Kentucky State Baseball Continues To Build Towards The Future With 2018 Signing Class



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Frankfort. – Kentucky State University Baseball announced the signing of three 2018 high school graduates to join the Thorobred baseball program next fall.

“These three players are exciting to have be a part of our program because not only are they great athletes who fill specific needs, but they’re high-character individuals as well,” said head coach Rob Henry. “I’m looking forward to seeing how they finish their high school careers and can’t wait to start working with them next fall.”

Josh Graves is a 6’1″ 190 RHP/3b from Washington County High School. Graves also played for the Kentucky Baseball Club and was selected as a Junior East-West All-Star.  He impacted the Commanders at the plate and on the mound in 2017 as a junior, hitting .425 with 16 doubles and eight home runs to go along with 41 RBI.  Graves put up a 6-4 mark as a starting pitcher with 86 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched.  “I expect Josh to come in and help us ease the loss of Brandon Story at third base to graduation as well as log significant innings on the mound for us as a freshman,” said Henry. “He’s already in the mid-80’s on the mound, and his power numbers at the plate speak for themselves.”

Ethan Johnson is a 5’9″ 150-pound catcher from Fern Creek High School in Louisville.  Johnson also played for the Elite Baseball Club, posting a .380 batting average for the Tigers last spring.  “Ethan stood out to me as a plus defensive catcher the first time I saw him,” said Henry.  “He is legitimately under a 2.0 in games throwing out runners at second base, and he is excellent receiving and blocking, as well as being a real leader from behind the plate.  He makes his teammates better, and he will be in the mix competing for playing time as soon as he gets here next fall.”

Trey Walker is a 6’0″ 170 shortstop from Farmington High School in Michigan.  Walker hit .385 for the Tigers, with eight doubles, three triples, 21 RBI and 19 stolen bases.  “Trey will come in and provide depth and athleticism in our middle infield next year,” said Henry. “He also plays football, which means he has yet to scratch the surface of his baseball potential fully.  Trey played for an excellent summer program (Michigan Bulls), which along with his experience at Farmington, helps continue our tradition of getting top-notch athletes from Michigan.”

The Thorobreds are scheduled to open the 2018 season with a weekend series at Clark Atlanta on Feb. 17-18.

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