With Major League Draft looming, Clemson's signing class ripe with prospects

OF Austin Meadows, C Chris Okey, LHP Alex Bostic on Max Preps' top-100 list

Wren's Eli White tags B-HP's Chance Pace out at second base.

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Wren's Eli White tags B-HP's Chance Pace out at second base.

Super Regional weekend for college baseball once again coincides with 'feast time' for the deep-pocketed pirates of Major League Baseball.

MLB is prepared to hit college baseball's top teams with a coordinated 1-2 punch, scooping up top junior prospects, while raiding the graduating high school class for the cream of the crop.

Clemson, as always, is looking for damage to be inflicted on both fronts.

Juniors on the Tigers' current roster include Shane Kennedy, Steve Wilkerson, Jon McGibbon, Matt Campbell and Kevin Pohle.

For the second straight year, Clemson will wait out the draft with a nervous eye on its incoming freshman class, which signed last November during the early recruiting period.

Three of Clemson's signees are ranked among the nation's top 100 high school players by Max Preps, including No. 2 Austin Meadows, a power-hitting outfielder from Grayson High in Loganville, Ga., No. 26 Chris Okey, a catcher from Eustis, Fla., and No. 94 Alex Bostic, a lefthanded pitcher from Weddington, N.C.

Meadows is a unanimous projection as a first-rounder.

It will be the second straight year that Clemson has played the wait-and-see game with one of the year's top high school players. A year ago, lefthanded pitcher Daniel Norris went down to the wire before signing with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Okey is one of the top-rated catchers in this year's class, while Bostic has a strong mound presence, at 6-4, 205, and a fastball that tops out near 90. He was the MVP of last year's North Carolina state 3-A tournament.

Following is a quick look at the other players who have signed the Tigers for 2013:

Glenn Batson: A 6-2, 200-pound infielder from Greenville High in Greenville, S.C., Batson batted .480 with 10 homers as a sophomore, but then missed much of his junior season due to a shoulder injury. He's was Perfect Game Underclass Third-Team All-American.

Tucker Burgess: A 6-2, 170-pound righthanded pitcher from Easley, S.C., Burgess worked his way back into form as a junior after undergoing 'Tommy John surgery' on his elbow the previous year. He played last summer on the host team for the Big League World Series in his hometown.

Drew Moyer: A 6-2, 185-pound righthanded pitcher from Gilbert, S.C., Moyer had a 5-1 record last season and earned all-state honors. He recently switched his commitment from Winthrop to Clemson.

Reed Rohlman: A 6-2, 200-pound lefthand-hitting outfielder from Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C., Rohlman batted .444 as a sophomore and .346 as a junior. He's a 2012 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American.

Cody Smith: A 6-0, 170-pound infielder/pitcher from Lexington, S.C., Smith is a teammate of Drew Moyer's on the Diamond Devils club team. He is a Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American.

Eli White: A 6-3, 175-pound infielder from Wren High in Easley, S.C., Smith is widely rated as one of the state's top prospects for 2013. He batted .330 as a sophomore and .337 as a junior.

Weston Wilson: A 6-3, 190-pound infielder from High Point, N.C., Wilson is a 2012 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American and a member of Prospect Wire's 'top prospects' team. He chose Clemson over South Carolina and N.C. State.

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