PINKHAM HAS ENROLLED
The University of Louisville baseball team has a new member of the squad this week as the Cardinals prepare for the Super Regional, which begins on Saturday against Cal St. Fullerton at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The Cardinals have one freshman for next season already enrolled - Zeke Pinkham.
The former Elizabethtown High School catcher is sidelined after having Tommy John surgery and missed the final part of his season. The Panthers are still playing in the state baseball tournament.
"I couldn't be more excited to be at the college stage," said Pinkham, who enrolled earlier this week and started classes. "Since day one, my goal has been to play for a powerhouse baseball program and I couldn't be more blessed to get this opportunity."
Pinkham had surgery on April 3 and he said the rehab has been "pretty tough."
"I'm pretty much starting from scratch, learning how to use my right arm again," he said. "But it's will be worth it in the long run."
Pinkham said he's been told the rehab will be nine months. But he said he wasn't "going to rush anything," and being enrolled already at U of L will help get the team doctors involved in his rehab program.
As a junior, Pinkham batted .442 with 12 doubles, six triples and one home run along with 34 runs. He finished with a .506 average and had 56 RBIs as a sophomore when he was named Area Sophomore of the Year.
TWO FINISHED STRONG IN Kentucky
Two of the younger in-state commitments made it to the Kentucky state baseball tournament this week.
Junior Logan Wyatt led North Bullitt to a 1-1 record in the state tournament, while Ballard sophomore Jordan Adell helped Ballard to the Seventh Region title but the Bruins lost in the opening round of the state tournament.
Wyatt hit .461 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs for the Eagles.
Adell, who is a pitcher and plays center field, hit .351 with three home runs, 33 runs and 11 stolen bases. On the mound, Adell was 3-2 with a 3.24 ERA.
SIGNEES RANKED BY BASEBALL AMERICA
Several of the Louisville Class of 2015 signees are ranked by Baseball America. The June amateur Draft is slated for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
Pitcher Sam Bordner from Ohio is ranked No. 158, pitcher Bryan Hoeing is ranked No. 267 and Christian Academy pitcher Riley Thompson checks in at No. 323.
Pitcher Noah Burkholder is No. 429 and outfielder Josh Stowers ranks No. 490.
Other publications also rank pitcher Adam Wolf and outfielder Chris Botsoe among the top 400.
Current U of L pitcher Kyle Funkhouser ranks No. 14 on the list, while Josh Rogers ranks No. 342 and Sutton Whiting No. 439.