Indiana Baseball Announces Signing Class
Nov. 9, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head baseball Tracy Smith has announced three players have signed national letters-of-intent and another player has signed an offer of admission to attend Indiana University beginning in the fall semester of 2007. This is Smith's second class as Hoosier skipper.
Kicking off the class is Kyle Leiendecker. The 6-2, 190-pounder is one of the top southpaw pitchers in the state, hailing from Homestead High School in Fort Wayne. Leiendecker guided Homestead to a 21-9 finish in 2006.
"Kyle is one of the premier left-handers in the Midwest and a kid that will garner a lot of attention this spring and summer," Smith said. "With the good arms we have right now and adding him, it is going to make things very competitive for us in the future. Kyle has a chance to be very special."
Two more Hoosier natives will remain home to play their collegiate ball. Pendleton Heights teammates Brock Huntzinger and Ethan Wilson, who led the school to a 24-4 record last campaign, will remain teammates at the next level.
Huntzinger, a 6-3, 210-pound right-hander, went 5-1 with two saves and a 2.02 ERA in 2005. He struck out 72 batters in 52 innings and limited the opposition to just 38 hits.
"Brock is a dominant right-handed pitcher," Smith said. "He has a good fastball, good breaking ball and is very competitive and athletic. Brock also is one of the top pitchers in the Midwest."
Wilson hit .370 for Pendleton last season and led the team in doubles (10), triples (3), RBIs (32) and steals (10). The 6-0, 190-pounder is projected as a shortstop.
"As we talked to scouts around the Midwest, Ethan was on everyone's list," Smith said. "We feel we got the best shortstop, certainly in the state of Indiana, and also in the surrounding states."
Rounding out the signees is outfield Kyle Waggoner. A 5-9, 165-pound outfielder, Waggoner helped Brownsburg (Ind.) to a perfect 35-0 record and a 4A state title in 2005 coming off a state runner-up finish in 2004. He also was a member of the 2001 Brownsburg Little League World Series team and has lettered in football and baseball.
"Kyle is a competitive kid coming from a top program in Brownsburg," Smith said. "He is very scrappy and can be a leadoff-type hitter for us."
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