The Oregon State Baseball program announced on Monday that 11 new student-athletes will come to OSU for the 2018-19 school year and the 2019 baseball season.
There’s some serious talent in that group that Beaver fans should be excited about.
Included in the press release is this comment from head coach Pat Casey:
"I'm excited to have this class become a part of Beaver Nation," Casey said. "These young men will provide us with a great balance offensively and defensively and on the mound. Not only do they excel on the field, but off it as well."
Here’s a breakdown of the group by position:
Pitchers: Joey Mundt (R, Hughson, CA), Jake Pfennings (R, Post Falls, Idaho), Brett Soulages (R, Alamo, CA)
Outfielder: Carter Booth (Mill Creek, WA)
Infielders: Jayce Easley (Glendale, AZ), Gavin Grant (Puyallup, WA), Matthew Gretler (Bonney Lake, WA), Beau Phillip (Sacramento, CA)
Hybrids: Greg Fuchs (OF/Catcher, Mercer Island, WA), Jake Harvey (IF/OF, Kennewick, WA), Andrew Walling (IF/LHP, Longview, WA)
Each of the players in that class will be freshmen when they start school, save for Beau Phillip who will be a junior after playing his first two seasons at San Joaquin Delta College.
Also of note in this class, Matthew Gretler is the brother of current Beav Michael Gretler. Jayce Easley also has something of a baseball pedigree. His dad played in the MLB for 17 years and his older brother was a 23rd round selection of the San Diego Padres in 2016.
We’ll have a more in-depth preview of this class at a later date.