Baseball Program Welcomes Eight Incoming Freshmen

Baseball Program Welcomes Eight Incoming Freshmen

Oct. 16, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - This fall Andy Barlow and the rest of his staff welcomed eight recruited student-athletes to the baseball team.

"We are thrilled to have these talented student-athletes join our program," Barlow said. "Our primary goal in this year's recruiting class was to provide some much needed talent and depth to our pitching staff and we feel as if we were able to accomplish this. We are excited to get out on the field and see what these young men can do for us."

A.J. Hansborough (C - Deltona, Fla./Deltona H.S.)
Hansborough joins the program after enjoying a stellar high school career for Deltona High School. After leading his team to an 18-12 record his senior year, he was named Third Team All-State and first-team All-Volusia County. Hansborough was also named a Daytona Beach News-Journal "Player to Watch" prior to the 2008 season and served as team captain during his junior and senior years. His arrival on campus is very timely as the Engineers lost two senior catchers to graduation this past season.

Chris Hendrix (RHP - Richardson, Tex./L.V. Berkner H.S.)
Thanks in large part to Hendrix, Berkner nearly qualified for the District 5A playoffs. Hendrix's 3-3 record was a bit deceiving due to the competition he faced. Constantly matching up against the best teams in the district, the staff ace finished with an impressive 2.90 E.R.A. and received Second-Team District 9-5A All-League honors. In the team's final regular season game, Hendrix pitched against No. 4 nationally-ranked Plano West (40-2), and endured a tough-luck 6-1 loss. Hendrix was also named team captain his senior year and was named Berkner's "Pitcher of the Year" both his sophomore and senior years.

Columbus Leonard (RHP - Mill Valley, Calif./Saint Ignatius Preparatory)
The MIT coaching staff is excited to see what Leonard can bring to the table in 2009 and beyond. Nearly two years removed from Tommy John surgery, Leonard has made a complete recovery and seems primed to regain his junior-year form when he received West Catholic Athletic League Honorable Mention All-League accolades. Leonard missed the fall season due to his commitment to the MIT varsity water polo team and will join the baseball program in the spring of '09.

Kenneth Lin (RHP/IF - Castro Valley, Calif./Head-Royce School)
During his high school career Lin accumulated numerous accolades including Bay Counties First-Team All-League and Under Armour Preseason All-American honors. He was named captain his senior year and led his team to a 20-9 record and an appearance in the finals of their section tournament. Other notable highlights from his high school career were his selections for the USA Junior Olympic Team and the "Top Prospect Team" at the 2006 Perfect Game National Underclass Showcase. The coaching staff hopes that Lin will make an immediate impact both at third base and on the mound.

Bryan Macomber (IF - Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos H.S.)
Macomber, a gifted defensive player, comes from a tremendously successful Los Altos program that won the Central Coast Championship (2007) and had a combined two-year record of 49-20 in 2007-08. He started at shortstop and was a Santa Clara Valley Athletic All-League selection both his junior and senior year. The Engineers hope that Macomber's arrival will allow them to move First Team All-NEWMAC selection Stewart Park to his natural position of second base.

Creed Mangrum (RHP/IF/OF - Sandy, Utah/Brighton H.S.)
A tough-nosed player who captained his high school team his junior and senior years, Mangrum will look make an immediate impact both in the field and on the mound. Versatility may be Creed's best asset as he proved in the fall that he was more than capable of playing any infield position as well as the outfield. Mangrum enjoyed a fine career in high school and capped off his senior year by receiving Honorable Mention All-State accolades. He also was named First-Team All-Region and Brighton's "Pitcher of the Year."

Torre Swanson (RHP - Redding Calif./Foothill H.S.)
Swanson comes to MIT as one of the most exciting and promising pitchers in the program's 60-year history. He received Honorable Mention All-State honors in California and was named Record Searchlight Northern Section Most Valuable Player after leading his team to a 21-7 record and a section championship his senior year. He was also an Eastern Athletic All-League selection both his junior and senior year. MIT will look for Swanson to make an immediate contribution to the program's pitching staff.

Chris Vaughan (RHP - Fort Worth, Tex./Arlington Heights H.S.)
Vaughan enjoyed a tremendous baseball career at District 7-4A powerhouse Arlington Heights. The 6'6" righty led his team to an impressive 45-12-1 record his junior and senior years and helped his team qualify for the state playoffs in both seasons. Vaughan compiled a 14-3 record on the mound during his varsity career and capped off his senior year by being named the district's Most Valuable Player. He also received District 7-4A First-Team honors both his junior and senior years. The coaching staff expects Vaughan to make an immediate impact as a front-line starting pitcher.