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Sophomore from Vanderbilt. Looks like he had some relief appearances freshman year, mixed results. Listed on this year's CWS team but doesn't appear that he got into any games this year
 
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Sophomore from Vanderbilt. Looks like he had some relief appearances freshman year, mixed results. Listed on this year's CWS team but doesn't appear that he got into any games this year
Justin Willis is a RHP from West New York, NJ. In his freshman 2018 season for Vandy, he had a 7.59 ERA in 10.2 innings, with 8 strike outs, 7 walks, and 12 hits.

I don't know for sure, but I have to think all these recent transfers are coming in with no scholarship money involved, basically as a second chance. They will be around for fall ball, but will they make the roster in the spring season that they become eligible? We'll see.

Edit: PerfectGame.org gave Willis a PG grade of 9 when he was in high school. That is highly respectable. Still, he is at least two years away from the time when he was given that grade.
 
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Nothing wrong with accumulating talent and letting the cream rise to the top. Coach Mac will get his chance to work with this kid and see if there is anything there. With all of the kids that left the pitching depth took a massive hit..since he didn’t play this year one would think he could play right away.
 
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Every once in a while PerfectGame.org rankings of recruits become visible to those who don't pay for the premium service. So here are the rankings for UConn recruits for this coming season:

255 - Reggie Crawford - LHP

Top 500, which seems to work out more to the 500 to 999 range:

Chris Brown - 3B
Zach Donohue - RHP
Sam Favieri - RHP
Tyler Griggs - 3B
Gavin Kee - OF
Andrew Marrero - RHP
Max Nielsen - LHP

Top 1000, which seems to work out to 1000 and over:

Garrett Coe - LHP
Joshua Cohen - RHP
Patrick Gallagher - RHP

It should be noted that some recruits just don't seem to show up on the Perfect Game website. In UConn's case, that would include Todd Petersen and Ryan Hyde. Also, remember these rankings are hardly perfect. For instance, Jacob Wallace was rated as a "Follow", which ranks behind both Tot 1000 and "High Follow". With all the UConn recruits ranking in the 500 range, this looks like a good depth class for the Huskies.
 
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Nice! Now a kid from my high school (Norwalk - Gavin Kee) and one from McMahon. Norwalk has always been an elite baseball town in CT.

His father is former MLB pitcher Kevin Morton. He’s now an AAU coach and one of the top pitching instructors in Fairfield County.
 
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His father is former MLB pitcher Kevin Morton. He’s now an AAU coach and one of the top pitching instructors in Fairfield County.
 
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Korey Morton is a 6-0 170lb OF/RHP w/ wheels from Brien McMahon in Norwalk CT.


From the Korey Morton Comments section in Prep Baseball Report:

>6/19/19
6-foot, 170-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. The athleticsm is legit and he showed a plus skill set at the event. Ran a 6.61 sixty on the laser at the event. The approach in the outfield is appropriate and athletic. The foot speed is plus, which allows him to play all 3 spots.. Threw 86 mph from right field to the plate. The bat has a tee exit velocity of 89 mph. The setup is even, front foot is open to start. The front foot closes down as the ball approaches and the swing is clean and free to the ball. Added strength should put him over the top as a legit pro prospect.<
 
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UConn secured a commitment from Gavin Greger, a pitcher at Bristol Central who just finished their freshman year.
Left hand pitcher. Never can have enough of that. First recruit from the high school class of 2022. Also rare that UConn gets a commit from someone who has just finished up their freshman year, first time it has happened since I started really following UConn baseball recruiting several years ago.
 
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I'm not a UConn recruiting expert, but I'm familiar with Greger. I honestly don't know if they want him as a CF or a pitcher. They probably just wanted to secure him now, and they can figure out his position later. I'll tell you a little bit of what I know about him, but let me be clear: I'll talk about how he looked as a high school player, where the competition is obviously far from what UConn baseball faces.

Greger plays CT Rivals in the summer. In high school, he played CF and pitched as a freshman. He hit .365 with plenty of extra base hits, walks, and steals. He led his team in OBA, SLG, XBH, BB, runs, RBI, and SB. He can really go get the ball in CF. At the very least, he could be a speedy OF who gets on base and makes things happen on the bases. If he grows a little, his swing should allow him to hit for power.

As a pitcher, he probably can hit low-80s and sit high-70s with a big curve that is very tough to hit when it's on. He struck out well over a batter an inning as a freshman. He started and relieved. If his velocity gets to the mid-80s and he refines his command, he'll definitely have a future as a pitcher.

He's also just a good kid who is competitive and absolutely loves the game of baseball. Those who know him all consider him to be a high-character student and player. I was surprised to see a commitment after freshman year (although I don't follow baseball recruiting like basketball recruiting to know how unusual it is), but I'm excited UConn grabbed a local talent.
 
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I'm not a UConn recruiting expert, but I'm familiar with Greger. I honestly don't know if they want him as a CF or a pitcher. They probably just wanted to secure him now, and they can figure out his position later. I'll tell you a little bit of what I know about him, but let me be clear: I'll talk about how he looked as a high school player, where the competition is obviously far from what UConn baseball faces.

Greger plays CT Rivals in the summer. In high school, he played CF and pitched as a freshman. He hit .365 with plenty of extra base hits, walks, and steals. He led his team in OBA, SLG, XBH, BB, runs, RBI, and SB. He can really go get the ball in CF. At the very least, he could be a speedy OF who gets on base and makes things happen on the bases. If he grows a little, his swing should allow him to hit for power.

As a pitcher, he probably can hit low-80s and sit high-70s with a big curve that is very tough to hit when it's on. He struck out well over a batter an inning as a freshman. He started and relieved. If his velocity gets to the mid-80s and he refines his command, he'll definitely have a future as a pitcher.

He's also just a good kid who is competitive and absolutely loves the game of baseball. Those who know him all consider him to be a high-character student and player. I was surprised to see a commitment after freshman year (although I don't follow baseball recruiting like basketball recruiting to know how unusual it is), but I'm excited UConn grabbed a local talent.
Sounds a bit like Nucerino. Looking forward to him making All State teams in the future!
 
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I am familiar with the program (CT rivals). Gavin is a very solid pickup who I believe projects better as a pitcher but as stated earlier this kid is speedy in OF.
There are a few other kids I would have my eye on in the CT rivals program. Most significantly I would be looking at Gabby Tirado who may be the most offensively developed catcher I have seen at age 13.
 
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Personally know the Greger family. Good stock!
I also know the Greger family personally. They are great people. My brother and I coached Gavin's dad and uncles in soccer when they were young. Toughest most competitive players we ever coached. If I ever wanted to start any type of team, I would want the Gregers on my side. I heard same about Gavin. I think a great early pickup
 
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I was fabulous at age 13. Great Catcher. Hit the fastball & showed power.

The teammate who got drafted and played with the Yankees ... was not the most gifted guy on our team. But he stuck with it. And he loved everything - EVERYTHING - about the game.
 
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From the Leo Socci Comments section in Prep Baseball Report:

>3/6/17
5-foot-7, 160-pound, smaller, athletic frame. The frame is solid, is wiry strong, has room to still fill out and add weight. The arm is quick, the fastball should continue to climb, the breaking ball is his best pitch clocked in the mid 70’s, is a true curve ball. The delivery is simple, hands start high and stay high throughout, leg raise is smooth has average height to it. The direction is inline, squares up to the plate on release. The arm action has average length to it, it's clean and comes out of his hand with ease. The fastball was 80-84 mph, 4 seamer was pounded down in the zone, 2 seamer had bore action to it, fastball will continue to climb. The changeup is ok, thrown hard, could get more separation off the fastball, with action to arm side. Times to the plate were 1.4-1.5. The breaking ball is a legit pitch, very close to a 12/6 break, thrown hard with downward break, it's a nasty hammer. The delivery is sound, loses some leverage at separation, bends over the midsection, needs to stay tall all the way through. Big time follow, throws strikes and can spin the breaking ball.<
 
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Every once in a while PerfectGame.org rankings of recruits become visible to those who don't pay for the premium service. So here are the rankings for UConn recruits for this coming season:

255 - Reggie Crawford - LHP

Top 500, which seems to work out more to the 500 to 999 range:

Chris Brown - 3B
Zach Donohue - RHP
Sam Favieri - RHP
Tyler Griggs - 3B
Gavin Kee - OF
Andrew Marrero - RHP
Max Nielsen - LHP

Top 1000, which seems to work out to 1000 and over:

Garrett Coe - LHP
Joshua Cohen - RHP
Patrick Gallagher - RHP

It should be noted that some recruits just don't seem to show up on the Perfect Game website. In UConn's case, that would include Todd Petersen and Ryan Hyde. Also, remember these rankings are hardly perfect. For instance, Jacob Wallace was rated as a "Follow", which ranks behind both Tot 1000 and "High Follow". With all the UConn recruits ranking in the 500 range, this looks like a good depth class for the Huskies.
Another PerfectGame.org ranking:

380 - Ryan Hyde - C/OF

Perfect Game does not yet list Ryan Hyde as a UConn baseball recruit, even though Ryan Hyde's twitter account has him going to UConn. These recruiting websites often are missing a few commitments, so nothing really unusual there.
 

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