Sunday, May 10, 2009

Hoosiers Add Big Recruit to 2009 Class

The IU baseball program announced on Friday the signing of Trace Knoblauch to a National Letter of Intent for the 2009 recruiting class. Knoblauch is a 6-foot-4 215-pound 1B/OF out of Bellaire High School in Houston. Playing for the 2nd-ranked high school team in the nation, Knoblauch is hitting .450 with 5 homeruns and 30 RBIs as a team captain coming off a junior campaign in which he was selected to the all-state team in a state that is very rich in baseball talent.

This appears to be another great signing for Coach Tracy Smith, who continues to prove himself as a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail. If Trace's last name rings a bell, you might remember his uncle Chuck. Chuck Knoblauch played 12 years in the majors and was a 4-time all-star. His best years were with the Minnesota Twins, but he also had several memorable moments as a member of the New York Yankees.

Take a look here for more on this big addition to the incoming recruiting class.


  1. Great pick up for the Hoosiers. I got to see him play a few weeks ago when I was umpiring a Bellaire JV game (varsity was down the road). As Coach Rocky says, "There are two kinds of baseball players, Bellaire baseball players and those who wish to be Bellaire baseball players." He's right, his program has been a continual power for well over a decade, and Knoblauch is a bit part of that the last two years.

    Big tie breaker game for the district crown tomorrow against Westside, the only team to beat Bellaire in the district season in the last few years.

  2. And, don't forget about Micah Johnson who many would consider the best 2009 player in Indiana. Keep up the great recruiting coaching staff.