Catching up with Wichita State baseball

  • While there are warning signs that raise concern, coach Todd Butler is cautiously optimistic about sophomore pitcher Sam Tewes’ right elbow. Tewes complained of tingling in his right arm during a game in late June in the Cape Cod League and hasn’t pitched since. “Hopefully, it’s just a small strain,” Butler said. “Hopefully, it’s just going to be rest and recovery and rehab. His arm feels better.” Tewes is shut down for the rest of the summer and will send his MRI to Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., for a second opinion, Butler said.
  • Decision day for six Shockers drafted is Friday. Third baseman Chase Rader announced on Twitter last week that he will not sign with Detroit. “I’m nervous about all of them,” Butler said. “You’re just nervous until the 18th. We’re trying to stay in communication with them and respect their opinions and what they decide.”
  • The coaches are taking a brief break from recruiting road trips this week for camps. They spent much of June watching prospects in exposure camps around the Midwest, working on the class of 2015 (which already includes commitments from players such as Keylan Killgore, Greyson Jenista and Clayton McGinness) and 2016. Butler is making the most of Wichita’s location, a factor that he didn’t count on when he took the job. If a player from Texas or Oklahoma is headed to Nebraska or Colorado for a tournament, they’re likely coming through Wichita and they can set up an unofficial visit on the way. “We have the Jayhawk League, we have all the junior colleges, we have the NBC World Series,” he said. “We’ve seen a tremendous amount of players come through Wichita.”
  • WSU outfielder Mikel Mucha, who missed most of last season with a broken leg, is playing for the El Dorado Broncos and said his leg feels good.
  • Derby infielder Travis Young will walk on at WSU instead of playing defensive back at Butler County.