By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne’s Baseball team saw four of their players receive Horizon League honors this week. These honors were awarded by Perfect Game USA, a website that focuses on scouting college baseball.
The first of the players that received acknowledgment by Perfect Game USA was Jarrett Bickel, a senior infielder/pitcher. He was picked as Preseason All-Conference Shortstop for the Horizon League.
Bickel hit .262 last season for the Mastodons and had 20 extra base hits. He will look to build on this performance in his senior year with the team.
Bickel was again acknowledged by Perfect Game USA as #5 on their list of 2023 Horizon League MLB Draft Prospects.
Joining him in the 2023 Horizon League MLB draft prospects ranking is graduate student JD Deany, a pitcher for the Mastodons, who is ranked at #11. Next on the list for the team is junior pitcher, Mac Ayers, who is ranked at #19.
The last of the players that received acknowledgment was Enas Hayden, a sophomore pitcher, who was #6 on the 2024 Horizon League MLB draft prospects ranking.
The Mastodons will hope that these players, who are projected to be stars, will step up and lead the team to a good season.
The Mastodons first game will be Feb. 17 in Montgomery, Alabama against Alabama State.