Wichita State Shockers

A look at the 2016 Wichita State baseball roster

Chase Williams was 3-4 with a 5.59 ERA last season for Wichita State.
Chase Williams was 3-4 with a 5.59 ERA last season for Wichita State. The Wichita Eagle

Pitchers

Top returners: SP Sam Tewes (1-2, 2:42 ERA), SP Willie Schwanke (0-2, 3.00), SP Chase Williams (3-4, 5.59), RP John Hayes (6-2, 2.79, 4 saves), RP Reagan Biechler (0-2, 5.33), RP Chandler Sanburn (1-0, 5.48)

New faces: SP Tyler Gibson, SP Connor Lungwitz, RP Zach Lewis

Need to know: Gibson will start Tuesday’s game at Oral Roberts and sophomore lefty Cody Tyler, coming back from elbow surgery, is the first option to join the rotation.

Coaches are impressed with the progress of sophomore Tyler Jones (1-3, 8.31) as a reliever after a tough rookie year in which he was thrown into a starting role because of injuries to Tewes, Schwanke and Tyler. His development should relieve some of the burden on Hayes, an island of reliability in a shaky bullpen in 2015.

The staff is heavy on experienced right-handers, so lefties such as Biechler and newcomer Justin Seiwald need to grab their roles.

Lewis, a junior transfer, is rebuilding his confidence after a disappointing sophomore season at Wabash Valley (Ill.) College. As a freshman, he earned second-team NJCAA All-American honors and went 11-0 with a 1.84 ERA and Pittsburgh drafted him in the 33rd round. He slumped to 2-2 with a 6.23 ERA in 2015 and battled minor injuries.

Quote: “Tyler Jones has been fantastic,” coach Todd Butler said. “He’s really throwing the ball extremely hard, good slider and a good changeup. He’s a strike-thrower.”

Catchers

Top returners: Gunnar Troutwine (.298 batting average, 3 home runs, .404 on-base percentage), Taylor Sanagorski (.154, 2 HR)

New faces: Josh Whisler, Noah Croft

Need to know: Troutwine, a sophomore, is the unquestioned starter and should hit in the middle of the order. Sanagorski, a switch-hitter, played in 31 games and started nine as a freshman. Whisler, also a switch-hitter, hit .384 with 10 home runs and 16 doubles last season at Fort Scott Community College.

Quote: “Defensively, (Troutwine’s) really come a long way,” assistant coach Brian Walker said. “He’s really trying to learn the position and learn the nuances of it, as far as running a staff, learning how to communicate. When he speaks now, it carries authority and he’s backing it up with his defensive play.”

Infielders

Top returners: 2B Tanner Kirk (.248, 13 2B, 2 HR) 3B Chase Rader (.239, 9 2B, 4 HR), 1B Ryan Tinkham (.333, 10 HR, 19 2B), SS Trey Vickers (.252, 15 walks)

New faces: 1B-3B Alex Bohm, SS Luke Ritter, 1B-3B Greyson Jenista

Need to know: The starters are back from last season. Rader is recovered from an inner-ear infection that hampered his vision and balance last season. Vickers no longer wears a back brace to protect a stress fracture. Tinkham is stronger and better-equipped to deal with the grind. Rader’s offense is crucial to replacing the punch provided by OF Sam Hilliard (.335, 8 HR, 51 RBIs), who signed with Colorado after being drafted in the 15th round.

Senior lefty Zach Reding (.196, 1 HR) was hampered by a shoulder injury last season. He and Bohm, a freshman, could platoon at DH. Ritter, a freshman, impressed coaches with his maturity and confidence in fall practices. Jenista, a lefty, is another freshman with the potential to DH or give a veteran a day off at first base.

Quote: “You don’t really know what to expect until you play a full season and at the end you’re tired,” Tinkham said. “Over the off-season, I think I put my body into better position to make it through a long season.”

Outfielders

Top returners: CF Mikel Mucha (.313, 9 2B, 1 HR), OF Keenan Eaton (.289, 3 2B)

New faces: Travis Young, Bret Fehr, Josh DeBacker, Dayton Dugas

Need to know: Mucha, a senior, is the best defender and joins Kirk as the lone players who played for former coach Gene Stephenson. Mucha started 108 games in four seasons, which includes injury-shortened 2014. His experience is crucial with WSU replacing Hilliard and Daniel Kihle (.301, 21 steals), who was picked in the 18th round by Minnesota.

Eaton, who started eight games in the outfield last season, improved his speed and agility over the off-season and will start in left field. Dugas, a freshman, was drafted in the 25th round by Detroit. He will start the opener in right field and is expected to add power to the lineup. Young, Fehr and DeBacker redshirted last season. Young and Fehr are are among the team’s fastest runners. Fehr, Mucha and DeBacker hit left-handed. to give Butler options for matchups and pinch-hitting.

Butler will play several outfield combinations opening weekend to give his redshirt freshmen chances to show what they can do.

Quote: “Dugas is a very good outfielder, surprisingly good for a big man,” Butler said. “He runs so well. Travis Young has stepped up since we’ve come back from Christmas and really caught my eye.”

Paul Suellentrop

WSU baseball schedule

Date

Opponent

Time

Friday

N. Colorado

3 p.m.

Saturday

N. Colorado

2 p.m.

Sunday

N. Colorado

1 p.m.

Tuesday

at Oral Roberts

3 p.m.

Feb. 26

at New Mexico

7 p.m.

Feb. 27

at New Mexico

3 p.m.

Feb. 28

at New Mexico

2 p.m.

March 1

Neb.-Omaha (ESPN3)

3 p.m.

March 4

Sam Houston St. (ESPN3)

3 p.m.

March 5

Sam Houston St.

2 p.m.

March 6

Sam Houston St. (ESPN3)

1 p.m.

March 8

at Oklahoma

6 p.m.

March 11

at Cal St. Fullerton

9 p.m.

March 12

at Cal St. Fullerton

8 p.m.

March 13

at Cal St. Fullerton

3 p.m.

March 15

North Dakota (ESPN3)

3 p.m.

March 18

at Nebraska

4 p.m.

March 19

at Nebraska

2 p.m.

March 20

at Nebraska

Noon

March 22

Oklahoma St. (ESPN3)

6:30 p.m.

March 24

Cal Poly (ESPN3)

6:30 p.m.

March 25

Cal Poly (ESPN3)

6:30 p.m.

March 26

Cal Poly (ESPN3)

Noon

March 29

Stephen F. Austin (ESPN3)

6:30 p.m.

March 30

Stephen F. Austin (ESPN3)

3 p.m.

April 1

TCU (ESPN3)

6:30 p.m.

April 2

TCU (ESPNU)

1 p.m.

April 3

TCU (ESPN3)

1 p.m.

April 5

Oral Roberts (ESPN3)

6:30 p.m.

April 8

at Evansville (ESPN3)

6:30 p.m.

April 9

at Evansville

2 p.m.

April 10

at Evansville (ESPN3)

1 p.m.

April 12

Oklahoma (Cox 22)

6:30 p.m.

April 15

Missouri St. (ESPN3)

6:30 p.m.

April 16

Missouri St. (Cox 22)

2 p.m.

April 17

Missouri St. (ESPN3)

1 p.m.

April 19

at Kansas (Cox 22)

6 p.m.

April 22

Bradley (ESPN3)

6:30 p.m.

April 23

Bradley (ESPN3)

2 p.m.

April 24

Bradley (Cox 22)

1 p.m.

April 26

Kansas St. (Cox 22)

6:30 p.m.

April 29

at S. Illinois

6:30 p.m.

April 30

at S. Illinois

4 p.m.

May 1

at S. Illinois

1 p.m.

May 3

at Kansas St.

6:30 p.m.

May 6

Indiana St. (ESPN3)

6:30 p.m.

May 7

Indiana St. (ESPN3)

2 p.m.

May 8

Indiana St. (ESPN3)

1 p.m.

May 10

Creighton (Cox 22)

6:30 p.m.

May 13

at Illinois St.

6 p.m.

May 14

at Illinois St.

2 p.m.

May 15

at Illinois St.

1 p.m.

May 17

Kansas (Cox 22)

6:30 p.m.

May 19

Dallas Baptist (Cox 22)

6:30 p.m.

May 20

Dallas Baptist (ESPN3)

6:30 p.m.

May 21

Dallas Baptist (ESPN3)

2 p.m.

May 25-29

MVC Tournament

at Terre Haute, Ind.

Wichita State baseball roster

No.

Name

Position

Ht., Wt.

B-T

Year

Hometown (Previous school)

1

Travis Young

OF

6-2, 210

R-R

Fr. (redshirt)

Derby

2

Tanner Kirk

INF

6-0, 183

R-R

Sr.

Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)

3

Sam Tewes

RHP

6-5, 200

R-R

So. (redshirt)

Lincoln, Neb. (Waverly)

4

Chase Williams

RHP

6-5, 225

R-R

Sr. (redshirt)

Broken Arrow, Okla. (Eastern Oklahoma State)

5

Keenan Eaton

OF

6-1, 215

R-R

So.

Parker, Colo. (Chaparral)

6

Willie Schwanke

RHP

6-1, 190

L-R

Jr. (redshirt)

Frisco, Texas (Grayson College)

7

Josh Whisler

C

6-0, 200

S-R

Jr. (redshirt)

Owasso, Okla. (Fort Scott Community College)

8

Mikel Mucha

OF

6-2, 190

L-R

Sr. (redshirt)

Aurora, Colo. (Cherokee Trail)

9

Reagan Biechler

LHP

6-1, 195

L-L

Jr.

Colorado Springs (Pine Creek)

11

Taylor Sanagorski

C

6-0, 200

S-R

So.

Wichita (Bishop Carroll)

12

Jon Ferrendelli

RHP

6-1, 190

R-R

Sr.

Gilbert, Ariz. (Chandler-Gilbert Community College)

13

Chase Rader

3B

6-0, 215

R-R

Sr.

Shawnee (Coffeyville Community College)

14

Gunnar Troutwine

C

6-2, 225

R-R

So.

Fairway (Shawnee Mission East)

15

Zach Reding

OF-1B

6-2, 220

L-L

Sr. (redshirt)

Dallas (Grayson College)

16

Keylan Killgore

LHP

6-3, 175

L-L

Fr.

Wichita (Heights)

17

Trey Vickers

INF

6-1, 185

R-R

So.

Lee’s Summit (Rockhurst)

18

Alec Bohm

1B-3B

6-5, 240

R-R

Fr.

Omaha (Roncalli)

19

Luke Ritter

INF

6-0, 195

R-R

Fr.

Overland Park (Rockhurst)

23

John Hayes

RHP

6-6, 225

R-R

Sr. (redshirt)

Pottsboro, Texas (Murray State College)

25

Dayton Dugas

OF

6-3, 225

R-R

Fr.

Lake Charles, La. (Sam Houston)

26

Tyler Gibson

RHP

6-4, 185

R-R

Jr.

Howe, Okla. (Seminole State College)

27

Ryan Tinkham

1B

6-5, 205

R-R

Sr.

Simi Valley, Calif. (Oxnard Community College)

28

Jordan Boyer

INF

6-1, 189

R-R

Fr. (redshirt)

Oklahoma City (Deer Creek)

29

Justin Seiwald

LHP

6-3, 215

L-L

Jr.

Westminster, Colo. (Central Arizona College)

30

Greyson Jenista

1B-3B

6-4, 240

L-R

Fr.

Eudora (De Soto)

31

Connor Lungwitz

RHP

6-5, 220

R-R

Fr.

Wichita (Maize)

32

Zach Lewis

RHP

6-4, 210

R-R

Jr.

Palos Heights, Ill. (Wabash Valley Community College)

33

Noah Croft

C

6-3, 225

R-R

Fr.

Olathe (Olathe South)

34

Chandler Sanburn

RHP

6-2, 185

R-R

So.

Avon, Ind.

35

Josh DeBacker

OF

6-3, 200

L-L

Fr. (redshirt)

Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit North)

36

Gabe Constantine

LHP

6-2, 190

L-L

Fr.

McKinney, Texas (McKinney North)

38

Robby Evans

RHP

6-2, 200

R-R

Fr.

Frisco, Texas (Liberty)

39

Cody Tyler

LHP

6-0, 175

L-L

So. (redshirt)

Terrell, Texas (Forney)

40

Clayton McGinness

RHP

6-1, 180

R-R

Fr.

Amazonia, Mo. (Savannah)

41

Tyler Jones

RHP

6-3, 170

R-R

So.

Colwich (Andale)

42

Bret Fehr

OF

6-3, 195

L-L

Fr. (redshirt)

Manhattan

44

Brian Greisman

RHP

6-4, 225

R-R

Jr. (redshirt)

Ardmore, Okla. (Murray State College)

45

Codi Heuer

RHP

6-4, 185

R-R

Fr.

Windsor, Colo. (Fossil Ridge)

46

Landon Holifield

RHP

6-4, 210

R-R

Sr.

Fort Worth (Abilene Christian

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