Milwaukee Baseball Announces NLI Signees For 2009
Nov. 30, 2007
MILWAUKEE - Paul Hoenecke of West Bend, Wis., Jordan Jaehne-Llanas of Kenosha, Wis., Jacob Long of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and Kyle Schmidt of Madison, Wis., have all signed National Letters of Intent to play baseball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, head coach Scott Doffek announced today. Hoenecke, Long and Schmidt are currently seniors in high school, while Jaehne-Llanas is a sophomore at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Ill.
"We feel really good about this group," Doffek said. "Our goal was to go out and find highly-competitive people and I think we did that. These are the type of men this university will be proud of. The entire coaching staff and I look forward to watching these student-athletes grow."
Hoenecke was the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel State Player of the Year as a junior in 2007, leading West Bend West High School to a state championship and a 34-1 record. He earned first team all-state and all-conference honors, setting school records with his .515 batting average, 67 hits, 59 runs batted in, 19 doubles, 39 runs scored and five home runs. He also pitched, going 9-1 with a 2.18 earned run average, striking out 51 while walking just 11. He excelled in the postseason, carrying his team by going 15-for-21 with 16 runs batted in, eight doubles, one triple and three home runs in just six games.
"We couldn't be more excited about signing Paul," Doffek said. "He is a true baseball player and has exceptional instincts for the game. We think he is the best true hitter in the state. As he grows and fills out, the sky is the limit with this kid. He has great hands in the batter's box and you can't teach that. Most importantly, he is an outstanding young man with his priorities in the right place. He has a very bright future."
Jaehne-Llanas earned honorable mention all-state and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel All-Area honors as a prep pitcher at Kenosha Bradford before playing at Wabash Valley College last season. As a freshman, he went 2-1 in 15.0 innings, striking out 17 before being slowed by an injury as his team went 38-18. He is now back at full strength, posting an ERA of 1.10 with 26 strikeouts and just five walks in 23.1 innings during the fall season this school year.
"Jordan is a guy we really liked coming out of high school," Doffek said. "He got off to a slow start his freshman year with an injury but is back on track. He is a guy with a big body (6-3, 220) with long levers. His arm works really well with his frame. We expect him to have a great spring and gather some momentum coming to UWM in the fall. Coach (Cory) Bigler did a great job in helping to land Jordan."
Long has earned All-Wisconsin Valley Conference honors each of the past two seasons at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School. He was named first team all-conference and Player of the Year as a sophomore, batting .422 with 25 runs and 24 runs batted in. He earned second team accolades as a junior, batting .340 in league play. As a pitcher, he went 6-2 with a 1.72 earned run average, with 53 strikeouts and 19 walks in 44 innings of work.
"Jake is a big, strong kid (6-3, 225)," Doffek said. "He has the ability to have a plus-fastball and a short, power-slider. He is a player with a huge upside. We think, with his physical and mental maturity, he will make an immediate impact. We are very excited about signing Jake and feel he will be a great addition."
Schmidt was tabbed Second Team All-Big Eight Conference as a pitcher last season at Madison La Follette High School, posting a 1.73 earned run average and allowing an opponent's on-base percentage of just .083. He was also named First Team All-City as a junior. Additionally, he has excelled at the plate, hitting .375 to go along with his 1.45 ERA on the mound as a sophomore.
"Kyle is a lanky right-hander with a real loose arm and the ability to throw three pitches for strikes," Doffek said. "He has good upside with his frame and pitchability. The best part about Kyle's game is his competitive nature. He has very good instincts for the game with good touch and feel of his pitches. Kyle, along with each of the kids we signed, will personify the definition of `student-athlete'."