2015 Team Preview: Defiance

By Dylan Hefflinger 
Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout

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2015 Team Preview: Defiance

School Name: Defiance
Coaches Name/Record: Tom Held, 612-138 (409-65 at Defiance)
2014 Record: 23-6
Conference: Western Buckeye League
Conference Record/Finish: 7-2, 2nd
Division Level: II

Postseason Accomplishments:

  • 25 WBL Championships
  • 29 Sectional Championships
  • 16 District Championships
  • 4 Regional Championships
  • 2 State Championships

Notable College/MLB Alumni:

  • Chad Billingsley, LA Dodgers/Philadelphia Phillies (2003)
  • Jon Niese, NY Mets (2005)
  • Dace Kime, Louisville/Cleveland Indians (2013)
  • Justin Hancock, Lincoln Trail/San Diego Padres (2011)
  • Tyler Burgoon, Michigan/Seattle Mariners (2010)
  • Christian Snavely, Ohio State/Toronto Blue Jays (2003)
  • Luke Hagerty, Ball State/Chicago Cubs (2002)
  • Andy Smith, BGSU/NY Yankees (1997)
  • Scott Taylor, Boston Red Sox (1988)
  • 44 players since 1999 have gone on to play at the collegiate level.

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Austin Hancock, 4-year starter, RHP/SS, 8-1 0.94 ERA, .383 32 Runs, 21 RBI, 21 SB’s (Olney JC).
  • Dom Gentile, 3-year starter, 3B, .372, 8 doubles, 3 triples, 26 Runs, 28 RBI, 20 SB (Lincoln Trail JC).
  • Derek Turner, 2-year starter, RHP/Utility, 6-1, 1.76 ERA, .299, 12 doubles, 22 Runs, 25 RBI, 10 SB.
  • Jacob Green, 2-year starter RHP/CF,  3-1, 2.33 ERA, .300, 19 Runs, 9 SB (Defiance College).
  • Torrence Hicks, (Defiance College).

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 6/3

Strengths of Team:

  • Pitching, one of the best 1A-1B punches in the state.
  • Pitching depth, sophomore class and a senior as well as a junior look to contribute on the bump.
  • Team speed
  • Outfield defense
  • Small ball

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Infield defense

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Michael Hendricks, Committed to Miami U, RHP,  0-1, 1.65 ERA, 17 IP 32 K, 12 BB. Upper 80s-low 90s FB. Ranked 36th in 2015 class and 397th overall.
  • Wes Detter, 2 year starter, CF, .327.
  • Tyler Weaver, 1B/C/DH .437, 18 RBIs, .506 OB%. Smooth stroke at the plate. One of the top hitters for Defiance.
  • Boo Sierra, 2B/SS/RHP, .282, 19 R, 18 RBIs, 16 SB. Ranked 239th in 2015 class.
  • Jimmy Bauer, OF, .259, 17 R, 11 RBIs, 7 SB. Ranked 232nd in 2015 class.
  • Gage Cordray, C. Possible starter behind the dish.
  • Brice Rankin, OF. Left-handed hitting outfielder.
  • Alec Rivers, 3B. Possible starter at the hot corner.
  • Ty Castillo, INF. Good athlete with speed.
  • Kris Gordon, OF. Adds athleticism to the team.

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Shay Smiddy, Committed to Louisville, RHP/SS, .379, 20 R, 14 RBIs,  6-2, 1.84 ERA, 38 IP, 46 K, 21 BB. Ranked 14th in 2016 class and 153rd overall. Next in line of dominant starters for Defiance. mid-to-upper 80s fastball.
  • Connor Stykemain, INF/RHP. Ranked 161st in 2015 class.
  • Jacob Jimenez, C. Athletic looking catcher.
  • Abram Smith, LHP. Solid looking southpaw.
  • Will Zeller, 1B/3B. Corner infielder.

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:

  • Charlie Gordon, RHP. Could be next in line of dominant starters on the mound for Defiance. Ranked 35th in 2017 class.
  • Braden Frederick, RHP/OF. Solid two-way player. Played a lot with team in summer. Ranked 81st in 2017 class.
  • Bryce Borton, OF/RHP. Solid looking two-way player.

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