Nebraska baseball finalized its 2023 signing class Thursday, officially adding nine players.
A third of the class comes from Nebraska, while five come from a variety of U.S. states and one hails from Canada.
The in-state prospects all rank in Prep Baseball Report’s top 10 players in the state. Headlining that bunch is right-handed pitcher Ryan Harrahill, the top pitcher in Nebraska and No. 2 player. As a junior at Elkhorn North, he was 8-2 while having a 1.12 earned run average and 92 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched.
“First and foremost, Ryan is a winner,” Husker assistant coach Jeff Christy said. “He led Elkhorn North to a state championship last year and is a physical kid that has an easy and repeatable delivery. The ball jumps out of his hand with minimal effort and he’s got quality secondary pitches to put hitters away, which profiles him as a starting pitcher with electric stuff.”
The other two in-state signees are right-handed pitcher Tucker Timmerman and infielder Max Buettenback. They’re the No. 6 and No. 7 players in the state, respectively. The former had a 0.24 earned run average and .554 batting average in his junior year at Beatrice High School, while the latter hit .436 for Lincoln Southeast.
Jaden Correa, Matt Evans, Carson Jasa, Noah Madsen, Ian Regal and Case Sanderson make up the other six signees. Three are pitchers, while two are infielders and Evans is the only outfielder.
Evans also is the only Canadian among the group. Prep Baseball Report ranked him as a top-10 player in Ontario and he’s a member of the Canadian Junior National Team. He had prior connections to the Huskers, being part of the same baseball program as Husker pitcher Caleb Clark. He’s been coached by former Nebraska player Adam Stern.
“Matt is a guy who we fell in love with because of his speed and defense,” Nebraska assistant coach Lance Harvell said. “He’s a 6.6 runner who hits from the left side and can really run it down in center field. He’s put on some weight and added some strength, which is allowing him to drive the ball out of the ballpark with regularity.”
The Huskers believe Regal — the No. 2 pitcher in Minnesota who falls just outside the top 150 nationally — could be a strong two-way player for the team. In his junior year, he recorded a .397 batting average, while putting up a 1.25 earned run average and 71 strikeouts on the mound.
Husker coaches feel confident about the class, and Bolt praised Christy and Harvell for their work.
“Having a sound recruiting plan starts with making sure you evaluate the guys that are going to be a great fit from a talent and makeup standpoint for your program,” head coach Will Bolt said. “I’m excited about the character and talent level of this class. These guys are talented gamers who can help set the tone of what Nebraska baseball is all about.”