DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s 2016 recruiting class earned a national ranking Wednesday after Baseball America rated the Blue Devil newcomers the No. 25 class in the nation.
This year’s rankings mark the second time in program history Baseball America listed Duke among the nation’s top 25 recruiting classes. The publication also tabbed Duke with the No. 25 class in 2008.
The Blue Devils’ 2016 recruiting class consists of outfielder Chase Cheek, left-hander Bill Chillari, catcher Chris Dutra, right-hander Cameron Kovachik, left-hander Adam Laskey, infielder/right-hander Matt Mervis, infielder Erikson Nichols, left-hander Graeme Stinson and right-hander Coleman Williams.
Duke had two newcomers selected in the 2016 MLB Draft. The San Francisco Giants selected Laskey in the 31st Round, while the Washington Nationals chose Mervis in the 39th Round.
Two players in the class were ranked among Baseball America’s top 500 MLB draft-eligible players this past spring in Laskey (81) and Stinson (271).
Duke’s nine freshmen join 23 returning letterwinners – including all eight starting position players – from the Blue Devils’ 2016 roster. Duke went 33-24 this past season to earn the program’s first NCAA Tournament 55 years. After beginning the 2016 season 10-13 (1-7 ACC), Duke went 23-9 over its final 32 regular season games, including a 9-7 mark against top 20 RPI teams. With 33 wins, Duke reached the 30-win milestone for the third straight year, marking the program’s first stretch of three-straight 30-win seasons since 1992-98.