MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head baseball coach Brad Hill announced Wednesday the final two additions to the Class of 2007 with the signing of two pitchers in James Allen and Ben Heairet to National Letters of Intent (NLI) for the 2008-09 school year.
“We are excited about the addition of James and Ben to our program,” said Hill. “They both have great potential on the mound and are also outstanding students. In addition to their strong interest in our baseball program, the academic side was a major factor in their decisions as well. James plans on majoring in engineering and Ben in architecture, both of which are academic programs that Kansas State is known for on a national level.”
Allen is a 6-2, 180-pound righty at Francis Howell High School in St. Charles, Mo. Primarily a position player in 2007, Allen hit .430 with five doubles, one home run and 19 RBI, leading the Vikings to an 18-9 record and a district championship. However, Allen will concentrate his efforts on the mound during his time at K-State.
“James has been primarily an infielder throughout his high school career, but had the opportunity to pitch some this summer,” Hill said. “We were fortunate to be one of the few schools to actually see him pitch, and when we did, he was very impressive. His stuff and command graded out with the very best we saw this summer working in the low 90’s with late life on all his pitches. Even though he has a limited pitching background, his delivery is simple and efficient. At one point, we thought we had found a hide-out guy that no one else was going to know about. But, it seemed like every time he pitched, he added another school to his schedule of fall official visits. In the end, we feel very fortunate to have signed him and look forward to having him in our program.”
Heairet, a 6-6, 185-pounder, is a left-handed pitcher at Burke High School in Omaha, Neb. During the spring and summer seasons, Heairet struck out a combined 94 batters in 69 innings, while holding a 2.80 ERA.
“Ben is a very good pitching prospect,” Hill commented. “He has tremendous projection due to his 6-6 frame and easy delivery. He has so much room to fill out and it’s going to be interesting to watch him progress throughout his career here. He was hampered some this spring and summer with some arm ailments. However, we had the chance to see him at 100 percent and it was impressive. Everything has checked out in terms of the health of his arm, so he is full-go for the spring and summer. We look forward to his arrival next fall and his future here at K-State.”