Norman (Okla.) North lefty Bradley Kinsey orally committed to Wichita State’s baseball team on Friday after his second visit.
Kinsey (6-foot, 148 pounds) long considered WSU a possible destination because of pitching coach Brent Kemnitz and his reputation for handling arms with care. His conversation with new coach Todd Butler strengthened his belief in that philosophy at WSU. He talked with the Oklahoma coaches, but when they didn’t offer a scholarship, he gladly accepted WSU’s offer.
“I’ve always been taught to protect my arm,” Kinsey said. “(Butler) had a lot of the same views that we had about protecting arms, making sure you're not overdoing it.”
Kinsey said he throws 84-86 mph, topping out at 88. He uses a four- and two-seam fastball, as well as a slider and a changeup. His best pitch is a knuckle-curve.
“I’ve been throwing that since I started pitching,” he said. “It’s pretty much second nature to me.”
Kinsey join previous commitments Taylor Goshen, a pitcher from Fort Wayne (Ind.) Carroll, Bishop Carroll catcher Taylor Sanagorski, Rockhurst (Mo.) shortstop Trey Vickers, Manhattan outfielder Bret Fehr, Shawnee Mission East utility player Gunnar Troutwine, pitcher Matt Whalen, from Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Andale-Garden Plain pitcher Tyler Jones, Owasso (Okla.) left-handed pitcher Jeb Bargfeldt and Edmond (Okla.) Deer Creek shortstop Jordan Boyer. WSU also has commitments from Olathe East shortstop Adam Thies and Lee’s Summit (Mo.) North outfielder Josh DeBacker to walk on and receive academic scholarships.