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2020 Preseason Preview: West Ranch Wildcats


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 West Ranch Wildcats (Valencia, CA), who are looking to bounce back with a group of young players they believe in for another run in 2020.

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TEAM

West Ranch Wildcats

HEAD COACH (years at school)

Casey Burrill (14)

OFFICIAL TWITTER:

@wrbaseball

CIF SECTION & DIVISION

Southern Section/Division 1

CONFERENCE/LEAGUE NAME

Foothill

LAST YEAR’S RECORD

24-6

PLAYOFF RUN

2nd Round loss to Yucaipa

# OF RETURNING STARTERS

4

# OF RETURNING PITCHERS

0

OUTLOOK: 

After a very strong 2019 season the Wildcats will look to rebound in 2020 as they return some key pieces, but also lots of untested pieces. The young arms will be the biggest question for West Ranch and how they go could depend on how the season goes. To help the young arms will be a solid defense and offense ready to work and do damage. Even with younger players, Coach Burrill believes in his roster and sees another strong season in the Foothill expecting the Wildcats to be one of the top teams yet again. If their arms can make the jumps, a run in the Division 1 Southern Section playoffs isn’t out of the question. 

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS:

‘20 OF/RHP RJ Gordon - Oregon Commit

‘20 SS Ryan Farr

‘20 C Nicholas Perez

‘21 RHP James Hepp

‘21 RHP Trent Huff

‘21 3B/C Trey Topping

FUTURE PLAYERS:

‘22 2B Jake Callahan

‘22 1B Logan Mandel

‘22 LHP Jake Schwartz

‘22 OF DJ Tsukashima

‘23 RHP/INF Matt Lloyd

‘23 INF Josef Brosche

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
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
SoCal Underclass Games ID - Los Angeles CA 02/09 O'Malley Family Field
Winter Update Series powered by EM Sports CA 02/10 EM Sports - Rancho Cucamonga

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