Preseason Top 25 Preview: No. 15 Jesuit



By Doug Freeman
Florida Scouting Director 

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the Top 25 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage:


                              OF Duncan Hunter

Team: Jesuit
Preseason Rank: 15
2016 Record: 24-6
FHSAA Class: 6A
Head CoachMiguel Menendez
Playoff Run: Lost in Regional Final
Returning Starters: 6


TOP PLAYERS
Name, Position, Class (College Commitment)
Duncan Hunter, OF, 2017 (Jacksonville University)
Garrett Sheppard, C, 2017 (Coastal Carolina)
Jeff Hakanson, RHP, 2017 (UCF)
Price Sartor, RHP, 2017 (Cornell University)
Jack Anderson, RHP, 2018 (FSU)
McGuire Weaver, SS, 2018 (FSU)
Joel Brewer, OF, 2018 (FIU)
Drew Martin, RHP, 2017

X-FACTOR
Pitching Depth. Jesuit will look to three Division I commits to anchor down the rotation in 2017. Returning their top three arms in Anderson, Martin and Hakanson they also add Cornell recruit  Price Sartor into the mix.

KEY PLAYERS LOST
OF Nico Baldor
SS Hunter Tubbs
OF Nick Ortega (Creighton)  
SS Steven Lugo (College of Central FL)

OUTLOOK

Returning six starter from the 2016 team that made a run to the regional finals, the Tigers will look to their experienced rotation to lead the way in 2017. Jesuit will look to replace their top four hitters from last season with talented young players led by McGuire Weaver and Joel Brewer. Also bolstering the lineup will be senior  Duncan Hunter, who due to an extremely talented senior laden outfield in 2016 only received 25 at-bats, but has proven himself through the summer and fall to be a very talented offensive force with the potential to hold down the middle of the order. The talented pitching rotation will be led by the Florida State commit  Jack Anderson.  Anderson led the team in 2016 in appearances with 14, winning 5 games while only allowing 5 runs in his 58 innings pitched as a sophomore. A talented, well balanced team will rely on pitching and defense with toolsy position players to potentially make a deep state title run.   

 

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