Western Reserve Blue Devils 2022 Baseball Preview


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Western Reserve Blue Devils

Head Coach: Jake Zatchok
Years Head Coach (current school): 1st
Record (current school): 0-0
Years Head Coach (overall): 1st
Record (overall): 0-0

Assistant Coaches:
Joe Serensky
Austin DeGregory
Paul Henderson
Lou Zitello

Record last season: 15-10 (10-4 MVAC)
League Affiliation: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference- Scarlet
Last year's playoff results: District Runner Up

Top players returning:
Jacob Buchmann- .356 AVG, 4 2B, 11 RBI, Threw out 11 base runners from the catchers position. 2nd Team MVAC Catcher in 2021. 2 Year Letterwinner

Gabe Platt- .371 AVG, 7 RBI, 12 R/ 16IP, 2W-0L 2.19 ERA, 22K. 2 Year Letterwinner

Parker Reed- 2 Year Letterwinner

Top players lost:
Jake Pappagallo .349 AVG, 5 2B, 2 3B, 14 RBI, 16 R, 5 SB, 45.1 IP, 4W-3L, 54K, 2.47 ERA- 1st Team MVAC Pitcher in 2021-Playing at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin

Nick Niemi .348 AVG, 4 2B, 15 RBI, 22 R, 9 SB, 39.1 IP, 36K, 1.78 ERA, First Team MVAC Infield in 2021

Seth Phillips .352 AVG, 6 2B, HR, 18 RBI, 12 R, 2nd Team MVAC Infield in 2021

Brock Miller .291 AVG, 18 R, 12 SB, 1st Team MVAC Outfield in 2021

Alex Mayorga .288 AVG, 16 RBI 15 SB, Honorable Mention MVAC in 2021

New impact players:
Brock Wellman-10
Brayden Saunders- 10
Vance Story- 10
Jack Darney- 9
Evan Slaven-9
Alec Abrams-9

Final Comments:
After losing 7 starters to graduation and only returning 1 pitcher who threw varsity innings last year, youth and inexperience is going to be our biggest weakness for this season. We have a lot of players who will be playing their first innings of varsity baseball this year and they are going to have to get up to speed very quickly. With that being said, versatility of some players is going to be a strength as we have the ability to move guys all over the field and play different lineups as we need to. Also while we don't have a lot of pitchers with experience, we do have a good depth and several arms that we are excited to see this spring.