SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State's baseball program was recognized for its incoming recruiting class by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball earlier this week.
Baseball America included Sacramento State among the country's top 50 programs, recognizing them as a team with a "notable recruiting class" that brought in a "strong class relative to a normal recruiting class at their school or in their conference."
They went on to cite incoming freshman Connor Sparks, a right-handed pitcher out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as the class's top recruit. Sparks was drafted in the 26th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and is one of four members of the class to have played for the Canadian Junior National Team.
Baseball America also cites Evan Gibbons, a local Franklin High School product and the Sacramento Bee's Baseball Player of the Year, as well as Sean Fekete from Dubai, the first member of the World Baseball Showcase from the Middle East to receive a baseball scholarship at the Div. I level.
The full article, which includes 11 other programs from across the country, can be seen online at Baseball America, though a subscription is required. The original Top 25 Recruiting Classes from Baseball America is available to all online.
Collegiate Baseball also included Sacramento State among their top recruiting classes in the nation. Although not ranked among the outlet's Top 40 NCAA Div. I Recruiting Classes, the Hornets baseball program was listed among what Collegiate Baseball calls "Other Top Recruiting Programs."
Collegiate Baseball plans to release a full rundown of the programs on their list in their Oct. 5 issue.
Sacramento State baseball begins fall ball next month in preparation for the 2019 season, which will begin this coming February. The Hornets will look to build off an impressive season in which they finished 35-25, including 17-7 in conference. The Hornets, under the leadership of ninth-year head coach Reggie Christiansen, will also be looking for their eighth straight 30-win season.