Wichita State baseball coach Todd Butler added 17 players in his first recruiting class. The Shockers loaded up on pitching, signing six pitchers and four more players with two-way possibilities.
“We will lose many players from the 2014 team to the next level and graduation,” Butler said in a news release. “We feel, as a coaching staff, that we addressed the future needs of our program. Our coaching staff did a great job in a short time to assemble the needs of this class.”
A look at the 17 athletes who signed national letters of intent with WSU this month:• RHP Isaac Anderson, College of Southern Idaho — Anderson, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, went 3-0 with two saves and an 0.82 ERA in 22 innings as a freshman. The Kansas City Royals drafted him in the 34th round.
• LHP/OF Jeb Bargfeldt, Owasso (Okla.) — Bargfeldt, a 5-11 senior, earned Louisville Slugger All-American honors after going 9-0 with a 1.29 ERA as a junior.
• SS Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Okla.) — Boyer, a 6-1 senior, hit .398 with two home runs as a junior.
• OF Josh DeBacker, Lee’s Summit (Mo.) North — DeBacker, a 6-3 senior, hit .348 and earned all-conference honors as a junior.
• OF Bret Fehr, Manhattan — Fehr, a 6-2 senior, hit .385 with 17 stolen bases as a junior.
• RHP Taylor Goshen, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll — Goshen, a 6-2 senior, is ranked the No. 5 prospect in Indiana by Perfect Game.
• 1B/RHP Sam Hilliard, Crowder (Mo.) College — Hilliard, a 6-5 sophomore, went 5-1 with a 4.26 ERA for the Nevada Griffons last summer.
• RHP Tyler Jones, Andale — Jones, a 6-3 senior, compiled a 1.02 ERA in 48 innings and earned All-Class 4A honors.
• LHP Bradley Kinsey, Norman (Okla.) North — Kinsey, a 6-foot senior, struck out 75 in 52 2/3 innings, compiling a 1.73 ERA and a 6-0 record.
• 3B Chase Rader, Coffeyville Community College — Rader, a 6-foot sophomore, hit .302 with five home runs and stole a school-record 42 bases.
• C Taylor Sanagorski, Bishop Carroll — Sanagorski, a 6-foot senior, hit .389 with four doubles last spring.
• RHP Chandler Sanburn, Avon (Ind.) — Sanburn, a 6-1 senior, struck out 27 in 23 innings as a junior.
• SS/RHP Adam Thies, Olathe East — Thies, a 6-foot senior, hit .331 with six home runs and 11 doubles.
• C Gunnar Troutwine, Shawnee Mission East — Troutwine, a 6-2 senior, earned All-Sunflower League honors as a sophomore and junior.
• 1B/LHP Alex Van Pelt, St. Thomas Aquinas — Van Pelt, a 6-4 senior, lettered twice for the Saints.
• SS Trey Vickers, Rockhurst (Mo.) — Vickers, a 6-1 shortstop, hit .318 with five doubles as a junior.
• RHP Matt Whalen, Valor Christian (Colo.) — Whalen, a 6-6 senior, missed his junior year due to a stress fracture in his right elbow. As a sophomore, he struck out 48 in 41 innings.