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Wichita State baseball transaction time

For the 2012 season:

Tucker Chadd will walk on at WSU this fall. He catches and plays first base. Chadd was an All-City pick at catcher for Carroll, and second-team All-Class 5A. Competition at catcher will be one of the highlights of the fall. The Shockers must replace All-American Chris O’Brien.

From the class of 2012: Catcher Parker Zimmerman of Stillwater, Okla., and infielder Tanner Kirk of Lincoln Southeast have orally committed to WSU and will sign in November. Both are seniors who are playing with football this fall. They join Concordia pitcher Garrett Brummett as commitments for the Shockers.

Zimmerman (6-1, 195) has started since his sophomore season at Stillwater. He hit cleanup as a junior. Zimmerman said he also considered Missouri State and had a lot of conversations with Kansas State and Missouri, although neither offered him a scholarship. Oklahoma State did not show much interest . “He does a tremendous job behind the plate,” Holt said. “I think he will do nothing but get better swinging the bat. I think he’s potentially got big power numbers as he gets bigger and stronger.”Kirk (6-0, 185) plays shortstop for the Nebraska Sluggers, where he was teammates with Shocker freshmen Casey Gillaspie, A.J. Ladwig and Taylor Doggett. Sluggers coach Johnny Graves said Kirk’s speed convinced him to push Kirk as capable of playing for WSU. “He has power, and he’s a strong kid,” Graves said. “He still needs to learn the strike zone a little bit.”

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