By Russell Vannozzi for The Robertson County Connection
WHITE HOUSE – Numerous White House baseball alumni have played in college, but only a few have played on the NCAA Division I level.
Following his commitment to Murray State June 9, shortstop Drew Vogel is set to become the second White House player to sign directly with a DI program out of high school. Shane Toole inked with Lipscomb in 2004.
“We couldn’t be more excited for him,” White House coach Seth Long said. “He’s got good range, good instincts and a great arm coming across the diamond. Drew was big for us.”
Vogel was recently named to the All-Sumner County second team after a stellar junior season. He hit .427 with 21 RBI, three home runs and a .506 on-base percentage.
“He’s a kid who I affectionately call a dirtbag,” Long said. “He lives, sleeps, eats and breathes baseball. Anytime there’s a chance to play, he’s diving right into it.”
According to Perfect Game, the 6-foot-1, 170 pounder has a “frame [that] projects to support additional strength.” That could help him hit for more power in the future, which will be helpful in a sport that has trended toward more home runs in recent years.
“He was kind of a gap-to-gap guy his freshman and sophomore year,” Long said. “Last year, he started getting in the weight room and lifting. I think he’s got the opportunity to get a lot stronger.”
Long also said he thinks Vogel can relax and play freely now that his college decision has been made. He’ll be senior for the Blue Devils in 2020.
“There’s been talk with different schools over the last 12-18 months,” Long said of Vogel’s recruitment. “That weighs on kids. They want to know if they’re going to get the opportunity to keep playing. When you look at his numbers, it didn’t affect him, but somewhere down deep, it’s going to weigh on a kid.”
Vogel was selected to participate in the TBCA Showcase Classic June 18-19 at Lipscomb University along with White House teammate Avery O’Bryan.