Tyler Baker, a utility player from Topeka, Kan.; Brandon Bargas, a left-handed pitcher from Owasso, Okla.; Kyle Bouman, a left-handed pitcher from Ferguson, Mo.; Taylor Doggett, an outfielder from Lincoln, Neb.; Casey Gillaspie, a first baseman from Omaha, Neb.; Conner Knight, an outfielder from Wichita, Kan.; A.J. Ladwig, a right-handed pitcher from Omaha, Neb.; Mikel Mucha, an outfielder from Arvada, Colo.; Aaron Rea, an outfielder and infielder from Lawrence, Kan.; and Kyle Vail, a left-handed pitcher from Moore, Okla.; have signed national letters-of-intent with the Shockers.
"We are extremely pleased with our group of early signees," Stephenson said. "Early on, we addressed from within our needs for upcoming years and determined that our greatest need was for outfielders and left-handed pitching in particular. We currently have three left-handed pitchers that are draft eligible and also are very thin on outfielders. We were also able to address the need for a first baseman as we could lose both after the 2011 season. We expect each of these young men to be great contributors to our program's success in the future and all of us are looking forward to their arrival on campus for the fall of 2011. We expect each of these young players to improve this spring with either their high school or junior college teams."
Baker hit .472 with nine home runs and 28 RBI last spring for Shawnee Heights High School. He was an all-class 5A Kansas Coaches Association selection and Topeka coaches voted him co-player of the year in the city. During the summer for the Kansas City Bullets, he hit .403 with 48 hits and five home runs. He earned first team all-city, all-league and all-state honors in 2009 as well as first team all-city and all-league and second team all-state honors in 2008.
Bargas played last season at Oklahoma and is playing the 2011 season at Eastern Oklahoma State. In 2010 at OU, he made 12 appearances with a 3.97 ERA. He pitched 11.1 innings with 13 strikeouts. At Owasso High School, he earned all-state and all-conference honors in 2009 as well as being named the Tulsa Metro Pitcher of the Year. In 2009, he went 7-3 with a 1.30 ERA in 54 innings with 87 strikeouts.
Last summer for the Rawlings Prospects, Bouman went 6-1 with a 2.94 ERA. He pitched 41 innings with 15 walks and 33 strikeouts. He earned first team all-metro Catholic Conference honors as a junior for DeSmet Jesuit High School and has been named to the honor roll every semester in high school.
Doggett hit .446 with 35 doubles, 12 triples, 11 home runs, 72 stolen bases and a .986 fielding percentage for the spring and summer combined. He played for Lincoln Southeast High School in the spring and for the Nebraska Sluggers over the summer. He earned Outfielder of the Year from Lincoln Southeast as well as the team Hustle Award and was also recommended for all-conference.
Last spring for Millard North High School, Gillaspie hit .486 and finished second on the team in RBI and first in hits. He hit .477 for his summer American Legion team and also led the team in hits and finished second in RBI. He earned second team all-Nebraska honors last spring. He is the brother of former Shocker All-American Conor Gillaspie.
Knight hit .424 with eight doubles, three triples, one home run and 24 RBI last spring for Maize High School. He also went 5-0 with a 2.21 ERA on the mound. Last summer for the Wichita Sluggers, he hit .386 with two doubles, two triples, five home runs and 22 RBI. He earned first team all-metro and second team all-state honors in 2010 and also participated in the 2010 Area Code Games.
Last spring for Millard West High School, Ladwig went 8-1 with a 2.79 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched. For his American Legion summer team, he went 8-0 with a 1.04 ERA. He earned first team all-metro and first team all-state honors in 2010. He was also named to the Lincoln Journal Star Super State team.
Mucha hit .655 with 31 runs, 38 hits, 11 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 22 RBI last spring for Cherokee Trail High School. He earned first team all-conference, first team all-city and all-Colorado honorable mention honors in 2010 and also participated in the Area Code Games.
Last spring for Cowley College, Rea hit .348 with 15 doubles, seven triples, 63 runs, 66 RBI and 17 stolen bases and earned second team all-Jayhawk League honors. At Lawrence High School, Rea hit .433 with four home runs and 17 stolen bases. He earned all-metro league honors and was named the 2009 Sunflower League Player of the Year.
Vail went 14-4 during the spring and summer seasons combined. He posted a 3.78 ERA in the spring and a 0.92 ERA in the summer. He also hit .372 and had just one error defensively at first base, the least amount of errors on the team. He was named the Moore High School Freshman MVP Athlete of the Year in 2008 and selected to the Oklahoma Sunbelt Team as a sophomore and a junior. He was a 6A state baseball qualifier in 2009 and an East Cobb Showcase participant in 2010.
WSU Fall Signees
Hometown (High School)
Topeka, Kan. (Shawnee Heights HS)
Owasso, Okla. (Eastern Oklahoma State)
Ferguson, Mo. (DeSmet Jesuit HS)
Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln Southeast HS)
Omaha, Neb. (Millard North HS)
Wichita, Kan. (Maize HS)
Omaha, Neb. (Millard West HS)
Aurora, Colo. (Cherokee Trail HS)
Lawrence, Kan. (Cowley College)
Moore, Okla. (Moore HS)