The Benedictine University Mesa baseball team had a successful season last year and brought in a big class once again to help fill in the gaps for the 2018 season.
All-in-all, 32 players with join the program, helmed by Kelly Stinnett, as they look to be strong once again this season.
Starting the class off is Luis Arriola, a 2017 graduate of Corona del Sol, where he was a part of a team that made it to the semifinals of the 6A playoffs a year ago.
Brandon Barnes comes to BenU Mesa from Paradise Valley Community College, where he pitched two seasons, including last year where he made eight saves.
Shawn Barrowdale is a transfer from Mesa Community College, where he batted .271 with 19 RBIs in 39 games last season for the Thunderbirds.
Robbie Brown played his prep baseball at River Valley High School, where he graduated in 2016.
Marcus Catalano comes to the Redhawks from Pima Community College, where he played two seasons for the Aztecs, batting .294 in 41 games in 2016.
Daniel Cervantes is a 2017 graduate of St. Mary's, where he was a second-team All-Region selection as a senior, batting .336 for his career.
Ray Fernandez played at Campbellsville University last season, pitching 19 innings in 16 appearances for the Tigers in 2017.
Tristan Flores comes to BenU Mesa from Mountain Pointe, where he graduated in 2017. He had a 5-1 record with a 3.47 ERA last season for the Pride.
Ryan Frankel is a transfer from Marymount California University, where he played in six games for the Mariners last season.
Cesar Garcia played his prep baseball at Walden Grove, where he was a four-year letterwinner and an honorable mention All-4A Kino Region selection last season.
Jacob Gonzales comes to BenU Mesa from Peoria, where he graduated in 2017. He was a four-year letterwinner, batting .290 last season for the Panthers.
Nick Horsley is a 2017 graduate of Hurricane High School in Utah. During his senior season, he batted .349 with three home runs.
Drew Johnson hails from Marcos de Niza, where he was a second-team All-4A Desert Sky Region selection during his senior season in 2017, batting .316 with 20 RBIs.
Ryan Kokora is a transfer from Friends University in Kansas, where he was an honorable mention All-KCAC pitcher a year ago after compiling a 7-3 record with a 4.21 ERA in 2017.
Nick Kort is a 2017 graduate of Hamilton High School.
Daniel Langston is a transfer from Trinidad State Junior College, but last played at Coconino High School, where he was a first-team All-Section selection in 2015.
Drew Lawrence last played at Mesa Community College in 2016, where in 31 games for the Thunderbirds, hit .350 with 24 RBIs.
Xzavier Lindsey is a 2017 graduate of Westview High School, where he was a first-team All-6A Southwest Region selection after batting .379 during his senior season.
Dakota Martin comes to the Redhawks from Cienega, where he was a first-team All-5A Conference selection at catcher after batting .372 with four home runs in 2017.
Tyler Moss is a transfer from Shasta College in California, where made eight starts and appeared in 16 games on the mound for the Knights in 2017.
Brian Murcelo comes to the Redhawks from Puerto Rico and the PROs Baseball Academy.
Jacob Parent is a transfer from Menlo College, but last pitched for Simpson University in 2015, where he made six starts for the Red Hawks, finishing with a 3-2 record and 3.12 ERA.
Ricardo Preciado is a 2017 graduate of Westview.
Nick Restifo played his prep ball at Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Veags, where he had four wins as a senior, compiling a 2.08 ERA in the process in 2017.
Jarod Robles comes to the Redhawks from Saguaro High School, where he played two varsity seasons and picked up two wins on the mound his senior season.
C.J. Santoyo is a transfer from Phoenix College, where he made 17 appearances for the Bears in his two seasons, tallying 40 strikeouts for his career.
Tony Sepulveda last played at South Mountain Community College, where he made 23 appearances in his two years, racking up five wins and two saves for the Cougars.
Jared Thompson is a 2017 graduate of Highland High School in Gilbert, where he pitched in two games in the 2017 season.
Ivan Torres is a transfer from Glendale Community College, where he played two seasons from 2014-16, racking up 30 appearances over both seasons, racking up 63 strikeouts in the process.
Paul White comes to the Redhawks from St. Mary's High School, where he was a three-year letterwinner for the Knights.
Ryan Wicketts is a transfer from Scottsdale Community College, where the lefthander made 12 starts last season, notching three wins and 49 strikeouts for the Artichokes.
Rounding out the class for BenU Mesa is Jeremy Williams. Williams comes from Scottsdale Community College, but last played at Madison Area Technical College in 2015.
These players join a strong core that return for the Redhawks after finishing 36-17 in 2017 and just missing out on a berth into the NAIA National Tournament.