Baseball, friendship has Leyva assisting Bair at Anderson U.

BY STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Carlos Leyva’s baseball connection to Matt Bair goes back more than two decades. Leyva and Bair were Babe Ruth teammates in Anderson, Ind., at 13, 14 and 15. Rudy Mannie was the head coach. Leyva was mostly an outfielder and Bair a middle infielder. In high school ball, Leyva represented the … Continue reading Baseball, friendship has Leyva assisting Bair at Anderson U.

Anderson native Shirley fitting puzzle pieces together as White Sox amateur scouting director

By STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Taking his ability to evaluate baseball talent and manage people, Anderson, Ind., native Mike Shirley is embracing the complexities of his new job as amateur scouting director for the Chicago White Sox. Shirley, 49, took over his current role in late August. He was named assistant scouting director for the White … Continue reading Anderson native Shirley fitting puzzle pieces together as White Sox amateur scouting director

Anderson native Earley builds trust with elite hitters at Arizona State

BY STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Michael Earley works with some of the best college batsmen in the country. The Anderson, Ind., native is the hitting coach at Arizona State University, where former Indiana University head coach Tracy Smith fields a potent Sun Devils lineup featuring junior outfielder Hunter Bishop (.391 average, 17 home runs, 43 runs … Continue reading Anderson native Earley builds trust with elite hitters at Arizona State

Glant guiding Ball State University pitchers

By STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Getting a pitching staff prepared for an NCAA Division I baseball season takes time. That’s why Ball State University pitching coach Dustin Glant was more comfortable starting with the Cardinals in the fall and having a full year to help his hurlers develop. Glant, who had been a volunteer assistant at … Continue reading Glant guiding Ball State University pitchers

Fundamentals come first for Heim and his Anderson Indians

By STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com In Adrian Heim’s vocabulary monotonous is not a negative word. It’s doing the basic things over and over again that has helped him be successful as a high school baseball coach. Heim led Anderson (Ind.) High School to a 19 wins in 2018. During the campaign, he picked up his 200th … Continue reading Fundamentals come first for Heim and his Anderson Indians

Anderson’s Earley enjoying his time with independent Southern Illinois Miners

By STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Nolan Earley is in his third season of independent professional baseball. The Anderson, Ind., native is playing with the Marion, Ill.-based Southern Illinois Miners in the Frontier League. While the lefty-swinging outfielder is driven to get back into Major League Baseball-affiliated ball, he is enjoying where he is now. “It’s a … Continue reading Anderson’s Earley enjoying his time with independent Southern Illinois Miners

Educated at Anderson U., LaPorte grad Eaton is experiencing independent pro ball

By STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Jake Eaton thoroughly enjoyed his time on and off the baseball field at Anderson (Ind.) University. Since his last game with the Ravens, the pitcher has been experiencing life as an independent professional player. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder left-handed pitcher is currently on the disabled list for the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things … Continue reading Educated at Anderson U., LaPorte grad Eaton is experiencing independent pro ball

Aggressive style has Estep, University Trailblazers baseball in 1A semistate

BY STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Chris Estep, his coaching staff and players have built a culture of confidence for the University High School baseball. “The kids have bought into what we’re trying to do as a program,” says Estep, the head coach that has his Trailblazers (27-6) meetings Tecumseh (20-9) in the IHSAA Class 1A Plainfield … Continue reading Aggressive style has Estep, University Trailblazers baseball in 1A semistate

Anderson U. alum Bair looks to build ‘culture of brotherhood’ for Ravens

By STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Reaching out to re-connect with its winning baseball past, Anderson University has hired alum Matt Bair as head coach. Bair, a 2001 AU graduate, played for and coached with Dr. Don Brandon and participated in the NCAA Division III World Series as a Ravens player (1998) and assistant coach (2003). “I’ve … Continue reading Anderson U. alum Bair looks to build ‘culture of brotherhood’ for Ravens

New Palestine grad Watson goes from Cornhusker to Sycamore

BY STEVE KRAH http://www.IndianaRBI.com Keegan Watson is back in his home state for college baseball. After playing at the University of Nebraska in 2018 and 2019, transferring and sitting out the 2020 season, Watson is eager to shine as a two-way player at Indiana State University. The 2017 graduate of New Palestine (Ind.) High School … Continue reading New Palestine grad Watson goes from Cornhusker to Sycamore