UWM Baseball Recruit Selected By Detroit Tigers In MLB Draft

Only Wisconsin high school player drafted


June 9, 2008

MILWAUKEE - Paul Hoenecke, a National Letter of Intent signee of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team who will be a freshman this fall, was selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft last week by the Detroit Tigers in the 42nd round. He was the only Wisconsin high school player to be chosen in the draft.

"Paul has worked extremely hard on his game and it has paid off," UWM head coach Scott Doffek said. "He is such a grounded kid with his priorities in check ... I am sure this will only fuel him to work harder."

Hoenecke was the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel State Player of the Year as a junior in 2007, leading West Bend West High School to a state championship and a 34-1 record. He earned first team all-state and all-conference honors, setting school records with his .515 batting average, 67 hits, 59 runs batted in, 19 doubles, 39 runs scored and five home runs. He also pitched, going 9-1 with a 2.18 earned run average, striking out 51 while walking just 11.

He excelled in the postseason, carrying his team by going 15-for-21 at the plate with 16 runs batted in, eight doubles, one triple and three home runs in just six games en route to the crown.

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