The University of Texas baseball team's 2013 recruiting class has been ranked second nationally by Baseball America. The Longhorns' class trails only Florida in the list of rankings which evaluates newcomers who reported to campus this fall.
Texas matched Florida and No. 3 South Carolina with five players ranked in the Baseball America 500: right-handed pitcher Lukas Schiraldi (No. 162), infielder Andy McGuire (No. 198), catcher Tres Barrera (No. 200), infielder Bret Boswell (No. 221) and right-handed pitcher Blake Goins (No. 256).
The class is comprised of 12 freshmen and one junior-college transfer in Schiraldi. Five of the 13 incoming players were selected in the 2013 MLB Draft but chose to report to campus rather than sign professional contracts. Goins was selected in the 12th round, left-handed pitcherJosh Sawyer was taken in the 32nd round, Schiraldi and infielder/right-handed pitcher Kacy Clemens were picked in the 35th round, and McGuire was taken in the 36th round.
This marks the 12th time in the last 14 years that Texas has earned a spot in Baseball America's "Dandy Dozen" list.
Texas is tops among the four Big 12 teams in the rankings. Oklahoma State (No. 4), Oklahoma (No. 10) and TCU (No. 17) also made the list.
The Longhorns open the 2014 season with a four-game series at California which begins on Feb. 14.