DURHAM, N.C. – The Blue Devils’ 2016 recruiting class was ranked No. 24 nationally by Perfect Game in the organization’s annual rankings. Perfect Game also rated all nine members of Duke’s freshman class among its top 500.
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.
“For the 2016 class to be ranked now by multiple reputable recruiting websites as a top 25 class speaks to the tremendous effort that Josh Jordan puts into the recruiting process,” said head coach Chris Pollard “I have the good fortune of being out on the road and interacting with college head coaches and recruiting assistants across the country and Josh’s reputation proceeds him. He is widely recognized in the world of college baseball as one of the very best recruiting coordinators out there. We are very fortunate to have him here at Duke.”
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.
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.