Juco outfielder commits to WSU

Des Moines Area Community College coach Dan Fitzgerald owns a good idea of the type of baseball player who performs well at Wichita State.

He is confident left fielder Scott Schebler is one of those players. Schebler, a freshman, orally committed to WSU on Monday and will sign a letter of intent during the signing period which begins April 14. He will have three seasons of eligibility at WSU beginning next season.

"He's right out of the Wichita State mold," Fitzgerald said. "He's a stud."

Schebler (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) is hitting .462 with a .769 slugging percentage in nine games for DMACC. He hits left-handed and has two home runs, four doubles and a triple.

"He's got a great approach at the plate," Fitzgerald said. "He's a plus runner. He's got big-time aspirations of playing in the big leagues."

Schebler visited WSU recently and loved the stadium, indoor workout facility and the school. He is an engineering student who is leaving junior college after one year, in part, to keep pace academically. Most of all, WSU's coaches sold the move.

"You can't beat that coaching staff," Schebler said. "It was a pretty easy choice. They know how to develop players. That's one thing I really need to do is develop."