EDWARDSVILLE — SIUE baseball head coach Tony Stoecklin has announced eight additions to his program for the 2016 season.
Logan Andersen (O’Fallon, Mo.), Brian Coulter (St. Louis), Danny Ehrsam (Joliet, Ill.), Eric Giltz (Warrenville, Ill.), Aaron Jackson (Edwardsville), Jackson Layton (Olathe, Kan.), Brandon Tatum (Vero Beach, Fla.), and Brock Weimer (Edwardsville) all have signed National Letters of Intent to play baseball at SIUE.
“I am extremely excited about this class,” Stoecklin said. “We have eight kids who exemplify our values of hard work, character, academic success and baseball skill.”
Stoecklin noted that four of the players were from the St. Louis metro area.
“It’s great to keep the local guys,” he said.
Andersen is a 5-foot, 10-inch, 180-pound middle infielder who comes to the Cougars from Fort Zumwalt West High School. Andersen is a two-time All-State, All-Conference and All-District selection. He hit .390 as a junior with four home runs and team-leading 35 RBIs. He was among the St. Louis area leaders with 14 doubles.
“Logan is an athletic middle infielder,” Stoecklin said. “He’s a hard-nosed player, and I love his swing.”
Coulter, 6-4 and 230, is a left-handed pitcher out of Parkway North High School. As a junior, Coulter was 4-3 for the Vikings. He was third in the St. Louis area with a 0.55 earned run average. He was second in the area with five saves and led the area with 19 games. He was a second team All-Conference selection.
“He’s a future weekend guy,” Stoecklin said of Coulter. “He is a big, strong lefty who has three plus pitches including an above-average breaking ball.”
Ehrsam, who joins the Cougars from Joliet Catholic Academy, is a 6-0, 170-pound right-handed pitcher. Ehrsam helped Joliet Catholic to the 2014 Summer State Championship, where he was named to the All-Tournament team.
“Danny has command of three pitches and throws a ton of strikes,” Stoecklin said. “He had a great season last summer for the Long Shots (Chicago).”
Giltz, 5-9 and 175, is a right-handed hitting outfielder from Wheaton Warrenville South High School in suburban Chicago. He is a two-time All-Conference selection and a Silver Slugger award winner.
“He’s got a great swing and he can go get it in the outfield,” Stoecklin said of Giltz. “His primary position is center field, and he can play all three outfield positions.”
Jackson is a 6-1, 180-pound infielder/outfielder out of Edwardsville High School. Jackson led the Tigers with a .450 batting average as a junior. He hit four home runs and was second on the team with 32 RBIs. Jackson was an All-Area, All-Metro, and All-Conference selection.
“He had outstanding numbers as a junior and played well in the summer,” Stoecklin said.
Layton is a first-baseman/outfielder from Blue Valley West High School. The 6-3, 187-pound right-handed hitter helped lead the Jaguars to a Kansas State Championship in 2013.
“He has a lot of pop in his bat,” Stoecklin said of Layton. “He’s a big kid, but he has room to grow.”
Tatum, a 5-11, 160-pound left-handed pitcher, comes to SIUE from Vero Beach High School. He helped lead the Indians to a district title as a junior, when he was chosen as an All-Area Regional All-Star.
“Brandon is extremely competitive and extremely deceptive,” Stoecklin said. “He has a good change-up and a good curve and guys just don’t square him up.”
Weimer also comes to SIUE from Edwardsville High School. The 6-0, 185-pound catcher hit .430 with five home runs and a team-best 33 RBIs as a junior for the Tigers. He was seventh in the St. Louis area with 16 doubles. Weimer was an All-State selection as a junior.
“He has an outstanding swing and as much power as anyone I have ever recruited here,” Stoecklin said of Weimer. “His defense is solid, he’s a good catch and throw catcher.”
Stoecklin added that this class offers a lot of versatility.
“Something this recruiting class gives us is flexibility and depth,” he said.
The Cougars are coming off their first-ever appearance in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. SIUE’s 2015 season-opening features games against Notre Dame and Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Feb. 13-16.