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Season Preview: University Trojans


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 University Trojans from CIF-SS Division 4.

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Team: University 

Nickname: Trojans

Section: Southern Section, Division 4

League: Pacific Coast League

Head Coach/Years at school: Mike Thompson (1st Year)

Team Twitter Handle: @uni_baseball

2018 Overall Record: 13-12 (5-10, 5th place League)

2018 Postseason Finish: N/A

Number of Returning Starters: 2

Number of Returning Pitchers: 6

Top Returning Players:

'19 INF Nick Wetzel, '19 RHP Brad Hodges, '20 INF Jackson LoBianco

Other Players to Know:

'19 OF/P Jacob Carroll, '20 SS/RHP Adam Axtell, '21 RHP/C Alex Qu, '21 UTL Beckett Kreter

College Commitments: N/A

2019 Outlook:

In his inaugural year leading the Trojans, Coach Thompson is looking to right the ship and have his team competing for a league crown. The biggest strengths for the Trojans this year will be on the mound and behind the plate. This team has 5 pitchers in various roles who Coach Thompson is expecting big things from this year and this should help to keep this team competitive in most games. '19 C Andrew Keys will be handling the pitching staff and Coach Thompson speaks highly of his ability to shut down opposing teams running games. '19 INF Nick Wetzel and '20 INF Jackson LoBianco will look to make plays behind the pitchers and be leaders in the lineup. If this team is going to go far this year, it looks to be on the shoulders of the pitching staff. '19 RHP Brad Hodges has made big leaps both physically and with his skill and will be the counted on Ace in 2019. 

The Trojans only return 2 starting position players which will leave a big question mark for them both defensively and offensively heading into this season. They'll need to play good defense behind their pitching staff and if they do this then they will be able to mark down some big wins this year. This team will also need some first-time starters to step up and get big hits in key situations filling up the offensive production. If theTrojans get some guys to step up offensively then the sky is the limit for this young team.

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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