Any insights on incoming recruits? I saw that we have a kid from Sioux Falls that throws low 90's and a solid kid from Forest Lake. Why is it we can't get any of the studs leaving MN to go to Oregon State/UNC/Missouri to stay home? Weather the main factor or am I missing something?
Max Meyer stayed home. So some of them do, but many leave and my guess is for the warmer weather. I won't mention all of the incoming recruits, but here are a few. Zach Raabe. Rated the #1 infielder in Mn. by Prep Baseball Report. Otto Grimm. Rated #1 outfielder in Minnesota. Chase Stanke, rated #1 catcher in Illinois. Riley Swensen rated the #2 catcher in Minnesota. Add to this the pitchers and it looks like a solid class.
Position: Infielder | Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 175 | B/T: L/R
Hometown: Stillman Valley, Ill. | High School: Stillman Valley
Scouting Report: Fast-rising player and talented athlete ... Capable of playing multiple positions ... Possesses one of the strongest bats in the 2018 recruiting class.
Ranked as #6 shortstop and #37 overall player by Prep Baseball Report, tabbed as the #286th ranked player nationally by PerfectGame. Garnered PerfectGame All American Honorable Mention accolades this past spring in addition to being named Pre-season All American by Baseball Factory in both 2014 and 2015. Comes to the Gophers after an outstanding prep career at Stillman Valley High School where he lettered 4-years in baseball and 3 years in football for the Cardinals. 3-year starter in baseball where he played for his father and head coach Scott Wilhite. Named to 1st Team All-Conference three straight years, 2-time Rockford All-Area, Named Cardinals Most Valuable Player, Silver Slugger recipient winner and Top Pitcher from 2015 – 2017. Over the past two seasons the Byron, Illinois native has amassed one of the more impressive prep resumes in the state of Illinois posting a .426 average with 84 hits, 67 runs scored, 25 doubles, 3 triples, 3 homeruns and 50 RBI’s. Played club baseball for Top Tier Hoffman where he played for head coach Glen Hoffman and with Gopher signee Chase Stanke. Over the past two years has hit .386 for the Illinois based club team with 77 hits, 60 runs scored, 21 doubles, 6 triples, one homerun and 46 RBI’s. Plans to study business at Minnesota. Son of Scott and Stacy Wilhite.
Fornasiere on Wilhite: "Andrew is a very good hitter from the left side, a versatile infielder, and can pitch with either arm. He is an outstanding student and comes from a baseball family. Andrew keeps getting better and better."
Wilhite on why he chose Minnesota: "I chose Minnesota for many reasons. The academics are outstanding as I am looking for a challenge in school. Also, the coaches and players are great people that will push me to become not only a better player, but a better person as well."