With all the recent bad weather and even cold temperatures at times, it really has us looking forward to the Summer months. Those long hot days on the turf are sounding really good about now. The good news is, we don't have to wait that much longer. With the way this Summers teams and schedules are shaping up, there is a lot more to be excited about than just warmer weather and sunshine.
We will start our Summer previews off with Performance Baseball Texas 17U, who only just finalized their Schedule. They will put a loaded roster on the field this summer that currently has 12 players already committed to play at the Division 1 level. The core of the team from 2018 returns with several big additions to put this group over the top. Most of the team has either been in the Organization since we started the team, or has picked up from time to time prior to being on the roster full time. More importantly, there is a wealth of experience as this team has been playing together since they were fourteen as well as in several National events in that time.
The roster has 20 players on it, seven as Pitcher Only's and 13 Position Players. 15 of the 20 call East Texas home, ranging as far as Pleasant Grove and Jacksonville. Players as come from Central Texas, Shreveport, Louisiana and one even from New York. Eight of the players on the roster are ranked in the Top 20 by position in the State by either Perfect Game or Prep Baseball Report. Besides those already committed to play College Baseball, there are several more players with offers already. This will without a doubt be the most talented team ever fielded by the Organization, and there has never been a roster like this represent East Texas.
"When this group of guys were 14 years old, we told them by their Junior year they would be in the exact position they are in today. Just about all of the kids are getting the opportunity to play at the Division 1 Level, and as the schedule reflects, competing at the highest level possible. It is really cool to see what happens when a core group of both kids and parents buy in to a philosophy and believe in the program. This should be a really special Summer for these kids. " - Nico Moran, Head Coach
|#||Name||Position||High School||College Commitment|
|24||Trent Gregson||C/OF/RHP||Spring Hill|
|21||Cade Medlin||RHP/1B||New Diana|
|6||Easton Loyd||SS/2B||Hallsville||Sam Houston|
|1||Jackson Cobb||SS/2B||Pleasant Grove||Louisiana Lafayette|
|2||CJ McWilliams||SS/2B||Haughton||Lousiana Tech|
|10||Ben Harmon||3B||Pleasant Grove|
|8||Seth Moss||OF||Brook Hill||Louisiana Lafayette|
|27||Travis Honeyman||UTL||Massapaquea||Boston College|
|11||Caden Noah||LHP||Spring Hill||Texas|
|12||Grant Walters||LHP||Jacksonville||Stephen F Austin|
|20||Wyatt Tucker||RHP||Douglass||Texas A&M|
|14||Daniel Sykora||RHP||Round Rock|
|30||Konnor Baird||RHP||Salado||Texas Rio Grande Valley|
|19||Jonathan Ramsey||RHP||Elysian Fields||Dallas Baptist|
|34||Reid Taylor||RHP||Woden||Sam Houston|
Top Returning Players:
Peyton Lewis - Had a really impressive summer at the plate in 2018. Hit .345 and led the team in Doubles (9), Triples (4), RBI (25) and hits (25).
Skyler Trevino - Led the team in Batting Average (.365) and OBP (.542) from the 3rd spot in the line up. He also scored 21 times.
Easton Loyd - Although his Summer was cut a little short due to injury, Loyd has been the leader for this group since day 1. Offensively and defensively the game finds him when we need it to and he comes through more often than not.
CJ McWilliams - he led the team in Stolen Bases (19) and Runs Scored (22) in 2018.
Top Returning Pitchers:
Wyatt Tucker: Tucker has established himself as one of the top arms in the Country. Last Summer he was 5-0 in 7 Starts striking out 45 and allowing just 6 Earned Runs on Six walks. In 30 innings pitched, he recorded a 1.37 ERA.
Caden Noah: Also unbeaten in 2018 sporting a .913 ERA from the Left Side.
Performance Baseball Texas 17U will head into its biggest Summer to date. Five of the six events on the schedule are National events loaded with talent and some of the most prestigious Tournaments in the Country. The Season starts off in Houston for a core Perfect Game Event that will be held at The University of Houston and will host the top teams from the State. They will make a quick stop at Dallas Baptist University for a three game set to stay fresh before heading out of state. PBTX17U then spends two different stints in Atlanta, Georgia for the Prep Baseball Report National Program Invitational and the Perfect Game WWBA National Championship. The PBR NLI was a strict invite to 24 of the top Organizations in the Country. The entire event will be held at LakePoint Sporting Community and ages 14U - 17U will all play at the same time. The WWBA is by far the largest event of the Summer hosting nearly 400 teams. It proves to be one of the toughest events every year, requiring over 10 games to win it. Before heading to Arizona, the team will spend a couple weeks back home. During that time they will participate in the AABC Don Mattingly World Series hosted by Five Tool. The Summer ends with the Perfect Game World Series, easily one of - if not the best event in the Country in the 17U age group. There is no doubt that this is the toughest schedule we have ever had, but it should bring plenty of great baseball, and even more opportunities for this team.
|6/6-10||Perfect Game South Invitational||Houston, TX|
|6/13-15||Prep Baseball Report DBU Invitiational||Dallas, TX|
|6-20-23||PBR National Program Invitational||Atlanta, GA|
|6/28-7/5||Perfect Game WWBA National Championship||Atlanta, GA|
|7/9-14||AABC Don Mattingly World Series||Melissa, TX|
|7/25-29||Perfect Game World Series||Scottsdale, AZ|
... NEXT UP: Performance Baseball Texas 16U coached by Frank Moran and David Soto review.