The six players are: Jonathan Cisna (Homer Glen,
“We are excited to announce this group of student-athletes,” Beals said. “They are high quality young men that meet the standards and needs of our program. All six are very good baseball players who will be key contributors to our future. They all come from outstanding schools and summer programs that have winning histories and great coaching.”
Cisna, a 6-0 left-handed pitcher and first baseman, is a three-year letterwinner at
“Jon will have the opportunity to compete at both first base and on the mound for us,” Beals said. “He first caught our eye with the quality of his breaking ball. His left-handed curve ball will give him an opportunity to contribute to our pitching staff immediately.”
Cisna is the son of Bill and Kim Cisna.
Claypool, a 5-11 second baseman, played under coach Tony DeMare at
“Stephen is simply a baseball player and the skill of his hands is special,” Beals said. “He is a solid defender and an outstanding left-handed hitter. He will compete immediately for playing time at second base.”
Claypool is the son of Dan and Karen Claypool and intends to major in business management.
Franchetti, a 6-0 catcher and team captain, is a three-year starter at
“Kevin is an outstanding defensive catcher and his arm strength is as good as you will find behind the plate,” Beals said. “He has the make-up to be a team leader and will have an immediate impact on our catching corp.”
Franchetti is the son of Bob and Susan Franchetti.
Grabner, a 6-3 left-handed pitcher, played at
“Derek is a physical left-hander who really came on strong this fall,” Beals said. “He has a developing fastball, which has been clocked at 87 mph with great movement. His experience at Lincoln Trail will allow him to pitch quality innings for us right away.”
Grabner is the son of Scott and Terrie Grabner and plans to major in theatre.
Raleigh, a 6-4 left-handed pitcher, is a three-year letterwinner at
“Kyle is another big left-handed pitcher with a huge upside,” Beals said. “We are really excited about his future and we believe he has the ability to be a frontline rotation pitcher.”
Winkle, a 6-3 right-handed pitcher and outfielder, plays for coach Mike Larrabee at
On the mound, he tallied a 6-0 record with three saves and a 0.82 ERA in 51 innings. He plays summer baseball for the Indiana Bulls and the Muncie Legion, which won the 2008 State Championship. He also is a two-time All-Conference selection football and a letterwinner in basketball.
“Wes is an outstanding athlete with loads of potential,” Beals said. “We are excited to watch his development flourish even more once he concentrates on just baseball. He has the opportunity to contribute both on the mound and in the outfield. He is a sinker-slider pitcher who gets a lot of ground balls and he can really cover ground in the outfield.”
Winkle is the son of Joe and Michelle Winkle.
“We have landed recruits locally and expanded over four different states,” Beals said. “This outreach says a lot about