East Tennessee State capped the early signing period by signing power hitters Andrew Lasure (Stanford, Ky.) and Kevin Phillips (University City, Mo.) to national letters of intent, according to a release from the school on Thursday.
Lasure, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound catcher-infielder, has helped Danville High School to three region championships. As a junior last year, Lasure hit .449 with six home runs and 41 RBIs at Danville, which went 27-9 and won the 45th District championship. He also walked 44 times —the second-highest season total in state history — and struck out five times. Lasure has a .427 career average with 17 home runs, 72 doubles and four triples.
He was in the Power Showcase International High School Home Run Derby and the Under Armour Preseason All-America Tournament last winter in Arizona, and the Kentucky East-West All-Star Game.
“Andrew has some big-time pop from the left side,” ETSU coach Tony Skole said.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Phillips was named third-team Post Dispatch All-Metro after hitting .500 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs, and was named Suburban South Conference Player of the Year. Phillips led the conference in hitting, home runs, runs (35), slugging percentage (.845), on-base percentage (.611) and walks (21). He was named 2011 Underclass Honorable Mention by Perfect Game.
Phillips led University City with a .410 average, 25 hits, six doubles, three triples, two home runs, and 18 RBIs as a freshman. The following year, he hit .359 with a .518 on-base percentage and was 2010 Underclass honorable mention by Perfect Game.
“He has a unique ability in that he can handle the bat like a singles hitter,” Skole said, “but when he gets the count in his favor he can approach different pitches in different ways and really do some damage.”