The University of Miami signed three Aflac All-Americans as part of its new 11-man class this fall, but now comes the tricky part. Several of these guys could be prime targets in the 2010 major league draft this June and might turn pro.
“Now it’s a matter of re-recruiting them and getting them to come to school,” Miami assistant head coach J.D. Arteaga told Perfect Game USA.
The three Aflac All-Americans who signed with the Hurricanes are Andrew Cole, a 6-foot-5 pitcher from Winter Springs, Fla.; Yordy Cabrera, a 6-4 infielder and pitcher from Lakeland, Fla.; and Shane Rowland, a 5-10 catcher from Tampa, Fla. Cole and Cabrera, in particular, are considered two of the top prospects in the country and could be first-round picks in the draft.
Cole, ranked No.2 in the Class of 2010 by Perfect Game USA, is blessed with a 95 mph fastball and great stuff.
“I think he’s special,” said Arteaga. “He’s going to have a big decision to make this June (after the draft). He’s going to have a lot of money thrown his way. Cole might be too good, but you have to give yourself a chance.”
Cabrera, ranked No.6 by PG, has been clocked at 94 mph at Perfect Game events and also is an outstanding fielder and hitter. The Hurricanes signed another flamethrower in Luke Jackson, a 6-foot-2 right-hander from SW Ranches, Fla., with a 93 mph fastball who is ranked No.50 in the country.
All told, Miami signed four of the top-50 players in the United States and six of the top-105. “We’re very happy with our class,” said Arteaga.
The Hurricanes got another top infielder in Nick Castellanos, a third baseman/shortstop from Davie, Fla., who is ranked 18th in the country. They also signed Christian Yelich, a versatile 6-foot-4 player from Thousand Oaks, Calif., who can play first base, third base and the outfield.
The rest of the talented class includes Julian Santos, an outfielder from Miami; Dale Carey, an outfielder from Marietta, Ga.; Bryan Radziewski, a left-handed pitcher from Miami; Javy Salas, a right-handed pitcher from Coral Gables, Fla.; and A.J. Salcines, a left-hander from Miami.
“This class is as good as we’ve had in a long time,” said Arteaga.