Five Youngstown State baseball players were named in D1Baseball.com's preview of the Horizon League season that was released last week.
The highlight was YSU left-handed pitcher Michael Semonsen being named the conference's top prospect in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft class. Semonsen is in his first season as a Penguin after transferring from Los Angeles Harbor College. He posted a 3.34 ERA as a freshman and a 4.85 ERA as a sophomore when he struck out 38 batters in just 39 innings.
Fellow YSU junior Jeremy Quinlan, a right-handed pitcher from Brookfield, Ohio, is D1Baseball.com's ninth-best Horizon League prospect in the 2017 draft, and sophomore first baseman Andrew Kendrick is listed 10th. Quinlan started 12 games as part of the weekend rotation last season and finished with a 4.82 ERA, and Kendrick is in his first season as a transfer from Highland Community College. He batted .416 with 18 home runs in 2015 as an Honorable Mention All-American.
In the list of 2016 draft prospects, YSU junior Kevin Yarabinec was slotted eighth. He registered five saves, a 2-2 record and a 2.22 ERA out of the bullpen as a freshman in 2014, and an injury ended his season after three starts as a member of the rotation as a sophomore.
Outfielder Kyle Benyo was listed among the Horizon League's top 10 impact freshmen. Benyo hit three home runs and batted .361 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., as a senior in 2015. Before that, he was an all-conference player at Austintown Fitch High School.
Youngstown State's 2016 season begins on Friday at Western Kentucky.