Baseball Bears Add Pair of Illinois Standouts to 2013 Recruiting Haul
July 10, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State head baseball coach Keith Guttin announced two additions to the Bears' roster Wednesday, as infielder Aaron Meyer (Millstadt, Ill.) and outfielder Cory Kay (Arlington Heights, Ill.) have signed National Letters of Intent to join the MSU program for the upcoming academic year.
Meyer, a prep standout from Belleville (Ill.) West High School, hit .465 as a senior in leading the Maroons to a 21-13 overall record and a Southwestern Conference championship this past spring. The left-handed hitting shortstop earned an all-state nod from the Illinois coaches after clubbing 10 doubles, driving in 16 runs and stealing 10 bases. Meyer also started at shortstop for the Illinois team in the PNC Bank Showcase and picked up his second-straight all-metro squad selection. As a junior, Meyer was a first-team all-conference and all-area selection after batting .324 with 10 doubles and 19 runs batted-in. He also lettered as a sophomore, hitting .375 in 11 varsity contests.
Kay joins the MSU program after a strong sophomore season at Harper College in which he earned all-region honors with a .358 batting mark while recording a pair of homers, eight steals, 34 runs scored and 29 RBIs. Kay was a prep standout at Saint Viator High School in his hometown of Arlington Heights, Ill., where he was an all-state performer as a senior, setting school records for batting average, hits, home runs, runs scored, doubles and RBIs. He spent his first collegiate season at the University of Houston, where he made 19 starts in 29 overall appearances, finishing second on the squad with two home runs. Kay earned a spot on the Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team after helping the Cougars knock off No. 4 Arkansas by driving in a pair of runs and scoring two more in a 2-for-3 effort at the plate.
The recent additions of Meyer and Kay help offset the losses of a pair of previous 2013 Missouri State signees. Transfer David Masters (Lake St. Louis, Mo./Central Arizona Junior College) signed a professional contract with Washington in June after being selected by the Nationals with the 436th overall pick in the 14th round of the MLB Draft, and local prep standout Drew Bridges (Carthage, Mo.) inked a deal with the New York Yankees last week after being chosen in the 20th round (614th overall).
The Bears are coming off their third-consecutive 30-win season with a 31-23 overall mark in 2013, with Guttin amassing a 1,063-675 career mark in 31 seasons as MSU's head coach.