The class consists of 15 players, all whom are now freshmen at Arkansas. According to Arkansas baseball sports information director John Thomas, this is the second time since 2014 that the Hogs have had a class ranked in the top five by Baseball America.
Recruiting rankings for major outlets aren’t released until school begins in the fall and it becomes clear which players have officially enrolled. Those are the only players accounted for in these rankings — not those who signed National Letters of Intent but later signed professional contracts.
Seven Arkansas signees were selected in the 2017 MLB Draft in June. Five of them opted to pass up that opportunity and join the Razorbacks. Here are those players, who highlight the class:
- Caleb Bolden, RHP, Texarkana, Texas (16th round by Tampa Bay)
- Bryce Bonnin, RHP, Baytown, Texas (26th round by Chicago Cubs)
- Casey Opitz, C, Centennial, Colo. (27th round by Cleveland)
- Cole Turney, OF, Richmond, Texas (34th round by Cleveland)
- Heston Kjerstad, OF, Amarillo, Texas (36th round by Seattle)
Arkansas’ baseball program will open the 2018 season Feb. 17. The Razorbacks were 45-19 in 2017. They finished as the runner-up at the SEC Tournament and in the Fayetteville Regional.
Here’s the full list of Baseball America’s 2017 class rankings:
- Arizona State
- South Carolina
- Florida State
- Southern Cal
- Texas A&M
- UC Santa Barbara
- Mississippi State
- Texas Tech