Preseason Countdown No. 5 Broomfield




By PBR Staff

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the Top 50 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage. The Top 50 teams are picked from all classifications, and are not divided up by class level. To see the entire list click here   

Team: Broomfield
Preseason Rank: 5
2016 Record: 13-6-1
Conference: Front Range
CHSAA Class: 5A
Head Coach: Garren Estes
Playoff Run: Lost to Cherokee Trial in the 5A District round.
2016 Final Rank: 25
Returning Starters: 4
Returning Pitchers: 2

TOP PLAYERS:
Mason Spiers, No. 29 2017 (Iowa Western CC)
Matt Turner. No. 87 2017 (Colorado Mesa)
Josh Cox, No. 89 2017
James Notary, No. 245 overall and No. 3 CO 2017 (Texas Christian)
Blake Rohm, No. 388 overall and No. 7 CO 2017 (Virginia)
Ben Peterson, RHP, No. 39 2018

OTHER PLAYERS WHO MIGHT MAKE AN IMPACT:

Mitchell Morales, No. 93 overall and No 4 CO 2019


KEY PLAYERS LOST:
Chase Arnold
Walter Pennington
Eddie Flores

Stat Rat:  
Broomfield had a combined 2.02 team ERA in 2016.  With much of the staff coming back and the addition of some new arms, this is a great starting point for 2017.

Bottom Line:  
This ranking might come a surprise to some, but not to those who know the talent up and down this roster.  The Eagle’s got a taste of the 5A post season in 2016 losing to Cherokee Trial in the opening round of district play.  Prior to that, Broomfield’s post season experience was back to back 4A District appearances in 2013 and 2014.  In 2017, the Eagles will be led at the plate by, Mason Speirs, .434 with 23 hits, 12 RBI and 6 doubles, Matt Turner .407 with 22 hits and 17 RBI and Josh Cox .410 with 25 hits, 15 RBI and 5 doubles.  On the mound is where Broomfield looks to separate itself from the rest of the pack.  No. 245 overall and Texas Christian commit, James Notary is back after coming off a 4-1 year with a 1.80 ERA.  He will be joined by No. 388 overall and Virginia commit, Blake Rohm, who at the Preseason All-State event was consistently 90 MPH.  For those keeping score, that is two 90+ arms going every week for the Eagles. Also factor in 2018 Ben Peterson who lives in the mid to upper 80's. If you sneak in No. 4 2019 LHP Mitchell Morales for a few innings this is the making of a solid pitching staff.  A staff that will be complimented by an already strong offense, which points to the Eagles being a serious contender come May.