Truman State baseball looking to win the arms race

Truman Baseball Coach Dan Davis has signed three pitchers to go with the nine that were inked during the fall signing period for the 2014 roster.

The new Bulldogs are Kent Frantz, Alex Hoffman and Logan Moose.

Kent Frantz (5-11, 170lbs, R/R, RHP)

Bloomington, Ill. (Bloomington HS)

Frantz was named the 2012 Big 12 Conference (Ill.) Pitcher of the Year after going 7-2 with a 1.49 ERA and was 15-4 over the past two seasons with 109 strikeouts in 135 innings pitched.

A two-time all-conference selection, Frantz has also been an IHSA Scholar Athlete and a four-year Honor Roll member at Bloomington.

Frantz on why he chose Truman: â??I chose Truman State University because it has a great academic program that fits my needs as a student and will create many possibilities in the future.

I chose Bulldog Baseball because I really felt a part of the family at my visits.

Also, I believe the program will make me into a great player and person. T

hanks for this amazing opportunity to play the game that I love. Go Bulldogs!â??

Davis on Frantz: â??We are excited Kent chose Truman for his future!

We were impressed with Kentâ??s abilities on the mound.

Kent has tremendous command of the strike zone and is a proven winner.

He has worked extremely hard to increase his fastball velocity and snap to his off speed stuff.

We look forward to seeing Kent compete as a Bulldog!â??

Alex Hoffmann (6-0, 205lbs, R/R, RHP)

Ballwin, Mo. (St. John Vianney HS)

Hoffman leads Vianney High School with 14 appearances in 2013 and has a 5-2 record with a 2.39 ERA and 38 strikeouts through May 8th.

He has pitched as both a starter and closer for Golden Griffins. He was a pitcher for the St. Louis Tigers club team in 2012. Hoffman is a member of the National Honor Society.

Alex is off to a 3-1 start for us this year and has 25 strikeouts in 30 innings while only giving up 19 hits.

He has started and come out of the bullpen for us this year and has shown the ability to throw all three of his pitches for strikes both ahead and behind in the count which makes him a very dangerous high school pitcher.

Alex is a pitcher that will continue to get better in college as he continues to get stronger.

He would have been a difference maker for us as a junior and has definitely been a difference maker for us this year as a senior.â??

Hoffmann on why he chose Truman: "I am looking forward to attending Truman and playing baseball for the Bulldogs.

The team and coach Davis made me feel welcome when I visited and I was excited about the baseball program and the move to the GLVC.

As a university, Truman has a great Accounting/Business program that I was looking for.â??

Davis on Hoffman: â??I am looking forward to having Alex join our pitching staff.

Heâ??s a big strong guy who has the potential to really take off in our program.

He throws strikes and competes hard on the mound. We canâ??t wait to start working with Alex in the fall!â??

Logan Moose (6-2, 195lbs, R/R, RHP)

Weston, Mo. (West Platte HS)

Moose is a four-year letterwinner and starter at West Platte High School.

He was an all-district selection as a third basemen following his sophomore year and is on pace his senior season to earn all-conference honors on the mound with a 1.27 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.

He is a member of the National Honor Society, a KCI Scholar Athlete and was the team captain and all-conference for the Scholar Bowl.

Moose on why he chose Truman: "I chose Truman because it is a top notch school with a fine academic reputation.

It is also an opportunity for me to continue playing baseball, a sport I have loved all my life.

I look forward to working with Coach Davis and the rest of the Bulldog team as we start a new chapter in the GLVC."

Davis on Moose: â??We are extremely excited to have Logan join the program next fall.

He is a big guy who has made it back from an injury as a junior to be able to compete as a senior.

He is a high character person whoâ??s work ethic is tremendous and is a true team player.

Logan has the chance to really take off as a pitcher in our program.

He commands the zone and is a winner on the mound. We look forward to seeing Logan grow as a person and pitcher in a Bulldog uniform!â??

Courtesy Truman State University