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Baseball Recruiting Class Rates No. 1 In The Nation

Oct. 20, 1999

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson’s 1999 baseball recruiting class is rated #1 in the country according to Baseball America. Southern California, Stanford, Florida, and Texas A&M round out the top five. The top-25 ranking is the Tigers’ seventh in as many years under Head Coach Jack Leggett and Recruiting Coordinator Tim Corbin.

“The Tigers’ 18-man recruiting class is significant because they lost just one player to pro-ball,” states editor Allan Simpson. “Two-way standouts Jeff Baker, the Indians fourth-rounder, who was the MVP of the World Junior Championships, and Jarrod Schmidt, a 23rd-round pick of the Marlins and MVP of the Connie Mack World Series head up Clemson’s class.”

Clemson also added three transfers to bolster its class. Righthander Scott Berney (Connecticut), lefthander Anthony Urrico (Long Island), and righthander Rob Sine (Richmond) have joined the team and will be eligible to play in 2000.

Clemson centerfielder Patrick Boyd has been rated as the #2 college prospect for the 2000 season according to Baseball America. Boyd, a junior, is a career .368 hitter overall and .489 hitter in NCAA Tournament play in two seasons at Clemson.

Boyd (Palm Harbor, FL) is coming off a Second-Team All-America season in ’99 where he hit .390 with 17 homers, 70 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases. He was a second-round selection of the Seattle Mariners out of high school.

Baseball America’s Top College Prospects for 2000

1. Xavier Nady 3B California
2. Patrick Boyd OF Clemson
3. Ben Diggins RHP Arizona
4. Daylan Holt OF Texas A&M
5. Tyrell Godwin OF North Carolina
6. Chris Bootcheck RHP Auburn
7. Jason Young RHP Stanford
8. Dane Sardinha C Pepperdine
9. Aaron Heilman RHP Notre Dame
10. Joe Borchard OF Stanford
11. Matt Smith LHP Oklahoma State
12. Lance Niekro 3B Florida Southern