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Season Preview: Chula Vista Spartans


Devon Rodriguez
California Area Scout

With the 2019 high school baseball season just around the corner in California, we have begun rolling out team previews from around the state. Today we focus on the Chula Vista Spartans from San Diego Section, Division 2.

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Team: Chula Vista 

Nickname: Spartans

Section: San Diego, Division 2

League: Mesa League, Metro Conference

Head Coach/Years at school: Jim Westlund (28th Year)

Team Twitter Handle: N/A

2018 Overall Record: 16-16, (3rd place in League at 6-6)

2018 Postseason Finish: CIF San Diego Semi-Finalist

Number of Returning Starters: 4

Number of Returning Pitchers: 1

Top Returning Players:

'19 RHP Antonio Garcia, '19 SS Jorge Lucero

Other Players to Know:

'19 C Albert Munoz, '20 3B Erik Ordonez, '22 RHP Pedro Fred

College Commitments: N/A

2019 Outlook:

After graduating 10 seniors this past season, Coach Westlund is hoping that the next influx of young talent to his program doesn’t skip a beat. He is looking to continue his success with a strong defense led up the middle by '19 SS Jorge Lucero to work behind his workhorse on the mound, '19 RHP Antonio Garcia. Garcia threw a no-hitter last year in the playoffs and is looking to build off that success late in the season, looking to lead his team on the mound this season.

Whenever a team graduates a class as big as they did last year there will always be holes to fill, and Coach Westlund is looking for players to step into those roles. Depth on the mound will be an early issue, but if some young arms step up, look for this team to make noise again. Offensively, besides Lucero, there will be a lot of unproven guys on the field. Where the offensive production will come from remains to be seen. But with veteran Coach Westlund at the helm ready to reshape a young roster, don’t sleep on the Spartans who year after year are competing until the very end.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Solano-Sac Junior Future Games Trials CA 02/24 Vacaville Christian HS
SoCal Junior Future Games Trials CA 03/09 O'Malley Field - Harvard Westlake
East Bay Junior Future Games Trials CA 03/24 Athenian School
North Bay Junior Future Games Trials CA 04/28 Clyde P. Smith Field - Cardinal Newman HS
Northern California Future Games Trials CA 05/26 Islanders Field
SoCal ProCase CA 06/08 Hart Park

 

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