One of the biggest facets of Dan McDonnell’s tenure as the head coach at the University of Louisville is his ability to mold young men into the players they need to be. Time and time again he has turned players ranging from top prospects to unranked & underdeveloped into All-Americans. That being said, player development comes much easier when you’re landing good recruiting classes. This year proves no different for Coach Mac, as he has landed yet another stellar class.

The program’s Class of 2019 peaks as high as the #14 nationally ranked class (Perfect Game) including nine players in the top 500 by Perfect Game (2 in top 100: Prosecky and Tulio). The class features five players who are ranked #1 at their position in their respective state, 3 players in the top 10 at their position nationally, and one player (Ryan Hawks) who is the #1 overall player in their state. Alongside the 14 incoming freshman, the Cards will also welcome JUCO transfer Levi Usher, an OF out of Kirkwood Community College who signed with Louisville in 2018.

Building on the success that this program achieved in 2019, this class will continue to raise the bar for the Louisville Baseball program, as well as ensure a bright future for themselves and the team. Listed below are all 14 incoming freshman heading into the 2020 season. With the help of Coach Mac, any one of them could wind up being on the All-American wall in right field.

All rankings courtesy of Perfect Game

Nick Dean

Position: Second Baseman
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: Vero Beach HS (Vero Beach, FL)
National Overall Ranking: 500+
National Position Ranking: 173
State Overall Ranking: 116
State Position Ranking: 24

Duncan Hall

Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Bats/Throws: L/R
High School: Miamisburg HS (Miamisburg, OH)
National Overall Ranking: 500+
National Position Ranking: 169
State Overall Ranking: 10
State Position Ranking: 3

Shane Harris

Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: North Posey HS (New Harmony, IN)
National Overall Ranking: 408
National Position Ranking: 142
State Overall Ranking: 4
State Position Ranking: 2

Tyeler Hawkins

Position: Outfielder
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: Bryan Station HS (Lexington, KY)
National Overall Ranking: 500+
National Position Ranking: 213
State Overall Ranking: 13
State Position Ranking: 2

Ryan Hawks

Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: Warren East HS (Bowling Green, KY)
National Overall Ranking: 233
National Position Ranking: 74
State Overall Ranking: 1
State Position Ranking: 1

Tate Kuehner

Position: Left-Handed Pitcher
Bats/Throws: L/L
High School: Marshalltown HS (Marshalltown, IA)
National Overall Ranking: 500+
National Position Ranking: 112
State Overall Ranking: 7
State Position Ranking: 2

Michael Prosecky

Position: Left-Handed Pitcher
Bats/Throws: L/L
High School: Nazareth Academy (Westchester, IL)
National Overall Ranking: 92
National Position Ranking: 9
State Overall Ranking: 3
State Position Ranking: 1

Blayne Robinson

Position: First Baseman
Bats/Throws: L/L
High School: Defiance HS (Defiance, OH)
National Overall Ranking: 475
National Position Ranking: 11
State Overall Ranking: 8
State Position Ranking: 1

Dalton Rushing

Position: Catcher
Bats/Throws: L/R
High School: Brighton HS (Brighton, TN)
National Overall Ranking: 235
National Position Ranking: 26
State Overall Ranking: 6
State Position Ranking: 2

Wyatt Stevenson

Position: Third Baseman
Bats/Throws: L/R
High School: Christian County HS (Gracey, KY)
National Overall Ranking: 500+
National Position Ranking: 47
State Overall Ranking: 9
State Position Ranking: 2

Kellan Tulio

Position: Left-Handed Pitcher
Bats/Throws: L/L
High School: Emmaus HS (Emmaus, PA)
National Overall Ranking: 81
National Position Ranking: 6
State Overall Ranking: 4
State Position Ranking: 1

Bobby Whalen

Position: Outfielder
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: Cedar Cliff HS (Camp Hill PA)
National Overall Ranking: 470
National Position Ranking: 95
State Overall Ranking: 16
State Position Ranking: 5

Andrew Wiegman

Position: Shortstop
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: Carmel Catholic HS (Antioch, IL)
National Overall Ranking: 355
National Position Ranking: 67
State Overall Ranking: 13
State Position Ranking: 3

Trace Willhoite

Position: First Baseman
Bats/Throws: R/R
High School: Scott County HS (Georgetown, KY)
National Overall Ranking: 365
National Position Ranking: 9
State Overall Ranking: 2
State Position Ranking: 1

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