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2020 Preseason Preview: Clovis West Golden Eagles


Ryan Ozella
NorCal Area Scout

                          

At The Yard Podcast

The Road to the California State Games begins with the 2020 California high school baseball season. With the season just around the corner, our Staff has begun putting out team previews from all around the state getting you prepare for another year of exciting coverage.

In this edition we will take a closer look at the Clovis West Golden Eagles (Fresno, CA), who have high expectations in the TRAC and Central Section for 2020. With multiple returning arms, pitching and defense could carry Clovis West to a special season.

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TEAM:

Clovis West Golden Eagles

HEAD COACH (years at school):

Kevin Patrick (13)

OFFICIAL TWITTER:

@cw_hardball

CIF SECTION & DIVISION:

Central Section / Division 1

CONFERENCE/LEAGUE NAME:

Tri-River Athletic Conference (TRAC)

LAST YEAR’S RECORD:

18-12

PLAYOFF RUN:

Quarter Final Loss

# OF RETURNING STARTERS:

5

# OF RETURNING PITCHERS:

4

OUTLOOK: 

With a team that has 5 returning starters and 4 returning pitchers, expectations for the Golden Eagles are high entering 2020. When those returning pitchers also happen to be staying local as Fresno State commits, Clovis West knows they’ve got a chance for this to be a special season. Their defense has lock-downs behind the plate and on the left side of the infield to help that pitching staff this season; that’s saying something after losing 2019 SS Karson Simas (Red Sox). Offensively the Golden Eagles will be a challenge for the TRAC pitchers with those 5 returners and young players ready to make the leap. Consistency will be the key point this season and determine how far this team can go; with the talent that they have a deep playoff run shouldn’t be overlooked. 

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS:

‘20 LHP Ixan Henderson - Fresno State Commit.

Will mix with Galvan to be a top of the line 1-2 punch in the TRAC. Three pitch mix keeps hitters off balance and projects well for D1 level.

‘20 RHP Noah Galvan - Fresno State Commit. 

Other half of their loaded frontline starting 1-2, Galvan showed well over the summer with arm strength and space in the frame to keep adding to already solid velocity. 

‘20 C Hayden Driggs - St. Mary’s Commit.

Defensive stalwart behind the plate will prevent runners from advancing with Catch/Throw skills. Bat is heavy and can create damage.

‘20 SS/3B Bradley Senneway

Started at 3B in 2019 and will move over to SS for 2020 to lock down the position. Tools continue to improve and should be a focus for College looking for a SS.

‘20 RHP Erick Budd

6-0 for Clovis West in his Varsity career and will look to be a key piece either starting or out of the bullpen for Golden Eagles. 

‘20 RHP Art Navarette

Closer type stuff during 2019 with 5 saves and 2 wins. Has continued to grow as a pitcher and will be counted on.  

‘21 RHP Chase Barsotti

‘21 RHP Jacob Floth

‘21 INF Sarkis Nersesian

‘21 C/1B Wyatt Gibson

THE FUTURE:

‘22 INF Nathan Baeza

Talented MIF who will lock down 3B for Golden Eagles in 2020. Made Varsity as a Freshman

‘22 INF Jacob Haros 

Another 2-year varsity player who will lock down 2B for Golden Eagles in 2020. 

‘23 INF/OF Cayden Munster

Impressive incoming Freshman who should start on Varsity. Swing shows big-time strength and future power.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Central Valley Preseason I.D. CA 01/11 Clovis North HS
Winter Update Series powered by Monterey Bay Pirates CA 01/17 Monterey Bay Pirates Facility
California Far North Preseason I.D. CA 01/18 Chico HS
Winter Update Series powered by South Bay Sport Training CA 01/19 South Bay Sports Training
NorCal Preseason All-State (Invite-Only) CA 01/25 Islanders Field at River Islands
Winter Update Series powered by Paradigm Sport CA 01/26 Paradigm Sport
Winter Update Series powered by EM Sports CA 01/27 EM Sports - Long Beach
Winter Update Series powered by EM Sports CA 01/28 EM Sports - San Diego
Winter Update Series powered by FBK1 CA 01/30 FBK1
Super 60 Pro Showcase NATIONAL 02/02 The MAX - McCook, IL
Winter Update Series powered by Mike Murphy Baseball CA 02/08 MMB - Walnut Creek
Winter Update Series powered by EM Sports CA 02/10 EM Sports - Rancho Cucamonga

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