TUCSON, Ariz. - The UCLA baseball program's incoming group of nine freshmen has been ranked the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation by Collegiate Baseball, the national weekly baseball newspaper announced on Tuesday.
The top five recruiting classes, as ranked by Collegiate Baseball, include LSU, San Diego, Oregon, UCLA and Florida, respectively. The Bruins' latest additions have arrived in Westwood this week, as fall quarter classes are slated to begin Thursday, Sept. 23.
Five players from the Bruins' recruiting class were chosen in the 2010 MLB Draft last June. Each of the incoming three-right handed pitchers were drafted - Adam Plutko (sixth round, Houston), Zack Weiss (10th round, Pittsburgh) and Nick Vander Tuig (39th round, Toronto). The two other incoming draftees - outfielder Brenton Allen (ninth round, Philadelphia) and infielder Kevin Williams (41st round, L.A. Dodgers) - both hit from the left side of the plate.
UCLA's recruiting class includes first baseman Patrick Gallagher, the 2010 Nevada Player of the Year and a three-year varsity letterwinner at Reno High School (Reno, Nev.). Standout infielder Pat Valaika joins the Bruins from Hart High School, while Jacob Shirley and Brian Carroll each shined as two-sport stars (baseball and football) at South Hills High School and Granite Hills High School, respectively.