2015 Team Preview: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary

By Dylan Hefflinger and PBR Staff
Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout

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2015 Team Preview: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary

School Name: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary
Coaches Name/Record: Anthony Boarman, 72-71
2014 Record: 12-9
Conference: Independent
Conference Record/Finish: N/A
Division Level: II
Postseason Accomplishments:

  • Two-time state champions: 1986 & 1989
  • Four-time regional champions: 1986, 1989, 1992, & 1995
  • Fourteen district championships: 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1999, 2002

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Corey Whaley - P - Marietta College; did not play in 2014 due to ACL tear in March. Would have been our #1 and four year starter
  • Calvin Miller - INF - College of Wooster; Our all-around MVP last year on offense and defense

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 10/6

Strengths of Team:

  • Experience
  • Depth
  • Speed

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Power at the plate
  • Velocity on the mound

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Ian Dillard - SS - 2015 - 5'9, 180 lbs. - R/R; Quick hands/feet, very strong on defense. Looking for him to break open at the plate this year. Great all-around person and hard worker.
  • Jason Large – 2B/MIF, 5’8, 135lbs.
  • Kevin Oyakawa – SS/MIF, 5’9, 150lbs.

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Kyle Kelly - OF - 2016 - 5'10, 165 lbs. - R/R; Very poised player. Good speed in the OF and on the bases. Very versatile hitter - he can bunt well, hit to all fields, and make any type of pitcher work.

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:

  • Brandon Bischof - OF/P - 2017 - 6'0, 185 lbs. - L/L; Very versatile all-around athlete and one of the best in the program; Plays 2-3 sports (football, basketball, baseball); Throws in the High 70s/Low 80s on the mound. Good speed. Has the most upside of any player in the program - size, speed, and arm strength.
  • Nathan Rickbrodt – 2B/MIF, 5’7, 135lbs.

Notable College/MLB Alumni:

  • Alex Marconi - Kent State & Tampa Bay Rays
  • Pat Bangtson - Kent State & Minnesota Twins
  • Josh Zwisler - Milwaukee Brewers
  • Ty Kovach - Cleveland Indians

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