2015 Team Preview: Canfield

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

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2015 Team Preview: Canfield

School Name: Canfield Cardinals
Coaches Name/Record: Matt Koenig, 177-58
2014 Record: 14-8
Conference: All American Conference Red
Conference Record: 4-2
Division Level: II

Postseason Accomplishments:

  • 1998 State Final Four
  • 2004 State Final Four
  • 2007 State Champions
  • Region Qualifiers 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Alec Hammond P/1B--Ashland
  • Edmond Pilolli P/SS—Ashland
  • Colton Crissman P/OF—Westminster
  • Carter Rhoads C--Tiffin

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 2/1

Strengths of Team:

  • Young and impressionable
  • Talented
  • Play 17 games vs Div I teams

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Young
  • Inexperienced
  • Playing together
  • Div I Schedule

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Joey Machuga 3B/RHP; 6'0 180, R/R, Has started since his freshman year and will now be counted on for leadership as well as skill
  • Joey Delucia C/1B; 6'2 210, R/R; Made great strides defensively over the summer, is a big target with solid blocking skills.

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:

  • Chris Lewis P/1B, LHH/RHT; Great work skills and contact hitter
  • Mark Wittman P/INF; Excellent, hard worker, can play multiple positions
  • Anthony Vross P/INF; Has sidearm pitching action with several pitches, plays mostly 2B

Notable College/MLB Alumni:

  • Andrew Turocy '07, Drafted by Boston Red Sox in 2011 MLB Draft
  • Joe Hoelzel '10, Horizon League Pitcher of the Year in 2014, Wright State

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