"I have had a lot of schools recruit me, but I have narrowed it down to four. They are Missouri, Ole Miss, Wichita State, and Arizona State," stated Kyle Barbeck.
The 6' 0", 210
pound flame thrower out of Blue Springs (MO) is excited about the opportunity
to see what the Rebels have to offer this weekend.
call me weekly. They are always real nice to me, and obviously, they play in the
SEC conference which is a tough/tough conference. I hear Oxford is a neat experience
so I will see what it is all about this weekend."
Kyle has already
taken his official visits to Arizona State, Wichita State, and Missouri.
of their coaches have been really nice to me and my family. It is going to bea
tough decision for me."
What stood out about each school?
the past couple of years have been coming on real strong. They hosted the Regionals
this year. Anywhere I go, I am hoping to play my freshman year. Missouri only
has 4 or 5 left handed pitchers on their roster. And when I get there, they are
only going to have a couple. They showed me the list of projected pitchers on
their team. Arizona State only has 2 LHP's on their squad. Next year, they are
going to have 0 or 1."
"Arizona State obviously has a strong
history of getting to the World Series. Coach Murphy is a nice guy from what their
players have told me. The thing about Arizona, you do not have to worry about
cold weather. It is hot all year there."
"Wichita State is unique
in the fact that they do not have a football program so baseball gets all the
ink over there. It is the only show in town. Baseball there is big time. Coach
Stevenson and Kemintz have been together for 30 years. Coach Kemintz, their pitching
coach, is known to take pitchers who were not drafted out of high school, to a
Top 5 round pick."
What will be the main factors when it comes decision
"First, I will look at their depth chart of LHP's. But most
of all, I need to go to where I am the most comfortable. You know, where if you
blew out your arm, you would be the most happy. I will look at their coaches,
players, and history of their baseball program too."
What about Kyle
the baseball player?
Barbeck has enjoyed back-to-back high school and
American Legion seasons that one could only dream of.
As a junior at Blue
Springs High School, Kyle was 8-0 with a 1.41 ERA for the state champion Wildcats
and followed that with a 9-0 record and 0.85 ERA for the State Champion Blue Springs
Rod's Sports A's, who went 60-11 before falling in the Mid-South Regional in Paducah,
Barbeck closed the Legion season with a four straight wins - including
three in postseason action - and 31 consecutive scoreless innings.
coached and seen some awfully good baseball players," A's manager Mike Rooney
told the Examiner, "but I haven't seen many kids have a season like
Kyle." Barbeck, who shared Examiner American Legion Player of the Year honors
with teammate Andrew Melanson, also led the A's regulars with a .450 batting average.
"I think my best pitch is my fastball," added Kyle Barbeck.
"I top out at 93 MPH and pitch it in the 87-89 range consistently. I also
throw a 4 seam and 2 seam fastball. A fun little pitch I throw is the knuckle
curve and my circle change up is pretty good."
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