Kansas Baseball Earns Top 40 Recruiting Class Honors

Sept. 20, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. – Kansas baseball has pulled in the 40th-ranked recruiting class according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s annual rankings, which were released Tuesday. The Jayhawks added 13 freshmen and one transfer – left-handed pitcher Jordan Luvisi from Pepperdine – to their roster for their 2012 signing class.

“It’s an outstanding class,” Kansas Head Coach Ritch Price said. “Now we as coaches have got to help them develop as fast as possible in order to compete in our great conference.”

KU’s recruiting class includes four freshmen who were drafted by Major League organizations in June, but opted to come to Kansas and play for Price. The list of current Jayhawk freshmen selected in this year’s draft include outfielder Connor McKay (Colorado, 24th round), outfielder Michael Suiter (37th round, Cincinnati), right-handed pitcher Robert Kahana (Colorado, 44th round) and left-handed pitcher Wes Benjamin (New York Yankees, 48th round).

Other members of KU’s signing class include: catcher Nate Arnold (Pittsburg, Kan.), infielder Joe Luvisi (Scottsdale, Ariz.), infielder Joe Moroney (Pleasanton, Calif.), right-handed pitcher Drew Morovick (Hemet, Calif.), outfielder Brian Poupore (Scottsdale, Ariz.), infielder Justin Protacio (Pearl City, Hawaii), right-handed pitcher Taylor Rappaport (Riverside, Calif.), outfielder Dakota Smith (Leavenworth, Kan.) and right-handed pitcher Colin Toalson (Lawrence, Kan.).

KU’s recruiting class ranked fifth among Big 12 teams, ahead of Missouri (49th overall), Baylor (66th), Texas Tech (77th) and Kansas State (NR).

The Jayhawks will open their fall practice schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 27.