UOP Finalizes Season 7 Freshman Class
06/19/2021 08:27:00 am
STOCKTON -- The Season 6 recruiting period is officially over, and the University of the Pacific's final recruiting class stands at a whopping 14 recruits. Interim HC Lucas Sweany signed on to continue as the head coach going forward at Pacific and he made a splash by signing two of the highest ranked recruits ever at UOP, while bringing in the #28 ranked class in the nation. Here is a short summary of every incoming freshman for the Tigers.
2 Star C Duane Crawford, Des Plaines, IL, #858 Ovr: Crawford batted a measly .211 in his senior season with Des Plaines, with only 8 runs batted in. However, Crawford is not known for his offense. Crawford is one of the best defensive catchers in Illinois and is known for his great arm. Crawford will join junior Trea Hamels in a battle for the starting catcher position in Season 7.
2 Star 1B Tyrone Fulmer, Stockton, CA, #862 Ovr: Fulmer was brought in as sort of a project player for the Tigers. The hometown first baseman struggled to a .199 batting average in season 6, but the expectation is for him to blossom into a star 1B for the Tigers. Fulmer is projected as the starting 1B for the Tigers next year.
2 Star 2B Deshawn Adcock, New York City, NY, #721 Ovr: Adcock is expected to fill in as a star for the Tigers right away. They lost basically all of their infielders this season, so Adcock will need to fill big shoes. Adcock slashed .367/.443/.468 with 2 HR in his senior season, but struggled defensively. Adcock was ranked as New York's #2 second baseman and was awarded all conference as a senior.
2 Star 3B Colton Aklinski, Palatine, IL, #692 Ovr: Aklinski is another infielder that struggled at the plate throughout HS. The #3 ranked third baseman in Illinois hit .204 but drove in 20 runs as a senior. Aklinski will be a big defensive help for the Tigers at 3B though as he hopes to develop his bat. Aklinski will likely battle another freshman for the starting spot at the hot corner.
2 Star 3B Mason Davenport, Greer, NC, #711 Ovr: Davenport will be a huge addition to the Tiger lineup. The North Carolina all star slashed .402/.477/.477 as a senior with 8 doubles and 15 RBI. Davenport and fellow freshman Aklinski will likely battle for playing time at the hot corner and we could also see Davenport move to first base.
1 Star SS Ricardo Cunningham, San Diego, CA, #1445 Ovr: Cunningham was the first commit to this recruiting class and signed before current HC Lucas Sweany took over the program. Cunningham seems like a project player as he never once batted over .150 in his high school career.
2 Star SS Cliff Bowman, Bolingbrook, IL, #803 Ovr: It seems as Coach Sweany was all over the state of Illinois looking for infielders this season, as he found Bowman. Bowman won all conference honors for Illinois D-II, as he slashed .271/.358/.331 with 13 RBI. Bowman will look to fill the starting shortstop role right away in his freshman year.
4 Star RF Alonzo Lowery, Piscataway, NJ, #60 Ovr: Lowery was the second big recruiting splash that UOP made this season. The New Jersey D-II all conference slugger slashed .358/.450/.517 in his senior season with 5 HR and 19 RBI. Lowery will provide some much needed juice to a UOP lineup that's HR leader had only 5 home runs last season.
2 Star CF Hollis Copeland, Muncie, IN, #669 Ovr: We're not quite sure over here how Copeland was ranked so low and fell through the cracks as he had a breakout senior season. Copeland slashed .430/.500/.694 with 7 home runs and 21 runs driven in, but racked up a surprising zero postseason awards. Copeland seems to have had zero recognition in his HS career and Coach Sweany is hoping that provides him some motivation here at UOP.
4 Star LF Toby Wood, Dover, DE, #21 Ovr: Wood was the biggest splash of the recruiting period here in Stockton. The Delaware all-star slashed .416/.502/.659 in his senior season with 10 home runs and 25 runs batted in. Wood will fill in right away in the starting lineup alongside the other freshman outfielders in hopes of landing WCC all freshman honors.
2 Star CL Luigi Phelps, Fort Mill, NC, #590 Ovr: Phelps had 8 appearances in his senior season, converting all 8 save opportunities. Phelps ended up with a K:BB ratio of 8:3, and allowed zero runners to score all season. Phelps will most likely fill in somewhere in the UOP bullpen in Season 7.
2 Star RP Rufus Adrianza, Thousand Oaks, CA, #380 Ovr: Adrianza appeared in 14 games in his senior season tallying 39.2 IP with 41 K and 15 BB en route to a 0.92 ERA. Adrianza has electric stuff and tremendous feel on the mound which will hopefully lead to a great career as a reliever for the Tigers.
2 Star RP Norbert Ingram, Muskogee, OK, #588 Ovr: Ingram was a workhorse out of the bullpen for Muskogee in Season 6. Ingram pitched in 18 games and ended up racking up 70.2 innings of work. Ingram ended up 3-1 with a 1.15 ERA and 72 K/27 BB. Ingram obviously has good stuff that will play in the WCC.
2 Star SP Armand Acker, Kinston, NC, #519 Ovr: Acker won North Carolina D-VI all conference honors after his dominating season for Kinston HS. Acker started 10 games and went 6-3 with a 1.21 ERA in 81.2 IP, with 87 K and 32 BB. Acker has the ability to work deep into games and we expect to see a few starts at least from him this year with the Tigers.
Final Thoughts: The Tigers addressed their team needs very well with this recruiting class. The pitching staff excelled in Season 6, so they brought in some freshmen that will continue to help it be successful as they lose their stars in the coming seasons. UOP also drastically improved their outfield from last season which alone could be enough to make up the difference between them and LMU at the top of the conference. The only thing that would have made this class a little better for the Tigers is if they could have added another dominant bat in the infield, but they will probably look to do so next year.