By John Froese
Even though there are piles of snow outside and we are constantly sitting at below zero temperatures, baseball season rapidly approaching with the Saints opening up play on February 14th in Joplin, Missouri. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at a positional breakdown for the Presentation College Saints.
Pitchers: Chris D’Amico (Sr, Grants Pass, OR), CJ Canfield (Sr, Rochester, WA), Austin Crain (Sr, Duarte, CA), Chris Wulf (Sr, Mckinney, Tx) Brendan Delgado (Sr, Weed, CA), Cole Torgerson (Sr, Billings, MT), Colin Crandall (Sr, Littlerock, CA), Garrett Butcher (Jr, Homer, AK), Jakob Tate (Jr, Gilbert, AZ), and Cody Tomb (Fr, Loretto, MN.)
Analysis: As can be seen, the PC pitching staff has a great deal of veteran experience and will once again be expected to be a stalwart for this team in the 2020 season after performing well in 2019. Look for Seniors Chris D’Amico, Colin Crandall, Cole Torgerson, and Chris Wulf to anchor the rotation while Seniors Austin Crain, CJ Canfield, and Brendan Delgado look to have successful seasons once again coming out of the bullpen. With the roster being smaller than they have in previous years, everyone on the staff will receive an opportunity to carve out a role and pitch meaningful innings in 2020.
Outfielders: Zane Hunt (Sr, San Tan Valley, AZ), Lukas Symonds (Sr, Canberra, AUS), Dryden Kaczmar (Jr, Regina, SK, CAN), Kyle Angielski (Jr, Regina, SK, CAN), and Tomas Frutos (Fr, Santa Paula, CA.)
Analysis: This unit is led by one of the few returning positional starters from last years team in Zane Hunt but lacks experience after that. While Kaczmar, Angielski, and Symonds have all received playing time there and have performed well at times, none of them have spent a large portion of their playing career in the outfield. Frutos is somewhat of a wildcard being a semester transfer and still only a freshman, it remains to be seen as to what he will be capable of contributing to this team. There is still plenty of playing time to be earned in the outfield, with truly only one of the spots locked in.
Catchers: Brandon Justice (Jr, Grantsville, UT), Zachary Edwards (Fr, Show Low, AZ),Tyler Austin (Fr, Florence, AZ.), and Angielski
Analysis: This position is incredibly raw when it comes to playing time, with Justice having missed the entire 2019 season with injury and Edwards and Austin both being freshman. However, both have shown immense amounts of promise and are expected to rotate between catching and the middle infield with Justice more than likely regulated to mostly DH at-bats due to persistent elbow troubles. Angielski did catch about half of PC’s games last semester, but due to a severe ankle injury will most likely be relegated to the outfield in 2020 with perhaps the occasional appearance behind the dish.
Middle Infielders: Kyle Showalter (Sr, Norco, CA), Austin Kominek (Jr, Frenchtown, MT), Symonds, Austin, Edwards, and D’Amico
Analysis: Once again this is a group that lacks a large amount of playing time, with none of these players having been a full-time starter last year, although both Showalter and Kominek received a decent amount of playing time in the 2019 season. Both players will also be expected to be large contributors to the lineup in 2020. Showalter is expected to be the primary option at second and we may even see D’Amico there on occasion as well. Kominek offers versatility that allows him to move all around the infield, which is a luxury that his coach will no doubt appreciate. Shortstop could very well be the biggest question mark heading in the 2020 season, with Kominek, Austin, and Edwards all expected to be in the mix for playing time at that spot.
Corner Infielders: Trent Williams (So, Show Low, AZ), Colten Schusted (So, Braham, MN), John Froese (So, Santa Teresa, NM) Samuel Garner (Fr, Arvada, CO), RJ Galvez (Fr, Harris, MN), and Kominek.
Analysis: As seems to be the trend with most positional groups, there is a true lack of playing time among these individuals with only Williams counting for a handful of at-bats and the aforementioned Kominek. Williams, however, has flashed immense potential in limited opportunities and is expected to be a staple in the lineup at either first or third base. Froese, Schusted, Galvez, and Garner are all expected to compete for playing time and luckily for them there is still much to be won, especially if Kominek is deployed as a middle infielder on occasion.
Worth Noting: The DH spot is up for grabs for anyone who may end up as the odd man out or has flashed enough potential with the stick to receive some at-bats. Kominek, Kaczmar, and Garner are all expected to contribute on the mound as well, particularly Kaczmar, who emerged as the teams’ closer towards the end of the 2019 season.