- position C
- height 6-2
- Weight 215
- class Senior
- Hometown Sugar Grove, Ill.
- Previous School Minnesota
• Academic All-Big Ten (2020, 2021)
• Buster Posey Watch List (2021, 2022)
• CoSIDA Academic All-District (2021, 2022)
• Scholar-Athlete & Excellence in Athletic Performance Award (2022)
• Northwoods League Postseason All-Star (2020)
• Northwoods League MLB Dreams Showcase (2019)
PRIOR TO KENTUCKY
Has appeared in 128 career games, starting 113…Has 97 hits and a .233 average…Has 22 doubles, 15 home runs and 72 RBI with a career OPS of .726.
Played for the Lincoln Potters of the California Collegiate League, the same organization as current teammate Nolan McCarthy…Batted .360 in 75 at bats with 17 runs, eight doubles, two home runs, 14 RBI and nine walks…Stole a pair of bases and hah a .984 OPS
Played in 51 of the 52 games as a senior, starting in 50 · slashed .228/.513/.323 with a team-high 13 home runs (most for a Minnesota player since 2009), 42 RBI and 29 runs scored · walked 22 times, picked up 43 hits in 189 at bats · tallied 439 putouts and 45 assists while posting a team-best .996 fielding percentage.
Played in 21 games for the Lincoln Potters of the CCL, hitting .449 with three home runs and 19 RBI · had 35 hits, including seven doubles, while drawing 11 walks · had 10 multi-hit games, including two games with four hits and a pair with three hits.
Named to Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Watch List…Played in 36 games, starting in 35…Ranked second on the team in hits (34) and third in batting average with a line of .272/355/.352 in a team-high 125 at bats…Hit two home runs and drove in 17 RBI with four doubles and 44 total bases.
Competed for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League…Named a 2020 Northwoods League Postseason All-Star…Slashed .310/.360/.470 across 100 at bats with three home runs, one triple, five doubles, 14 runs, 22 RBI and seven walks…Garnered NWL Player of the Night honors on July 18 after going 2-for-3 with one triple, one double, four RBI and two runs scored…Earned a second NWL Player of the Night award on Aug. 5 by going 4-for-5 with one home run, one double, three RBI and two runs.
Played in 18 games including 15 starts…Slashed .170/.262/.245 with one triple, two doubles, four runs and five RBI across 53 at bats…Paced the Big Ten in putouts (174) and finished tied for first in runners caught stealing (seven) and pickoffs (one).
Competed for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League…Selected to play in the MLB Dreams Showcase as one of the premier prospects in the Northwoods League…Batted .251 across 155 at bats with one home run , one triple, 12 doubles, 25 runs, 26 RBI and 4 steals.
Played in 23 games including 13 starts behind the plate…Slashed .220/.350/.240 with a one double, 8 RBIs, and five runs scored…Made his collegiate debut vs. New Mexico on Feb. 16…Collected his first hit, RBI, and run at Long Beach State on March 17.
A 2018 graduate of Marmion Academy in Aurora, Illinois…served as a two-year team captain for head coach Frank Chapman and the Cadets · 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American · 2018 Chicago Daily Herald Fox Valley All-Area Team selection · twice named Underclass Honorable Mention All-America · led the team to a third-place finish in the Illinois Class 3A State High School Tournament · earned All-State, All-Area, All-Chicago City, and All-Conference honors during his prep career · played his club baseball for the Cangelosi Sparks and Top Tier Hoffman…ranked as the no. 1 catcher in the state of Illinois and the no. 22 backstop nationally by Prep Baseball Report and the no. 3 in-state and no. 79 national catching prospect by Perfect Game.
Born Chase Emery Richard Stanke in Maplewood, Minnesota · son of Stacy and Michael Stanke · has one brother, Gunnar · member of National Honor Society and student council during his prep career · volunteered for the Special Olympics.
*Minnesota athletics communications contributed to this bio