Baseball Lands Third-Straight Lefthanded Pitcher in Collierville's Erik Schoenrock
Nov. 18, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Perhaps the most unique signee of his career, University of Memphis head coach Daron Schoenrock announced today that Collierville High School left-hander Erik Schoenrock signed his National Letter of Intent to wear the Blue and Gray beginning in the 2010-11 season.
"Having seen this young man grow up, it's remarkable to see the potential that Erik possesses," the Tiger skipper said. "I left the recruiting process up to my recruiting coordinator Jerry Zulli and pitching coach/associate head coach Fred Corral, and both feel that if not for the back injury that sidelined Erik for his entire junior season, he would have been one of the top left-handers in the state of Tennessee. He has `grown up' with Tiger Baseball and he'll be a great fit for our system. He's a huge fan of all Tiger athletics so it was an easy sell. Coach Hopkins has done an outstanding job with Erik's development."
The 6-2 Schoenrock is a three-year letterwinner for former Memphis head coach, Jeff Hopkins at Collierville High. As a junior, Schoenrock was primed to be a key contributor on the mound for CHS in 2009, but was sidelined by a season-ending back injury. He was chosen to pitch for the 2009 Tennessee Jr. Sun Belt team and in the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association (TBCA) Showcase, but was unable to perform due to the back injury.
Schoenrock returned to the diamond in the summer season and went 3-0 three appearances for the Collierville High summer league team. A member of the KC Barnstormers select team in 2008, the southpaw was invited back and made brief rehab appearances for the club in the summer of 2009.
Noted by area Kansas City Royal scouts as one of the top prospects in Tennessee, Schoenrock was selected to continue his development as a member of the Kansas City Royals scout team this fall. Schoenrock was a fall teammate of Tiger signee Ethan Gross on the Royals fall scout squad.