First baseman Andrew Kendrick, a transfer from Highland Community College, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and baseball career at Youngstown State, YSU head coach Steve Gillispie announced.
Kendrick, who is 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, was an Honorable Mention All-American as well as an All-Region VI and all-conference player as a redshirt freshman at Highland CC. He batted .416 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs in 53 games for the Scotties in 2015, and his .800 slugging percentage ranked 18th in the country.
"Andrew projects to fill the middle of the batting order for us," Gillispie said. "He has shown a great knack for hitting with runners on base and driving in runs. He also has shown the ability to hit for power without sacrificing an approach to hit for average."
Kendrick originally signed with Division II Lindenwood out of Parkview High School but redshirted in 2014. He was the Springfield, Mo., area's top offensive player his senior year, and he was a four-time all-district and all-conference player.
Kendrick will have three years of eligibility remaining when his Penguins career begins in the 2016 season.