Wayne State baseball coach Alex Koch announced that five student-athletes have signed national letters of intent during the NCAA early signing period to join the Wildcat baseball program for the 2017-18 school year.
The list includes Andrew Hansen of Burnsville, Minn., Alex Logelin from Waconia, Minn., Maxwell Ploof of Coon Rapids, Minn., Aaron Ras of Bancroft and Devin Wagoner from Sutton.
“I am very excited about all of our early signees,” remarked Coach Koch. “They are all extremely talented and will help us win games right away.”
Hansen is a 6-foot, 175-pound shortstop from Burnsville High School. He was the starting quarterback in football while also starting in basketball and baseball. Hansen had a .507 on-base percentage for his legion team in the summer and had a .333 batting average in the 2016 state tournament while helping his team to a fifth-place finish.
“Andrew is a three-sport athlete who will bring a lot of versatility to our infield next year,” said Koch.
Logelin is a 6-foot, 185-pound catcher/outfielder from Waconia High School, where he was a five-year starter in wrestling, three years in baseball and two in football. Logelin posted a .418 batting average last summer while helping his team reach the Minnesota State Legion Baseball Tournament. He was an All-Wright County Conference First Team selection in football, wrestling and baseball during his junior season in 2015-16.
“Alex is one of our pure athletes we have signed in this class,” boasted Koch. “He can play multiple positions on the field but his primary position is catcher.”
Ploof is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound third baseman/right handed pitcher from Anoka High School. He was a two-year starter in baseball, recording a .361 average and .423 on-base percentage with 23 RBI’s last season as a junior to earn All-Northwest Suburban Conference honors.
“Maxwell is a big, athletic kid that will be able to pitch and play the field for us,” commented Coach Koch. “He is a power-hitting, corner infield player that will add power to our lineup.”
Ras is a 6-foot, 195-pound lefthanded pitcher from Bancroft-Rosalie High School where he is a three-year starter in baseball while also playing football and basketball. He is a Class B honorable mention All-State selection in baseball the last two seasons and was named Academic All-State as a junior. In basketball, Ras was an East Husker All-Conference honorable mention selection and named Academic All-State.
“Aaron is a local, hard-throwing left hander pitcher who will fit right into our rotation next season,” said Koch. Ras’ parents are both WSC graduates – Gerard played men’s basketball from 1989-91 and Ronda was a softball player from 1986-89.
Wagoner is a 6-foot-5, 180-pound right handed pitcher from Sutton High School where he is a three-year starter in baseball and golf and a two-year starter in basketball. Last summer, Wagoner struck out 86 batters in just 49.1 innings of work with a 2.77 ERA while holding opponents to a .140 batting average. He is a two-time state qualifier in golf and earned All-Southern Nebraska Conference honors in basketball along with Class-C2 honorable mention All-State honors.