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Incoming Devils: Looking at baseball’s 2020 recruiting class

MLB U’s 2020 class

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We continue our series looking at future Sun Devils who are coming to play at ASU next season.

Next up, we head to the diamond to take a look at the incoming players that coach Tracy Smith has coming to play at Phoenix Muni.

Ethan Long, Third Base, Phoenix AZ (Mountain Pointe HS)

A local product, Ethan Long is ranked the No. 1 third baseman in Arizona, and No. 46 nationally, according to Perfect Game.

The right-handed bat was originally committed to play in the SEC for Arkansas up until Sun Devil assistant coach Jason Kelly helped flip him to the Sun Devils.

As a high school junior in 2019, Long put up ridiculous numbers at Mountain Pointe, hitting .469 with 38 hits, 30 RBI’s, and nine home runs in 28 games played.

With the departure of third baseman Gage Workman to the Detroit Tigers, Long could find an opportunity on the hot corner next season.

Ronan Kopp, Left-Handed Pitcher, Scottsdale AZ (Scottsdale Christian Academy)

Ronan Kopp is a southpaw who is rated the No. 1 left-handed arm in Arizona, according to Perfect Game.

He’ll be an imposing presence on the mound, standing at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds. It’s easy to see Kopp’s potential from his recruiting highlights, flashing a three quarter release fastball that ranges from the high 80’s to low 90’s with a breaking ball and slider in his arsenal as well.

During his 2019 campaign at Scottsdale Christian Academy, Kopp was a perfect 8-0 with a 0.41 earned run average. Additionally, in the batter’s box, he hit .522 with 39 RBI’s in 27 games.

Hunter Haas, Shortstop, Phoenix AZ (Corona Del Sol HS)

Another local product, Hunter Haas is rated the No. 2 shortstop in Arizona and No. 25 nationally at his position by Perfect Game.

Haas stands at 6-foot, 170 pounds and is a right-handed hitter. He has a 6.84 60-yard dash time. Haas also played some third base along with his shortstop duties, and he’s among the highest rated recruits in ASU’s 2020 class.

He was formerly a verbal commit to Oregon State before flipping to the Sun Devils.

Jack Moss, First Base, Englewood CO (Cherry Creek HS)

Rated the No. 1 first baseman in Colorado by Perfect Game, Jack Moss is a left-handed bat and right-handed glove.

He is 6-foot-5, 200 pounds and will look to bring pop to the ASU roster as a first baseman. In 31 games as a junior at Cherry Creek High School, Moss hit . 490 with 49 hits in 121 at-bats. He finished his season with 31 RBI’s, 13 doubles, three triples, and a homer.

According to his Perfect Game profile, Moss also runs well for a first baseman, displaying a 6.95 60-yard dash time.

Logan Paustian, Catcher, La Grande OR (La Grande HS)

Logan Paustian is a 6-foot-1, 185 pound backstop who is rated the No. 1 catcher in Oregon and the No. 2 overall player in the state.

He played travel ball for Baseball Northwest, which has produced a plethora of Division I talent in recent years.

Paustian can hit from both sides as a switch hitter and has displayed an accurate release and quick pop time on his throws down to second base.

With ASU seniors Sam Ferri and Nick Cheema possibly coming back for an extra year, Paustian will be another catcher to throw in the mix behind the dish.

Blake Pivaroff, Shortstop, Right-Handed Pitcher, Laguna Beach CA (Laguna Beach HS)

Blake Pivaroff is a 6-foot, 195 pound infielder from Southern California. He is rated the No. 16 shortstop in the state.

Pivaroff is also a left-handed bat, and he’s had experience on the mound, too. He was a 2020 Perfect Game Preseason All-American, and his pitching arsenal includes a fastball, changeup, and curveball.

Michael Brueser, Outfielder, Chandler AZ (Hamilton HS)

Adding another local talent to Smith’s class, Brueser hails from nearby Hamilton High School and is rated the No. 4 outfielder in Arizona by Perfect Game.

He is 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and is a right-handed hitter. Brueser hit .314 as a junior at Hamilton in 2019, providing 36 RBI’s and a team-leading 12 homers. He also walked 19 times and only made one error out of 59 chances.

Joey Hauser, Shortstop, Waunakee WI (Waunakee HS)

Joey Hauser is another infielder in the recruiting class. He’s ranked the No. 2 shortstop in Wisconsin and the No. 7 overall player in the state.

Due to shortened baseball seasons in the spring, Hauser only played in 15 games as a junior in 2019, but in that span, he hit .417 with 20 hits, two home runs and and 17 RBI’s. Furthermore, Hauser had 18 assists and 23 put outs.

Kade Higgins, Outfielder, Las Vegas NV (Spring Valley HS)

Kade Higgins has maroon and gold in his blood, as his father is former Sun Devil second baseman Kevin Higgins, who was a 1988 All-American on ASU’s runner-up College World Series team.

Thus, the family tradition will carry on with Kade, as he comes to the program as a 6-foot-3, 190 pound left-handed hitter who is ranked the No. 2 outfielder in Nevada.

Johnny Bissaillon, Outfielder, Katy TX (Taylor HS)

Ranked the No. 80 outfielder in Texas, Johnny Bissaillon is 5-foot-7, 165 pounds. Prior to the cancellation of the 2020 season, he was hitting .257 with four RBI’s and nine hits in 12 games. He was named a Perfect Game preseason All-American.

Brock Peery, Right-Handed Pitcher, Peoria AZ (Mountain Ridge HS)

The ties to Arizona State’s baseball program run deep for right-handed pitcher Brock Peery, whose dad, Noah, played on the Sun Devils’ 1994 College World Series team coached by Jim Brock in his final season.

Peery attended ASU games growing up, and he is named after the legendary former Sun Devil skipper. Now, similar to his father, he’ll get his shot in maroon and gold.

Peery has a side arm delivery and could be an asset out of the bullpen. In 2019, he was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA. He did not start a game, but took on the role of Mountain Ridge’s closer, saving seven games in 15 appearances.

2020 Players Drafted and Signed

Although they were originally intent on playing at ASU, there were a couple players from the 2020 class who won’t be playing at Phoenix Muni next season after recently being drafted and signing with major league clubs out of high school.

Shortstop Colt Keith (Biloxi, MS) was coming to ASU but instead opted to sign with the Detroit Tigers after being taken in the fifth-round at 132nd overall.

Additionally, right-handed pitcher Hunter Barnhart (Paso Robles, CA) was drafted 96th overall by the the Tampa Bay Rays and signed on June 19 with the big league club.

For more information on next season’s freshmen in different sports, check out the rest of our “incoming devils” recruiting articles below.

Incoming Devils: Hockey

Incoming Devils: Swimming

Incoming Devils: Softball

Incoming Devils: Women’s Basketball

Incoming Devils: Soccer

Incoming Devils: Volleyball