Every year there are college teams that come through the MLB Draft relatively unscathed while others take a huge hit when their recruiting classes are savaged in the draft. The post-draft assessment this year, is that UCLA, Stanford and Oregon State did rather well while our neighbors down the road fared rather badly. In addition to having 7 roster players enter the Transfer Portal, key roster players drafted and losing their top-3 recruits in the draft, and probably the best 6 prospects in their class. Simply put, the uo took a huge beating this year. Oregon The Ducks had a strong recruiting class on signing day, but they saw six of their best recruits get drafted, a number only surpassed by Arkansas (7). Losing righthander Noble Meyer in the first round was expected, as was shortstop Eric Bitonti in the third round. But righthander Ryan Birchard going in the fifth round and then three prep players going in rounds 11-13 hurt.
Oregon’s class is now headlined by righthander Cole Stokes (112). He’s an exciting prospect and could quickly take on impact innings for the Ducks, but the depth of the class around him has taken a hit.
To make matters worse for Oregon, a few of its Pac-12 rivals fared much better. Stanford, UCLA, and OSU land on the winners list and Oregon State will get prep infielder Trent Caraway to campus making this the second straight year the Beavers will get a top-100 hitter to school, after Gavin Turley arrived in the 2022 class.