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2020 Preseason Preview: Kerman Lions


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 Kerman Lions (Fresno, CA), who have a young group of talented players coming in to match with veterans for a possible Division 3 Central Section run.

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TEAM:

Kerman High School

HEAD COACH (years at school):

Jared Coleman (5)

OFFICIAL TWITTER:

@kermanbaseball

CIF SECTION & DIVISION:

Central Section / Division 3

CONFERENCE/LEAGUE NAME:

North Sequoia League

LAST YEAR’S RECORD:

16-10-1

PLAYOFF RUN:

Opening round loss

# OF RETURNING STARTERS:

6

# OF RETURNING PITCHERS:

6

OUTLOOK: 

With 6 starters returning and talented young players joining the team, the Lions look to make some noise in the Central Section.  This is a team that has long-term plans with a young crop of talented underclass players ready to take Kerman to the Division 3 title. Having a strong collection of arms will allow for timely hitting to string together big innings. If the Lions can solidify on defense behind their talent pitching staff this could be an extended run in the playoffs. 

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS:

‘20 RHP/UTL Gavin Layton R/R

Gavin returns as our top Offensive leader from last year.  He will also be making a big impact on the mound, last year he was 2-0 with 3 saves. Great overall athlete! 

‘20 RHP/OF Christian Castro R/R

Christian will be throwing many more innings this year.  He was 1-0 with a 1.85 ERA last season

‘21 2B/RHP Christian Chavez R/R

Christian was a great leadoff hitter and great second baseman.  He will also be seeing some time on the mound this year. He is a very hard worker and one of the most respected kids on the team.

‘21 INF Jayden Garcia R/R

Jayden will be a key part to the offense this year with good gap to gap power.  

‘21 OF/LHP Julian Zapata L/L

True CF with speed and range in OF with arm having strength. Julian has the potential to be an impact player with his speed.  If an infielder bobbles a ground ball he will most likely beat it out.

‘21 1B/OF/LHP Daylon Yount L/L

Daylon has worked hard for his craft and has a chance to have a good year.  He has been working with his swing and we could see a bigger impact from him this year.  

THE FUTURE:

‘22 LHP/UTL Devon Daniel L/L

One of the top LHP in the 2022 class. Had a 0.59 ERA last season and was Co-Pitcher of our League as a freshman.  We cannot wait to watch Devon continue to develop. Devon is one of the most saavy players I have had the pleasure to be around.  His leadership will shine this year.  

‘22 RHP/UTL Anthony Delgado R/R

Anthony is a very good athlete, he will see time on the mound and play multiple positions for us.   He has a lanky frame that he will continue to build upon. We look forward to seeing him on the mound and competing all year.  

‘23 SS Dominic Puentes R/R

One of the top incoming Freshman in the ‘23 class. Coaches have high hopes and for good reason as power, defense and arm are all present. He will start as a Freshman showing the ability to be a team leader from Day 1. 

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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