2017 Team Preview: Derby Panthers

Shon Plack
Kansas Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2017 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Derby HS
Nickname: Panthers
Class: 6A
Conference: AVCTL-D1
Head Coach: Todd Olmstead
Years as head coach at school: 4 years
Twitter Handle: @DerbyHSBaseball
2016 Overall Record: 18-5
2016 Conference Record: 7-5 (3rd Place)
2016 Post-Season Finish: Lost in first round of state playoffs

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers:
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 4

Players with 2016 Post Season Honors
Tanner Igo, CF, 2017, 2nd Team All-State
Tanner Olmstead, RHP/3B, 2017, 1st Team All-AVCTL

Blayten Tullis, OF/RHP, 2018

Noah Johnson, 2018
Brayden Paxton, 2018
Alex Jacobs, 2018

Season Outlook
The Panthers will return a pair of three year starters in Tanner Olmstead and Tanner Igo. Olmstead will anchor the pitching rotation, who has been 8-2 over the last two seasons, and Igo, an All-State selection in 2016, will be a force in the line-up.  Along with Igo in the outfield, Derby will be fast and aggressive team.  Look for Cooper Welch to add balance to the order, while Blayton Tullis and Landon Spillman round a high defensive outfield. Newcomer Noah Johnson will add depth in the pitching rotation and Tullis will be called on to add innings from a season ago.  Derby will be competitive in 2017, keep an eye on them as May rolls around.  The Panthers will be a team contending in 6A.

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