2015 Team Preview: Bluestem



By Sean McCann
Prep Baseball Report Kansas

As we prepare for the upcoming 2015 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Bluestem
Nickname: Lions
Class: 3A
League: Central Plains
Head Coach: Daniel Scribner
Years as Head Coach at School: 2
2014 Overall Record: 16-8
2014 League Record: 7-5
2014 League Finish: 3rd

Returning Starters: 7
Pitchers with 15+ Innings Returning: 4

TOP RETURNERS (College Commitment)
Cooper Minnick, SS/C, 2015 (Neosho County CC) – KABC 3A All-State, 1st Team
John Stiger, LHP, 2015 (Cloud County CC) – KABC 3A All-State, 2nd Team
Judd Simon, Utility, 2015 – All-Central Plains League, Honorable Mention
Chance Gale, 2B, 2016 – All-Central Plains League, Honorable Mention
Casey Garner, OF, 2015 (Garden City CC)

X-FACTOR
Cooper Minnick. The Neosho County CC commit was named to the KABC 3A All-State team last spring after hitting .630 with 11 extra base hits, nine stolen bases and, remarkably, didn’t strike out one time in 54 regular season at bats.

2015 OUTLOOK
The Lions return a group of experienced and proven upperclassmen from their 16-8 squad a year ago. Led by two KABC 3A All-State performers in seniors SS/C Cooper Minnick and LHP John Stiger. Also returning are senior utility player Judd Simon and junior 2B Chane Gale who both picked up All-League honors last spring in addition to speedy OF Casey Garner.

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