LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
University of Louisville baseball head coach Dan McDonnell announced the signing of shortstop Alex Chittenden (Indianapolis, Ind.), catcher Jake DePew (Granite City, Ill.) and right-handed pitchers Dace Kime (Defiance, Ohio) and Jeff Thompson (Greenville, Ind.) to National Letters-of-Intent during the 2010 early signing period.
The quartet is the first group of signees in the Cards' 2010 recruiting class with the remaining signees to be announced in the coming days. All of the signees in the Cards' 2010 recruiting class will report to campus next fall and be eligible to compete in the 2011 season.
Check www.UofLSports.com for updates on the 2010 Louisville baseball recruiting class.
2010 Baseball Recruiting Class Profiles
Alex Chittenden Position: Shortstop Hometown/HS: Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central High School
Chittenden, a 6-0, 175-pound shortstop, earned All-State honors as a junior after hitting .455 with eight home runs, 14 doubles and 34 RBI for Lawrence Central and head coach Dan Roman. He is the No. 3 rated prospect in Indiana, is a two-time All-Conference honoree and was named to the Indianapolis Star Metro Super Team in 2009. He attended the Perfect Game National Showcase. He is a smooth defensive infielder with good bat speed and strong hands at the plate. As a sophomore, he hit .390 with three home runs and hit .388 with three home runs as a freshman. He has also played for the Indiana Bulls and the Roundtripper Academy. Along with three years of baseball, he has also earned two letters in soccer for Lawrence Central.
Jake DePew Position: Catcher Hometown/HS: Granite City, Ill./Granite City High School
DePew, a 6-1, 215-pound catcher, is a preseason All-American and All-State honoree at Granite City, where he is coached by his father Daren DePew. He attended the Perfect Game National Showcase and is the No. 4 rated prospect in Illinois. As a junior, he hit .558 with seven home runs, 21 doubles, 53 RBI and 46 runs scored. As a sophomore, he hit .405 with a pair of home runs, 12 doubles and 28 RBI, and that season followed a freshman campaign which featured a .337 average and 20 RBI. With his athletic build, good bat speed as a hitter and good arm strength behind the plate, he has also earned All-Metro and All-Conference honors. He plays summer baseball for the St. Louis Pirates. Along with his three years of baseball, he has also lettered in football and basketball at Granite City.
Dace Kime Position: Right-handed Pitcher Hometown/HS: Defiance, Ohio/Defiance High School
Kime, a 6-4, 205-pound right-handed pitcher, is a Preseason Louisville Slugger All-American, a First Team All-State selection, the No. 5 rated prospect in Ohio and is the 2009 Western Buckeye League co-Player of the Year after finishing with a 9-0 record, a 0.70 ERA and 105 strikeouts on the mound for Defiance High School, where he is coached by Tom Held. He attended the Perfect Game National Showcase, the East Coast Showcase in Lakeland, Fla., and the Area Codes in Long Beach Ca. He is also a two-time All-State and All-District honoree with a 0.66 career ERA and 20-1 career record. He has two career no-hitters at the prep level and had a personal best 16 strikeouts in a game as a junior. He plays summer baseball for the Lake Erie Bulldogs and fall baseball for the Midwest Redbirds. Along with three years of baseball, he has also lettered in basketball and football at Defiance.
Jeff Thompson Position: Right-handed Pitcher Hometown/HS: Greenville, Ind./Floyd Central High School
Thompson, a 6-6, 265-pound right-handed pitcher, is an All-Conference honoree and the No. 5 rated prospect in Indiana for Floyd Central High School and head coach Casey Laduke. As a junior, Thompson was 5-3 on the mound with a 2.09 ERA and 64 strikeouts, while his sophomore season featured a 6-4 record with a 3.35 ERA and 53 strikeouts. He plays summer baseball with the Indiana Bulls. Along with three years of baseball, he has also earned three letters in football and basketball at Floyd Central. He is also an All-Conference tight end on the gridiron for the Highlanders.