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MD JUCO Team Preview: CCBC Catonsville


Kyle Campbell
Maryland Scouting Director

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JUCO programs across the state of Maryland began preseason practices back in early January. As the calendar quickly turns and with several teams getting ready to open up their 2019 campaigns in the next few weeks, we begin our coverage of the Maryland JUCO Conference with a preseason preview of all fourteen schools. In each preview, we will take a look back at the 2018 season, examine key players that have moved on or left the program, look at some new faces and key players for the upcoming season, and finally take a sneak peak at whats ahead for the 2019 season. We continue our preseason previews with a look at the CCBC Catonsville Cardinals.

 

CCBC Catonsville 2019 SEASON PREVIEW

Head Coach: Dan Blue (16th Season) d
Mascot: Cardinals
2018 Record: 23-27
2018 MD JUCO Finish: 7th Place
2018 DII Region XX Finish: 4th Place
Twitter Handle: @CCBCCardsSports
CLICK HERE to view the CCBC Catonsville Baseball Website
CLICK HERE to view the CCBC Catonsville 2019 Baseball Schedule
CLICK HERE to view the CCBC Catonsville 2019 Baseball Roster

 

2019 PBR JUCO NATIONAL PRESEASON RANK: NR

 

Returning Players with 2018 Postseason Honors

Zeke Maldonado: NJCAA All Region XX DII - First Team

 

Returning Starters: 3

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Andrew Caccamisi OF 30 .358  .424  .420  19  29  13 
Easy Goita UTL 50 .286  .312  .450  36  54  10  28 
Zeke Maldonado 2B 46 .365  .498  .622  58  57  10  28  11 

 

Returning Pitchers: 0

 

Key Losses

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Handy Rodriguez SS 47  .435  .468  .663  50  84  20  49 
Matt Shepherd 1B 50  .312  .423  .503  45  54  15  50 
PLAYER POS APP W L S IP H R ER BB K ERA
David Mervis RHP 13  52.1  59  44  31  30  63  5.33 
Austin Weber LHP 17 2 4 0 50.1 63 49 35 28 70 6.26
Ryan Yesner LHP 10 1 5 0 39.2 48 47 40 22 35 9.08

 

David Mervis (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)
Austin Weber (University of Towson)
Ryan Yesner (Salisbury University)

 

Top Newcomers

Moises Aristy Jr. SS Arundel (MD) 
Lucas Carr C Franklin (MD)
Brandon Denis 3B Florida Christian (FL)
Aronne Dutton OF Franklin (MD) / American International College
Keiran Garner RHP River Hill (MD) / University of Maryland 
Tyler Green LHP Northeast (MD)
Andre Lambert Jr. OF St. Andrews Episcopal (MD)
Hunter Reeling UTL Marriotts Ridge (MD)
Hunter Todd OF Lake Brantley (FL)
Travis Weaver RHP/3B Eastern Lebanon County (PA)

 

Key Players for 2019

Moises Aristy Jr. (Fr.) SS Arundel (MD) 
Brandon Denis (Fr.) 3B Florida Christian (FL)
Aronne Dutton (Fr.) OF Franklin (MD) / American International College
Keiran Garner (Fr.) RHP River Hill (MD) / University of Maryland 
Easy Goita (So.) UTL James Monroe (NY)
Tyler Green (Fr.) LHP Northeast (MD)
Zeke Maldonado (So.) 2B Archbishop Curley (MD)
Travis Weaver (Fr.) RHP/3B Eastern Lebanon County (PA)

 

2019 Committed Players

Kieran Garner (University of Maryland - Baltimore County)

 

2019 Season Snapshot

CCBC Catonsville enters the 2019 season with a very young and inexperienced squad. The Cardinals return just three starters from last year's Region XX DII 4th place team; none of which are pitchers. It's a challenge that the Cardinals all-time winningest head coach Dan Blue relishes in his 16th season at the helm. Returning for CCBC Catonsville is the trio of OF Andrew Caccamisi, UTL player Easy Goita, and 2BZeke Maldonado. Among them, Maldonado garnered 2018 NJCAA All-Region XX DII First Team honors with his .365 batting average and steady middle infield play. 

Anchoring the staff for the Cardinals in 2019 will be University of Maryland transfer RHP Kieran Garner, freshman LHP Tyler Green, and fellow freshman RHP Travis Weaver. Garner has since committed to UMBC for next season and runs it up into the low 90's. Several incoming freshman figure to get plenty of opportunities in the lineup early on to solidify their roles. Those freshman include SS Moises Aristy Jr., C Lucas Carr, 3B Brandon Denis, OF Aronne Dutton, OF Andre Lambert Jr., UTL Hunter Reeling, OF Hunter Todd, and the previously mentioned RHP/3B Weaver.

As with every year, the Cardinals will pack their bags and head south to Florida to kick off the season. The seven game, eight-day trip will certainly test them early with games scheduled against Seminole St. (FL), Lake-Sumter State (FL), Central Florida CC, and Daytona St. (FL). It will be a good opportunity for the Cardinals to bond and grow together before the grind of the Maryland JUCO Conference schedule begins when they return back to Baltimore. Expect Coach Blue and the CCBC Catonsville Cardinals to be around come playoff time as they have made it to three straight Region XX DII Final Four weekends. 

 

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