2015 Team Preview: Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars

Shon Plack and Jeff Viles
Prep Baseball Report-Missouri

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

Team: Fort Zumwalt West
Nickname: Jaguars
Class: 5A
League: GAC South
Head Coach: Eric Gough
Twitter Handle: @fzwbaseball
2014 Overall Record: 22-11
2014 League Record: 7-3
2014 Post-Season Finish: Lost 1st Round of Districts

Number of Position Players Lost: 4
Number of Pitchers Lost: 3
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 5
Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 1

Logan Andersen, SS, 2015 (Southern Illinois-Edwardsville)
Parker Beling, OF/LHP, 2016
Nathan Bock, 3B/OF, 2015
Brandon Gabler, RHP, 2015 (John Wood CC)
Zachary Howard, RHP, 2015 (Avila)
Zach Smith, 1B, 2015 (William Woods)
Blaze Speas, OF, 2015 (Three Rivers CC)
Ethan Staskewicz, C/OF, 2016
Jon Steiner, RHP/INF, 2015 (Lindenwood-Bellville)
Danny Svetina, C/OF, 2015
Danny Wright, MIF/OF, 2016


There is one thing for sure about Fort Zumwalt West in 2015 ... they will hit.  Led by seniors, Logan Andersen and Zach Smith, the Jaguars will put up some big numbers offensively.  Smith finished last season with a .427 batting average, driving in 35 runs, while Andersen drove in 35 and batted .390 with four home runs. Look for big things out of junior switch-hitting Danny Wright.  Wright was impressive from the left side at the PBR Preseason workout in December.  Senior Brandon Gabler returns on the mound for the Jaguars, after posting a 3-2 record with a 5.49 ERA last season.  With six college commits in the senior class, this Jaguars team will ready to make a run past districts. 

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