The Indiana Hoosiers baseball program has announced its final nine player signing class for the 2015-2016 college baseball season.
• Paul Milto, Roncalli HS, RHP/INF
• Alex Krupa, Greenwood HS and Iowa Western CC, CF
• Luke Miller, Cowan HS, OF/INF/RHP
• Chandler Sedat, West Bloomfield HS, RHP
• Tony Butler, Sun Prairie HS and Madison CC, INF
• Scotty Bradley, Hopewell Valley Central HS, UTL
• Ryan Fineman, Agoura HS, C
• Travis Herrin, Lebanon Senior HS and Wabash Valley CC, RHP
• Timmy Herrin, Terre Haute South Vigo HS, LHP
The Hoosiers are under first-year head coach, Chris Lemonis, who was hired after serving as the assistant coach and and recruiting coordinator at the University of Louisville. The Hoosiers are especially looking to replace their power numbers on offense, as catcher Kyle Schwarber (4th overall selection, Chicago Cubs), first baseman Sam Travis (2nd round, 67th overall, Boston Red Sox), and third baseman Dustin Demuth (5th round, 146th overall, Milwaukee Brewers) were all taken early in the June draft. Last season, the three players accounted for 72% of the Hoosiers’ home runs.
Following the conclusion of the 2015 season, Indiana will lose at least eight players to graduation or Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.
Despite ace LHP Joey Denato being drafted 19th round by the Philadelphia Phillies last June, the Hoosiers’ pitching staff remains solidified. Closer Ryan Halstead is returning from an ACL injury he suffered last spring and starting pitcher Kyle Hart will be returning from Tommy John surgery. In route to their No. 4 overall national seed last season, the Hoosiers compiled a 2.33 team ERA (7th in the country), 1.20 WHIP (21st in the country), 2.85 walks allowed per nine innings (30th in the country) and a 2.43 strikeout-to-walk ratio (36th in the country).
The Hoosiers will open their regular season with a series from Feb. 13-15 in Palo Alto, CA against the Stanford Cardinal. Last season, the Cardinal defeated nationally ranked Indiana in 2-3 games during the Bloomington Regional.
*Photo credits to Chris Howell, Herald Times