On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks Wichita State Shockers baseball with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle.
WSU, under head coach Todd Butler, is a program working to once again reach heights seen under longtime head coach Gene Stephenson. The Shockers were college baseball royalty throughout much of the 1980s and 1990s, and they even held their own into the 2000s, but for the better part of the last decade, which included the last few years of Stephenson’s tenure, things have been tough for the program.
The 2017 season was a step forward in terms of wins and losses for the program, and with a couple of big-time prospects back for 2018 in Greyson Jenista and Alec Bohm, there is some palpable optimism around the team.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- How big a step forward 2017 was for the team, beyond just the improved record
- What Jenista and Bohm’s big summers on the Cape mean for the 2018 season
- Whether or not the pitching has what it takes in 2018 to catch up to the offense
- What the move to the American Athletic Conference means for the program
- Expectations for the program when you consider the historical success of Wichita State baseball and balance that with the struggles of the last several years
Thanks for listening, everyone!