A brief look into what the upcoming TJ baseball roster will look like.
As the first varsity game creeps closer and closer, baseball fans can expect to see some high performing players return as well as a few new faces on this year’s roster. With tryouts right around the corner on February 25th, head coach Graham Baughn expects to see a lot of freshmen step up to the plate, including Mitchell Accola, Danny Brady, Kyle Hrin, and Tyler Hrin, all of whom were introduced to the program over the off season in the program’s RBI summer team. Concerning this year’s new freshman players, Baughn comments, “It’s a very strong class in terms of upside and depth.”
Several key returning seniors are expected to show out this season. On the mound, first team All-Conference player Nick Bowermaster will be returning for another season, as the team’s starting pitcher. Second team All-Conference utility player Bobby Macias will be seen all over the field this season, contributing to every aspect of the game with a very versatile set of skills. Mason Gawler, who led the team in doubles last season will also return as the team’s starting catcher. Second baseman Jacob Gonzalez is also set to return, bringing strong leadership traits and a hard working mindset. These returning seniors will play a big role in the upcoming season, as some of the most secure potential on the roster.
Alongside the seniors, many juniors and sophomores are expected to see some play time this season. Junior John Greenman will be a key player, as the second pitcher in the lineup after a strong 2018 season. Last year’s starting third baseman Colby Achelpohl, is likely to return, despite facing some injuries in the off season. Junior Trenton Tyler will also fight for a spot on the varsity team, as a potential pitcher and fielder in the line up. Sophomores Manny Perez, Jordan Sandoval, and Evan Habitz will all be competing for time on varsity as well, in various field positions.
The roster is not the only thing changing this season, as many highly anticipated improvements to the field are being put into effect. Spectators can expect to be fully involved in the games, with a new press box and sound system allowing for a PA announcer to deliver pitching lineups, along with other crucial information. Newly implemented windscreens will also give the field a new sleek look. With the numerous steps being taken to improve the field, the playing conditions continue to meet the expectations of the program.
With spots still left on the team, several new players are expected to show for tryouts on February 25th. Overall this year’s team is shaping up to be a big hit, with various new field improvements to make the home games more exciting.