Bears Round Out 2013 Recruiting Class With Talented Trio
Aug 20, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State head baseball coach Keith Guttin finalized his 2013 recruiting class by announcing three additions to the Bears' roster Monday, as sophomore transfer Matt Fultz (Lee's Summit, Mo.) will be joined by Edwardsville (Ill.) High School standouts Cole Hagen and Blake Graham in MSU's group of 10 incoming newcomers for the 2013-14 academic year.
Fultz, a prep teammate of current Bear Matt Hall at Lee's Summit West High School, joins the Bears after a solid freshman campaign at Seminole (Okla.) State College, where he hit .273 with six home runs and 39 runs batted-in for a 38-win Trojans squad this past spring. A catcher, Fultz was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 34th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft after clubbing 24 homers over his final two high school seasons at West to earn a Rawlings Central Region All-America nod and a pair of first-team all-state citations.
Graham and Hagen become the third and fourth Illinois natives to pledge commitments to Guttin and the Bears this summer, joining junior transfer Cory Kay (Arlington Heights) and freshman infielder Aaron Meyer (Belleville) - as well as fall signee Alex Jefferson (Normal) - on MSU's list of 2013 newcomers hailing from The Prairie State. Graham batted .420 and swiped 31 bases as a senior at Edwardsville, picking up First-Team All-Southwestern Conference and all-area laurels in the process. The left-handed hitting outfielder was named co-MVP of the PNC Bank High School Baseball Showcase at Busch Stadium in June, then teamed up with Hagen to help Edwardsville's Post 199 American Legion club to an Illinois state title and a second-place regional finish.
Hagen is coming off an impressive spring season on the mound for Edwardsville High in which he compiled a 7-1 record while posting a sparkling 0.74 earned run average over 57 innings. The 6-3 right-hander fanned nearly four hitters (63) for each one he walked (16) and held the opposition to a .142 batting average against to pick up St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro honors. Hagen added five more victories and registered a 1.81 ERA while pitching for Post 199, which went 37-8 over the summer and came within one win of advancing to the American Legion World Series.
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.
Missouri State's 2013 Baseball Recruiting Class