2018 Team Preview: Arkansas City Bulldogs


Shon Plack
Kansas Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2018 high school season, we will be taking a
preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.


Team: Arkansas City
Nickname: Bulldogs
Class: 4A
Conference: AVCTL-D2
Head Coach: Aaron Bucher
Years as head coach at school: 19
Twitter Handle:
@arkcitybaseball
2017 Overall Record: 12-10
2017 Conference Record: 5-7 (4th place)
2017 Post Season Finish: Lost 2-1 in 8 innings to Bishop Carroll in regional final
Team Website: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/arkansas-city-bulldogs-(arkansas-city,ks)/baseball/home.htm

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 4
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 5

Players with 2017 Post Season Honors
Hunter O'Toole, SR, RHP/3B, Honorable Mention All-State (Cowley County)
Cade Gonzales, SR, SS/RHP, Honorable Mention All-Conference (Cowley County)
Andrew Brautman, SR, 2B/RHP, 2nd Team All Conference (Neosho County)

Players to Watch
Garett VanDeventer, JR, Arkansas City (Wichita State)

Season Outlook
The Bulldogs will return three of their top four starters in 2018.  Hunter O'Toole was 5-1 last season with a 1.69 ERA.  Andrew Brautman finished with a 1.87 ERA, while Cade Gonzales earned a 2-3 record with a 2.42 ERA.  Add southpaw Garett VanDeventer to the rotation, and the Bulldogs will deep on the mound. Arkansas City will look to improve offensive numbers and defensive strengths to match the dominate pitching from last season. 

High School coaches can request a 2018 Team Survey by email PBR State Director, Shon Plack at, [email protected].

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