2016 Team Preview: Logan Rogersville Wildcats



Shon Plack
Prep Baseball Report-Missouri

As we prepare for the upcoming 2016 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Logan-Rogersville HS
Nickname: Wildcats
Class: Class 4
Conference: Central Ozarks Conference
Head Coach:  Casey Ledl
Years as head coach at school: 4
Twitter Handle:
@LRCatsBaseball
Team Website:
www.logrogbaseball.com
2015 Overall Record: 19-10
2015 Conference Record: 6-0 (1st Place)
2015 Post-Season Finish: District Champions - Lost in Sectional
2016 MHSBCA Preseason Rank:
#2

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 3
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 5

Players with 2015 Post Season Honors
Jordan Fitzpatrick,
IF, 2017, 1st Team All-State
Brett Denny,
RHP/IF, 2016, 2nd Team All-District
Jacob Zahn,
LHP/OF, 2016, 2nd Team All-State
Bailey Rettman,
RHP, 2016, 2nd Team All-District

Players to Watch
Nathan Ashley,
IF/P, 2016
Shane Gruener,
IF, 2017
Ryan Gruener,
LHP, 2017
Logan Eury,
LHP, 2017
Nathan Chainey,
DH/IF, 2017
Christian Casanova,
C, 2018
Devin Radke, I
F/DH, 2018
Teagan Rambo,
OF, 2018

Season Outlook
Few teams have been as successful at Logan-Rogersville over the past three seasons. The Wildcats have accumulated a 70-19 record with three conference and district titles and two Final Four appearances with a third place finish.  Team success should continue in 2016 as well, but this year's team will have big shoes to fill from several players graduating.  Including St. Louis Cardinals 12th round pick, Jacob Schlesener.  They return two players with All-State honors from a season ago in junior IF Jordan Fitzpatrick and senior LHP/OF Jacob Zahn.  Fitzpatrick will be a three-year starter this spring, earning All-State awards in each of first two seasons.  He hit over .400 the last two seasons hitting leadoff and will likely move down in the order this year to become more of a run producer. Zahn is a crafty lefty on the mound, but his 2015 All-State accolades came as an outfielder.  The Wildcats will also have All-District 3B Brett Denney returning in the middle of the order.  Denney is a physical 6-foot-1 197-pound athlete with power potential at the plate and competitor on the mound with a fastball in the mid 80's.  Logan Rogersville will have several newcomers to fill the shoes of the graduating players as the Wildcats look to continue the success they have had over the past three seasons.  The Wildcats will open the season ranked #2 in the MHSBCA Preseason Poll.

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