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Prep Baseball Minnesota 2024 High School Preview: Mankato East Cougars

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As we prepare for the upcoming 2024 High School season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.


Team: Mankato East
Nickname: Cougars
X: @MankatoEastBase
Class: 3A
Conference: Big 9
Head Coach: Micah Degner
Years as Head Coach at School (Overall Record): 6 years (59-34)
2023 Overall Record: 15-10
2023 Post-Season Finish: Section runner-up

# of Returning Starters: 2
# of Pitchers With 15+ Innings Returning:2
# of Starters Lost: 7
# of Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 3


Nicholas Werk SS / Mankato East, MN / 2024

SDSU commit.



Owen Studtmann LHP / Mankato East, MN / 2025




Jaeden Kenward - Gustavus
Matthew Werk - SDSU
Landon Metcalfe - Bethany Lutheran
Riston Wojcik - Bethany Lutheran
Cael Willaert - Bethany Lutheran
Logan Swalve - Gustavus
Dylan Kopesky - Gustavus.


”There will be a lot of competition this year for playing time with 11 seniors graduating from last year’s team. The East Legion and VFW teams had very successful summers, so we are hoping the experience our young players gained from that will continue into this spring. Pitching depth will again be a strength for our team with many guys that can fill both starting and relief roles. Our program values are to be confident, committed, and selfless. If we can play that way, that will help us have a successful season.” - Micah Degner, Head Coach