Baseball Adds Slugger to Incoming Class
June 28, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team has added another student-athlete who will join the Hoosiers in the fall of 2007, head coach Tracy Smith announced today. Altamonte Springs, Fla., native Jeff Caldwell will join the squad for fall ball after leading his team to a state title in 2007.
Caldwell helped Bishop Moore Catholic High School to the 2007 Class 4A state championship a year after helping the squad to a 2006 regional championship. Caldwell, who earned a pair of letters at Bishop Moore, hit .400 for the 2007 season.
"We are delighted to add a player of Jeff's caliber," Smith said. "Obviously, power hitting is an area that our team needs to improve in and Jeff is the kind of player who can make an immediate impact with his bat."
Caldwell, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound first baseman, is expected to help fill the void created when junior first baseman/designated hitter Jon Fixler signed with the Houston Astros on June 14. Caldwell slugged six home runs in 95 at-bats on the season. He added 10 doubles, 35 RBIs and slugged .716 to go along with a .495 on-base percentage.
Caldwell played travel ball for the Florida Legends in 2006 after playing for the Central Florida Cougars in both 2005 and 2006. He helped the Legends to the Under-18 title at the Triple Crown St. Augustine Fall Nationals in 2006 as the squad put together a perfect 5-0 record.
Caldwell was born on May 18, 1989, and intends to major in psychology at IU. He is the son of Jeff and Barbara Caldwell.
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