2015 Team Preview: Winfield



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: Winfield
Nickname: Vikings
Class: 4A-I
League: AVCTL-III
Head Coach: Tyson Kendrick
Years as Head Coach at School: 2
2014 Overall Record: 13-9
2014 League Record: 7-3
2014 League Finish: 1st
2014 Post-Season Finish: Regional runner-up

Returning Starters: 6
Pitchers with 15+ Innings Returning: 5

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Taylor Woods, LHP, 2015 – All-League, Honorable Mention
Will Adler, SS/RHP, 2015 – All-League, Honorable Mention
Brett Roark, Utility, 2016
Ben Adler, 1B, 2017 – All-League, Honorable Mention
Jacob Byerley, OF, 2016
Michael Kent, 3B, 2016
Luke Boline, Utility, 2017
Garrett Suttles, OF, 2015
Treiton Suttles, RHP/Utility, 2018

X-FACTOR
Taylor Woods. The 6-foot-2, 145-pound projectable left-hander earned All-League honors last spring with expectations for him to be the Vikings No. 1 pitcher this spring.

KEY PLAYERS LOST
Clayton Bauer and Logan Mayes. Both seniors off of last year’s 13-9 league champion team posted big numbers and were named to the KABC 4A-I All-State 2nd Team for their efforts. Bauer hit .485 with 14 extra base hits and 29 RBI and was named league MVP while Mayes notched a .479 batting average with 10 extra base hits and 25 RBI.

2015 OUTLOOK:  
The Vikings return six starters from their everyday line-up and most of their pitching staff from last year’s AVCTL-III regular season championship team. The returning group includes three All-League performers in seniors LHP Taylor Woods and SS/RHP Will Adler as well as sophomore 1B Ben Adler.

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