Saluki baseball lands a pair of metro-east recruits

News-DemocratNovember 20, 2013 

Mascoutah High pitcher Ryan Netemeyer and Wesclin High outfielder Michael Klein were among 12 baseball players signed recently by Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Netemeyer was selected as an Under Armour Preseason All-American and earned first-team All-Mississippi Valley Conference and first-team Belleville News-Democrat All-Area honors as a junior in 2013.

He helped Mascoutah to a regional championship last sprig, posting a 6-2 record and a 1.93 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings.

"Ryan was one of the first pitchers we targeted," Salukis coach Ken Henderson said. "He can flat out pitch and might be the most competitive kid we signed. He comes from a baseball family. His dad and cousin both played professionally, and he has a very good knowledge of how to pitch."

Prep Baseball Report has Netemeyer as the 40th-ranked overall prospect in Illinois. While playing for Quakes Baseball during the summer, he went 5-1 with a 0.67 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 34 innings.

"I am very excited to be a Dawg," Netemeyer said. "Carbondale has a top-notch engineering program, great coaches, a baseball program with great tradition and great new facilities."

Klein is a 6-foot-5 outfielder who has been named All-Cahokia Conference and Belleville News Democrat All-Area in each of the past two years .

As a junior in 2013, he helped the Warriors to a 20-8 record, hitting .412 with a .505 on-base percentage, 21 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

"Michael is a Southern Illinois kid who we are excited to keep at home," Henderson said. "The thing we liked most was his athleticism. He is 6-foot-5 and can really run. As his offensive skills develop, he has a chance to be a special player."

Klein was a summer teammate of Netemeyer on the Quakes, where he hit .400 with a .494 on-base percentage and 10 stolen bases in 70 at-bats.

"I chose SIU because Coach Henderson and his staff are passionate about their program and about winning," Klein said. "The new facilities also make it an exciting time to be a Saluki. I am really thankful for the opportunity to become a part of a baseball program with such a proud history."

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