Arizona has found its baseball coach in former Wildcat great Chip Hale, but it’s going to take more than that to convince recruits the program is in good hands.
A third commitment from Arizona’s 2022 recruiting class, Las Vegas left-handed pitcher Mason Neville, has reopened his recruitment. He cites the “recent coaching changes” for his decision.
Neville is ranked as the No. 30 high school prospect in the 2022 class, per PrepBaseballReport, one spot below outfielder Justin Crawford, another former UA commit who backed off his pledge in the wake of Jay Johnson’s departure to LSU. A third, California infielder Mikey Romero, flipped to LSU shortly after Johnson’s hire was made official.
Arizona still has 12 players committed for 2022, per Perfect Game. The Wildcats also have 14 players signed in the 2021 class, though some could end up getting picked in next week’s MLB Draft or opt to be released from their national letters of intent.
“This is a destination location for baseball,” Hale said Wednesday during his introductory press conference. “If you don’t think that, when I recruit you, you’re not going to be a Wildcat. This is where we’re going to grow Major League players. Anybody who is blessed to put this uniform on, I hope, has aspirations of playing professional baseball.”