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Virginia Baseball brings in No. 9 recruiting class

Virginia's recruiting class that begins in the 2009 season was ranked No. 9 by Baseball America. It is the second-best class in the ACC after North Carolina and comes on the heels of the program's first-ever College World Series appearance.

The class consists of 10 freshmen and two junior-college transfers. Five of the 12 players were selected in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft: Freshmen Stephen Bruno (Audubon, N.J.), Reed Gragnani (Richmond, Va.), Branden Kline (Frederick, Md.) and Rob Amaro (Bensalem, Pa.), and Young Harris Junior College transfer Kenny Swab (Kernersville, N.C.).

The rest of the class includes Chris Taylor (Virginia Beach, Va.), Colin Harrington (Johnstown, Pa.), Ryan Briggs (Omaha, Neb.), Ryan Levine (Hackensack, N.J.), Aaron Stull (Newport, N.C.), Whit Mayberry (Alexandria, Va.) and Cody Winiarski (Franksville, Wis./Madison Area Tech).

"I am very excited about this new group of players," Virginia Coach Brian O'Connor said in a statement. "It is a very talented class with some players who will make an immediate impact in our program. This is a group of athletic position players and pitchers who possess the ability to compete right away. Above all, this class of young men is a great fit for The University of Virginia. Our assistant coaches, Kevin McMullan and Karl Kuhn, have once again brought another stellar Top-10 recruiting class to Charlottesville. Kevin and Karl deserve all the credit in bringing these young men into our program."

By Zach Berman  |  October 20, 2009; 5:06 PM ET
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