the New York Mets.
Wiggins is an infielder and catcher from Little Rock, Arkansas. He was drafted in the 36th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Rodriguez is a catcher and first baseman from Yorda Linda, California. He was drafted in the 39th round by the Colorado Rockies.
The Hogs also bring in 16 other players to an already deep team that returns many starters from the 2014 team. The Razorbacks look to earn their 14th straight NCAA Tournament berth in 2015 and the team is shaping up quite nicely. Many newcomers have already showed their ability in the fall’s Cardinal and White series.
The Hogs open their schedule on Feb. 13th at Baum Stadium against North Dakota.