RICHMOND, Ky. – A third in-state high school senior, Trace Vorbeck, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Eastern Kentucky University in the spring of 2013, head coach Jason Stein announced on Friday. Vorbeck is a right-handed pitcher / utility player from Corbin High School in Corbin, Ky.
Vorbeck joins Boone County’s Doug Teegarden and Boyd County’s Trey Salisbury as in-state prospects who have signed with the Colonels in the early signing period.
“Trace is a legitimate two-way Division I college baseball player,” Stein said. “He is an overall good athlete with a good arm, he is strong at the plate and he has the ability to one day hit for power.”
The 6-1, 195-pound Vorbeck, who played in last year’s East-West KHSBCA All-Star Game, batted an astounding .587 with 12 home runs, 19 doubles and 57 RBI as a junior for head coach Robert Ledington’s Corbin Redhounds. On the mound, he went 4-2 with a 2.25 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 40 innings of work. He has posted a perfect 6-0 record on the mound in the postseason during his high school career.
Vorbeck, who is Corbin High’s single-season home runs and batting average record holder, was named the Tri-County Player of the Year from 2009-10 and to the All-13th Region Team from 2008-10. He was also named an honorable mention Perfect Game Preseason All-American in 2010.
“It’s getting more and more rare to have two-way guys in college baseball,” Stein said. “But I definitely think Trace can help us offensively and on the mound.”