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Razorback Baseball Inks Nine For 2006 Class

Razorback Baseball Inks Nine For 2006 Class
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The reigning Southeastern Conference champion Arkansas Razorbacks announced nine signees for the 2006 season which consisted of six high school players and one junior college player. The class was ranked 14th in the nation by

The class includes six pitchers, three left-handed and three right-handed, and three position players. The class features players from three different states across the southeast and one player from Australia. had the Hogs’ class as the third-best in the Southeastern Conference behind only LSU and Vanderbilt.

The Razorbacks signed three players from the state of Arkansas for 2006. Travis Wood (Bryant), Chad Coldiron (Fayetteville) and Nick Makris (Pine Bluff) all decided to stay and play for the home-state Razorbacks.

The Razorback coaching staff also signed Daniel Berg out of Texarkana Junior College. Berg is a native of Melbourne, Australia.

The Razorbacks are currently in the midst of off-season conditioning workouts as they prepare for the upcoming 2005 season.

Arkansas opens play at the Texas-Arlington Invitational on Feb. 11. The Razorbacks return for their home opener on Feb. 25, in the first game of a weekend series against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

2006 Signing Class with Coach Van Horn’s Scouting Assesment:
Kyle Hancock, RHP, 6-3, 195, Rowlett, Texas
“Ranked as one of the top right-handed pitchers in the state of Texas. . . .Has command of an 89-92 mph fastball, topping at 94 with a hard late-breaking curveball (++ pitch).”

Travis Wood, LHP, 6-0, 170, Bryant, Ark.
“Ranked as the No. 1 pitcher in Arkansas. . . .Features an 89-92 mph fastball with life. . . .Also throws a curveball and change-up. . . .Great competitor.”

Dainel Berg, 3B/1B, R/R, 6-0, 200, Melbourne, Australia (Texarkana Junior College)
“Drafted in the 30th round by the Minnesota Twins. . . .He was voted the Freshman of the Year in the Texas Eastern Athletic Conference. . . .Widely considered the top junior college hitter in Texas. . . .6.8 runner with flat swing and great bat speed. . . .Solid defender.”

Logan Forsythe, INF/OF, R/R, 5-11, 190, Memphis, Tenn.
“Versatile, athletic player that has four solid tools. . . .6.7 runner with above average arm strength and bat speed. . . .Solid defender in the infield or outfield.”

Brett Bollman, RHP, 5-10, 160, Claremore, Oklahoma
“Throws an 88-90 mph fastball with command. . . .Also has above average slider (80-81 mph). . . .Has a nice feel for change-up.”

James Leverton, LHP/OF, R/L, 6-3, 200, Rockwell, Texas
“Very athletic with a great body on the mound. . . .Has an 86-88 mph fastball that he commands well. . . .Also features an above average curveball. . . .Very tough on lefties. . . .In the outfield, has a nose for the ball and shows flashes of potential with the bat.”

Chad Coldiron, LHP, 5-11, 180, Fayetteville, Ark.
“Has an 87-89 mph fastball. . . .Continuing to get better with command and pitch-ability. . . .Also features a slurve and change-up.”

Nick Makris, SS, L/R, 5-11, 180, Pine Bluff, Ark.
“A very athletic ball player that has a well above average arm and great bat speed. . . .Solid runner (6.8), solid defender. . . .Potential left-handed pull power.”

Michael Wild, RHP, 6-2, 180, Plano, Texas
“Throws sidearm with ability to go submarine. . . .Very tough on righties, very deceptive. . . .Has great command of 83-88 mph fastball. . . .Also features a very nice slurve.” 2006 Recruiting Class Top 25
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