Hoosiers Add Nine More to 2012 Roster
Nov. 19, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Baseball and Head Coach Tracy Smith bolstered their 2012 roster this week, signing nine players. The signing class includes future student-athletes from four different states, including a pair from Indiana.
The following signees will be headed to Bloomington for the 2011 Fall semester:
CHAD CLARK (West Hills, Calif., Agoura H.S.)
"We needed to sign an athletic middle infielder in this class, and we did just that with Chad," said Coach Smith. "He handles the bat and can steal bases. We love his athleticism in the infield. He has plenty of arm strength, and his range will allow him to play up the middle. However, what we like most about Chad is he plays with a `chip' on his shoulder and you can't have enough of those guys on your team."
KYLE HART (Cincinnati, Ohio, Sycamore H.S.)
"We can't wait to see what kind of numbers Kyle puts up this spring. The improvements he made from his sophomore year to his junior year were huge. That's what is so exciting about Kyle is he just keeps getting better and better every time you see him. Right now, his change-up is probably his best pitch. He will continue to develop physically, and when he does, he has a chance to be very, very good."
RHET MONTANA (Agoura Hills, Calif., Agoura H.S.)
6'3 210 lbs. 1B R/R
Montana brings some more California flavor to IU Baseball, hailing from Agoura Hills, same high school as Chad Clark. Over the summer, Montana hit .380 with three homeruns for the Agoura Dirtbags. He has since posted a .342 batting average and two homers for the So Cal Athletics Scout Team in fall ball. Rhet is the son of Scott and Carol Montana; and is coached by Coach Mike Cordero.
"You can't help but notice Rhet's size and strength. He is going to bring a power right-handed bat to our line-up. He also moves around pretty well for first base. When I watched him play he sent one into the gap and cruised into second base effortlessly. I remembered thinking, `the big boy can run too!' Tireless worker that will push for playing time early."
COLLIN McENERY (Orland Park, Ill., Providence Catholic H.S.)
"Collin has had success on the mound and at the plate. Ultimately his abilities will decide where he fits best with us, and it may be both as a pitcher and position player when it's all said and done. It is always a blessing when you get someone like Collin because he does so many things well and you can use him is so many different situations. He is very athletic."
SPENCER SAPP (Jasper, Ind., Jasper H.S.)
"Coach Neal is still smiling with Spencer's decision to attend IU. Ty saw Spencer on multiple occasions in the past and has continued to remind me almost daily about how good Spencer is going to be. We compare him to a recent left-hander from our program, Matt Bashore, who was a supplemental first-round pick. We think Spencer has that type of potential."
KYLE SCHWARBER (Middletown, Ohio, Middletown H.S.)
"We know we are going to lose some `big time' production this year when Dickerson gets drafted, but we feel we are going replace a lot of it with Kyle because of the way he swings the bat. Strength is one of his best attributes to go along with his mature approach to the game. Athletically, he moves well and shows plenty or arm strength to throw runners out. Like a lot of guys in this class, Kyle is a fierce competitor and will make an immediate impact in our program with his leadership abilities, even as a freshman."
CHRIS SUJKA (Oak Forest, Ill., Mt. Carmel H.S.)
"Coach Neal told me I needed to see this outfielder from Illinois play. When I went to a game, it didn't take me long to figure out whom he was talking about. Chris can really, really run, but what we love most about him is he plays the game hard all the time. Athletically, he may be one of the best in this class. I can't wait until he concentrates fully on baseball because up to this point he has also been a standout football player. He is going to be very good for us."
SAM TRAVIS (Orland Park, Ill., Providence Catholic H.S.)
"In Sam, we feel we signed the best hitter in the state of Illinois. I mean no disrespect to any of the other players, but Sam really has a mature approach at the plate to go along with his tremendous bat speed. After he committed to us, professional scouts would say, `You got the Travis kid? Boy, he can really hit.' Sam is definitely a middle of the order-type hitter with some solid defensive skills as well."
BRANDON WIND (Indianapolis, Ind., Lawrence Central H.S.)
"We had a chance to see Brandon a lot in the past couple years as he caught some of Indiana's top pitching talent on his high school team. Because of that, there is no doubt he can handle `good pitching'. He is one of the better defensive catchers we saw last year and has an athletic frame that is going really fill out over the next couple years. Brandon is very talented player with a tremendous upside."
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