season preview Another standout pitcher as a prep is Jacob Nelson out of Coweta, Okla. Nelson recorded 223 career strikeouts in high school, and possesses one of the best fastballs on the JCCC staff. He is a strike thrower with movement and he competes in the zone.
the more prolific high school bats to come out of the state of Minnesota in 2012. He hit .500 with 40 hits, 12 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 35 RBI his senior year. Last fall, Rutledge displayed one of the top power bats on the team, and has continued to improve his swing and adapt to the college level.
Derek Beier out of Putnam North in Oklahoma City, Okla., is expected to play a key role as a big-time stopper out of the pen. He throws a fastball, change up and slider and has good stuff on the hill. He earned all-state his senior year after going 72, with an ERA of 1.75 and 88 strikeouts.
Schlicht is a local product that possesses some impressive natural tools, and should play a vital role in the success of the team. Shelley says he may have improved more as a hitter than any other player last fall. A two-time all-conference selection, Schlicht hit .390 as a junior and .343 his senior year.
The only other lefty on the staff, Ryan Erickson of Mason City, Iowa, has shown the ability to get all hitters out. He has outstanding movement on his fastball, and has developed a good breaking ball. He should have a lot of appearances this spring serving as specialist out of the pen. He earned first-team all-conference, alldistrict and all-area his senior year.
Shelley has also added some impressive young talent around the infield as well. Rob Gean, a legacy to the program out of Southside in Fort Smith, Ark., is a fundamentally sound infielder that makes all the routine plays. During the fall, Gean proved he could hit for average as well as handle the bat in the short game. He will be looked to provide quality innings at both middle infield positions. In high school, Gean hit over. 300 all three of his varsity seasons, including going .344 with 34 RBI his senior year.
Shelley also has three other potentially standout pitchers, but injuries during the fall slowed their development. All look to be healthy when the season opens, and be able to make an impact. At 6-6, 285, Quintin Dougherty out of Goddard, Kan., possesses a pro pitchers body and his best days are ahead of him. He earned second-team all-state his senior year and was selected to play in the KABC All-Star Game. Highly recruited out of Edmond Sante Fe in Edmond, Okla., Matt McDowell is a big, physical pitcher. If he can get back to 100 percent, he should find himself in the starting rotation at some point this spring. Tanner Vestal out of Piper High School in Kansas City, Kan., looks to get back to full strength and find his upper 80s fastball. As a prep, Vestal was a three-time Kaw Valley League selection and was selected for the Royals Elite Scout Team in 2011. Turning to the position players, Zach Isham out of Francis Howell Central in O’Fallen, Mo., is projected to hit in the leadoff sport and be a spark for the offense. A tremendous athlete, Isham has successfully made the transition from outfield to the infield and has really impressed the coaches with his willingness to learn and adapt to his new position. The JCCC coaching staff will look to Joe Young of Logan-Rogersville in Springfield, Mo., to anchor the outfield in centerfield this season. He is considered one of the more athletic players on the roster and his power and speed make him a key offensive weapon. As a prep, he was a three-time Missouri All-State selection, and he set the all-time school marks for hits (134) and home runs (21).
Hayden Steele our of Central in St. Joseph, Mo., is another solid infielder that is expected to be a key contributor for the Cavaliers. He possesses above average defensive tools and has shown the ability to play anywhere on the infield. He also can drive the ball through the gaps on both sides of the field. A two-time all-conference pick in high school, Steele also has some speed on the base patch. He swiped 45 bases over his prep career. Brian Burasco of Blue Spring, Mo., is another infielder that has the versatility to play anywhere in the infield. He showed great improvement during the fall and as he continues to gain strength and size, his game should continue to reach new levels. At Blue Springs, Burasco owns the single season record for sacrifices with 16, and is the all-time sacrifice leader with 34. The Cavaliers coaching staff also added quality depth behind the plate as well with the signing of John Fairchild of Lee’s Summit West in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Fairchild had a solid fall and was one of the team leaders in on-base percentage, demonstrating his disciplined approach at the plate. He also has one of the purest and most natural swings on the team. He played three years at Lee’ Summit West for former JCCC pitcher Jay Meyer and he helped the Titans win three straight conference championships.
Also looking to make a mark in the outfield are Cody Rutledge of Bemidji, Minn., and Michael Schlicht of Shawnee Mission Northwest. Rutledge possessed one of
(Above): Gage Jacobs and is a big-time arm are back for a second season. A stopper out of the pen last year, Jacobs figures to be in a the starting rotation in 2013. (Far Left): Darius Hampton possessed a solid glove at shortstop for JCCC last year, but this season Shelley looks for hit bat to make bigger contributions. He has made great strides at becoming a complete hitter. (Near Left): Matt Blackham is projected to be the ace of the staff in 2013. Not a big kid at 5-10, 150, but he can really bring the heat.
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