Coffee Break: Louisville Baseball is bringing in elite talent

Howie Lindsey, Publisher
Cardinal Sports

Now that Louisville baseball has completed its fourth trip to the College World Series, it’s time to look forward to next season and hopefully another winning year for the Cards.

Howie recently posted an article highlighting returning players but what about recruits.

UofL’s 2017 class is ranked 24th by Perfect Game, compared to 2016’s number 17, 2015’s number 10 and outside the top 25 in 2014. The class includes 14 high school players.

For the first time that I am aware of Dan McDonnell has recruited south of Kentucky with two players coming from the Deep South. Lucas Dunn is a shortstop that also plays the outfield and is from Panama City Beach, Florida. Ben Bianco is a catcher from Oxford, Mississippi. His father is the head baseball coach at Ole Miss.

Four local players are part of the 2017 class: Jo Adell, an outfielder from Ballard; Brody Heil, a left-handed pitcher from Trinity; Cameron Masterman, a shortstop from North Oldham and Gavin Sullivan, a left-handed pitcher from Eastern.

Adell, the top-rated player in the class, was selected in the first round, 10th overall in the Major League Draft and will be heading off to play professional baseball.

Two of the three players from Illinois recruited by the Cards were also selected by the major leagues, Reid Detmers, a left-handed pitcher from Nokomis, and Bobby Miller, a right-handed pitcher from McHenry. Both will be heading to Louisville to play college ball. The third player from Illinois is Glenn Albanese Jr from Batavia, a right-handed pitcher.

Of the 13 high schoolers coming to the university three are catchers: Bianco, Zach Britton from Batesville, Ind., and Brock Mathis from Fairfield, Ohio. Also from Ohio is left-handed pitcher Michael Kirian from New Riegel. Trey Leonard from Cedar Rapids, Iowa is the lone outfielder.

Of the 13 student athletes attending UofL seven are pitchers, five of those are left-handed.

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