2015 Team Preview: Columbus Bishop Watterson



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

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2015 Team Preview: Columbus Bishop Watterson

School Name: Columbus Bishop Watterson
Coaches Name/Record: Scott T. Manahan, 542-238 (433-132 at Bishop Watterson)
2014 Record: 18-8
Conference: Central Catholic League
Conference Record/Finish: 7-1 / 1st
Division Level: II

Postseason Accomplishments:

  • State Champions Div. II - 1997

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Sam Severance- OF - Otterbein - 1st team all district
  • Mitch Stotler - IF - Otterbein - 1st team all district
  • Joe DiOrio - C

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 6/6

Strengths of Team:

  • Pitching Depth
  • Fundamental Defensively

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Hitting Questions
  • Team Speed

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Avery Janning -RHP/IF - Walsh University - Ranked 111 in Ohio’s 2015 class
  • Sam Rice - RHP - Ashland University - Ranked 107 in Ohio’s 2015 class
  • Jacob Bolton - RHP/IF - Morehead State - Ranked 44 in Ohio’s 2015 class
  • Chris Slavik- RHP - Ashland University - Ranked 120 in Ohio’s 2015 class

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

Top Prospects in Class of 2017: 

Notable College/MLB Alumni:

  • Dan DeLucia - The Ohio State University
  • Brian DeLucia - The Ohio State University
  • Jeff Carroll - Ohio State/Miami of Ohio
  • Seth Willoughby - Xavier/Colorado Rockies
  • Jon DeLuca - U of Cincinnati
  • Michael Obyc - U of Cincinnati
  • Jason Seelman - Kent St.
  • Tom Durant - The Ohio State University
  • Mike Durant - The Ohio State University

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