Cambridge, Mass. (September 5) -- The MIT baseball program has welcomed eight newcomers to the program from five different states as members of the Class of 2023.
"This is a talented group that helps fill immediate areas of need defensively and adds ability and depth to the pitching staff," said MIT pitching coach Todd Carroll. "The group has really great chemistry amongst them and we look forward to them blending with our returners to make positive contributions on the field, in the locker room, on campus and in the community."
Erik Anderson (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) attended Palos Verdes High School as an outfielder and was a four-year letter winner. A career .333 hitter, he was the Team MVP as a senior and was the team captain. Anderson was his class valedictorian who was a member of the National Honor Society, the treasurer of the Science National Honor Society and a National Merit Scholar.
Graham Cartwright (La Jolla, Calif.) played at The Bishop's School and was a three-sport varsity letter winner. As a senior, he was a First Team All-Coastal League All-Star and the League MVP Runner-up as he led San Diego Second Division 2 and the Coastal League with a .438 batting average. He also led his team with a 1.91 ERA and was named Bishop's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Tyler Kim (Las Vegas, Nev.) comes to MIT from Palo Verde High School as his team won the 2018 Nevada State Championship. He was a three-year letter winner, a three-time Preseason All-American and a captain as a senior. Kim was also a member of the National Math Honor Society, an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Scholar.
Matt Leonard (San Antonio, Texas) was a four-year letter winner at Saint Mary's Hall and as a senior, he was named to the District 5-Division 1 All-District Second Team and was a TAPPS Academic All-State honoree. He was also named as the Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman and as a junior, he was tabbed the Offensive Player of the Year and named to the All-District First Team. Academically, Leonard was a member of the Science, Latin and English honor societies and a finalist for the Rensselaer Medal.
Matthew Nay (Roswell, Ga.), a three-year baseball letter winner who also played football at Roswell High School, posted a 2.12 ERA as a senior. He was an Honorable Mention All-Region selection who was the President of the National Honor Society, the Treasurer of the Student Council and the recipient of the UGA Merit Award.
Teddy Schoenfeld (Boulder, Colo.) was a two-year letter winner in baseball at Boulder High School, where he led the league in home runs as a senior. As a senior, he was also named to the All-Conference First Team, the All-Region First Team and was an Honorable Mention All-State honoree. He hit .354 overall in 2019, including a .435 average in league games. Schoenfeld was the Co-President of the National Honor Society, the Boulder High School graduation speaker and an AP National Scholar.
Jake Sonandres (Torrance, Calif.), a three-year letter winner at West High School, was a First Team All-League performer as a senior after being named to the Second Team as a junior. He was also named to the All-Southern Section Second Team and selected to play in the South Bay Senior All-Star Game. As a senior, he hit .400 with a .531 on-base percentage and four home runs. Jake was also an AP Scholar, CSF Seal Bearer and a member of the Principal's Honor Roll every semester.
Kyle Sonandres (Torrance, Calif.) was also a three-year letter winner at West High School, where he hit .348 with three home runs, 31 hits, 10 doubles and a .964 OPS as a senior. A two-time All-League performer, he was selected for the South Bay Senior All-Star Game, was a three-time Baseball Factory Under Armour Preseason All-American and the recipient of the 2019 West High Baseball Warrior Award. Kyle was the class salutatorian, an AP Scholar and a National Merit Finalist.
The Engineers enter the 2020 season following the program's third NEWMAC Championship and sixth appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament a year ago. MIT finished the season at 23-19-1, including an 8-2 win over No. 6 ranked Babson College to claim the league title.