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Julie Haas, associate vice president, marketing communications, ext. 3120
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Tyler Cundith, sports information director, ext. 3122

Baseball – Cavaliers earn draft recognition


Baseball – Cavaliers earn draft recognition

OVERLAND PARK, KS – Perfect Game USA, one of the largest scouting services in the country, recently released its list of players major league teams would consider in this year’s MLB draft, and three players with ties to Johnson County Community College appeared on that list. Current JCCC outfielder Joe Young made the junior college list, and former Cavaliers Chad Shannon and Lee Ridenhour were recognized as top draft prospects at the four-year level. 

Young, a freshman from Logan-Rogersville High School in Springfield, Mo., is expected to hit the middle of the line up this season and patrol centerfield for the Cavaliers this spring. A four-year starter for coach Brad Rots, Young was a three-time Missouri All-State and All-Ozarks outfielder. He was also named MVP of the conference twice and hit over .400 his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. 

Shannon played for JCCC the previous two seasons and is now attending Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. A two-time All-East Jayhawk Conference selection, Shannon left JCCC ranked tied for 13th all-time with 122 career hits. He also ranked tied for 15th with 22 career doubles and fourth all-time with 71 stolen bases. His freshman season, Shannon ranked third in the NJCAA with 65 stolen bases. 

Ridenhour pitched and was the designated hitter last season for Johnson County after playing his freshman season at Kansas. He is currently attending Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. An All-East Jayhawk second-team pick, Ridenhour led the Cavaliers pitching staff in wins (7), strikeouts (79) and innings pitched (75.2), games stared (12) and games completed (4). His 79 strikeouts are the 10th most single season total in team history. At the plate, he hit .352 with 44 hits, eight doubles, a home and 25 RBI. Ridenhour was the Kansas Player of the Year his senior year at Shawnee Mission West.


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