NCAA Division I: 2020 Season Preview

Oregon State University – Corvallis, OR

Head Coach: Mitch Canham (1st year)
Assistants: Pat Bailey, Rich Dorman, Ryan Gipson
Affiliation: NCAA Division I
Conference: PAC 12
Website: http://osubeavers.com/
2019 Record: 36-20-1 overall, 21-8 in conference
2020 Opening Day: Friday, February 14th vs. New Mexico in Surprise, AZ
2020 League Opener: Friday, March 13th vs. Arizona in Tucson, AZ
Top Newcomers:
Will Frisch, FR, RHP, Stillwater HS (MN)
Cooper Hjerpe, FR, LHP, Woodland HS (CA)
Micah McDowell, FR, OF, Foothills Composite (Nova Scotia)
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
New Beaver head coach Mitch Canham has been selected to lead OSU into a new era and continue the historic storied program after the retirement of legendary head coach Pat Casey. The head coaching position has been named the “Pat Casey Head Coach” to honor the architect of the three-time National Championship run. Canham was the catcher and leader of the 2006 and 2007 National Championship Beaver teams. The 21st head coach for OSU was a 2007 All-American, a three-time member of the PAC-10 All-Academic team, and a 1st round selection by the San Diego Padres. The Washington native has been a minor league manager in the Mariners organization for the last three and a half years.
The consistency of head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Pat Bailey is huge for the Beaver family. The associate head coach under Casey enters his 13th year at OSU and  guided the Beavers to a 36-win season and a Regional host in 2019 as interim head coach. He has been part of three trips to Omaha and the 2018 championship.  He was a National Champion head coach also at D3 George Fox University before joining OSU. In 2012 he received the American Baseball Coaches Association Ethics in Coaching award.
New pitching coach Rich Dorman returns to his home state and had a brief 3 game stint with the Beavers as a player in 1999. He transferred to Western Baptist (Corban University) to continue his college career and spent nine seasons as a minor league pitcher. He recently has led the pitchers at Grand Canyon University for three years after spending eight seasons as a coach in the Seattle Mariners minor league system.
Ryan Gipson returns as the volunteer coach and was a key member of the Beaver’s 2006 National Championship team. The Oregon-native was the head coach at nearby Linn-Benton CC where in four seasons, he built a program to 119 wins including a 42-4 2018 season.
Four preseason national polls have the Beavers in the top 32 with D1 Baseball having them as high as #16.  A strong nucleus of returners experienced the 2018 National Championship season and will play a big part in the 2020 success. Pitching, speed, and defense should be the strength of the 2020 OSU roster.
Two LHPs will move from a primary bullpen role to head the rotation in junior Christian Chamberlain whose 3.83 ERA resulted in 3 wins/2 saves in 23 appearances and senior Jake Mulholland, a preseason All-American, after his 3 wins and 8 saves in 28 appearances with a 1.93 ERA in 2019. He was Baseball Northwest’s #7 ranked top prospect for the Washington Class of 2016. A potential return of injured Kevin Abel late in the season could be a boost to the Beaver pitching staff. He was a 2018 All-American and pitched the Beavers to the National Championship in the finale with a two-hit shutout. Three right handed bullpen arms return with proven production to anchor this year’s pen. Junior Mitchell Verburg (Oregon 2016 #2 prospect) may claim the closer role coming off a 1 win, 2 save, 16 appearances, 1.42 ERA season. Sophomore Joey Mundt had one save in 8 games and a 1.93 ERA. Junior Nathan Burns pitched 21 innings in 10 games with a 3.32 ERA. Big things and a rotation spot could happen for sophomore RHP Jake Pfennigs (Idaho/Montana 2018 #1 prospect). He was the Padres 35th round pick in 2018 and last year for the Beavers pitched 31 innings in 3 starts and 17 appearances with a 4.55 ERA. The health and development of sophomore LHP Andrew Walling is anticipated. He was the Washington Class of 2018 #4 prospect.
The middle of the field defense has always been a strength of Beaver clubs and 2020 will be no different. Junior catcher Troy Claunch can change the game on both sides and the sure-handedness of SS Andy Armstrong (Oregon 2016 #8 prospect) makes him an elite level defender. BBNW alum 1B/OF Alex McGarry can be a middle of the order presence and he returns the highest batting average (.293) and 8 home runs. He was a 2019 All-PAC-12 selection. Two junior outfielders bring plus athleticism to the corner outfield spots in Joe Casey and Kyler McMahan. McMahan was the Washington #2 ranked prospect for the Class of 2017. Both will need breakout years with the bat for the Beavers to compete for a championship.
Two infielders, junior Ryan Ober (Washington 2017 #9 prospect) and sophomore Jake Harvey (Washington 2018 #10 prospect), who started most the games last year, return with defensive and offensive upside. Sophomore INF Jake Dukart (Oregon 2018 #1 ranked prospect) played in 37 games including 20 starts as a true freshman and will look to build on the experience gained. Senior outfielder Preston Jones (Washington 2018 #10 prospect) also had 32 starts in 2020.
The new Beaver pitchers hope to contribute soon. Fritsch and Hjerpe look to be most ready for depth in the bullpen.  Oregon’s Class of 2019 #3 prospect RHP Ryan Brown, who was a 26th round Yankee draft last June, has upside.  Three JC position players should contend for playing time: Linn-Benton CC transfer catcher Cole Hamilton, outfielder Jacob Melton and infielder Richie Mascarenas. Hamilton was drafted last June. Two freshmen to watch in the future are infielder Kyle Dernedde (Oregon’s 2019 #4 prospect) and catcher Ben Steck (Washington 2019 #16).
Many Beavers are getting professional consideration. Those include Casey, Mundt, Claunch, Verburg, Burns, Chamberlain, Mulholland, Ober, Jones, Abel, McMahan, Harvey, Armstrong, Hamilton, and Mascarenas.
The 29 OSU Beavers playing professionally in 2019 is the most of any Northwest D1 program. Fourteen of those are BBNW alumni including five of the six major leaguers: Matt Boyd, Michael Conforto, Jace Fry, Sam Gaviglio, and Josh Osich.
The Beavs have led the PAC-12 in each of the last three years with 16 student-athletes named to the Conference All-Academic team.
The Beavers will head to the desert again for the sixth straight year to open the 2020 season; a four-game set in Surprise will have New Mexico, Gonzaga, and BYU as opponents. The 23 home-game schedule will begin March 6th when UC Santa Barbara comes to Goss Stadium. The PAC-12 opener will be at Arizona March 13-15. The conference-favorite Arizona State comes to Goss Stadium March 20-22. The conference Civil War series is in Corvallis April 3-5. 21 games on the schedule are against 2019 postseason teams. Welcome back to the Northwest Coach Canham and Coach Dorman and their families. Go Beavers!
Top Prospects on the OSU roster, previously ranked by Baseball Northwest:
Idaho/Montana Class of 2018: #1 Jacob Pfennigs
Oregon Class of 2016: #3 Mitchell Verburg, #8 Andy Armstrong, #17 Cole Hamilton
Oregon Class of 2018: #1 Jake Dukart, #15 Jacob Melton
Oregon Class of 2019: #3 Ryan Brown, #4 Kyle Dernedde
Washington Class of 2016: #7 Jake Mulholland, #10 Preston Jones
Washington Class of 2017: #2 Kyler McMahan, #9 Ryan Ober
Washington Class of 2018: #4 Andrew Walling, #10 Jake Harvey, #20 Matthew Gretler, #31 Greg Fuchs
Washington Class of 2019: #16 Ben Steck
OSU Alumni currently playing professionally:
Major leaguers:
Matt Boyd, Detroit Tigers, MLB debut 6/27/2015, BBNW alum
Michael Conforto, New York Mets, MLB debut 7/24/2015, BBNW alum
Jace Fry, Chicago White Sox, MLB debut 9/5/2017, BBNW alum
Sam Gavigilo, Toronto Blue Jays, MLB debut 5/11/2017, BBNW alum
Josh Osich, Boston Red Sox, 7/3/2015, BBNW alum
Andrew Moore, Seattle Mariners, MLB debut 6/22/2017
Other BBNW alumni in the minor leagues:
Adley Rutschman, Drew Rassmussen, Caleb Hamilton, Jeff Hendrix, Ben Wetzler (Holmes), Logan Ice, Trevor Morrison, Dylan Pearce, John Pomeroy, Dylan Davis.
Other minor leaguers:
Christian Donahue, Bryce Fehmel, Grant Gambrell, Cadyn Grenier, Michael Gretler, KJ Harrison, Stevan Kwan, Trevor Larnach, Nick Madrigal, Tyler Malone, Jake Thompson, Beau Phillip, Andrew Susac.
Class of 2020 BBNW Alumni committed to Oregon State:
Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit HS
Jaren Hunter, RHP, Barlow HS
Ian Lawson, RHP, Century HS
Thomas Dukart, OF, Lake Oswego HS
Daniel Pruitt, C, Valley Catholic HS
Jonah Giblin, RHP, Bainbridge HS
Jordan Donahue, INF, Damien Memorial HS (HI)
Kyle Keyes, RHP, Bingham HS (UT)
Justin Thorsteinson, LHP, Langley Secondary (BC)
BBNW Alumni on Roster: 23

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University of Oregon – Eugene, OR

Head Coach: Mark Wasikowski (1st year)
Assistants: Jake Angier, Jack Marder, Marcus Hinkle
Affiliation:
NCAA Division I
Conference:
PAC 12
Website: 
http://goducks.com/
2019 Record:
27-29 overall, 10-19 in conference
2020 Opening Day: Friday, February 14th vs. Minnesota in Tempe, AZ
2020 League Opener: Friday, March 13th vs. UCLA in Los Angeles, CA
T0p Newcomers:
Anthony Hall, FR, CF/1B, Point Loma HS
Josh Kasevich, FR, 3B/RHP, Palo Alto HS
Gavin Grant, SO, SS, Tacoma CC
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
It is a new era of Oregon baseball; there is a fresh vision, direction, and culture with a championship mindset. Mark Wasikowski returns to the Ducks with the head coach tag after spending five seasons earlier as a U of O assistant coach from 2012-2016, where the Ducks had four post-season appearances. For the last three years, he was the head coach at Purdue, where the Boilermakers went from 10 wins to 29 in his first season coaching. Coach Wasikowski’s strong coaching resume also includes ten years at Arizona and three at Florida. Wasikowski is the 13th Oregon coach and only the 2nd since the reinstatement of the program. New pitching coach Jake Angier comes from Sacramento State where he was Associate Head Coach; he is a Bellevue, WA. native and played at Big Bend CC. Former Duck player Jack Marder will handle the hitters and catchers. He comes from Stanford where he assisted for two years and prior to that, spent four years playing in the Mariner minor league system. Markus Hinkle comes from Tacoma CC to be the Duck’s volunteer assistant. BBNW alum and the first Oregon recruit for the first season after reinstatement, Darrell Hunter has added video analytics to his duties as strength and conditioning coach.
Eleven pitchers and five position starters return with experience, including four of the top five hitters. Junior RHP Cullen Kafka could get the ball on Friday nights as the #1 starter. He is one of the top arms in the conference and led the Ducks in starts (14) with 5 wins last year. Junior LHP Robbie Ahlstrom also won 5 games in 2019 in 10 starts and is expected to have a starting role. The third starter may be another junior RHP and BBNW alum Peyton Fuller who has been exclusively used out of the bullpen in his first two years. The #6 ranked prospect from the Oregon class of 2017 has made 40 relief appearances. Brett Walker is expected to compete for the rotation also having started seven times last season. The largest impact to the Oregon pitching production may come from red-shirt junior Kenyon Yovan. He missed 2019 with an arm surgery after being a two-time PAC-12 All-Star and a 2017 All-American. Baseball Northwest ranked him as the #1 top prospect for the Oregon class of 2016; he was drafted by the Angels in that year’s draft. The BBNW alum will start the year as the closer. His middle of the order type bat will also provide much needed power. Three native left-handed Oregonian pitchers will provide bullpen depth. Senior Nico Tellache, Oregon’s Class of 2016 #7 prospect led the Ducks in appearances (28) last year and earned 4 wins. Another senior Cole Stringer started 7 games of his 15 appearances in 52 innings. Junior Kolby Somers pitched in 19 games with 5 starts and was Oregon’s Class of 2017 #2 prospect. He was drafted by the Mariners that year.
The returning offense is led by senior 1B Gabe Matthews, sophomores OF Tanner Smith, C/OF Aaron Zavala, INF Sam Novitske, and junior OF Evan Williams. Matthews’ 158 games started is 7th on the Ducks all-time list and he is 9th in career hits; he was the #9 prospect for the Oregon Class of 2016. Smith hit .284 in 52 starts, and Zavala hit over .500 in February last year before being slowed by an injury. Novitske will move from 2B to 3B and is the top returning hitter at .300. BBNW alum and local product Sam Olsson is the most experienced catcher.
Anthony Hall was Coach Wasikowski’s first addition and should be ready to add quality at-bats right away. Kasevich could see action on the mound and at the plate as a freshman. Tacoma CC transfer Gavin Grant will be the SS and improve the inner defense; he was Washington’s Class of 2018 #13 prospect. Five freshmen arms are topped by two-way player Decker Stedman who was Oregon’s Class of 2019 #7 ranked player.
Ahlstrom, Henry Breault, Fuller, Kafka, Mathews, Williams, and Yovan are being watched closely by MLB scouts.
Oregon had an impressive 24 former Ducks playing with major and minor league organizations in 2019.
Thirty-one home games at PK Park highlight the 2020 Duck schedule. The early season travel schedule takes Oregon to Arizona for the Angels Classic for match-ups with Minnesota, San Diego, and Pepperdine. An early home two series set with Nevada and Milwaukee beginning February 21st is followed by a Hawaii visit March 5-7. The PAC-12 start is at UCLA on March 15-17 followed by home conference debut vs. USC. The non-league Civil War games are at PK Park May 5th and 19th. The league rival civil war series is at Oregon State April 3-5. League-favorite Arizona State comes to Eugene May 15-17. Baseball Northwest welcomes back to the Northwest Coach “Waz”, wife Lori Jo, and daughters Joselle and Kelsey. Go Ducks!
Top Prospects on the Oregon roster, previously ranked by Baseball Northwest:
Oregon Class of 2016: #1 Kenyon Yovan, #7 Nico Tellache, #9 Gabe Matthews
Oregon Class of 2017: #2 Kolby Somers, #5 Marcus Lydon, #6 Peyton Fuller, #8 Sam Olsson
Oregon Class of 2018: #3 Aaron Zavala
Washington Class of 2018: #13 Gavin Grant
Oregon Class of 2019: #7 Decker Stedman
U of O Alumni currently playing professionally:
Major leaguers:
Tyler Anderson, Colorado Rockies, MLB debut 06/12/2016
Kyle Garlick, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB debut 5/19/2019
Ryon Healy Seattle Mariners, MLB debut 7/15/2016
Scott Heineman, Texas Rangers, MLB debut 8/2/2019
Cole Irvin, Philadelphia Phillies, MLB debut 5/12/2019
James Sherfy, Non-roster Invitee Arizona Diamondbacks, MLB debut 8/20/2017
UO/BBNW alumni in the minor leagues:
Brac Warren, Josh Graham, Parker Kelly, Matt Mercer
Other Ducks in the minor leagues:
Spencer Steer, Kyle Kasser, Steven Nogosek, Tim Susnara, Michael Tolman, Garrett Cleavinger, Kakob Goldfarb, Mark Karaviotis, Matt Krook, Jonny Delucca, Ryne Nelson, David Peterson, Jake Reed, and Ray Soderman.
Class of 2020 BBNW Alumni committed to Oregon
Logan Mercado, RHP/3B, Tri-Cities Prep
Jared Rubash, RHP, Wenatchee HS
Taylor Holder, RHP, Crescent Valley HS
Bryce Boettcher, INF, South Eugene HS
Jack Seward, RHP, Port Moody Secondary (BC)
Brett McCauley, RHP, Redondo Union HS (CA)
BBNW Alumni on Roster: 13

University of Washington – Seattle, WA

Head Coach: Lindsay Meggs (11th year)
Assistants: Elliott Cribby, Ronnie Prettyman, Joe Meggs
Affiliation: NCAA Division I
Conference: PAC 12
Website: http://gohuskies.com/
2019 Record: 28-24 overall, 12-17 in conference
2020 Opening Day: Friday, February 14th vs. Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, CA
2020 League Opener: Friday, March 13th vs. USC in Los Angeles, CA
Top Newcomers:
Will Simpson, FR, 1B, Skyline HS (WA)
Christian Dicochea, FR, UTL, Redondo Union HS (CA)
Nate Weeldreyer, FR, RHP, Auburn Mountainview HS (WA)
Logan Gerling, JR, RHP, Tacoma CC
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
Coach Meggs begins his 11th year at the helm with three post-season appearances in the last six seasons, including a first ever Husky appearance in the College World Series in 2018. Washington was in the race until the end last year and is expected to compete in 2020 with solid returning depth and a recruiting class with upside. The PAC-12 coaches’ poll has them ranked 6th. Coach Meggs’ coaching history at four-year colleges includes 660 wins in 18 seasons at Indiana State and D2 Chico State where he won two national championships.
New Associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Elliott Cribby returns to his alma mater after being Seattle U’s pitching coach and associate head coach for five years and earning a Washington state title at Mount Si High School in 2011. Cribby also coached for Baseball Northwest early in his coaching career. He was the pitching coach at Purdue University last season. Second year coach Ronnie Prettyman handles the hitters and catchers and three-year letter Husky award winner Joe Meggs is the new volunteer assistant.
Five juniors that experienced the 2018 Omaha run are the heart of the returning Huskies. Two RHPs and BBNW alums Stevie Emanuels and Jack Enger may move from the bullpen to the rotation. Their numbers are impressive: Emanuels had 31 appearances, 2.35 ERA, 2 wins, 3 saves, 53 IPs, and 65 strikeouts; Enger had a 3.20 ERA, 3 wins, 28 appearances, 45 IPs and 61 strikeouts. Emanuels was BBNW’s #1 ranked Class of 2017 prospect for the state of Washington and could be the first Northwest college player chosen in this year’s MLB draft.
CF Braiden Ward, RF Christian Jones, and C Michael Petrie  spearheaded the returning offense. Ward hit .321, led the team in hits, total bases, runs, stolen bases, and was second in RBIs. He was a PAC-12 Honorable Mention last year. Jones missed most of 2019 with a hand injury after making 52 starts in 2018 and hitting in .264. He may have the biggest upside as he was the BBNW #1 ranked Class of 2016 prospect for the state of Washington and was drafted by the Red Sox in that year’s MLB draft. Petrie should get the most catcher reps after hitting .275 in 51 at-bats. Senior Ramon Bramasco started every game at SS last year and hit .284.  Two key BBNW alum infielders—senior Nick Roberts (43 starts in 2019) and sophomore Noah Hsue (missed most of 2019 with an injury) are counted on for offensive and defensive impact.
Two more returning Canadian arms could aid the Washington staff. David Rhodes won 5 games in 14 starts in 67 innings with a 4.64 ERA and Jack DeCooman had 5 starts. Senior RHP Leo Nierenberg also was 3-1 in 21 appearances.
The 18 new Huskies for 2020 include highly ranked BBNW alumni: RHP Nate Weeldreyer was #4, 1B Will Simpson was #11, OF Cole Miller was #15 and INF Dalton Chandler was #19 in their respective Washington grad classes. RHP Alex Giroux was Oregon’s #5 for the class of 2019. The top JC arm transfer is Logan Gerling who was the NWAC Pitcher of the Year at Tacoma CC. He was 11-0 with a 1.49 ERA. Competition in the infield will also come from California-native Christian Dicochea.
Washington had six players drafted in 2019 including five in the top 20 rounds. This year’s Huskies drawing the most possible MLB draft potential include Emanuels, Enger, DeCooman, Nirenberg, Ward, Jones, and Karl Koerper.
The season begins with a 10-day seven game trip to Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State, and Fresno State. February 28th marks the date for the home opener at Husky Ballpark vs. UC Irvine. The Northwest non-conference midweek games are highlighted by home-and-home series vs. Seattle U (April 14th and 28th), and Gonzaga (March 17 and 24th). The PAC-12 starts at USC March 13th. The Baseball version of the Apple Cup is in Seattle on March 27-29. Washington goes to conference favorite Arizona State April 3-5 in a key PAC-12 series. Go Huskies!
Top Prospects on the UW roster, previously ranked by Baseball Northwest:
Oregon Class of 2017: #28 Brandon Leitgeb
Oregon Class of 2019: #5 Alex Giroux
Washington Class of 2016: #1 Christian Jones, #15 Michael Petrie, #25 Nick Roberts
Washington Class of 2017: #1 Stevie Emanuels
Washington Class of 2019: #4 Nate Weeldreyer, #11 Will Simpson, #15 Cole Miller, #22 Dalton Chandler
UW Alumni currently playing professionally:

Adam Cimber, Cleveland Indians, MLB debut 3/29/2018, BBNW alum
Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks, MLB debut 8/7/2014, BBNW alum
Andrew Kittredge, Tampa Bay Rays, MLB debut 7/18/2017, BBNW alum
Austin Voth, Washington Nationals, MLB debut 7/14/2018, BBNW alum
Braden Bishop, Seattle Mariners, MLB debut 3/21/2019
Jeff Brigham, Miami Marlins, MLB debut 9/2/2018
UW/BBNW Alumni in minor league organizations:
Jordan Jones, Chris Micheles, Joey Morgan, Forrest Snow
Other UW alumni in the minors:
Ben Baird, Connor Blair, Noah Brenner, Josh Burgmann, Joe Demears, AJ Graffanino, Willie Maciver, Austin Rei, Levi Jordan, Nick Kahle
Class of 2020 BBNW Alumni committed to Washington:
Cole Fontenelle, INF, Skyline HS
Kelly Corl, INF, O’Dea HS
Reilly McAdams, RHP, Ingraham HS
Case Matter, RHP, Jackson HS
Levi Kiuchi, RHP, Puyallup HS
Dylan MacLean, LHP, Central Catholic HS
Brock Gillis, RHP, Cascade HS
Davis Spencer, RHP, Ellensburg HS
Corey Jarrell, OF, Brewster HS
BBNW Alumni on Roster: 19

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Washington State University – Pullman, WA

Head Coach: Brian Green (1st year)
Assistants: Terry Davis, Anthony Claggett, Greg Bergeron
Affiliation:
NCAA Division I
Conference:
PAC 12
Website: 
http://wsucougars.com/
2019 Record: 11-42-1 overall, 3-26-1 in conference
2020 Opening Day: Friday, February 14th vs. CSU Bakersfield in Bakersfield, CA
2020 League Opener: Friday, March 13th vs. California in Pullman, WA
Top Newcomers:
Justin Van De Brake, JR, OF, Tacoma CC
Tanner West, JR, LHP, Lamar CC
Jake Meyer, JR, C, Central Arizona College                    
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
It’s a new day in the Palouse as new head coach Brian Green brings a fresh focus and direction to the 2020 Washington State Cougars. The 17th WSU head coach previously led his alma mater New Mexico State to 34 or more wins in his last three years. Green has appeared in seven NCAA D1 Regionals as a head or assistant coach. His last was 2018 with the New Mexico State Aggies. His coaching trademark has been about his offense. The 2019 New Mexico State team led the country in batting average, runs, hits, on-base and slugging percentage. New Mexico State also fielded an impressive .977 in 2018 and .974 in 2019. In his second year, he guided the Aggies to one of the biggest turnarounds in college baseball history going from 11 wins to 34. He also had an early coaching stint at Oregon State.
The Cougar turnaround will have some returning pitching experience and upside to build on. Senior LHP AJ Block, whom Baseball Northwest previously ranked #11 for the Washington Class of 2016, returned to WSU after being a 17th round draft pick of the Tigers last year. Sophomore RHP Brandon White, previously ranked #8 for the Washington Class of 2018, was a 18th round draft in 2018 out of high school. They both started 14 games for the 2019 Cougars. Another Sophomore RHP Zane Mills got good experience last year and produced 40 strikeouts in 36 innings during 28 appearances. He was ranked #4 by Baseball Northwest for the Oregon Class of 2018.  Junior RHP Hayden Rosenkrantz is another returning arm with experience and production. He was 3rd in team innings last year with 14 games and 8 starts, and led the Cougars in ERA.
Junior outfielder Collin Montez and sophomore first baseman Kyle Manzardo are expected by Coach Green to be middle of the order type bats. Montez led the Cougs last year in slugging percentage and stolen bases, while Manzardo led in RBIs; they both were ranked as top prospects by Baseball Northwest. Kodie Kolden was ranked #4 for the Idaho/Montana Class of 2018 and could claim a middle infield spot this year after starting 39 games last season.  Garrett Gouldsmith is another infield candidate after starting 51 games last year.
There are three JC transfers who are expected to have a big impact from the 2019 recruiting class. Tacoma CC outfielder Justin Van De Brake is coming off an ACBA All-American year. LHP Tanner West earned 1st Team NJCAA Region 9 honors. Catcher Jake Meyer comes from National JC Champion Central Arizona CC.
Ten true freshmen are rostered for WSU including BBNW alumni outfielder Brady Hill and LHP Micky Thompson. Hill was drafted by the Rockies last June and Thompson was Oregon’s Class of 2019 #2 ranked prospect.
Junior infielder Jack Smith is drawing professional scout interest after hitting .279  last year in a part-time role as well as Block and Montez. He was drafted by the Mariners in 2017, after being ranked as the #16 top prospect for Washington that year.
Coach Green will be one of three new head coaches for D1 programs in the Northwest, joining Oregon State’s Mitch Canham and Oregon’s Mark Wasikowski. Green’s two top assistants, Terry Davis and Anthony Claggett, came with Coach Green from New Mexico State.
The new Cougar BTO (Back To Omaha) facilities project will provide a new clubhouse, locker room, weight room, academic area, team meeting room,  coaches’ office, and new entrance to Bailey-Brayton Field. The 10 million-dollar additions are expected to be completed in 2021.
The Cougs begin the 2020 season with an 11-game road swing to the sun in southern California, Hawaii, and Arizona. The University of Niagara comes to Bailey-Brayton Field March 5-7 to begin the home schedule. The PAC-12 opener is March 13th at home vs. University of California. The Apple Cup Series with Washington is in Seattle March 27-29. Conference-favorite Arizona State comes to the Palouse May 8-10. Other D1 Northwest match-ups occur at Boise State April 21-22, at Portland March 30th, and a home-and-home series with neighbor Gonzaga March 10th and April 7th. Baseball Northwest welcomes Coach Green, his wife Becki, and daughters Emily and Zoe to the great Northwest. Go Cougars!
Top Prospects on the WSU roster, previously ranked by Baseball Northwest:
Idaho/Montana Class of 2018: #4 Kodie Kolden, #8 Kyle Manzardo
Oregon Class of 2018: #4 Zane Mills
Oregon Class of 2019: #2 Micky Thompson
Washington Class of 2016: #11 AJ Block
Washington Class of 2017: #3 Michael Newstrom, #16 Jack Smith, #18 Brody Barnum, #26 Collin Montez
Washington Class of 2018: #8 Brandon White, #9 Connor Barison, #43 Payton Flynn
Washington Class of 2019: #28 Brady Hill
WSU Alumni currently playing professionally:
Adam Conley, LHP, Florida Marlins, MLB debut 6/10/2015
WSU/BBNW alumni in minor leagues:
Ryan Walker, Ian Sagdahl, Matt Bower, Damon Jones
Others WSU Alumni in minor leagues:
Andres Alvarez, Tanner Chleborad, Damon Jones, Parker McFadden, Dan Sinatro, Scott Sunitsch, Nick Taielu
Class of 2020 BBNW Alumni committed to Washington State:
Elias Farland, RHP, R.A. Long HS
Tyler Hoeft, RHP, Federal Way HS
Cutter Buchea, RHP, Meadowdale HS
Louie Albrecht, C, Kentridge HS
Kyle Russell, INF, Curtis HS
Albert Jennings, OF, Tahoma HS
Cooper Barnum, RHP, Skyview HS
Duke Brotherton, RHP, Mercer Island HS
Cody Dreis, INF, Bishop Blanchet HS
Kyler Stancato, OF/LHP, Mountain Ridge HS (AZ)
Lucas Quezada, RHP, Northfield HS (CO)
BBNW Alumni on Roster: 19

Boise State University – Boise, ID

Head Coach: Gary Van Tol (1st year)
Assistants: Brock Huntzinger, Michiel van Kampen, Travis Buck
Affiliation:
NCAA Division I
Conference:
Mountain West
Website:
 https://broncosports.com/
2020 Opening Day: Friday, February 21st vs. Texas in Austin, TX
2020 League Opener: Friday, April 3rd vs. Air Force in USAFA, CO
Top Newcomers:
Michael Hicks, RS SR, OF, Portland
Geon Hyoung (Ryan) Kim, RS JR, OF, Portland
Travis Weston, RS SO, LHP, Ventura College
Dawson Day, JR, LHP, Mt. Hood CC
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
The return of the program at Boise State University is a highlight of this year’s baseball scene in the Northwest as it becomes the 8th Northwest D1 college baseball program. It’s been 40 years since college baseball has been played in the Boise Valley.  The school played baseball beginning in 1936 as Boise Junior College. In 1969, then named Boise State College began playing as a four-year college. It became Boise State University in 1974. The program played in the Northern Pacific Conference from 1969 to 1980.
Boise-native Gary Van Tol has been put in charge of constructing the Bronco rebuild for the 2020 season. He is in his 34th season as a college/professional player, coach, or manager. He began as an assistant at Gonzaga (1991-1993) where he played and was a 1st Team All-Conference selection in 1990. He was the head coach at Centralia College in 1995 before taking the same role at Treasure Valley CC from 1997-2001 where he led the Chukars to four regional tournament appearances. That led to two assistant D1 coaching stints at the University of Portland and back to Gonzaga for the 2005-2008 seasons. He then spent ten seasons as a professional baseball coach and manager in the Chicago Cubs minor league organization with teams in Boise and Eugene. He helped out with Baseball Northwest in the early days as the head coach for the Idaho team in the 2003 USA Baseball Junior Olympic Tournament.
New Bronco pitching coach Brock Huntzinger played ten years in professional baseball before being an undergraduate assistant at Indiana and Arizona State. Catching/Bullpen coach Michiel van Kampen played for Coach Van Tol at Treasure Valley, then locally at the College of Idaho before moving back to the Netherlands where he was a member of the Netherlands National Team and the Dutch Pro League from 1998-2010. BBNW alum Travis Buck will coach the hitters and outfielders. He played six major league seasons after being an All-American at Arizona State.
The 2020 recruiting class for Coach Van Tol is made up of very successful transfer pitchers, older bats with upside, young athletic position players, and a nice mix of Idaho-native players. LHP Trevor Weston, a Ventura College transfer who went 8-3 with 2 saves there last year, should be a key arm. Five other key arms include the following BBNW alumni: LHP Jordan Britton (31 games, 9 starts, 4-2, 1 save, 3.63 ERA at Oregon State), LHP Dawson Day (4-2, 1 save, 13 starts, 104 K’s, 60 innings at Mt. Hood CC), RHP Daniel Ferrario (6-1, 2.08 ERA at Linn-Benton CC), LHP Gavin Gorrell (Northern Colorado transfer, 4-2. 4.23 ERA in WCL summer league), and RHP Mitch Lines (7-1, 2.12 ERA at Lower Columbia College). Six freshman arms who will need to develop quickly include top northwest prospects LHP Stu Flesland III and RHP Hunter Omlid.
Four BBNW alumni could be key middle-of-the-order offense in outfielders Michael Hicks, Geon Hyoung Kim, Christian Padilla and catcher Cory Meyer. Hicks was drafted out of high school by the Yankees. He showed progress by leading the WCL in RBIs last summer. Kim comes from the University of Portland. He was the #3 ranked prospect for the Idaho/Montana Class of 2016. Padilla was an All-Region player in his two years at Spokane Falls CC and was the #7 ranked prospect for the Idaho/Montana Class of 2017. Meyer hit .290 in 45 games at Washington State in 2018. Three freshmen that may be able to add depth to the offense are led by first baseman Torin Montgomery who was drafted by the Marlins in the 35th round a year ago; catcher Chase Adkison and Kase Ogata should contribute soon.
Pat House, Larry Jackson, and Terry Lee are former Boise State players who have played in the Major Leagues. Jackson won 24 games in 1967. Lee was a member of the 1991 world champion Cincinnati Reds after playing basketball and club baseball at BSU.
A difficult 56-game schedule awaits the Broncos in 2020. They will debut at the #21 ranked University of Texas on February 21st in a three-game series.  The historic home debut will be February 28th vs. Northern Colorado University beginning a four-game series for the 26-home game schedule. A seven game home-stand continues with Seattle University and Niagara University coming to Boise. A trip to Creighton on March 27-29 will help prepare Boise State for Mountain West Conference play beginning at Air Force April 3-5. The schedule has 21 games vs. Mountain West schools. Games with other Northwest D1 programs will be at home vs. Portland March 17th, at Washington State on April 21-22, and home vs. Gonzaga May 11-12. The Broncos will play their home games at Memorial Stadium, home to the minor league Boise Hawks. Go Broncos!
Top Prospects on the Boise State roster, previously ranked by Baseball Northwest:
Idaho/Montana Class of 2016: # 3 Geon Hyoung (Ryan) Kim
Idaho/Montana Class of 2017: #7 Christian Padilla
Idaho/Montana Class of 2018: #13 Jayce Bailey, #16 Kase Ogata
Idaho/Montana Class of 2019: #2 Hunter Omlid, #5 Chase Adkison
Oregon Class of 2016: #16 Daniel Ferrario
Oregon Class of 2017: #19 Dawson Day
Washington Class of 2019: #6 Torin Montgomery, #17 Stuart Flesland III
BBNW Alumni on Roster:
16

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Gonzaga University – Spokane, WA

Head Coach: Mark Machtolf (17th year)
Assistants: Danny Evans, Brandon Harmon, Sean Winston
Affiliation: NCAA Division I
Conference: West Coast
Website: http://www.gozags.com/
2019 Record: 31-24 overall, 18-9 in conference
2020 Opening Day: Friday, February 14th vs. BYU in Surprise, AZ
2020 League Opener: Friday, March 13th vs. Santa Clara in Spokane, WA
Top Newcomers:
Alec Gomez, JR, RHP, Yakima Valley CC
William Kempner, FR, RHP, Valley Christian HS (CA)
Tyler Rando, JR, C,  Mission College (CA)
Gabe Hughes, FR, 1B/RHP, Rocky Mountain HS (ID)
Trystan Vrieling, FR, RHP, Kamiakin HS (WA)
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
Gonzaga is picked to win the 2020 conference in the pre-season coaches’ poll under Coach Machtolf who is beginning his 17th year at the helm. He is now the longest turned Northwest D1 head coach, after the retirement of Pat Casey at Oregon State. The Spokane-native and 13-year Zag assistant should surpass the 500-win mark this season. Gonzaga is coming off their fourth straight 30-win season and seventh of the last nine years. Gonzaga has been to the conference post-season tournament six of the last seven-year history of the tournament—the most of any WCC team. Head assistant Danny Evans has been on staff from the beginning under Machtolf and was named Associate Head Coach in 2009. Pitching Coach Brandon Harmon, a BBNW alumni, enters his 5th season with that title after serving three years as the Volunteer Assistant.
A return to the NCAA field of 64 will begin with the pitching where they bring back a deep and experienced staff. Two of the best from the 2019 staff return to head up the potential rotation. Pre-season All-American and BBNW alum Alek Jacob was used in many roles last year and produced eye-popping numbers with 7 wins, 12 saves, a 2.17 ERA, and 87 strikeouts in 78 innings; opponents hit just .200 off him. Senior starting pitcher Mac Lardner had some injury issues but was able to make 13 starts with 74 innings and 6 wins. A healthy summer resulted in a Cape Cod League All-Star selection with a 2nd in the league ERA for starters and a league high innings pitched. Another good candidate for the rotation is senior RHP Nick Trogrlic-Iverson who led the team in appearances (26) last year resulting in 4 wins and 1 save in 68 innings. Out of junior college, he was a 15th round selection in the MLB draft before deciding to be a Zag. Three other BBNW alumni helped provide staff depth and competitive innings. Junior Michael Spellacy (17 games, 3 starts, 44 innings) and sophomores Mason Wells (15 games, 9 starts, 59 innings) and Daniel Naughton (11 games, 4 starts, 23 innings) were top prospects in their respective classes, previously ranked by Baseball Northwest.
The middle of the order offensive potential should come from 2019 2nd Team All-Conference selection SS Ernie Yake, 2019 All-Conference Honorable Mention 3B Brett Harris, and senior 1B Ryan Sullivan. BBNW alum Yake has had back-to-back .300 seasons with solid defensive production. Harris hit .305 (.353 in conference) with 12 doubles and 3 home runs. Sullivan will provide corner power coming off a 7-home run year. Another 2019 All-Conference Honorable Mention Guthrie Morrison was second on the team in hitting (.306). He played everyday in centerfield and hit at the top of the order. Returning infield depth could come from another BBNW alum in Mason Marenco who hit .283 in 29 starts.
Four more newcomer arms will make a difference in the 2020 season. Yakima CC transfer Alec Gomez brings a 2nd Team All-American selection and a NWAC season strikeout record. Freshman William Kempner was a 1st Team summer WCL selection and may be Gonzaga’s closer. RHP Gabe Hughes was ranked by Baseball Northwest as the #3 top prospect for the Idaho/Montana Class of 2019 and has shown two-way ability with the bat. Trystan Vrieling is another freshman who should add bullpen depth this year; he held the Baseball Northwest Washington Class of 2019 #25 ranking.
The Zags getting professional attention are Yake, Harris, Morrison, Rando, Gomez, Jacob, Lardner, Trogrlic-Iverson, and Sullivan.
Gonzaga is tied for 7th nationally with a 98% Graduation Success Rate among all school student-athletes, released by the NCAA. Junior RHP Michael Spellacy is a returning WCC All-Academic Team selection.
Former Zags that are currently playing in the big leagues include Tyler Olson (Cleveland Indians) and Marco Gonzalez (Seattle Mariners).
An 11-game pre-conference road schedule takes the Zags to Arizona, Alabama, and Arkansas. Cal State Northridge comes to Patterson Baseball Complex to begin the home schedule March 6-8. The Bulldogs go to Washington State March 10, to Washington March 17, to Oregon State April 13-14, to Boise State March 11-12, and to Oregon April 21. The WCC opener is at home vs. Santa Clara March 13-15. BYU also comes to Spokane in a key WCC series to end the conference schedule May 14-16. The top 4 in conference regular season make the WCC Tournament. That tournament winner has an automatic birth in the NCAA field of 64. Go Bulldogs!
Top Prospects on the Gonzaga roster, previously ranked by Baseball Northwest:
Idaho/Montana Class of 2018: #6 Grayson Sterling
Idaho/Montana Class of 2019: #3 Gabe Hughes, #4 Jacob Rutherford
Oregon Class of 2018: #5 Daniel Naughton
Oregon Class of 2019: #9 Anthony Garrett
Washington Class of 2017: #14 Michael Spellacy
Washington Class of 2018
: #11 Tyler Chipman, #19 Alex Shanks, #23 Daniel Copeland, #32 Mason Wells, #35 Ben Larson, #42 Bryson Beltran
Washington Class of 2019: #18 Jack Moffitt, #21 Reagan Haas, #25 Trystan Vrieling, #39 Alex Brenner
Gonzaga Alumni currently playing professionally:
Tyler Olson, LHP, Cleveland Indians, MLB debut 4/7/2015, BBNW alumni
Marco Gonzales, LHP, Seattle Mariners, MLB debut 6/25/2014
Former Zags/BBNW Alumni currently playing in minor league organizations:
Austin Pinorini, Daniel Bies, Justin Vernia, Sam Hellinger, Andrew Sopko, Taylor Jones, Gunnar Schubert
Other former Zags in minor league organizations:
Troy Johnston, Tyler Frost, Eli Morgan, Brandon Bailey, Wyatt Mills, Casey Legumina, Auturo Reyes
Class of 2020 BBNW Alumni committed to Gonzaga:
Owen Wild, RHP, Gig Harbor HS (WA)
Dax Lindgren, 1B, Moses Lake HS (WA)
Carson Walters, LHP/OF, Twin Falls HS (ID)
BBNW Alumni on Roster: 23

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University of Portland – Portland, OR

Head Coach: Geoff Loomis (5th year)
Assistants: Jake Valentine, Connor Lambert
Affiliation: NCAA Division I
Conference: West Coast
Website: http://www.portlandpilots.com/
2019 Record: 25-27 overall, 7-19 in conference
2020 Opening Day: Friday, February 14th vs. Nevada in Ridgefield, WA
2020 League Opener: Friday, March 13th vs. San Diego in Corvallis, OR
Top Newcomers:
Ty Saunders, FR, INF, Anacortes HS
Ben Patacsil, FR, INF, O’Dea HS
Christian Cooney, FR, OF, Central Catholic HS
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
Coach Loomis begins his 5th season on the bluff with a veteran pitching staff and a complete roster change of his own recruits. After a 25-win season that was the Pilots’ best since 2012, U of P looks to add to their conference wins in 2020 and move up the WCC standings. Loomis has a strong Northwest college coaching and playing resume. He is a member of the University of Portland’s Hall of Frame for his outstanding playing career as a Pilot and while head coach at Pacific Lutheran, he led the Lutes to 327 wins in 13 years. The top two U of P assistant coaches have Northwest roots as well. Jake Valentine is part of Loomis’ original staff and has moved up to Hitting Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. The addition of Pitching Coach Connor Lambert a year ago has also had big impact for the Pilots.
The 2020 pitching staff has experience, depth, and upside and should set the tone for battle in the tough West Coast Conference, after being 4th in conference team pitching a year ago. They have a proven Friday starter in junior BBNW alum Eli Morse (team captain) and an exceptional closer in senior Connor Knutson, also an alum. Morse made 13 starts, with 79 innings and a 3.52 ERA, while Knutson is six saves away from the Pilot career record after a 10 save-3 win-2.85 ERA season. BBNW alum senior RHP Nate Packard returns having made 16 appearances (8 starts) with 3 wins in 55 innings. Another senior RHP Christian Peters adds bullpen depth with 26 appearances producing 2 wins and a save while posting a 3.12 ERA. BBNW-ranked prospect and alum RHP Jacob Biesterfeld contributed in limited appearances (8).
The offense and defense leader is junior SS Chad Stevens, another team captain. He is one of the top Northwest college pro prospects and a pre-season WCC All-Star after hitting .284 (team leader), 5 home runs, 27 RBIs, and a team-leading 12 steals last year. The 2019 2nd Team All-Conference selection also had a .955 fielding %. He was drafted out of high school by the Padres in the 40th round. Two other expected offensive forces for the 2020 Pilots should be 1B Tracye Tammaro, a freshman All-Conference selection last year, and Jake Holcroft who is coming off an injury redshirt year. The Californian outfielder broke a single season hit record in the West Coast League last summer. BBNW alumni—senior catcher Dutton Elske (33 starts) and junior outfielder Gabe Skoro (23 starts) bring experience and depth.
The newcomers to the 2020 Pilots have been described by Coach Loomis as “big-time talent”, “physical” and “the most athletic group.” The twelve additions (10 from the Northwest) include e8 from Baseball Northwest’s Top Prospect lists for the class of 2019. Washington-native infielders Ty Saunders and Ben Patacsil and Portland-native outfielder Christian Cooney look to be the first to compete for playing time. Outfielders Ethan Loveless and Sean Mulcare with pitchers Liam Hatakenaka, Caleb Franzen, and Jack Folkins could improve the Pilots right away as they adjust to D1 baseball as freshmen. Tacoma JC transfer Wyatt Stanley has a big arm to add immediate bullpen help.
U of P has received the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Excellence Award for 4 straight years. The Pilots also had 12 selected to the WCC All-Academic Team, the most in the league, including 2020 players Morse, Stevens, Skoro, and Peters.
Morse, Stevens, and Tammaro are receiving professional interest.
The on-going construction of new seating at Joe Etzel Stadium will move Pilot home games to other venues in Portland and the Southwest Washington area. The official opening of the new stadium is set for May 15 with a series against St. Mary’s. U of P will open the season in the Northwest vs. Nevada at the Ridgefield Sports Complex on February 14th. The first confernce games will be in Corvallis, OR vs. San Diego on March 13-15. The rival in-conference series vs. Gonzaga, #1 in the pre-season coaches’ poll, is on the road on March 20-22. Highlighted non-conference games include the home-and-home series vs Oregon State April 21 and May 12, and a trip to new D1 Northwest program Boise State on March 17-18. Also there is a scheduled set with Oregon on April 13-14. Go Pilots!
Top Prospects on the Pilots’ roster, previously ranked by BBNW:
Oregon Class of 2016: #29 Dutton Elske
Washington Class of 2016: #33 Christian Peters
Oregon Class of 2017: #7 Brad McVay, #9 Eli Morse, #26 Gabe Skoro
Washington Class of 2017: #26 Chad Stevens
Oregon Class of 2018: # 5 Jacob Biesterfeld
Washington Class of 2018: #39 Peter Allegro
Oregon Class of 2019: #6 Christian Cooney, #12 Caleb Franzen
Washington Class of 2019: #20 Ty Saunders, #29 Ben Patacsil, #34 Sean Mulcare, #35 Ethan Loveless, #38 Jack Folkins, #43 Liam Hatakenaka
Portland Alumni currently playing professionally:
Rocky Gale, Catcher, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB debut 9/6/2015, BBNW alum
Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Nashville Sounds, Triple A, Texas Rangers, MLB debut 5/17/2017, BBNW alum
Beau Brundage, Hudson Valley Renegades, Class A Short Season, Tampa Bay Rays, drafted in 2018
Cooper Hummel, Biloxi Shuckers, Double A, Milwaukee Brewers, drafted in 2016, BBNW alumni
Tate Budnick, AZL Brewers Blue, Rookie, Milwaukee Brewers, signed undrafted in 2018, BBNW alumni
Class of 2020 BBNW Alumni committed to Portland:
Spencer Shipman, Infielder, West Valley HS
Kelan Scanlan, RHP, Ballard HS
Reagan Matson, Catcher, Olympia HS
Henry Muench, Outfielder, O’Dea HS
Evan Scavotto, Infielder/Outfielder, Puyallup HS
KJ Ruffo, Catcher/RHP, Rex Putnam HS
Nick Brink, RHP, Cleveland HS
Keegan Stancato, Infielder, Mountain Ridge HS (AZ)
BBNW Alumni on Roster: 25

 

Seattle University – Seattle, WA

Head Coach: Donny Harrel (11th year)
Assistants: Greg Goetz, Wes Long, Millard Dawson
Affiliation: NCAA Division I
Conference: WAC
Website: http://www.goseattleu.com/
2019 Record: 13-19 overall, 8-19 in conference
2020 Opening Day: Friday, February 14th vs. Creighton at Bannerwood Park (Bellevue, WA)
2020 League Opener: Friday, March 20th vs. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at Bannerwood Park (Bellevue, WA)
Top Newcomers:
Brandon Jenkins, JR, RHP, Central Arizona
Alex McBee, JR, LHP, Tacoma CC
Kohl Petersen, FR, RHP, Roosevelt HS
What Baseball Northwest has to say about the 2020 season:
Coach Harrell has led the Redhawks since the rebirth of the program in 2010. 2016 brought the first Seattle U regular season championship among five straight years of qualifying for the conference post-season tournament, but that streak ended last year.
A young but experienced group of returners is expected to learn from last year and make a run up the WAC standings. Junior LHP Jarrod Billig returns to be the Friday night ace as he was for a portion of last year. He is coming off a 4-win, 4.43 ERA, 9 start, 18 appearance, and 61 inning effort in 2019. Four offensive contributors return including three BBNW alumni in sophomore outfielder Kyle Sherick, senior infielder Austin Lively, and sophomore third baseman Julian Kodama. Sherick hit .310 and was the team’s Offensive Player of the Year. Lively hit .298 and will move from 3B to 2B to make way for Kodama who hit .268 in 37 games. Senior SS Connor O’Brien is expected to improve on a .278 season a year ago and may have the biggest upside. Junior catcher Justin Mazzone was 2nd in team RBIs a year ago. Two other BBNW alumni should add good depth to the bullpen—Senior Alden Huschle had 24 appearances and sophomore Desmond Parisotto had 21. Senior RF Chase Wells was voted as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. Baseball Northwest previously ranked him #20 for the Washington Class of 2016 prospects.
Three new arms are expected to have a needed impact for the Redhawks. Brandon Jenkins could claim a rotation spot or be the closer. Alex McBee is expected to be a candidate also for the rotation. Freshman recruit Kohl Peterson is considered a future staff ace. Baseball Northwest previously ranked him #14 for the Washington Class of 2019 top prospects. Two other freshman pitchers are expected to challenge for innings also—Ethan Brown and Peter Chronowski. Sophomore Ethan Christianson was hurt in 2018, but has the potential to be very good on the mound in 2020 for the Redhawks. He was previously ranked #2 by Baseball Northwest for the Idaho Class of 2018. Seattle U also recruited many freshmen that Baseball Northwest had ranked as top prospects: Washington Class of 2019 #26 ranked Kai Alberghini, an outfielder; #27 Grant Heiser, a catcher; and Oregon Class of 2019 #13 Trevor Antonson, an infielder.
Christianson, Jenkins, and O’Brien have drawn the most professional scout attention to date.
Nine Redhawks earned All-WAC Academic selections in 2019 including returners Lively, Parisotto, Sherick, and Huschle.
A unique D1 Northwest opener will be on the first NCAA D1 playing date on February 14th as Seattle hosts Creighton. The Redhawks use the city of Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park as their home field. They go to Boise State in a pre-conference series March 6-8. Other notable non-conference games are a home-and-home series with Washington, a trip to Oregon State on April 7th, and a visit from Oregon on May 11th. The WAC opener is at home vs University of Texas-Rio Grand Valley on March 22nd. A key WAC series will be at 2019 Tournament winner Sacramento State March 27-29. The top six finishers of the WAC regular season make the tournament in Mesa, AZ May 20-24. The winner of the tournament gets an automatic invite to the NCAA Regional Tournament. Go Redhawks!
Seattle University Alumni currently playing professionally:
Janson Junk, RHP, Tampa Tarpons, Class A Advanced, New York Yankees, drafted in 2017, BBNW alum
Tarik Skubal, LHP, Non-roster Invitee, Detroit Tigers, drafted in 2018
Eric Yardley, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB debut 8/21/2019
Jake Prizina, LHP, Aberdeen Ironbirds, Class A Short Season, Baltimore Orioles, drafted in 2019
Zach Wolf, RHP, Clinton LumberKings, Class A, Miami Marlins, drafted in 2018
Top Prospects previously ranked by BBNW:
Washington Class of 2016:#20 Chase Wells
Washington Class of 2017: #17 Connor O’Brien; #27 Will Smith
Idaho/Montana Class of 2018: #2 Ethan Christianson
Washington Class of 2018: #27 Matt Boissoneault; #28 Max Cuenca; 34 Gavin Rork
Oregon Class of 2019: #13 Trevor Antonson
Washington Class of 2019: #14 Kohl Petersen, #26 Kai Alberghini, #27 Grant Heiser
Class of 2020 BBNW Alumni committed to Seattle:
Kellan Carr, Infielder, Seattle Prep
Derek Gellos, Infielder, Issaquah HS
Andrew Haight, Catcher, Monroe HS
Nestor German, RHP, Chief Sealth
Riley Sinclair, RHP, Camas HS
Bryan Falk, Outfielder, Sumner HS
Jonathan Kussie, 3B, Bainbridge HS
BBNW Alumni on Roster: 22

These season previews were compiled by Jeff McKay, Josh Warner, and Annie Warner.

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