Oct. 23, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
Baseball America recognized the Long Beach State Dirtbags' incoming recruiting class as one of the top in the nation. The Dirtbags brought in 14 newcomers that will take the field in 2014.
The incoming class is highlighted by highly touted high school shortstop Garrett Hampson. Hampson earned a No. 84 ranking on Baseball America's top MLB draft prospect list after a stellar high school career at Reno High School in Reno, Nev. Hampson was eventually drafted in the 26th round by the Washington Nationals but decided to attend Long Beach State.
Three incoming junior college transfers helped vault the recruiting class into a top ranking, according to the list published by Baseball America. Left-handed hurler Cameron Pongs, right-hander Jason Alexander and catcher Alex Bishop were all mentioned.
This year's class was split evenly with seven incoming freshmen and seven transfers from junior colleges. Baseball America listed the Dirtbags' class as one of the first 10 teams outside of its Top 25 classes in the nation. The Beach was one of two Big West schools listed among those top 35 schools. Florida brought in the top class in the nation, according to the publication.
The Dirtbags are currently in the middle of their fall season. The annual Dirt vs. Bags series will take place the weekend of Nov. 15-17, followed by a single home game against USC on Nov. 23.
Here is a list of newcomers to the Dirtbag program:
Garrett Hampson (INF, Reno Nev./Reno HS)
Daniel Jackson (C, Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley HS)
Cody Marshall(RHP, Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS)
Austin McGeorge (RHP, Anaheim, Calif./Canyon HS)
Tristan Mercadel (OF, Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly)
Austin Ponzi (RHP, Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Santa Margarita HS)
Albert Perez (C, Hawaiian Gardens, Calif./Gahr HS)
Jason Alexander (RHP, Windsor, Calif./Santa Rosa CC)
Alex Bishop (C, Santa Clarita, Calif./College of the Canyons)
Christian Belleque (RHP, Fullerton, Calif./Fresno CC)
Zack Domingues (INF, Visalia, Calif./Cuesta College)
Nolan Meadows (INF/OF, San Pedro, Calif./LA Harbor Ollege)
Cameron Pongs (LHP, Chino Hills, Calif./Mt. SAC)
Andrew Rohrbach (RHP, Valencia, Calif./College of the Canyons)
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