UIC's Newcomers Highlighted by Baseball America

Oct. 20, 2011

The 2011-12 UIC baseball recruiting class was recently featured by Baseball America as the best in the Horizon League and one the best in the upper midwest/great plains region.

The article mentioned incoming pitchers Ryan Hinchley and Mike McKinley, infielders Andres Ortegano and Cody Dykema and outfielder Tyler Detmer

Read the article here

Hinchley, a York High School graduate, was 7-3 with a 2.00 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 50 innings of work for the Dukes as a senior.

McKinley, a Heartland Community College transfer, fanned 44 batters in 49.1 innings of work and opponents batted just .202 against him last season.

Ortegano comes to the Flames after playing under head coach Chris Knollin at Morton College. The 5'7", 155-pound shortstop was an All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference selection in 2010. He batted .376 with 10 doubles, six triples, a home run, 33 RBI and 55 runs for the Panthers this season. He also stole 24 bases in 30 attempts for Morton College.

Dykema, a Dyer, Ind., native, committed only one error in two years as a varsity shortstop and he ranks third all-time in Indiana by playing more than 40 consecutive games without a fielding miscue.

Detmer, a Breese, Ill. native, looks to make the transition from centerfield to catcher.  The three-sport high school athlete was a two-time All-State football player and two-time MVP on the baseball team.  He batted .493 his senior season, leading his squad in homers (7) and doubles (9).

Joining the Flames as one the region's best classes included Missouri, Kansas, Notre Dame, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Illinois State, Witchta State, Central Michigan, Kent State, Bowling Green and Kentucky.