Brian Green has hit the ground running since being hired away from New Mexico to run the Cougar baseball program. On Tuesday his first full recruiting class was announced and it was highlighted by some excellent talent especially from the junior college ranks and in-state. The Cougars signed four of the top ten players in the state of Washington and the preseason national junior college two-way player of the year. Let’s take a look at the top 5 players to watch in the class.
Zach Patterson OF/RHP Ohlone CC
As a freshmen hit .381 with 14 homers while clocking a 0.73 ERA on the mound. The 6-foot-3 210 pounder can play both an outfield corner spot and work as a reliever according to WSU recruiting coordinator Terry Davis in the press release.
Duke Brotherton RHP Mercer Island HS
A fourth generation Cougar, Brotherton is ranked as the No.2 prep player in the state by Perfect Game. Coach Davis expects Brotherton expects the 6-foot-4 190 pounder to be a top of the rotation starter for Wazzu.
Kyle Russell IF Curtis HS (Tacoma)
The No.4 prospect in the state, Russell spurned Oregon to join up with Coach Green on the Palouse. Davis considers Russell to be the top all-around player in the northwest and to end up at shortstop for WSU.
Cooper Barnum RHP Skyview HS (Vancouver)
Ranked as one of the top 500 players in the country and the No.6 player in the state by Prep Baseball Report. All-State as a junior and was his league’s Defensive Player of the Year in football.
Cody Dreis 3B Blanchet HS (Seattle)
Dreis ranks as the top third baseman in the state according to Perfect Game. Davis expects him to provide some big right handed power for the Cougs.
In addition to these five there is plenty more in-state, California and JC talent you can read about here. Can’t wait to see how this class develops under Coach Green.
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