Nick Mingione has a top-10 recruiting class according to Baseball America. The ‘Cats 2017 class was ranked #9 in the nation by the top publication. This class is Nick Mingione’s first full recruiting class and is a continuation of immediate success under the Coach.
“This is a banner class for our program moving forward and very much needed after we had eight total draft picks and a program record six Top 10-round draft picks selected in the 2017 MLB Draft,” Mingione said. “The 2017 class has a very strong foundation that sets us up for future success.”
The Cats signed 16 high school prospects, all of whom were All-Americans and ranked in their home state’s Top 20 players. Eight freshmen were among the Top 500 recruits nationally and nine were Top 100 at their position, including New Jersey Gatorade High School State Player of the Year Brad Dobzanski, a right-handed pitcher selected in the 39th round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
Additionally, the Cats signed nine junior college players, eight of whom were rated among the Top 150 JuCo players nationally. Two were Defensive Players of the Year and two were JuCo All-Americans.
“We feel we have the No. 1 junior college class on campus in the country,” Mingione said. “These guys all had major impacts on their programs before coming to Kentucky, with six players playing in the NJCAA World Series. The nine players we signed all have been a combination of an All-Conference award winner, Gold Glove winner, All-American, played in the World Series, were named World Series All-Tournament, were a World Series champion, all of which are parts of bringing winning players into our program.”
Mingione is not just recruiting locally either, he compiled this class from 15 different states. You can see this new class in action starting in February 2018 when they travel to Spartanburg, SC for 4 games in 3 days.
Below is the PDF that lays out the entire class and bios, check out the quality of players coming to Lexington.
2017 KENTUCKY BASEBALL CLASS BIOS
IF, 5-10, 160, Fr.; Frankfort, Ky./Western Hills HS
2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American…Perfect Game Central – All Region 2nd Team…Perfect Game 2016 Underclass Honorable Mention…Four-time all-district and all-county performer at Western Hills HS…Second-Team All-State in 2017….11th Region Athletics Directors Sportsmanship Award…2017 Golden Cleats…US Marine Corps Outstanding Athlete Award…Played summer baseball for the Kentucky Baseball Club…Rated the No. 16 player in the state of Kentucky by Perfect Game…Prep Baseball Report ranked him No. 10 player in Kentucky and No. 56 SS in the country…Was also a swimmer at Western Hills…Born in Frankfort, Ky. … Son of Jamey and Angelina…Has an older sister, Regan, and older brother, Michael…Father played baseball at Morehead State University.
OF, 6-4, 210, Fr.; Northboro, Mass./IMG Academy
2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American…Perfect Game Northeast – All Region 1st Team…Perfect Game 2016 Underclass Honorable Mention…Rated the No. 69 out eld prospect in the country and No. 4 player in Massachusetts by Perfect Game.
RHP, 6-3, 190, Fr.; Taylorsville, Ut./Taylorsville HS
2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American…2017 Perfect Game West All-Region 1st Team…Perfect Game 2016 Underclass High Honorable Mention…Three-year letter-winner at Taylorsville HS…First-Team All-Region in baseball and basketball…Played summer baseball for the Utah Marshalls of the Marshall League….Ranked as the No. 469 overall player in the Class of 2017 and No. 2 prospect in Utah…Born in Bountiful, Utah…Son of Lance and Elisabeth.
RHP, 6-3, 195, Fr.; Franklinville, N.J./Delsea Regional HS
2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game 3rd Team All-American…Perfect Game Northeast – All Region 1st Team…Gatorade Player of the Year – New Jersey…Three-time all-conference player at Delsea Regional HS…Three-time all-conference member of the 2015 New Jersey state championship and four-time South Jersey championship wrestling team at Delsea…Member of the 2015 state championship football team…Selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 39th round of the 2017 MLB Draft…. Prep Baseball Report ranked him as the top prospect in New Jersey, No. 44 prospect in the nation and No. 18 right-hand- ed pitcher…Rated the No. 170 prospect overall in 2017 by Perfect Game, the No. 61 right-handed pitcher and No. 5 player in the state of New Jersey…Born in Washington Township, N.J. … Son of Robert Jr. and Traci…Has two older brothers, Rob- ert III and Bryan…Bryan is currently playing in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
OF/IF, 6-1, 205, Fr.; Middletown, De./Middletown HS
2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American…Perfect Game Northeast – All Region 1st Team…2016 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention…Made Delaware state final four in baseball in 2016 with Middletown HS…
Three-time state runner-up in football at Middletown HS…Earned all-conference and all-state honors as a defensive player… Was 2017 Middletown HS Male Athlete of the Year…Ranked the No. 34 third baseman by Perfect Game and No. 1 player in Delaware…Born in Middletown, De. … Son of Ronald and Kamela… Has a younger brother, Blake…Father played football at both Marshall and West Virginia.
RHP, 6-4, 215, Fr.; Fairway, Kan./Bishop Miege HS
2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American…2017 Central Region Honorable Mention…2016 Underclass High Honorable Mention…Chose Kentucky because it felt like home and connection with the coaching staff…Played his summer ball with the KC Barnstormers…Arrived on campus early and took summer courses…Rated the No. 7 player in Kansas by both Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report…Born in Merriam, Kan. … Son of Daniel and Susan…Has an older sister, Meghan.
OF, 6-2, 185, Fr.; Gainesville, Fla./F.W. Buchholz HS
Two-time All-Area honoree (2016 and 2017)…2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American…Perfect Game Florida – All Region 2nd Team…Perfect Game 2015 and 2016 Underclass Honorable Mention…Born in Ft. Myers, Fla. … Son of Kevin and Kelli Ross…Has an older brother, Chase, and sister, Maddie…Uncle played baseball at Washington.
LHP, 6-5, 205, Fr.; Salvisa, Ky./Mercer County HS
Named First-Team All-State in 2017 and Second-Team All-State in 2016…Struck out a Mercer County school-record 17 batters in a game…2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American…2017 Perfect Game Central Region Honor- able Mention…2016 Underclass High Honorable Mention…Rated the No. 130 left-handed pitching prospect in the country and No. 13 overall prospect in Kentucky by Perfect Game and No. 17 by Prep Baseball Report…Son of Anthony Hazelwood and Amy Currens…Has a brother, Trent, who pitched at Berea College.
OF, 5-10, 180, Fr.; Georgetown, Ky./Scott County HS
Won the Connie Mack national championship in 2017 with the Midland Redskins…First-Team All-State at Scott County HS in both 2016 and 2017…Named to the all-district and all-region teams as a junior and all-region as a senior…Member of USA Today’s All-USA Kentucky Baseball Team…2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American…Perfect Game Central – All Region 1st Team…Kentucky record holder in outfield velocity at 95 mph…Prep Baseball Report rated him the No. 6 prospect in Kentucky, No. 169 overall recruit in the nation and No. 26 out elder…Rated the No. 422 overall prospect in the country, No. 81 out elder and No. 5 prospect in Kentucky by Perfect Game…Graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2017…Two- time regional champion…Won state title in football as a freshman…Born in Lexington, Ky. … Son of Tony and Cindy…Has an older brother, Jordan, and sister, Mad.
C/OF, 6-2, 190, Fr.; Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham HS
Four-year letterman at South Oldham HS, where he was a four-time district champion…Owns school record with three home runs in a game…Earned all-state honors in both 2016 and 2017…Played in the Kentucky KHSBCA East-West All-Star Game in 2015 and 2016…Spent summer playing with the Kentucky Baseball Club U-18 team…Was a member of the National
Honor Society and earned Summa Cum Laude valedictorian of his class…2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American…Perfect Game Central – All Region 2nd Team …Perfect Game 2016 Underclass Honorable Mention…Considers himself a technology nerd and Apple fan…Prep Baseball Report ranked him the No. 4 player in the state of Kentucky, No. 155 recruit in the country and 12th-best catcher…Perfect Game rated the No. 63 catcher in the country and No. 6 prospect in Kentucky…Born in Louisville, Ky. … Son of Jeff and Tonya…Has younger sister, Maddy.
RHP, 6-9, 225, Fr.; Olive Hill, Ky./West Carter HS
2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American…Perfect Game Central – All Region 1st Team…Perfect Game 2015
and 2016 Underclass 1st Team…Prep Baseball Report rated him as the No. 65 overall recruit in the country and the No. 27 right-handed pitcher…Perfect Game rated the No. 97 overall prospect and No. 33 right-handed pitcher in the class of 2017… Ranked the No. 3 prospect in Kentucky by both Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report…2016 Under Armour All-American… All-area in both baseball and basketball as a sophomore, junior and senior at West Carter HS…All-time leading rebounder and shot blocker and eighth all-time in points at West Carter…Born in Ashland, Ky. … Son of Kevin and Stephanie…Has three younger sisters, Abby, Kara and Jenna…Father also attended Kentucky.
C, 6-3, 210, Fr.; High Ridge, Mo./Rockwood Summit HS
Team captain as a senior in 2017…Earned First-Team All-State and All-Conference honors…Was named 2017 Conference Player of the Year…Named First-Team All-Conference in 2015 and 2016 as well…2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American… Perfect Game Central – All Region 2nd Team…Prep Baseball Report rated him the No. 7 prospect in Missouri and No. 33 catcher in the country…Perfect Game ranked him the No. 20 prospect in Missouri…Born in St. Louis, Mo. … Son of Brian and Brook…Has younger sister, Camryn…Father played baseball in college at Rend Lake…Mother played soccer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
RHP, 6-3, 180, Fr.; Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic
Played for back-to-back regular season district champion Lexington Catholic HS…Named First-Team All-City in 2016 and 2017…Named Second-Team All-State in 2017…2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American…Central – All Region 2nd Team…2016 Underclass Honorable Mention….Rated the No. 8 prospect in Kentucky by Prep Baseball Report and No. 15 by Perfect Game…Ranked the No. 307 overall recruit by Prep Baseball Report…Born in Lexington, Ky. … Son of Jimmie and Sally…Has a sister, Katie.
RHP, 6-7, 225, Fr.; Plain eld, Ill./Plain eld South HS
First Team All-State and All-Midwest Region in 2016…0.67 earned run average during his three years on the varsity team…. Played summer baseball with the Chi-Town Cream…2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game 3rd Team All-American…Perfect Game Central – All Region 1st Team…Perfect Game 2015 and 2016 Underclass Honorable Mention…Perfect Game rated him the No. 163 overall player in 2017, No. 59 right-handed pitcher and No. 2 prospect in Illinois…Prep Baseball Report listed him as the No. 6 player in Illinois, No. 132 overall and No. 59 right-handed pitcher…Favorite MLB team is the Chicago White Sox…Born in Chicago…Son of Tim and Genna…Has younger sister, Breana.
IF; 5-10, 180, Fr.; Edmond, Okla./Deer Creek HS
Played for three-time region champ Deer Creek HS, which was state runner-up in 2016…In 2017 was named All Big City, First-Team All-COAC, All Big City All-Star Game, All Vype City Team…Spent time with Midwest Elite and Area Code Team in summer 2016…Made Atlanta Perfect Game All-Tournament Team…2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honor- able Mention All-American…2017 Perfect Game West – All Region 1st Team…2016 Underclass Honorable Mention… Rated the No. 282 overall player in 2017…Prep Baseball Report rated the in elder as the No. 254 overall player in 2017 and No. 41 shortstop…Perfect Game has him as the No. 46 in elder and No. 9 prospect in Oklahoma…Born
in Edmond, Okla. … Son of Kevin and Lisa…Has a younger sister, Teagan…Father played baseball at Florida, earning College World Series All-Tournament Team honors before playing 12 years of professional baseball, including time as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ shortstop…Mom played volleyball at Florida.
RHP/OF, 6-7, 215, Fr.; Tonka Bay, Minn./Minnetonka HS
2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-America…Perfect Game Center All-Region First-Team…Perfect Game 2016 Underclass Second-Team…Perfect Game 2015 Underclass Honorable Mention…Rated No. 91 overall right-handed pitcher and No. 2 prospect in Minnesota.
JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES
OF, 5-11, 195, Jr.; Phoenix, Ariz./Phoenix College
Named Second-Team All-America and led Phoenix College to a Southwest District championship…Honored as NJCAA Division II Defensive Player of the Year…Named ACCAC Player of the Year…Rawlings Gold Glove winner (OF)…Ranked among nation’s top players in doubles (2nd), total bases (2nd), runs (7th), triples (13th), home runs (13th) and RBI (25th)…Appeared in 64 games, hitting .364 (87-239) with a .448 on-base percentage and .703 slugging percent- age…Scored 70 runs while hitting 27 doubles, six triples, 14 home runs and driving in 61….Walked 32 times against just 29 strikeouts with 168 total bases and four steals…NJCAA Division II NJCAA World Series all-tournament team… In 2016, named Second-Team All-ACCAC…Played for coach Matthew Denny at Greenway High School in Phoenix, winning that state title in 2014…Born in Phoenix…Son of Laura Ideus..Has an older brother, Joe, and a twin brother, Matt.
IF, 6-0, 210, R-So.; Waynesville, Ohio/Murray State College
Appeared in 63 games at Murray State College in 2017, hitting .450 (90-200) with a .585 on-base percentage
and .615 slugging percentage…. Led the nation with 69 walks…Scored 70 runs, hit 15 doubles, six home runs and knocked in 63 RBI….Stole 11 bases and led the nation with eight SAC flies….Ranked seventh nationally in runs and 20th in RBI….Was named to Region 2 All-Tournament Team, First-Team All-Region 2 and earned the Region 2 Gold Glove Award…Owns the Murray State College school records for batting average…walks, on-base percentage and saves…Appeared in 20 games as a pitcher, going 2-1 with 11 saves, the third most in the country…Rated No. 105 JUCO prospect by Perfect Game…Played summer ball with Texarkana of the Texas Collegiate League as a teammate of UK junior Alex Rodriguez…In 30 games, hit .363 with 18 runs, ve doubles, 18 RBI, 28 walks and an OPS of .908…Named TCL all-star…Born in Dayton, Ohio…Parents are Mike and Shelly Black…Has an older brother, Ty, who was a four-year starter at Ohio University…Aunt, Penny Violette, was a gymnast at UK.
IF, 6-2, 190, Jr.; Hurricane, W.Va./Chipola College
In 2017, played in 59 games for Division I NJCAA national champions and Gulf District champs…Named Defensive Player
of the NJCAA World Series in 2017…Honored as Panhandle Conference Defensive Player of the Year (2017)…Hit .276 (48- 174) with a .418 on-base percentage and .489 slugging percentage…Scored 50 runs with four doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 38 RBI…Walked 37 times and struck out 51 strikeouts…Stole four bases…Legitimate power, especially for a middle in elder…All-around player…Rated No. 33 JUCO prospect by Perfect Game…Was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 32nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft…Played for the Wisconsin Woodchucks in Northwoods League in 2017 summer league, batting .267 in 42 games with 20 runs, six doubles, a triple, two home runs, 25 RBI, 22 walks and 16 steals…Won 2014 West Virginia state baseball championship at Hurricane HS…Born in Charleston, W.Va….Son of John Dawson II and Jennifer Dawson…Has two younger sisters, Maddie and Emma…Both parents played tennis at the University of Charleston.
RHP, 6-4, 185, Jr.; Breese, Ill./John A. Logan College
Began his collegiate career at Arkansas State before transferring to John A. Logan College…In 2017, went 8-1 with a 2.52 ERA…In 78.2 innings allowed 56 hits, 22 earned runs, 37 walks, 91 strikeouts…Struck out 10.41 strikeouts per nine innings, allowed just two home runs and .198 batting average against…Ranked in top 50 nationally in strikeouts and ERA…Good size with projection…Fastball has touched mid-90s…Rated No. 6 JUCO prospect by Perfect Game…Was GRAC All-Conference honoree and NJCAA Pitcher of the Week…Born in Belleville, Ill…Parents are Bryan and Teresa…Has a younger sister, Elyse, and two younger brothers, Mitchell and Luke.
OF, 6-3, 205, So.; College Station, Texas/San Jacinto College
In 2017, played for San Jacinto, the NJCAA Division I runners-up and Southern District Champs…Appeared in 55 games, hit- ting .299 (53-177) with 36 runs scored, 15 doubles, two triples and seven home runs…Had 37 RBI, 16 walks, 48 strikeouts, four stolen bases, an on-base percentage of .357 and slugging percentage of .525…Good size with tools considered some of the best among JUCO prospects…Draft upside…Rated No. 19 JUCO prospect by Perfect Game…Has played in College World Series each of the past two seasons with TCU (2016) and San Jacinto (2017)…Played his freshman season at TCU, which won the Big 12 Tournament and advanced to the College World Series…Was two-time All-State player at College Station (TX) HS…Born in Houston…Son of Tim and Sharon…Has an older sister, Haley.
RHP/IF; 6-2, 185, Jr.; West Chester Township, Ohio/Murray State College
In 2017, played in 61 games at Murray State College, hitting .393 (95-242) with a .491 on-base percentage and .595 slugging percentage…Murray State played in the NJCAA Division II World Series…Was a Second-Team All-American…Led the nation in runs (98), hits (95) and at bats (242)…Added 23 doubles, seven triples, four home runs and 50 RBI with 43 walks and just 23 strikeouts…His 32 steals ranked 11th nationally… doubles, seventh in triples and eighth in total bases…Owns Murray State single-season school records for runs, at bats, hits, doubles, triples and stolen bases…Appeared in 11 games on the mound, posting a 7-0 record with a 2.30 ERA in 58.2 innings…Gave up 15 earned runs with 13 walks, 52 strikeouts with three complete games…Rated No. 127 JUCO prospect by Perfect Game…Was Ohio Player of the Year in 2015 while at Moeller HS in Cincinnati…Born in Cincinnati…Son of Vince and Lisa…Has an older brother, Bradley, who played baseball at Wright State…Has a younger sister, Kayla, who also attends Kentucky, and a younger brother, Drew…Father played basket- ball at Eastern Illinois.
RHP, 5-11, 165, Jr.; Lexington, Ky./Wabash Valley
Northern District Champs…Had stellar career at Henry Clay HS in Lexington, Ky., earning First-Team All-City and Second-Team
All-State in 2015…Played the 2016 and 2017 seasons at Wabash Valley College…Appeared in 14 games with 12 starts… Was 4-4 with a 3.79 ERA. Pitched 57.0 innings, allowing 51 hits, 24 earned runs, 19 walks and 41 strikeouts…Averaged 6.47 strikeouts per nine innings and allowed just four home runs…Rated No. 76 JUCO prospect by Perfect Game…Was Second-Team All-State at Henry Clay HS in 2015…Born in Lexington, Ky…Son of Rob and Cindy…Has two older brothers, Robert (28) and Paul (24).
IF, 5-8, 175, Jr.; Pembroke Pines, Fla./Northern Oklahoma College
Played the 2017 season at Northern Oklahoma College, where he appeared in 55 games, hitting .335 (59-176) with a .424 on-base percentage and .705 slugging percentage. Scored 61 runs with 19 doubles, ve triples, 12 home runs and 55 RBI with 27 walks, 45 strikeouts, and 16 stolen bases. Ranked 18th nationally in doubles, 23rd in triples, 31st in home runs and 33rd in runs scored….Named 2016 Region 2 All-Region Team…Rated No. 94 JUCO prospect by Perfect Game…Played with the Texarkana Twins of the Texas Collegiate League…Rated by Baseball America as one of the top prospects in the TCL… Named First-Team All-TCL after hitting .336 with 21 runs, eight doubles, two triples, three home runs, 32 RBI and a .954 OPS in 29 games…Has participated in several baseball-related community service projects…Son of Justino Rodriguez and Angela Liriano…Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic…Has younger sister, Diana.
OF; 6-2, 220, Jr.; Jobstown, N.J./Harford College
In 2017, played for Harford College, the Maryland JUCO and NJCAA Region 20 champions…Names Second-Team All-Mary- land JUCO…Played in 57 games for Harford, hitting .374 (70-167) with a .474 on-base percentage and .765 slugging per- centage… scored 68 runs, had 11 doubles, a triple, 20 home runs, and 71 RBI, with 28 walks and 64 strikeouts…Ranked fifth nationally in home runs, 20th in RBI, 31st in runs and 31st in total bases…Rated No. 72 JUCO prospect by Perfect Game…Was a three-time all-county and all-conference player at Northern Burlington County Regional HS…Two-time county and all-area player of the year…First-Team All-State in 2015…Appeared in 46 games with the Martinsville Mustangs of the Coastal Plain League in summer 2017…Scored 14 runs, had four doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI, 17 walks, eight hit by pitches and four steals…Born in Jobstown, N.J….Son of Paul and Barbara…Has an older sister, Heather…
LHP; 6-3, 205, RJr.; Stratford, N.J./Maryland
Transfer from the University of Maryland…As a sophomore at Maryland in 2017 posted a 2-2 record with a 1.96 ERA and three saves in 20 appearances…Pitched 18.1 innings, giving up just nine hits and four earned runs with six walks and 17 strikeouts…Opponent batted just .153 against him…As a freshman in 2016, struck out nine in 7.0 innings over 10 appearances…Played high school ball at Sterling HS, where he was a two-time all-conference performer and member of the 2015 All-South Jersey Team…Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 34th round of the 2015 MLB Draft…Born in Pomona, N.J. … Son of Donald and Linda…Has a sister, Shannon.