WSU Signs Ten Baseball Players in Early Period
Courtesy:Wichita State
Release:11/16/2006
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WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State has received a national letter-of-intent from 10 baseball players in the early signing period, Head Coach Gene Stephenson announced Nov. 16.

Mitch Caster, an outfielder, from Goddard High School in Goddard, Kan.; Nick Cobler, a left-handed pitcher, from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan.; Tyler Fleming, a right-handed pitcher and infielder, from Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kan.; Jon Gilmore, a shortstop and right-handed pitcher from Iowa City High School in Iowa City, Iowa; Kevin Hall, an outfielder, from Glenwood High School in Springfield, Ill.; Logan Hoch, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder, from Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan.; Pete Kozma, a shortstop and second baseman, from Owasso High School in Owasso, Okla.; Cameron Maldonado, a right-handed pitcher from Canon City High School in Canon City, Colo.; Clint Maune, a left-handed pitcher and first baseman, from El Reno High School in El Reno, Okla.; and Derek Norris, a catcher and third baseman, from Goddard High School in Goddard, Kan., have signed national letters- of-intent with the Shockers.

“We think that we’ve filled a lot of the needs that will transpire for next fall,” Stephenson said. “We are very, very happy about the quality of players we’ve signed, many of which will become difference makers in this program and help us to realize our goal of returning to the College World Series.”

Last spring for Goddard High School, Caster hit .580 with seven doubles, three triples, two home runs and 31 RBI. He was named first team all-state in 2006 along with being named to the all-Metro team and the 2006 AVCTL Player of the Year.

Cobler will play his sophomore season at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., after sitting out at San Jacinto College in Texas in 2006 and playing for Northeast Texas Community College in 2005. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 34th round in 2004 and in the 44th round in 2005. He pitched the last two summers for the El Dorado Broncos and went 3-3 with a 3.94 ERA in 2006, while striking out 35 in 46 2/3 innings.

Last spring for Cowley College, Fleming went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched. He also hit .500 for the Tigers. In June, he was selected in the 20th round of the draft by the Texas Rangers.

Gilmore hit .470 with five home runs and 39 RBI for Iowa City High School last season. He also went 5-0 with a 1.34 ERA as a pitcher. In August, he was one of 38 seniors-to-be who played in the Aflac All-American Baseball Classic in San Diego and Baseball America ranked him as the 14th-best prospect at the Area Code Games and the 34th-best prospect in the 2007 high school class. Other honors include being named first team all-state and all-district twice.

Last spring for Glenwood High School, Hall hit .375 with 22 RBI. Last summer, he played for the Springfield Statesmen and hit .514 with 48 runs and 29 stolen bases. During his career, he has been named all-conference and all-academic.

Hoch went 2-2 with a 3.29 ERA for Hutchinson Community College last spring. He also hit .333 for the Blue Dragons. He was an honorable mention all- Jayhawk Western Division selection in 2006 and was an all-city league pitcher at Southeast High School in Wichita in 2005.

Last spring for Owasso High School, Kozma hit .553 with 53 runs, 19 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs, 11 stolen bases and 54 RBI. He was named a high school All-American in 2006 and played in the World Wood Bat Association fall championship in October. Baseball America listed him as the best defensive player at the championship and as the 12th best senior in attendance. He also played in the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., this past summer and Baseball America listed him as the sixth best prospect. Baseball America also listed him as the 11th-best prospect in the 2007 high school class. Other honors include two-time all-conference, all-Metro in 2006 and conference Player of the Year in 2006.

Maldonado went 9-2 with a 1.67 ERA and 107 strikeouts for Canon City High School last spring. He earned Most Valuable Player honors in high school as well as being named to the all-Colorado 4A team. He also played in the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., this past summer.

Last summer for the Oklahoma Travelers, Maune went 5-1 with 46 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings with a 3.10 ERA. Last spring for El Reno High School, he hit .319 with 30 RBI, a team-high, and nine home runs, which was sixth-best in the state. This fall, he had a team-high 32 strikeouts with a 2.10 ERA. He has been nominated for the Wendy’s Heisman Award and was named all-city and all-conference this past spring.

Norris hit .500 with 11 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 36 RBI for Goddard High School last spring. He has been named all-state, all-league and all- Metro and was an honorable mention high school All-American in 2006. He also played in the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., this past summer.

WSU Fall Signees

Mitch Caster-RHP/OF-Goddard, Kan. (Goddard HS)

Nick Cobler-LHP-Missouri City, Texas (Butler (Kan.) CC)

Tyler Fleming-RHP/IF-Enid, Okla. (Cowley College)

Jon Gilmore-SS/RHP-Iowa City, Iowa (Iowa City HS)

Kevin Hall-OF-Springfield, Ill. (Glenwood HS)

Logan Hoch-LHP/OF-Wichita, Kan. (Hutchinson (Kan.) CC)

Pete Kozma-SS/2B-Owasso, Okla. (Owasso HS)

Cameron Maldonado-RHP-Canon City, Colo. (Canon City HS)

Clint Maune-LHP/1B-El Reno, Okla. (El Reno HS)

Derek Norris-C/3B-Goddard, Kan. (Goddard HS)

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