COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Seth Kinker, junior Ryan Feltner and sophomore Dominic Canzone, members of the Ohio State baseball team, were named to the Big Ten Preseason to Watch List, the conference office announced Wednesday afternoon. Indiana was selected as the conference’s preseason favorite followed by Nebraska, Minnesota, Maryland, Michigan and Iowa.
Kinker, a native of Huntington, W. Va., collects his second straight league preseason honor and returns for his final season in the Scarlet and Gray. The right-hander was 3-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 24 appearances with 54 strikeouts in 58.0 innings pitched a year ago. Kinker ranks tied for 10th on the OSU career appearances list with 79 and has totaled 135.0 innings pitched since joining the team in 2015.
Beals said on Kinker, “He is our go-to-guy in the bullpen. Whether it is as a closer, or in shut-down situations, Seth has proven us that he is our go-to reliever.”
Feltner, from Hudson, Ohio, earns his first conference preseason honor. The right-hander has been tabbed as the top prospect in the Big Ten for the 2018 MLB Draft by multiple media outlets, including D1Baseball and Perfect Game. The 6-4, 195-pound right-hander has collected 118 strikeouts in 131.1 innings pitched in two seasons with the Buckeyes. Feltner is set to start against Canisius in game two of the team’s opening day doubleheader Friday in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Canzone, from Sagamore Hills, Ohio, was a third team All-Big Ten selection as a true freshman in 2017. The Buckeye right fielder hit .343 with four doubles, three triples, three home runs and 36 RBI. He also had a team-high seven assists and did not make an error in 39 starts.
Beals said on Canzone, “Dom [Canzone] had a tremendous freshman year and we are looking forward to him continuing that trend. He is going to be a key part of our offensive and defensive success.”
The boys of summer open the 135th season of Buckeye Baseball Friday-Sunday at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Buckeyes will play four games during the opening weekend against UW-Milwaukee and Canisius. Click here for details.