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“We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s newcomers,” said Hughes. “I am extremely happy with the depth and the overall talent of this class. We certainly expect several of our newcomers to be major contributors in the 2014 season.”
The Sooners will have to replace the on-mound production of standouts Jonathan Gray, selected third overall in the MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies, and Dillon Overton, a second round selection of the Oakland Athletics. With seven new arms, they are poised to do just that.
Left-handed sophomore Jeffrey Curran, who played for Fullerton College in 2013, pitched his way to a 9-2 record and a 2.25 ERA, anchoring a conference championship team. He is joined by fellow lefty Octavio Rodriguez, a freshman and El-Paso, Texas native who earned All-State honors in 2013 and was named 2012-2013 Perfect Game All-American, while pilling up more than 200 career strikeouts.
The 2013 class is loaded with righties as well.
Jake Elliott, 6-foot-7 freshman, earned four letters at Coppell (Texas) High School and is a two-time District Pitcher of the Year. Elliott was also named Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American and Associated Press Second Team All-State in 2013. (More at SoonerSports.com)
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