Wichita State will need offense from somewhere in 2012. The Shockers lose senior DH Preston Springer. First baseman Johnny Coy will be draft-eligible again in June and his return can’t be counted on.
Cowley sophomore utility player Aaron Rea should help. Rea, a right-handed-hitter, hit .348 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and .423 on-base percentage as a freshman. His 66 RBI led the Tigers and he stole 17 bases in 19 attempts. Rea earned second-team All-Jayhawk Conference honors as an outfielder. He played shortstop at Lawrence High.
Driving in runs is his main goal.“I’ve always hit for a good average,” he said. “When there’s men on base and the team needs a big hit, I want to be counted on in that situation.”Rea is the seventh player, the first from a junior college, to commit to WSU. Players can sign in November.
Also on the list are: St. Louis DeSmet lefty Kyle Bouman, Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast outfielder Taylor Doggett, Maize outfielder Conner Knight, Shawnee Heights utility player Tyler Baker, Omaha Millard North first baseman Casey Gillaspie and Omaha Millard West pitcher A.J. Ladwig.
Pitcher Mitch Mormann, a transfer from LSU, is redshirting this season and will be eligible in 2012. He is practicing with the Shockers this fall.