Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout Spotlight – Kansas City, Kansas
The Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout Tour rolls into Kansas City, KS and the township of Piper at Community America Ball Park on Sunday, September 6th.
Built in 2003, the ballpark is the home of the Kansas City T-Bones, part of the Independent American Association. The 6,500-seat stadium plays host to the Kansas City Kansas Community College Blue Devils and also many high school teams as well.
Today, we take a closer look at three former Baseball Factory players, all hailing from the great state of Kansas and who either attended a tryout or will attend college in-state or close by.
Noah Croft – Croft is a 2015 grad of Olathe South High School in Olathe, Kansas. Croft first participated in an Under Armour Baseball Factory College PREP Program (previously the Premium Video Program) in Kansas City, Missouri back in September 2013.
At 6’3″, 210 pounds, Croft posted impressive measurables during the tryout that were, at that time, very impressive for a junior in high school. A solid, athletic catcher with a strong lower half, he moved his feet well and got rid of the baseball quick with a solid transfer/exchange. Croft’s pop times were outstanding that day, ranging from 1.85-to-1.91 and he ran a 6.79 60-yard time.
Because of those standout numbers, Croft was invited to participate in the 2014 Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament in Mesa, Arizona. He was rated as an exciting prospect to watch and didn’t disappoint, crushing pitches with outstanding barrel action, driving the ball to all parts of the park.
It was evident with time, that he would be a major run producer and Wichita State University took notice where Croft has committed to play collegiately. During his senior season at Olathe, Croft played in 15 games, hitting .528 with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, 10 RBI and 18 runs scored and an .830 slugging percentage. A talented athlete, Croft lettered all four years of baseball and a year of basketball.
Ben Whetstone – Whetstone is a 2015 graduate from Rockhurst High School and is from Overland Park, Kansas. The 18-year old is a solid-two way player who plays third base and is also a right-handed pitcher.
In September of 2013, Whetstone also attended the National Tryout in Kansas City, Missouri and the following month, participated in the Arizona Junior Fall Classic. He showed athleticism and good footwork defensively and was aggressive to the ball.
Doing equally as well on the mound, Whetstone had positive remarks across the board, including with the bat where he showed good rhythm with his swing. Scouts were impressed with his strike zone awareness and the ability to work the middle of the field.
The 6’5″, 215 pound Whetstone is headed to Missouri State University to play collegiately for the Bears next season.
Bret Fehr – Fehr is a native of Manhattan, Kansas and attended Manhattan High School where he graduated in 2014.
Fehr excelled for the Indians in 2013 as a junior, named second team all-state and first team all-Centennial League. In his senior season, Fehr was a first-team All-State selection and first-team All-League as well, hitting .427 with seven doubles, six triples, three home runs and 16 stolen bases.
Committing to Wichita State University, Fehr redshirted his freshman season for the Shockers and was named to the AD’s honor roll list for the Fall of 2014. He’ll join Croft (above) as teammates for the 2016 season. Fehr has played summer ball this year with the Kansas Cannons.