Indiana adds nine players in first class since Omaha

9 comments by   |   Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 4:24 pm EDT

Indiana coach Tracy Smith signed nine players in the early signing period in his first recruiting class since Indiana’s first ever trip to the College World Series in June.

The release from IU follows:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Head coach Tracy Smith and his IU Baseball staff inked nine future student-athletes Wednesday (Nov. 13) to be a part of the 2014 recruiting class. Laren Eustace, Hunter Hart, Brian Hobbie, Macy Holdsworth, Elias Lingos, Josh Ockimey, Isaiah Pasteur, Khristian Reynolds and Logan Sowers have each signed National Letters of Intent to play baseball at Indiana University starting in the 2014-15 academic year.

*Prep Baseball Report and its rankings cover 10 Midwestern states

LAREN EUSTACE • OF
5’9 • 170 lbs. • L/L • Batavia, Ill. • Batavia H.S.
Ranked as the 12th-best prospect in the state of Illinois (51st overall) by Prep Baseball Report and the 2nd-rated Illinois outfielder… included in Perfect Game’s Top-500 players nationally … batted .391 with three homeruns, seven doubles, seven triples and 21 RBI with a .473 on-base percentage as a junior in 2013 … has successfully stolen 26 bases on 28 attempts, already giving him the Batavia High School steals record entering his senior campaign … Chicago Sun-Times Top-100 baseball players … an all-area and all-conference selection … the son of Alma and Tom Eustace.

“Laren is a true lead-off hitter,” said head coach Tracy Smith. “He will be one of the fastest players on our roster next year and can cover from gap-to-gap in center field. Laren has a very strong arm, and will be a spark plug offensively. He reminds us of former Hoosier Micah Johnson with his ability to make things happen on the bases.”

HUNTER HART • RHP
6’3 • 180 lbs • R/R • St. Joseph, Ill. • St. Joseph-Ogden H.S.
First Team All-Illinois selection … Perfect Game All-American and included in the Top-500 players nationally … Ranked as the 13th-best prospect in the state of Illinois (57th overall) by Prep Baseball Report and the 5th-rated Illinois RHP … MaxPreps Small Schools All-America Second Team … News-Gazette Player of the Year and first team all-area … First Team All-Sangamon Valley Conference … Chicago White Sox Area Code Team member … has posted an overall pitching record of 11-2 with a 1.16 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 66.1 innings pitched … also owns a .464 batting average with five homeruns and 38 RBI … the son of Tracey and Scott Hart.

“Hunter has an electric arm and has put up eye popping numbers at St. Joes-Ogden,” said Coach Smith. “He is another projectable right-handed pitcher. Hunter possesses a very quick arm, a hard slider, and a developing changeup. He reminded us a lot of Freshman All-American Scott Effross. Hunter is an athletic kid that will continue to blossom once he is on campus.”
BRIAN HOBBIE • RHP
6’5 • 215 lbs. • R/R • Springfield, Ill. • Glenwood H.S.
First Team All-Illinois honoree … ranked as the 18th-best prospect in the state of Illinois (72nd overall) by Prep Baseball Report and the 9th-rated Illinois RHP … tabbed a Top-1000 player nationally by Perfect Game … two-time first team all-conference choice … posted a 6-2 pitching mark with a 1.75 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched as a junior … also batted .446 with three homeruns and 28 RBI during 2013 campaign … went 6-2 as a sophomore as well, recording a 1.74 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 52 innings … has led Glenwood High to back-to-back conference and regional titles … has also lettered in football and golf, earning all-conference honorable mention on the gridiron … carded a 15-1 record as a pitcher for the Midwest Mules over last two summer seasons … the son of Molly and Eric Hobbie.

“Brian is another big, strong projectable right-handed pitcher,” said Coach Smith. “His best baseball days are in front of him. He possesses an upper 80′s fastball right now with a put away breaking ball. With his upside, Brian has a chance to be special in the future.”

MACY HOLDSWORTH • SS
5’11 • 180 lbs. • R/R • Greensburg, Ind. • Greensburg H.S.
Ranked as the 5th-best prospect in the state of Indiana (74th overall) by Prep Baseball Report and the 2nd-rated Indiana infielder … a Perfect Game Top-500 player nationally … two-time All-Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference pick … has racked up 96 RBI and 30 doubles while hitting .425 over the last three seasons … slugged .714 and produced a .498 on-base percentage over the same period … led Greensburg High to back-to-back 27-win seasons and a #1 ranking in the state of Indiana … Crossroads Series/Under Armour Futures games selection in 2013 … the son of Kara and Scott Holdsworth.

“We are thrilled Macy decided to stay in state,” said Coach Smith. “First and foremost, Macy will bring a winning mentality. He is the point guard of his basketball team that won the state championship, and starting shortstop for a very successful high school program. Macy is the son of a coach and loves to be around the game. We expect Macy to compete for an infield spot immediately.”

ELIAS LINGOS • LHP/1B/OF
6’0 • 190 lbs. • L/L • Temecula, Calif. • Great Oak H.S.
Named the Great Oak Offensive Player of the Year after batting .342 with 14 RBI … also posted a 2.55 ERA on the mound, pitching 24.2 innings … California Coaches Association North/South tryouts participant … the son of Alisa and Michael Lingos.

“Eli continues the long line of talented players coming to Bloomington from southern California,” said Coach Smith. “The similarities to Joey DeNato are countless. The minute he steps on campus he will be one of our best competitors. Eli is a four-pitch lefty that will compete for innings immediately. He will pound the strike zone and give us a chance to win every game he pitches.”

JOSH OCKIMEY • 1B/OF
6’4 • 225 lbs. • L/R • Philadelphia, Pa. • Neuman-Gorretti H.S.
Ranked as the 7th-best prospect in the state of Pennsylvania (52nd overall) by Prep Baseball Report and the 2nd-rated Pennsylvania first baseman … tabbed at #203 in Perfect Game’s top players nationally… 2013 underclassman All-American … Philadelphia Phillies East Coast Team and New York Phillies Area Code Team member … named All-Southeast Pennsylvania and First Team All-Philadelphia in 2012 … the 2011 Pennsylvania Freshman of the Year … batted .410 with nine homeruns as a sophomore … the son of Cathy and Michael Ockimey.

“Josh is a physical specimen with a special left-handed swing,” said Coach Smith. “He is the type of hitter we can build around. We see him as the next true lefty power bat once Schwarber leaves after this season. Josh competed at some of the top amateur events in the country, and proved to be one of the top young power hitters in the country. ”

ISAIAH PASTEUR • RHP
6’2 • 170 lbs. • R/R • West Minister, Md. • Winters Mill H.S.
Recognized as a Top-500 player nationally by Perfect Game … played for the Baltimore Orioles fall showcase scout team, the Oriolelanders … National Amateur Baseball Federation Under-18 Tournament MVP … Perfect Game WWBA World Championship All-Tournament Team accolades … all-district, all-county and all-conference honors … struck out 60 batters during junior season … the son of Kris and George Pasteur.

“Isaiah is an extremely athletic baseball player,” said Coach Smith. “He has the potential to play multiple positions and possesses a special arm on the mound. He is a true two-way recruit. Isaiah ran a 6.5 at the Tournament of Stars in Cary, NC and pitched in the low 90′s last summer. We are delighted Isaiah chose to come to Indiana, and envision him competing for at bats and innings immediately.”

KHRISTIAN REYNOLDS • RHP
5’11 • 170 lbs. • R/R • Indianapolis, Ind. • Avon H.S.
Ranked as the 29th-best prospect in the state of Indiana (199th overall) by Prep Baseball Report and the 10th-rated Indiana infielder … recognized by Perfect Game as a Top-1000 player nationally… 2013 Area Code Games showcase invite … named to Perfect Game’s World Underclass all-tournament team and 16U World Wood Bat Championship all-tournament team in 2012 … member of Prep Baseball Report’s 2012 Team Indiana … three-time all-county choice … the son of Stephanie and Randy Reynolds.

“Khristian is another Indiana kid that we are excited chose to stay in state,” said Coach Smith. “What we like most about Khristian is his versatility. He has the arm strength to play anywhere in the infield, and possesses strength in the batter’s box. Khristian shined for the Indiana Bulls over the last couple summers, and should add depth to our infield immediately.”

LOGAN SOWERS • OF
6’4 • 200 lbs. • R/R • Lafayette, Ind. • McCutcheon H.S.
Ranked as the 3rd-best prospect in the state of Indiana (39th overall) by Prep Baseball Report and the top-rated Indiana outfielder… tabbed at #387 in Perfect Game’s top players nationally … All-Indiana honorable mention … did not commit an error the entire 2012 season, posting a 1.000 fielding percentage … named Hoosier Crossroads All-Conference … member of East Coast Team in Syracuse, N.Y. and Prep Baseball Report’s Team Indiana … the son of Valeria and Shawn Sowers.

“Logan is a physical outfielder with a ton of upside,” said Coach Smith. “We feel Logan is one of the best hitters in the Midwest. He has exceptional baseball instincts and has the potential to be a middle of the order bat immediately. He comes from a great family and very successful high school and summer programs. Logan had several other opportunities to choose from, and we are thrilled he decided to stay home and represent Indiana.”

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9 comments:
#1
WaltD
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 9:47 AM EDT

Great job in recruitment, Coach Smith. On to Omaha!

 
#2
Podunker
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 4:25 PM EDT

Interesting that no one is voicing any complaints or criticizing Coach Smith about the number of his out-of-state recruits. I guess it’s a different principle when it’s baseball as compared to basketball.

 
#3
Harvard for Hillbillies
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 4:47 PM EDT

It’s different in Alabama, too. Watch that Texas Tech vs. Alabama basketball game last night? Wow…I’ve never seen that many empty seats at any college playing hoops in Indiana. And that Alabama basketball team could probably give us a run for the money…Guess it just shows you can’t change what people grow a stronger desire to consume. What I learned from watching that game is that Alabama fans place basketball way down the priority list compared to their football.

You can blame people for not loving something as much as something else, but you can’t change them(at least not very quickly).

 
#4
Harvard for Hillbillies
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 5:04 PM EDT

And isn’t baseball played year-round in many parts of the country..Indiana weather(especially the northern half the state)hardly supports year-round baseball. Could that account for a much greater need to go outside the borders to find stronger baseball talent(at least a couple dozen positions you need quality performers) than a small, less populous state, that grew into s love of basketball(a game only really requiring 5 standouts and a role player or two to be truly competitive) within the cramped gymnasiums of deafening crowds craving their growing traditions in hoops while warm and cozy and sheltered from winter’s furry? It’s a basketball state for a reason…The wonderful roots that came out of putting small town vs small town, city district vs city district…town vs city…Goliath vs David…in a tournament the IHSAA simply decide to ruin our joy a passion practiced in summers and taken immediately to the gyms in winters. Why fight what we love? Why ask for more when so many places don’t have anything as unique as Indiana(even with the butchering of our once unparalleled HS basketball tournament the stuff of Hollywood movies)?

 
#5
Ben
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 9:50 PM EDT

Harvard,

I don’t respond to you much anymore, however post 3 is dead on. Nobody cares about basketball down here. When I try and talk basketball, I just get a glazed look for the most part. (I’m in Southeast Alabama btw). Alabama looks decent this year. Releford is a special player. I too was shocked, but not surprised with the empty seats. It’s a hard sell down here. It’s all baseball or football down here.

 
#6
Harvard for Hillbillies
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 10:44 PM EDT

Yeah, Ben..I was watching that game on ESPN2 and saw empty seats near court level. Pretty shocking considering the way that likely turns off the marketing folks at ESPN and hurts the school’s future chances to get their hoops featured on a major sports channel. It certainly makes it look like basketball is very irrelevant in the land of Roll Tide..

Good to hear from you…Which player on the Hoosier basketball team has impressed you the most thus far? Hard for me to tell who’s really going to be the stud going forward…I like Davis quite a bit. Hollowell looks much more comfortable…

A ton of athleticism to go around but what impressed me most tonight was the sweet free throw stroke from Peter Jurkin. I thought he did himself proud for the couple minutes he was out there. Really nice form on his shot and he drilled his two free throws with all the nonchalant and calm routine of Larry Bird in his prime.

 
#7
Harvard for Hillbillies
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 10:50 PM EDT

Columbia up on MSU at the half 26-22…? Hilarious.

 
#8
Ben
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 12:19 AM EDT

I’d have to go with Davis too Harvard. I love his work ethic, and isn’t afraid to go after it. I truly believe he has the athleticism to shine in the BIG, and will blossom into a great player. I remember when Oladipo was a freshman, I told my parents we have someone special. As a freshman he was very athletic, with a few rusty spots. Boy, did he ever polish up! That is the sense I get with Davis.

 
#9
Ben
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 12:23 AM EDT

Rice at Texas A&M was a good game too. Look forward to watching Ohio State and Marquette on FOX tomorrow. However, the Hoosier Football game will be 1st priority.

 


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