WICHITA, Kan. (Wichita State Athletics) –

Wichita State has signed 13 baseball players in the early signing period, Head Coach Todd Butler announced on Nov. 19.

Trent Allen, a left-handed pitcher from Southlake, Texas; Tommy Barnhouse, a right-handed pitcher from Leavenworth, Kan.; Joe Dittmar, a right-handed pitcher from Richmond, Ill.; Drake Durham, a left-handed pitcher from Fort Mill, S.C.; Nathan Hawkins, a left-handed pitcher from Sunnyvale, Texas; Alex Jackson, a shortstop from Dallas, Texas; Jacob Katzfey, an outfielder and first baseman from Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Adam Keller, a right-handed pitcher from Broken Arrow, Okla.; Preston Minor, a right-handed pitcher from Frisco, Texas; Logan Sisson, an outfielder from Omaha, Neb.; Preston Snavely, a right-handed pitcher from Fort Collins, Colo.; Maison Stites, a third baseman from Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and Matt Whalen, a right-handed pitcher from Highlands Ranch, Colo.; have signed with the Shockers.

“We are excited to have our third recruiting class come to a close in the early November 2016 signing class,” Butler said. “We have signed 11 high school student-athletes and two junior college players.  The class consists of six right-handed and three left-handed pitchers along with two infielders and two outfielders.  Once again, for the third recruiting class in a row, our coaching staff of Brian Walker and Brent Kemnitz helped secure another impressive recruiting class.”

Allen, a 6-foot-5 left-handed pitcher from Southlake, Texas, pitched 24 innings last spring for Carroll Senior High School. He also went 3-2 with a 3.05 ERA. In 2015 for the DBAT Elite Summer Team, he went 3-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 29 innings pitched. He was selected as TMI Sports Medicine’s Comeback Athlete of the Month for April 2015 after having successful elbow surgery in the summer of 2014. He also helped his summer team to the 2014 Mickey Mantle World Series championship and has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years. He is a Perfect Game top-1000 recruit in their high school class of 2016 rankings and is listed as the No. 20 left-handed pitcher in the state of Texas.

Barnhouse, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher from Leavenworth, Kan., pitched 24.1 innings last spring for Leavenworth High School. He started six games and went 3-2 with a 4.02 ERA and 33 strikeouts. He earned Sunflower League honorable mention honors in 2015. As a sophomore, he made nine appearances and pitched 13.1 innings with 15 strikeouts. He is ranked No. 438 by Perfect Game and is listed as the No. 5 right-handed pitcher in the state of Kansas.

Dittmar, a 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher from Richmond, Ill., pitched 41 innings last spring for Richmond Burton Community High School. He went 4-4 with 60 strikeouts and earned Big Northern all-conference honors and was voted the team MVP. He also hit .324 with 12 doubles, four triples and three home runs. He has been a member of the honor roll every year and also is a fullback and linebacker on the football team. He is a Perfect Game top-500 recruit and is listed as the No. 6 right-handed pitcher in the state of Illinois.

Durham, a 6-foot-3 left-handed pitcher from Fort Mill, S.C., pitched last spring for New Richmond High School in New Richmond, Wis. Durham moved to South Carolina this summer and will play his senior year at Nation Ford High School. He was named a Perfect Game Underclass honorable mention All-American in 2015 and also earned all-conference and all-state honors. As a sophomore, he struck out 60 in 35 innings pitched and earned all-conference honors. As a freshman, he struck out 48 in 25 innings pitched and earned all-conference honors. He is a Perfect Game top-1000 recruit and is listed as the No. 3 left-handed pitcher in the state of Wisconsin.

Hawkins, a 6-foot-2 left-handed pitcher from Sunnyvale, Texas, went 7-0 with a 0.81 ERA last spring for Sunnyvale High School. He pitched 59 innings with 14 walks and 114 strikeouts. As a junior, he was named MaxPreps/USA Baseball Southwest Region Player of the Week, District MVP and first team all-state. As a sophomore, he went 9-3 with a 1.14 ERA and led his team to the 2014 state championship. He earned first team all-state honors and was the MVP of the state championship. He is a Perfect Game top-500 recruit and is listed as the No. 140 player in the state of Texas.

Jackson, a 6-foot-0 shortstop from Dallas, Texas, hit .310 with seven doubles last spring for Marcus High School. As a three-year starter in the middle infield, he helped his high school to district championships and playoff appearances each season and his team went to the state semifinals during his sophomore year. He earned Perfect Game All-America honors in 2014 and 2015. He is a Perfect Game top-500 recruit and is listed as the No. 96 player in the state of Texas.

Katzfey, a 6-foot-1 outfielder and first baseman from Lee’s Summit, Mo., hit .355 last spring for Lee’s Summit West High School. He also had five doubles, one triple, one home run, 18 runs, nine stolen bases and 21 RBI. As a junior, he earned all-conference, all-district and academic all-state honors. He helped his baseball team to a district championship in 2015 and in football he helped his team to a conference, district and state championship in 2013. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and the honor roll.

Keller, a 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher from Broken Arrow, Okla., went 1-2 with a 4.01 ERA last spring for West Virginia. He also struck out 32 in 33.2 innings pitched and made 15 appearances with two starts for the Mountaineers. He went 6-3 with two saves and a 0.81 ERA in 2014 for Tulsa Memorial High School. He also struck out 92 in 69 innings pitched. He was named to the Tulsa World All-Metro honorable mention team in 2014 and also earned All-State Large East All-Region 7 honors. He will play his sophomore season at Seward County Community College in 2016. He was a Perfect Game high follow recruit out of high school and ranked as the No. 10 right-handed pitcher in the state of Oklahoma.

Minor, a 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher from Frisco, Texas, went 6-0 with a 1.70 ERA last spring for Frisco Wakeland High School. He earned second team all-district honors in 2015 and helped his team to a regional finals appearance. He is a 2016 UnderArmour Preseason All-American and has been named to a Perfect Game all-tournament team three times. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. He is a Perfect Game top-1000 recruit and is listed as the No. 85 right-handed pitcher in the state of Texas.

Sisson, a 6-foot-2 outfielder from Omaha, Neb., hit .418 last spring for Millard North High School. In 74 games, he had 99 hits and 71 RBI. He earned Second Team Nebraska Super State honors and was a Perfect Game 2015 UnderClass Honorable Mention All-America selection. As a sophomore, he hit .356 with 74 hits and 54 RBI. He earned all-state honorable mention honors as a sophomore and was a Nebraska USA Baseball selection as a freshman and a sophomore. He is a Perfect Game top-500 recruit and is listed as the No. 3 outfielder in the state of Nebraska.

Snavely, a 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher from Fort Collins, Colo., went 3-3 with a 3.12 ERA last spring for Fort Collins High School. He also had 53 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched. He earned second team all-conference and academic all-state honors. As a sophomore, he struck out 33 in 29 innings pitched. He was a member of the Colorado Sunbelt team, the 2015 Cincinnati Reds Area Code Game and the 2015 Colorado Rockies All-Star Futures Game. He is a Perfect Game top-500 recruit and is the No. 7 right-handed pitcher in the state of Colorado.

Stites, a 6-foot-2 third baseman from Lee’s Summit, Mo., hit .265 with eight doubles and one home run last spring for Lee’s Summit North High School. He has earned academic letters and has a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average. He also plays baseball for the Midwest BlackSox with fellow signee Jacob Katzfey.

Whalen, a 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher from Highlands, Ranch, Colo., pitched 41 innings with a 3.00 ERA and 48 strikeouts as a sophomore at Valor Christian High School in 2012. He missed his junior season due to injury, but as a sophomore helped his team to a state semifinals appearance. He was also selected to the Colorado Rockies High School Futures underclassmen team and earned preseason All-American honorable mention honors during his sophomore year. He redshirted in 2015 at Wichita State and will play his redshirt freshman season at Cisco College in Cisco, Texas. He was a Perfect Game top-1000 recruit out of high school and the No. 5 right-handed pitcher in the state of Colorado.

           

Trent Allen                     LHP                  Southlake, Texas (Carroll Senior HS)

Tommy Barnhouse          RHP                  Leavenworth, Kan. (Leavenworth HS)

Joe Dittmar                     RHP                  Richmond, Ill. (Richmond Burton Community HS)

Drake Durham                LHP                  Fort Mill, S.C. (Nation Ford HS)

Nathan Hawkins             LHP                  Sunnyvale, Texas (Sunnyvale HS)

Alex Jackson                  SS                    Dallas, Texas (Marcus HS)

Jacob Katzfey                 OF/1B                Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West HS)

Adam Keller                   RHP                  Broken Arrow, Okla. (Tulsa Memorial HS/West Virginia/Seward County CC)

Preston Minor                 RHP                  Frisco, Texas (Frisco Wakeland HS)

Logan Sisson                 OF                    Omaha, Neb. (Millard North HS)

Preston Snavely             RHP                  Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins HS)

Maison Stites                 3B                    Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit North HS)

Matt Whalen                   RHP                  Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Valor Christian HS/Wichita State/Cisco College)

 

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