2011 2011 Season Season Outlook Outlook Heading into the 2011 season the Stetson baseball team is looking for a return to their traditional position atop of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Hatters have won seven league titles since 1988, yet it has been three seasons since they won their last championship in 2007. Once again Stetson enters the season with a strong offense and solid defense. Pitching will be the key to success in 2011. The Hatters return starters at every position in the lineup with the exception of designated hitter. Aaron Crittenden graduated last year after a tremendous career in the batters box. “Pitching is where we will really need to improve over last year to make a run at the conference championship”, said Stetson head coach Pete Dunn. “We will be able to hit. Hitting will not be a problem and our defense was much improved last year.” Dunn begins his 32nd season at the helm of the Hatters baseball program. Over the years he has led Stetson to 1,124 wins and 16 NCAA Regional appearances, in addition to the team’s seven conference titles.
PITCHERS Five pitchers are gone from last season’s team, most notably Jacob deGrom who was drafted by the New York Mets in the 9th round (272nd overall). He started 2010 as the team’s closer, as well as shortstop. As the conference season approached
In 2010 Robbie Powell led the Hatters in appearances with 29 and saves with ﬁve.
he stepped up into the #1 starter role and pitched well against Stetson’s top opponents. This season the Hatters have a newcomer that will be in a similar position to help the team. Ben Carhart (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) is a junior transfer from Palm Beach State College who last season was named the Florida Junior College Player of the Year. Although he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 19th round he chose to remain in college and honor his commitment to Stetson. He is a 5’ 11”, 180lb right handed pitcher, as well as a tremendous corner inﬁelder. He will begin the season as the Hatters’ closer, as well as an every day third or ﬁrst baseman. He has one of the strongest, if not the strongest pitching arms on the team, and is a very good middle of the lineup hitter. As the season begins junior Lindsey Caughel (Orlando, Fla.) looks to be the front runner for the Friday starter position. Last season he started the most games (14), tossed the most innings (86.0) and led the team in strike outs with 73. He spent the off-season learning to move the ball in and out and make hitters uncomfortable by moving them around in the box. Joining Caughel in competition for weekend starting jobs will be sophomore Kurt Shluter (Jupiter, Fla.), junior Robbie Powell (Punta Gorda, Fla.), junior Will Dorsey (Atlantic Beach, Fla.), junior Tucker Donahue (Coral Springs, Fla.), and newcomer Cam Grifﬁn (Naples, Fla.). Schluter spent a lot of time as an inﬁelder last season and may see more in 2011 if necessary, yet his goal will be to focus on pitching. He has Friday night stuff, yet needs some more experience as a starter. Last year he took a no hitter into the 9th inning against Central Michigan in a 1-0 win. He made 16 appearances and started ﬁve games while striking out 45. Powell proved himself as Stetson’s top reliever last season ﬁnishing with ﬁve saves, 34 strike outs and a 2-1 record. He was a starter in high school and will likely get a chance to be that once again this season. Dorsey is in his 3rd full season on the mound and has had some success for the Hatters in the past. Last season he had 14 appearances with six starts and ﬁnished with 21 strike outs and a 3-3 record. Tucker Donahue is the wild card of the group. He has worked very hard in the off season gaining velocity and working on his consistency. Grifﬁn is a young pitcher with a very high ceiling. He throws hard and gets good movement on the ball. He will be a solid starter down the line yet the bottom line will be whether or not he will
Junior Lindsey Caughel led the Hatters in games started in 2010 with 14.
be ready as a freshman. The players from this group that do not start will be featured in the bullpen. Competing for time out of the pen will be another group of solid returners and newcomers. Junior Jake Boyd (West Palm Beach, Fla.), senior Justin Dechert (Boynton Beach, Fla.), and redshirt sophomore Joe Dye (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) will all have an opportunity to see time on the mound this season. Of the three Boyd was the most productive in 2010. He tossed 24.1 innings with one start, struck out 17 batters and ﬁnished with a 1-0 record. He has worked towards increasing his velocity over the summer. Dechert is a veteran who ﬁrst pitched for the Hatters in 2007. Last year he appeared in 10 games with one start before his season ended with an injury. He struck out 11 batters and walked seven. He is a hard thrower, yet the slider is his bread and butter. Dye has gone from knuckleballer to a straight on hurler, and has now dropped down to become an effective side arm pitcher. His adjustment to the new slot will determine how often he is used in 2011. Stetson has added a group of talented freshmen that should be in the mix for mound time for the next few years. Leading the pack is Austin Perez (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Jimmy O’Neill (Bradenton, Fla.). Perez is a 5’ 11” lefty with a ton of conﬁdence. He knows how to pitch and should see his share of time as a freshman. O’Neill is a 6’ 8”, 240lb pitcher who throws
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