OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton baseball team has announced it has received signed National Letters of Intent from three players for the 2009-10 season. Alex Staehely, Mark Winkelman and Kyle King have all agreed to play for the Bluejays, and will be eligible starting in the fall of 2009.
Staehely, who is from same the high school (Benet Academy) as former Creighton pitcher Marc Lewis, is rated as the fourth best shortstop in the state of Illinois by the Prep Baseball Report. Staehely becomes the second top ranked infielder Creighton has landed from the Chicago area in the past three years, joining Elliot Soto who was the #1 infielder from Illinois in 2007. Regarded as a smooth-fielding shortstop with arm strength, Staehely has also shown ability with the bat. At the plate he belted eight home runs, 11 doubles and drove in 36 runs, while also tallying 20 stolen bases as a junior.
Winkelman is the 13th ranked left handed pitcher from the state of Illinois according to the Prep Baseball Report. He features three pitches with good command in his fastball, curveball and change up. Winkelman has earned first-team all-conference honors every year since his freshman year. As a junior he went 7-0 with a 0.43 ERA and six complete games. In 48.1 innings he struck out 90 and walked nine.
King is the 14th ranked left handed pitcher from the state of Illinois according to the Prep Baseball Report. He features an exceptional curveball to go along with his mid-80’s fastball. In his junior season, King threw 27 innings in which he struck out 51 and posted an ERA of 1.03. He allowed only 14 hits while walking 10 for Bartlett High School.
Creighton will begin the 2009 season on February 20, in Huntsville, Texas as it opens the campaign with a four-game series against Sam Houston State.