Dec. 16, 2002
Manhattan, Kan. -
Head baseball coach Mike Clark announced Monday the signing of eight players to national letters of intent to play baseball at Kansas State, beginning in 2004. The class includes four junior college transfers and four freshmen.
Among the signees from the junior college ranks are Josh Dent (Bedford, Texas), Trey Felts (Stephenville, Texas), Chris Huseman (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Jeff Walker (Abilene, Texas), while Casey Morgan (Ardmore, Okla.), Ryan Saltzgaber (Abilene, Texas), Brett Scott (Manhattan, Kan.) and Jason Sullivan (Joplin, Mo.) join the squad as freshmen.
"We wanted to get a good mix of high school and junior college players," Clark said. "We feel all eight of these young men not only can come in and contribute right away, but can help our program for years to come. The four pitchers that we signed all have quality arms and fill our needs for next year. Since our infield consists of two seniors and two juniors, we wanted to go out and get some young talent and we feel the three freshman are players we can build our program around. We weren't trying to recruit numbers with this class, we just wanted to get some quality players and we think in all eight instances that we got really good kids."
By position, the class has four pitchers, including three right-handed hurlers, three infielders and one outfielder. The seven signees come from four different states. The Wildcats grabbed four prospects from Texas and one each from Kansas, Missouri, Nevada and Oklahoma. It marks the first time since 1999 that the program has had multiple signees from the Lone Star State.
Bio sketches on each of the eight signees to follow.
OF * 6-0 * 195 * Junior
Bedford, Okla. (L.D. Bell/Hill (Texas) College)
Will enter Kansas State as a junior... One of two Hill College players to sign with the Wildcats, joining current teammate Trey Felts... In second year as an outfielder for Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas... Named team captain as a freshman... Tallied a .306 average in 85 at-bats with 26 hits and 17 RBIs as a sophomore... Posted six extra-base hits, including four doubles... Registered five stolen bases in 11 attempts... Led the team with 17 walks... Coached at Hill by Gary Benton... A three-year letterwinner and two starter at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas... Earned all-district, all-area and All-Northeast Tarrant County honors as a senior... Selected with the team's Most Productive Player Award... Was an all-district selection as junior at third base... Also lettered three years in football... Earned All-Northeast Tarrant County honors as a linebacker... Coached by Paul Gibson.
RHP * 5-11 * 175 * Junior
Stephenville, Texas (Stephenville/Hill (Texas) College)
Will enter Kansas State as a junior... One of two Hill College players to sign with the Wildcats, joining current teammate Josh Dent... In second year as a right-handed pitcher for Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas... Named to the Region V All-Conference team... Allowed seven runs (six earned) on 12 hits in 13.1 innings pitched with eight strikeouts and 10 walks... Threw a three-hit shutout against Howard Junior College in the Region V Tournament... Coached at Hill by Gary Benton... A four-year starter and letterwinner at Stephenville High School in Stephenville, Texas... Earned All-District 6-4A honors at three different positions during his career... Selected as an outfielder as a freshman, at shortstop as a sophomore and junior and as a pitcher as a senior... Named the Eric Everett most valuable player as a junior... Also lettered two years in football... Part of the 1998 and 1999 Texas 4A State Champions... Earned all-district honors as a senior at strong safety... Coached by Julio Jimenez.
RHP * 6-2 * 175 * Junior
Las Vegas, Nev. (Bonanza/C.C. of Southern Nevada)
Will enter Kansas State as a junior... In second year as a right-handed pitcher for the Community College of Southern Nevada in Henderson, Nev. ... In 2002, the Coyotes posted a 42-17 and finished third in the Scenic West Athletic Conference with a 28-12 mark... Made 13 appearances as a freshman... Tallied a 1-0 record and 5.12 ERA with three saves... Allowed 13 runs (11 earned) on 13 hits in 19.1 innings pitched with 22 strikeouts and 17 walks... Opposing batters registered an .188 average... Coached at Southern Nevada by Tim Chambers... A four-year starter and letterwinner at Bonanza High School in Las Vegas, Nev. ... Earned all-conference honors three times, including being selected to the second team as a junior... Named to the honorable mention team as a sophomore and senior... Coached by Rick Barry.
IF * 6-2 * 180 * Freshman
Ardmore, Okla. (Ardmore)
Will enter Kansas State as a freshman... Transferred to Ardmore High School in Ardmore, Okla., in the fall after playing three years at Plainview High School in Ardmore, Okla. ... Helped Plainview to a 24-4 record in 2002 and a berth in the Class 3A State Tournament... Named first team all-area as a junior... Batted .376 with three home runs, 25 RBIs, 26 hits, 11 doubles and three triples in 2002... Registered an on-base percentage of .783, a slugging percentage of .695 and a fielding percentage of .851... Also successful on 16 of 18 stolen base attempts... Selected to participate in the Chicago White Sox Area Code Tryout camp and the club's Midwest Code Camp during the summer... Also a member of the Midwest Showcase Baseball Team... Picked K-State over Baylor and several junior colleges in the state... Coached by Darron Henson.
IF * 5-9 * 165 * Freshman
Abilene, Texas (Wylie)
Will enter Kansas State as a freshman... A four-year starter and letterwinner at Wylie High School in Wylie, Texas... Has started every game since his freshman season... Helped Wylie to a 31-7 finish in 2002 - its best all-time record - and appearance in the state semifinals... Named one of 3A's "Players To Watch" for 2003 by Texas High School Baseball Magazine... Selected to both the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association and Texas Sportwriters Association Class 3A All-State teams as a junior... Member of the District 6-3A team the last three seasons... The second baseman led the team in batting average (.466) and RBIs (54) and was tied for the team lead in home runs (six)... Also posted a .771 slugging percentage... Hit over .500 his freshman and sophomore seasons... Father, Dirk, is retired U.S. Air Force and is an assistant baseball coach at McMurry University... Coached by Clay Martin.
IF * 6-1 * 165 * Freshman
Manhattan, Kan. (Manhattan)
Will enter Kansas State as a freshman... A one-year starter and letterwinner at Manhattan High School in Manhattan, Kan. ... Helped Manhattan to a 14-8 record in 2002... Named first team All-I-70 League as a junior... Tallied a .373 average in 67 at-bats with 21 runs scored on 25 hits and 14 RBIs... Helped the Carson 17ers to a 40-16 record and a third-place finish at the State Legion Tournament over the summer... Hit .421 in 190 at-bats with 70 runs scored on 80 hits with 58 RBIs... Posted 28 extra-base hits, including 21 doubles... Had 19 walks to just 12 strikeouts for the 17ers... Spent one year at Fort Collins High School in Fort Collins, Colo., before moving to Manhattan in the winter of 2002... Helped guide Fort Collins to a 19-4 record in 2001... Hit .282 in 39 at-bats with eight runs scored on 11 hits with six RBIs... Father, Casey, is the associate athletics director for operations at Kansas State, while mother, Christy, is an accountant in the athletics department... Coached by Don Hess.
RHP * 6-4 * 205 * Freshman
Joplin, Mo. (Joplin)
Will enter Kansas State as a freshman... A four-year starter and letterwinner at Joplin High School in Joplin, Mo. ... Named second team All-Ozark Conference as a junior... Selected as the team's Pitcher of the Year... Recorded the team's lowest ERA and allowed the fewest walks in 2002... Helped Joplin to the state playoffs two of the last three seasons... Won three of six playoff games, including tossing a one-hitter in the semifinals, in helping Joplin to the 2001 state title... In three seasons with the Eagles, he has compiled an 11-6 record from the mound with 133 strikeouts and 72 walks... In 124 innings pitched, he has allowed just 58 earned runs for a 3.27 ERA... Also lettered in basketball... Coached by Kirk Harryman.
LHP * 6-3 * 205 * Sophomore
Abilene, Texas (Abilene/Vernon (Texas) College)
Will enter Kansas State as a sophomore... In first year as a left-handed pitcher for Vernon Junior College in Vernon, Texas ... Coached by Kevin Lallman... A two-year starter and letterwinner at Abilene High School in Abilene, Texas... Named team captain as a senior... Also lettered two years in football... Named to both the Texas High School Football Coaches Association and Texas Sportswriters Association Class 5A All-State teams as a senior as a defensive back... Also selected first team All-District 4-5A and to the All Big Country Super Team... Led district with five interceptions and paced team with 111 tackles... Helped the team win the district title for the first time since 1949 and advance to the second round of the playoffs... Coached by Scott Sanchez.