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It used to be we were lucky if we found out about JUCO transfers the summer before they arrived at UConn. There were a few that we first found out about them at the fall ball Alumni game. Now this fall all of a sudden we seem to be finding out about them before they even play their sophomore year at their junior college. Social media at its best.
 
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December through April is usually a slow time for announcing college baseball recruiting commitments, at least as far as UConn is concerned. A few commitments are likely to trickle in during these months, but the bulk of the recruiting announcements come in during the summer and fall. As such, it seems to be a good time to post a summary of future UConn baseball recruiting commitments that have previously been mentioned in this thread:

Devin Kirby (JUCO) - RHP - Kirby recently committed to UConn baseball. He already has spent two seasons playing in junior college in California, so on that basis he would normally be eligible to play in Storrs during the 2020 season. However, Kirby previously committed to Tulane earlier this year, so this could possibly affect his eligibility for this coming spring season.

High school class of 2020

David Christoforo - 1B/C
Phoenix Billings - SS
Bryan Padilla - SS
Korey Morton - OF
T.C. Simmons - 1B/OF (JUCO)

Adrian Siravo - RHP/OF
Brendan O’Donnell - LHP/1B
Joe Wozny - RHP
Saar Rosa - RHP
Calvin Ziegler - RHP
Bobby McBride - RHP
Leo Socci - RHP
Mitchell Pascarella - RHP
Hector Alejandro - RHP
Austin Peterson - RHP (Purdue transfer, now appears to be playing a year of JUCO at Wabash Valley College. Will likely have two years of eligibility for UConn)

High school class of 2021

Matthew Garbowski - C/OF
Zach Stephenson - OF
Jackson Ferrigno - SS

Frank Mozzicato - LHP
Owen Kellington - RHP
Craig Pihlkar - RHP
Braden Quinn - LHP
Jack Sullivan - RHP

High school class of 2022

Niki Brini - OF

Gavin Greger - LHP/OF
 
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December through April is usually a slow time for announcing college baseball recruiting commitments, at least as far as UConn is concerned. A few commitments are likely to trickle in during these months, but the bulk of the recruiting announcements come in during the summer and fall. As such, it seems to be a good time to post a summary of future UConn baseball recruiting commitments that have previously been mentioned in this thread:

Devin Kirby (JUCO) - RHP - Kirby recently committed to UConn baseball. He already has spent two seasons playing in junior college in California, so on that basis he would normally be eligible to play in Storrs during the 2020 season. However, Kirby previously committed to Tulane earlier this year, so this could possibly affect his eligibility this coming spring season.

High school class of 2020

David Christoforo - 1B/C
Phoenix Billings - SS
Bryan Padilla - SS
Korey Morton - OF
T.C. Simmons - 1B/OF (JUCO)

Adrian Siravo - RHP/OF
Brendan O’Donnell - LHP/1B
Joe Wozny - RHP
Saar Rosa - RHP
Calvin Ziegler - RHP
Bobby McBride - RHP
Leo Socci - RHP
Mitchell Pascarella - RHP
Hector Alejandro - RHP
Austin Peterson - RHP (Purdue transfer, now appears to be playing a year of JUCO at Wabash Valley College. Will likely have two years of eligibility for UConn)

High school class of 2021

Matthew Garbowski - C/OF
Zach Stephenson - OF
Jackson Ferrigno - SS

Frank Mozzicato - LHP
Owen Kellington - RHP
Craig Pihlkar - RHP
Braden Quinn - LHP
Jack Sullivan - RHP

High school class of 2022

Niki Brini - OF

Gavin Greger - LHP/OF
Christoforo played a lot in RF over the summer. He didn’t catch at all when I saw him. I don’t see him catching much if at all at UConn either. He’s an ideal candidate at least early on at UConn as a DH. Billings is a SS but he literally can play anywhere, especially if Padilla is as good as advertised at SS.

The talent and depth the staff has on campus and coming in is remarkable. Obviously it all has to come together but the future is bright in Storrs.
 
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Apparently he did. Guess he changed his mind. Don't know how this might impact his eligibility for the coming season.

In early September Tulane baseball announced their signing class. Devin Kirby was not listed.
 
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Christoforo played a lot in RF over the summer. He didn’t catch at all when I saw him. I don’t see him catching much if at all at UConn either. He’s an ideal candidate at least early on at UConn as a DH. Billings is a SS but he literally can play anywhere, especially if Padilla is as good as advertised at SS.

The talent and depth the staff has on campus and coming in is remarkable. Obviously it all has to come together but the future is bright in Storrs.
As far as Phoenix Billings goes, it's the same old recruiting story. The most athletic kids start out at SS, and then get moved elsewhere or to where they are needed as they move up levels in the world of baseball. In recruiting listings you see plenty of SS listed, not nearly as many at 2B or 3B. It's not a big surprise to me when a kid who is initially listed as a SS ends up in the OF as well.

As for Christoforo, I just try to list players where the recruiting services seem to list them. It can be the ultimate in trying to read tea leaves, so to speak. Catcher has been listed for him, even if though they would also seem to say that they thought he would literally outgrow the position.
 
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PerfectGame.org rankings of recruits for future seasons are not usually visible to those who don't pay for the premium service. Well, Perfect game rankings for upcoming recruiting classes recently became visible, it seems a sort of Christmas present to people like me. So here are the rankings for UConn recruits over the next few years:

2020 high school class:

328 - Adrian Siravo - RHP/OF

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

Hector Alejandro - RHP
Phoenix Billings - 3B
Bobby McBride - RHP
Brendan O’Donnell - LHP/1B
Bryan Padilla - SS
Saar Rosa - RHP
Leo Socci - RHP
Joe Wozny - RHP

High Follow:

Mitchell Pascarella - RHP


2021 high school class:

486 - Ian Cooke - RHP

National Rank 500

Matt Garbowski - C
Owen Kellington - RHP
Craig Pihlkar - RHP

National Rank 1000:

Jackson Ferrigno - SS
Zach Stephenson - OF


2022 high school class:

National Rank 500:

Niko Brini - OF
 
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Haven’t looked through the thread to see if it’s come up already, but Gavin Kee is officially enrolled at Norwalk Community College per my younger sibling that attends there as well. Tough fall for a Norwalk player I really wanted to succeed the way Bryan did. Would’ve hoped someone at his caliber, able to be recruited to a school like ours, could have found a JuCo with a good baseball team, gotten everything together, and moved on to a four-year program.
 
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I saw Cohen practicing the other day down at the rec fields. The park is technically closed and no organized activities are allowed; but, if its a small group, say under 4, they're being left alone. I've been working with both of my boys doing some BP and throwing with the hope that we get in a partial summer season.
 
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so. Perfect Game gave out accolades on a season that didnt exist?
I can't say for certain, but I believe the award was for the 2020 Preseason. That is what is listed for Bryan Padilla under his marker on the Perfect Game website.
 
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PerfectGame.org rankings of recruits sometimes become visible to those who don't pay for the premium service. Here are their rankings for various UConn recruits for next season:

346 - Adrian Siravo - RHP
492 - Calvin Ziegler - RHP

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

Hector Alejandro - RHP
Phoenix Billings - 3B
Bobby McBride - RHP
Brendan O'Donnell - LHP
Bryan Padilla - SS
Leo Socci - RHP
Joe Wozny - RHP
 
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2020: This is what I have, please correct me if I’m wrong
  • Phoenix Billings(3B/SS)
  • Brendan O’Donnell(LHP/1B)
  • Bryan Padilla(SS)
  • Saar Rosa(RHP/OF)
  • Adrian Siravo(RHP/OF/SS)
  • Joe Wozny(RHP/1B)
  • Bobby McBride(RHP/SS)
  • Leo Socci(RHP)
  • Dave Christoforo(1B/C)
  • Cal Ziegler(RHP/OF)
  • Mitchell Pascarella(RHP/SS)
  • Korey Morton(RHP/OF)
  • Hector Alejandro(RHP/1B/3B)
 
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2020: This is what I have, please correct me if I’m wrong
  • Phoenix Billings(3B/SS)
  • Brendan O’Donnell(LHP/1B)
  • Bryan Padilla(SS)
  • Saar Rosa(RHP/OF)
  • Adrian Siravo(RHP/OF/SS)
  • Joe Wozny(RHP/1B)
  • Bobby McBride(RHP/SS)
  • Leo Socci(RHP)
  • Dave Christoforo(1B/C)
  • Cal Ziegler(RHP/OF)
  • Mitchell Pascarella(RHP/SS)
  • Korey Morton(RHP/OF)
  • Hector Alejandro(RHP/1B/3B)
*Not including the transfers*
 
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Here's the complete list of UConn baseball recruits reported on this thread to date:

High school class of 2020

David Christoforo - 1B/OF/C
Phoenix Billings - 3B
Bryan Padilla - SS
Korey Morton - OF
T.C. Simmons - 1B/OF (JUCO)

Adrian Siravo - RHP/OF
Brendan O’Donnell - LHP
Joe Wozny - RHP
Saar Rosa - RHP
Calvin Ziegler - RHP
Bobby McBride - RHP
Leo Socci - RHP
Mitchell Pascarella - RHP
Hector Alejandro - RHP
Austin Peterson - RHP (Purdue transfer, JUCO)
Devin Kirby (JUCO) - RHP

High school class of 2021

Matthew Garbowski - C/OF
Zach Stephenson - OF
Jackson Ferrigno - SS

Frank Mozzicato - LHP
Owen Kellington - RHP
Craig Pihlkar - RHP
Braden Quinn - LHP
Jack Sullivan - RHP
Ian Cooke - RHP

High school class of 2022

Niki Brini - OF
Gavin Greger - OF/LHP
 
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Long time lurker, first time poster. Saar Rosa is now committed to Trinity according to multiple sites (and his Twitter) and Justin Oquendo is a class of '21, 5'5" of/inf from Public Safety Academy in East Hartford who appears to have committed.
Justin Oquendo has been listed as a UConn recruit on Perfectgame.com for several months now. However, I have always had the policy that with either Perfectgame.com or with PrepBaseballreport.com that it is best to try to confirm a commitment somewhere else, as both of these websites have been known to be wrong from time to time. I have not been able to get an alternate confirmation on Oquendo yet. I also am a bit skeptical of a 5'5'' player being accepted by the UConn baseball program, but sometimes you just never know.

If there is another website or source that confirms Oquendo as a UConn baseball recruit, I would love to know about it.

With Saar Rosa now having committed to Trinity, UConn now has 10 known incoming pitchers for next season. I suspect that is more than enough, considering all the pitchers who were currently associated with the program this past season, whether they were on the 35 man roster or the taxi squad.
 
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