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Maryland JUCO Team Preview: Harford CC


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 Harford CC Fighting Owls.

 

HARFORD CC 2019 SEASON PREVIEW

Head Coach: RJ Heinlen (1st Season) d
Mascot: Fighting Owls
2018 Record: 47-14
2018 MD JUCO Finish: 2nd Place
2018 D1 Region XX Finish: 1st Place
2018 D1 District Tournament Finish: 4th Place
Twitter Handle: @HCC_OwlBaseball
CLICK HERE to view the Harford CC Baseball Website
CLICK HERE to view the Harford CC 2019 Baseball Schedule
CLICK HERE to view the Harford CC 2019 Baseball Roster

 

2019 PBR JUCO NATIONAL PRESEASON RANK: #22

 

Returning Players with 2018 Postseason Honors

Spencer Smith: MD JUCO All Conference - First Team / NJCAA All Region XX DI - First Team

 

Returning Starters: 3

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Spencer Smith 55  .319  .472  .779  69  52  14  19  69  12 
Lou Testa OF/1B  50  .274  .403  .658  30  32  12  48 
Jake Wyandt C 30  .208  .462  .358  22  11  14  11 

 

Returning Pitchers: 2

PLAYER POS APP W L S IP H R ER BB K ERA
Braeden Fausnaught LHP 10  28.1  29  15  13  16  34  4.13 
Mike Taylor LHP DNP 

 

Key Losses

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Colin Adams 32  .333  .443  .611  21  24  20 
Ryan Calhoun INF 60 .333 .491 .696 60 56 11 1 16 80 9
Nick D'Amore INF 55 .345 .476 .624 59 57 22 0 8 63 23
Michael Richardson INF 51 .357 .456 .542 57 60 15 2 4 40 25
Nick Rowland OF 55 .310 .516 .552 79 45 16 2 5 37 44
Joey Schwartz INF 53 .377 .495 .870 66 58 20 1 18 63 12
Joseph Sibeto C 21 .366 .571 .780 16 15 3 1 4 21 5
PLAYER POS APP W L S IP H R ER BB K ERA
Frankie Fraschetti RHP  24.1  22  19  15  19  3.33 
Justin Fox RHP 22 0 2 6 25.1 19 11 8 11 30 2.84
Zach Guth LHP 11 10 0 0 49.0 22 19 14 39 65 2.57
David Moore LHP 18 1 2 0 31.0 21 28 18 30 54 5.23
Trevor Sprinkle RHP 11 5 2 0 43.0 46 37 30 25 59 6.28
Truman Thomas RHP 14 6 2 0 60.1 60 41 29 29 76 4.33
Nick Turnbull RHP 9 4 0 0 26.0 27 12 11 17 29 3.81

 

Colin Adams (LIU Brooklyn)
Ryan Calhoun (St. Louis University)
Nick D'Amore (Georgia Southern University)
Frankie Fraschetti (University of Maryland - Baltimore County)
Justin Fox (North Carolina A&T)
Zach Guth (Atlanta Braves - 26th Round)
David Moore (University of Pittsburgh)
Michael Richardson (Ohio University)
Nick Rowland (College of Charleston)
Joey Schwartz (Western Kentucky University)
Truman Thomas (University of Memphis)
Nick Turnbull (University of Maryland)

 

Top Newcomers

Ted Blumanuer LHP Gonzaga College (MD) / Virginia Commonwealth University
Reyce Curnane 1B/OF Downingtown West (PA) / Boston College
Spencer Harbert OF/INF Middletown (DE) / University of Kentucky
Mitchell Hoon RHP Cumberland Valley (PA) / George Washington University
Blake James RHP Atholton (MD) / LaSalle University
Billy Krahl RHP Holy Spirit (NJ) / Hofstra University
John Torres LHP Don Bosco Prep (NY) / University of Cincinnati

 

Key Players for 2019

Spencer Harbert (R-Fr.) OF/INF Middletown (DE)
Marty Neal (Fr.) RHP Gar-Field Senior (VA)
Matt Shilling (So.) SS Wissahickon (PA)
Jordyn Smith (So.) 1B Hun School of Princeton (NJ)
Spencer Smith (So.) C Northern Durham (NC)
Lou Testa (So.) OF Neumann-Goretti (NJ)

 

2019 Committed Players

Nolan Charlton (University of Maryland - Baltimore County)
Darius Hunter (Grambling State University)

 

2019 Season Snapshot

On January 28, 2019 twelve year head coach Tom Eller announced that he would be stepping down from his position at Harford CC to begin a career in pro baseball as a minor league hitting coach for the hometown Baltimore Orioles. News carried fast and many were shocked to hear of his decision. Eller won his 400th game in 2018 and built Harford CC into one of the premier powerhouses in the country at the NJCAA DI level. The four-time Maryland JUCO Conference Coach of the Year won 5 NJCAA Region XX titles and made it to Grand Junction, CO for the NJCAA DI World Series in 2016. Taking over the reins for the 2019 season with Eller gone will be RJ Heinlen. Heinlen, a former pitcher for the Fighting Owls during his playing days coached with Eller for the past three seasons and served as the Fighting Owl's pitching coach.

Two years removed from that trip to Grand Junction, Harford enters the 2019 season with 11 players from last year's team having moved on to four-year colleges / universities and without their ace that went 10-0 on the mound for them last year in LHP Zach Guth (drafted in the 26th round and signed with the Atlanta Braves). It's become the norm at Harford lately with all their success to have a lot of roster turnover from year to year so it doesn't come as a surprise and this years team looks to rival those of years past. Back for the Fighting Owls in the line-up are big boppers Spencer Smith and Lou Testa whom combined to hit 31 jacks and drive in an astounding 117 runners last season. Add to the lineup sophomores Matt ShillingJordyn Smith, Nolan Charlton, Boston College transfer 1B/OF Reyce Curnane, and University of Kentucky transfer OF/INF Spencer Harbert and it doesn't seem as there are any signs of the offense slowing down. 

Harford loses their top three starters and closer from last year amongst others but looks to have re-loaded on the mound as well with incoming freshman RHP Marty Neal and five NCAA Division I transfers. Those transfer arms include LHP Ted Blumanuer (VCU), RHP Mitchell Hoon (George Washington), RHP Blake James (LaSalle), RHP Billy Krahl (Hofstra), and LHP John Torres (Cincinnati). Even with Eller gone and several new faces, the 2019 Harford CC Fighting Owls look poised to contend for yet another Maryland JUCO Conference title, Region XX, and Eastern District Championship. 

 

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