Head coach Steve Farley entered the 2009 off-season with the unenviable task of trying to replace 10 departing senior members from the spring, but the 18-year Butler mentor has succeeded in bringing in some of the top talent in the region for the upcoming 2010 campaign, signing six players to National Letters of Intent during the year.
The Bulldogs added a pair of high school seniors during the early signing period in the fall, namely RHP Jared Earle (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and RHP Joel Leichty (Cincinnati, Ohio), before inking four more players this spring, including RHP Kyle Kramp (Westfield, Ind.), SS Jack Krause (Chicago Heights, Ill.), RHP Billy Laing (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and RHP David Suffern (Glen Ellyn, Ill.).
Including the six signees, the Butler baseball team will boast a total of 14 newcomers on the 2010 roster.
"We are very excited about this incoming group of players," Farley said. "With the loss of 10 seniors this past spring - including five pitchers - we needed to bring in some guys who could compete right away next fall. We think we have done that.
"Besides being top-notch players, these guys are all solid students and good citizens. With the addition of these players and the completion of our new indoor hitting facility, our coaching staff can't wait to get started with workouts next fall."
Southmont High School
All-conference and all-county first team as a junior...named team MVP in 2007-08...team captain as a junior...tabbed as the team's Newcomer of the Year as a freshman...paced the team in eight statistical categories - including hits, RBI, runs and fewest strikeouts - during the 2007-08 season...boasted a 21-game hitting streak...four-year letterwinner...Lafayette Fall Baseball team MVP...earned High Academic Athletic Award in 2003-04 and 2004-05...also lettered four seasons in tennis...earned first team all-conference honors as a senior...team MVP as a junior...named to the Honor Roll in every grading period since fourth grade.
Westfield High School
2008 All-Hamilton County...named Honorable Mention All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference and All-Indianapolis Star North Honorable Mention in 208...a three-year varsity letterwinner at Westfield High School...named team captain as a senior...also earned a varsity letter in basketball as a sophomore.
Chicago Heights, Ill.
Marian Catholic High School
All-East Suburban Catholic Conference in 2007...Daily Southtown All-Area Honorable Mention...Star Newspaper All-Area Team member in 2007...named team MVP at Marian Catholic High School in 2007...played at Triton College the past two seasons...batted .374 as a freshman in 2008...also played football in high school, earning all-conference honors as a quarterback in 2006.
Lake Bluff, Ill.
Lake Forest High School
Named First Team All-Conference as a senior...a member of the Honor Roll at Lake Forest High School.
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
Three-year letterwinner while playing at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy...posted a 3-0 record with a save as a junior...helped his team to the conference championship all three seasons.
Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Glenbard South High School
Earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior at Glenbard South High School...tallied 13 wins and a 2.02 ERA in 2009...named team captain as a senior...recorded 159 strikeouts while allowing just 38 walks in 118 innings pitched in two seasons.