IU baseball recruits receive impressive final accolades

Indiana’s sports info department compiled a final list of accomplishments for some of the baseball recruits whose seasons just ended in recent weeks and send them out to the media. So we’re posting them. The release follows:

Indiana Baseball will welcome in 14 new players for the upcoming fall, including the recent signing of Brad Hartong – a JUCO All-American from Cypress College in California.

IUHoosiers.com tracked down all of the incoming Hoosiers this week and caught up with their accomplishments during their 2012 spring seasons. Here is the update:

EVAN BELL • RHP/1B
Stilwell, Kan. • Blue Valley H.S.
– The Kansas 5A Player of the Year
– Voted First Team All-Kansas first baseman
– Led Blue Valley High to the state championship game
– Batted .444 and drove in 24 runs
– Excelled on the mound as well, going 7-2 with a 2.18 ERA in 55 innings pitched

GARRET BROWN • INF
Irvine, Calif. • Beckman H.S.
– First Team All-California Interscholastic Federation
– Named the Pacific Coast League’s MVP after leading Beckman High to a league title
– Team advanced to the California Interscholastic Federation semifinals
– Hit .420 with three homeruns, three doubles, two triples, 16 RBI, six steals and 25 runs scored

WILL COURSEN-CARR • LHP/1B
Fort Wayne, Ind. • Fort Wayne Southside H.S.
– Named the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Indiana
– Pitching:  10-1 record with 134 strikeouts, 21 walks and a 0.40 ERA in 13 appearances spanning 70 innings
– Batting:  .488 average, 36 RBI, 12 doubles, a triple and four homeruns
– Earned his third all-conference selection as a senior
– Led Fort Wayne Southside High to its second ever sectional championship

SCOTT EFFROSS  • RHP
Twinsburg, Ohio • Twinsburg H.S.
– A Mizuno All-Ohio selection
– Earned his second straight first team all-conference recognition in 2012
– Compiled an 8-1 record, 1.52 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 55.1 innings pitched
– Led Twinsburg High to a sectional championship
– Named to the All-Ohio Academic Team

BRAD HARTONG • Catcher
Los Alamitos, Calif. • Los Alamitos H.S. • Cypress College
– Will be a junior for the 2013 season
– Junior College All-American
– First Team All-Orange Empire Conference
– Voted as conference’s Gold Glove catcher
– Threw out 26 of 32 attempted base stealers
– Hit .364 with 19 runs scored, nine RBI, seven doubles and 10 stolen bases in 38 games
– Did most of his damage in conference action; batting .389 with 11 runs scored, five RBI, six doubles and seven stolen bases in 21 games

ZACH HAYNES • RHP
Lexington, Ky. • Lexington Catholic H.S.
– Improved his career pitching record to 15-0 after an 8-0 senior season
– Tossed 51.1 innings with a 0.95 ERA, three saves, 60 strikeouts and just 10 walks during senior campaign
– Hurled 13 innings of no-hit baseball during the 2012 postseason, leading Lexington Catholic High to a district championship

JAKE KELZER • RHP/Swimmer
Bloomington, Ind. • Bloomington H.S. South
– Earned All-Conference Indiana honors
– Named Bloomington South’s Pitcher of the Year

CHRISTIAN MORRIS • RHP/1B
Williston, Fla. • Williston H.S.
– Led all high school players in the state of Florida with 11 homeruns and 45 runs driven in
– Hit at .376 clip while leading Williston High to a 25-4 record and a slot in the regional finals

KASEY RALSTON • RHP/INF
Chaska, Minn. • Holy Family Catholic H.S.
– A finalist for both Mr. Baseball and the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Minnesota
– Tossed a complete game two-hitter in the state championship game
– Dual player voted to the all-conference squad
– Pitching:  posted an 0.87 ERA and 7-0 record in 52 innings pitched; added 93 strikeouts and limited the opposition to a .150 batting average against
– Batting:  hit .340 with six homeruns, 27 RBI and a .662 slugging percentage

NICK RAMOS • SS
Tampa Bay, Fla. • Plant H.S.
– Switch-hitting shortstop was named the Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after earning Offensive Player of the Year following his junior campaign
– Compiled two district titles, one regional championship and a Florida state final four appearance in four years
– Hit a combined .429 for his club teams, the Tampa Panthers and All-American Prospects travel squad

KYLE RASMUSSEN • RHP
Fresno, Calif. • Clovis East H.S.
– Increased his career wins total to 21 during senior season
– Hurled 14 innings with 12 strikeouts and a 3.50 ERA in 2012

SULLY STADLER • LHP/OF
Glenview, Ill. • Glenbrook South H.S.
– Illinois High School Coaches Association first team all-state selection
– Conference Player of the Year
– Voted as a team captain
– Pitching:  posted an 8-1 record with 70 strikeouts and a 1.79 ERA in 43 innings on the bump
– Started in centerfield when not pitching
– Batting:  hit .424 with 22 RBI, 12 steals and a .481 on-base percentage

BRIAN WILHITE • SS
Barrington, Ill. • St. Viator H.S.
– Captained St. Viator High to its third straight regional title
– Named the Defensive Player of the Year

KENT WILLIAMS • RHP
Noblesville, Ind. • Noblesville H.S.
– Fanned 21 batters compared to just five walks in 22 innings pitched
– Led Noblesville High to an IHSAA sectional championship game

4 comments

  1. Good story. Are they all on scholarship? How many scholarships in baseball does IU have? How are they divided (full, half, tuition, books, residence/dining fees, quarter scholarships, etc?).

    Also, how many scholarships does IU have in track & field, soccer, cross country, swimming and diving? Are they also divided into parts as above? (I do know that football and basketball are full scholarships exclusively as your reported).

    Would appreciate knowing the answer to these. Thanks.

  2. This does not suggest that each college program offers the full amount of possible scholarships for each sport. That decision is governed by each school’s sports budget and other factors.

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    NCAA DIVISION I
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    Sport
    Men’s
    Women’s
    Baseball
    Softball 11.7 12
    Basketball 13 15
    Track & Field 12.6 18
    Football 85 0
    Golf 4.5 6
    Gymnastics 6.3 12
    Field Hockey 0 12
    Ice Hockey 18 18
    Lacrosse 12.6 12
    Rowing 0 20
    S****r 9.9 12
    Swimming
    Diving 9.9 8.1
    Tennis 4.5 8
    Volleyball 4.5 12
    Water Polo 4.5 8
    Wrestling 9.9 0

    The first number is men, the second is women.

    I do not know where IU stands on this.

    Scholarships may be utilized at the coaches discretion:
    For an equivalency sport, coaches have a certain total dollar amount in the “scholarship pot,” but can split it up among multiple athletes in any proportions they want. They can carry more athletes on partial scholarships and this provides the opportunity to develop more players. It is harder to get a full scholarship in an equivalency sport because it is in the coach’s best interest to use the allotment of scholarship money to get as many highpotential athletes on the team as possible. Every other sport offered at the collegiate level not mentioned above as a headcount sport is an equivalency sport. Look back at the chart for a minute. You will notice that D-I men’s soccer allows 9.9 scholarships and D-I men’s volleyball allows 4.5. With eleven soccer players on the fi eld at a time, and six volleyball players on a court, even all of the first string players can’t be awarded full scholarships. And don’t forget all the other players waiting on the sidelines. For most sports, partial-scholarship athletes, walk-ons, and non-scholarship athletes are an important part of the mix.

  3. My son’s first year wrestling at a D1 school he got a few hundred dollars. After winning the conference, making it to the 3rd round of the NCAA Championships, and tying the school record for wins he was given 1/2 scholarship.

    When they say non-revenue they mean it.

  4. tracy smith will cut half of these guys. he invites people in and hopes they pan. he has no problem telling kids they will have a fall season and cutting them 2 days in. he’s been doing it since the day he got to IU

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