WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State has received a national letter-of-intent from six baseball players in the early signing period, Head Coach Gene Stephenson announced Monday.
Garrett Brummett, a right-handed pitcher from Concordia, Kan.; Tanner Kirk, an infielder from Lincoln, Neb.; Blake Logan, a right-handed pitcher from Roff, Okla.; Gage Matuszak, a first baseman and left-handed pitcher from Sandy, Utah; Brandon Peterson, a right-handed pitcher from Savage, Minn.; and Parker Zimmerman, a catcher from Stillwater, Okla.; have signed national letters-of-intent with the Shockers.
"Overall, it is a small class numbers wise, but it certainly helps us in a number of areas," Stephenson said. "We will have some holes to fill on the pitching staff with Mitch Moorman and Josh Smith both seniors but Logan and Peterson are both really good junior-college prospects and each will make an early impact. The four high school players we have coming in are all good students of the game and play hard and each have the abilities to be solid hitters."
Brummett went 6-2 with an ERA a little over 2.00 for Concordia High School last spring. He helped his team to within a game of the Class 4A state tournament in 2011. He earned first team honors in the North Central Kansas League in 2010 and 2011. Garrett is the son of former Shocker pitcher Greg Brummett.
Logan went 6-2 with a 4.40 ERA and six saves last spring for Eastern Oklahoma State. He pitched 45 innings and allowed just 39 hits and 14 walks while striking out 67. He also went 6-for-21 (.286) with three doubles and five RBI. He helped lead his team to a 38-22 overall record and an appearance in the Region 2 Tournament.
Last spring for Brighton High School, Matuszak hit .434 with six doubles, four triples, a home run and 12 RBI. He has earned three letters in baseball and received the Sophomore Leadership Award and Junior Leadership Award during his high school career. He also led his team into the fourth round of the playoffs for the first time in 16 years.
Peterson went 6-1 with a 3.50 ERA and six saves last spring for Des Moines Area Community College. He pitched 36 innings and allowed 29 hits with 13 walks and 49 strikeouts in 24 appearances. He helped his team to a 48-18 overall record and to the NJCAA Division II World Series. He was named to the all-Iowa Community College Athletic Conference second team.
Last spring for Stillwater High School, Zimmerman hit .390 with five home runs and 41 RBI. He also went 7-0 as a pitcher. In 2011, he was named all-state honorable mention, all-Big City honorable mention, Stillwater team defensive MVP, Perfect Game top prospect South underclass showcase and Perfect Game preseason honorable mention All-America.
Kirk, a shortstop for Lincoln Southeast High School was honorable mention all-state last season. A linebacker and a running back for the Southeast football team, he helped lead the Knights to the Nebraska Class A state championship this fall. Kirk was a high school teammate of freshman WSU outfielder Taylor Doggett.
|WSU Fall Signees||Position||Hometown (High School)|
|Garrett Brummett||RHP||Concordia, Kan. (Concordia HS)|
|Tanner Kirk||INF||Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast HS)|
|Blake Logan||RHP||Roff, Okla. (Eastern Oklahoma State)|
|Gage Matuszak||1B/LHP||Sandy, Utah (Brighton HS)|
|Brandon Peterson||RHP||Savage, Minn. (Des Moines Area Community College)|
|Parker Zimmerman||C||Stillwater, Okla. (Stillwater HS)|