Newcomer Profile - Kyle Leiendecker
Feb. 11, 2008
In the weeks leading up to the 2008 season, IUHoosiers.com will be introducing you to the newest members of the Indiana Baseball team. The newcomer profile for Monday, Feb. 11, is of freshman pitcher Kyle Leiendecker.
Kyle Leiendecker is the lone Hoosier on the roster that was selected in the 2007 MLB Entry Draft. The freshman southpaw was a 25th-round selection (767th overall) of the Cleveland Indians, but elected to come to IU to compete for the Hoosiers.
Leiendecker earned all-state status in 2007 after striking out 58 batters in 35 innings and posting a .506 average at the plate. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native helped Homestead to a 26-5 record and a spot in semi-states.
As a junior, Leiendecker guided Homestead to a 21-9 finish in 2006. He finished third in the Northeast Hoosierland Conference with 58 strikeouts that season, and hit .404 at the plate.
The son of Mark and Deb Leiendecker was born on Sept. 29, 1988, and is undecided as to his major at Indiana.
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