Jayhawks Add Nine for 2015-16 Season
LAWRENCE, Kan. – 13th-year head coach Ritch Price announced that nine players have been added to the 2015 recruiting class and will join the Kansas baseball squad in the fall for the 2015-16 season.
With the recruiting class, the Jayhawks add two outfielders to the roster along with two right-handed pitchers, two lefties, three infielders and one player that could see time both on the bump and in the field.
“I have to tip my cap to (assistant coach) Ritchie Price and (asscociate head coach) Ryan Graves for putting together outstanding back-to-back recruiting classes,” Price said. “I honestly believe the 2015 class is one of the best I have ever been associated with in my 22 years at the Division I level. This class has the opportunity to be on par with the kids that are currently on our campus which we are really excited about. I have to pay Ritchie a great compliment; he has become one of the best young recruiters in the country. It is completely evident how much better our players have gotten since he joined our staff and I give him full credit for that.”
The Kansas baseball 2015 recruiting class includes:
|Chanhassen, Minn./Rocky Mountain HS
|Fountain Hills, Ariz./Fountain Hills HS
|Tulsa, Okla./Holland Hall Prep
|Highlands Ranch, Colo./Cherry Creek HS
|Southlake, Texas/Keller HS
|Peoria, Ariz./Liberty HS
|Oakland, Calif/Bishop O’Dowd HS
|Olathe, Kan./Blue Valley Southwest HS
|Ballwin, Mo./Southwestern Illinois
Ty Denzer | SS | 6-1 | 180 | S/R | Chanhassen, Minn. /Chanhassen HS
Pegged as the No. 5 overall player and No. 2 shortstop in the state of Minnesota by Perfect Game, Denzer signed his NLI to further his baseball career at Kansas. He was named to Perfect Game’s 17U World Wood Bat Association (WWBA) All-Tournament team and World Series All-Tournament team in 2014, along with being invited to Under Armour’s Pre-Season All American Tournament team.
During his high school career, Denzer received all-conference Honorable Mention and was the first four-year baseball letterwinner in Chanhassen High School history under head coach AJ Pettersen. He is the son of Bill and Debra Denzer.
Price on Denzer:
“Ty Denzer is an athletic switch-hitter who has the versatility and athleticism to not only play in the infield, but to play in the outfield as well. Being a switch hitter will really benefit him in the box against Big 12 pitching.”
Devin Foyle | OF | 6-2 | 170 | S/L | Fountain Hills, Ariz./Fountain Hills HS
Foyle inked his NLI after batting .488 during the 2014 season with 40 hits and 34 runs including nine triples and four homers. During his high school career at Fountain Hills High School, Foyle was a member of the 2013 State Championship baseball team under head coach Mike Briguglio and a first-team all-state honoree. He was also named MVP of the Arizona Junior Sunbelt team.
Foyle plans to major in sports medicine and is the son of Ed and Connie Foyle.
Price on Foyle:
“He is an outstanding young switch-hitter who has the ability to be an impact player at the Division I level, and we are thrilled that he has joined our program.”
Jackson Goddard | RHP | 6-3 | 200 | R/R | Tulsa, Okla./Holland Hall Prep
Goddard signed his NLI as Perfect Game’s No. 3 RHP and No. 4 overall player in the state of Oklahoma. The righty holds an 8-1 record posting a 1.52 ERA during the 2014 season, along with tossing a no hitter. He is a four-year letterwinner under head coach Stephen Robison at Holland Hall, and holds the school record for single-game strikeouts. He is a Perfect Game Underclass High Honorable Mention honoree.
Goddard is the son of Keith and Beth Goddard.
Price on Goddard:
“Jackson Goddard has excellent high school numbers. He had a strong fall and has seen his velocity increase to 92 mph. He is a quality person and an outstanding student.”
Blake Goldsberry | RHP | 6-4 |180 |R/R | Highlands Ranch, Colo./Cherry Creek HS
Goldsberry signed as Perfect Game’s No. 5 RHP in the state of Colorado. He helped lead his high school team, the Cherry Creek Bruins, to the 2014 state qualifier under head coach Marc Johnson. In addition, he was named all-state honorable mention and landed a spot on the second-team all-continental league.
In 2014, Goldsberry was selected to play in the Top-40 all-star game at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. He is the son of Mark and Kristin Goldsberry.
Price on Goldsberry:
“Blake comes from a baseball family with his father being the pitching coach at Cherry Creek High School, which is one of the top programs in Colorado. He has a very good upside and we are excited he is coming to KU.”
Peyton Grassanovits | OF | 6-1 | 185 | R/R | Southlake, Texas/Keller HS
Grassanovits signed his NLI as a decorated baseball player from Texas. He was invited to participant in the 2013 Perfect Game Junior National Showcase in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in addition to being invited to play in Perfect Game’s Underclass All-American game in San Diego, California. He was named as Perfect Game‘s Underclass and High Honorable mention back-to-back years in 2013-14. Grassanovits was named MVP of the Baylor Medical Tournament team.
During his high school career at Keller High School, Grassanovits lettered a combined four times in track and baseball. He received 2013 first-team all-district his sophomore year under head coach Rob Stramp. He plans to major in business and is the son of former tennis professional Bob Grassanovits and wife Robyn.
Price on Grassanovits:
“Peyton is a polished defensive outfielder with very good offensive skills. He was very highly recruited and we are excited he chose to be a Jayhawk.”
Rudy Karre | SS | 6-2 | 190 | S/R | Peoria, Ariz./ Liberty High School
Karre decided upon Kansas to further his baseball career when he signed his NLI as Perfect Game’s No. 3 prep shortshop in the state of Arizona. Hitting .370 his junior year for coach John Freitas, Karre was named first-team all-district and first-team all-state back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014.
Karre received Underclass High Honorable Mention in 2013 by Perfect Game. He plans to major in criminal justice and is the son of Rudy and Jacquelyn Karre.
Price on Karre:
“Rudy possesses tremendous talent. He is very physical with a plus-arm and is an outstanding runner. He has the chance to be an impact player as a freshman.”
David Kyriacou | 2B | 5-9 | 155 | L/R | Oakland, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd High School
Kyriacou inked his NLI after unanimously being named first-team all-league shortshop his junior year. He has lettered four times under head coach and father Chris Kyriacou. Kyriacou batted .322 during the 2014 season slugging .597 while hitting 10 doubles and two home runs for the Bishop O’Dowd Dragons.
He plans to major in business and is the son of head coach Chris Kyriacou and wife Kandy.
Price on Kyriacou:
“David comes from a baseball family with his father being the head coach of one of the most successful baseball programs in California. He is a quality left-handed hitting middle-infielder and we are thrilled to have him.”
Blake Shinkle | SS | 6-1 | 160 | R/R | Olathe, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest
Shinkle signed his NLI after leading the Bluevalley Southwest Timberwolves to the KABC 5A State Tournament finals under head coach Rick Sabath. During the postseason, Shinkle batted .611 en route to hitting .500 in the championship game. He was selected to the second-team in the Eastern Kansas League (EKL) his sophomore year, and is a three-year letterwinner.
Shinkle was selected to the Royals Scout Team Elite in 2013 and 2014. He is no stranger to Kansas baseball as his uncle, Craig Shinkle, played for the Jayhawks in 1996-97. Shinkle is the son of Jeff and Pam Shinkle, both KU graduates.
Price on Shinkle:
“Blake is a very athletic middle-infielder who comes from a KU family. He wanted nothing more than to be a Jayhawk and we are thrilled he chose to come to the University of Kansas.”
Ty Stahl | LHP | 5-7 | 185 | L/L |Ballwin, Mo. / Southwestern Illinois College
Stahl plans to join the squad after playing one year under head coach Neil Fiala at Southwestern Illinois College. During the 2014 season at SWIC, the LHP threw in 16 games for a total of 24 one-third innings finishing with a 2-1 record.
Stahl played high school baseball for his father and head coach Adam Stahl and the Parkway South Patriots. In his senior season, he was named a first-team all-conference and first-team all-district pitcher. That same year he was named second-team all-conference as a utility player. On the bump, he threw 29 innings in six games compiling an ERA of 1.17.
He is the son of Adam and Jill Stahl and plans to major in accounting.
Price on Stahl:
“His dad Adam Stahl is one of the most successful high school coaches in the state of Missouri. Ty will be a situational left-handed pitcher out of the bullpen. His brother was a KU graduate and he (Ty) has wanted to be a Jayhawk his whole life. We are glad to have him.”
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