2015 Team Preview: Utica

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

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2015 Team Preview: Utica

School Name: Utica
Coaches Name/Record: Bren Henderson, 139-79
2014 Record: 10-17
Conference: Licking County League
Conference Record: 5-13
Division Level: III

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: Everyone returns

Strengths of Team:

  • Varsity experience
  • Pitching depth and overall experience
  • Hitting – 17 homeruns last year
  • Decent team speed
  • Outfield depth

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Infield depth
  • Solid 3rd baseman
  • Infield defense- which will improve this season

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Jimmy Crabtree, OF/P, Junior, 6'1, 190, R/R, One of the top junior players in Ohio, 2nd Team All-Ohio as a Soph, will be a 4 year letterman, has started varsity since frosh year (Offense MVP frosh , Pitching, Defense, and Co-Team MVP as a soph)
  • Garret Robberts, 1B/P, Junior, 6'0, 235, R/R, very good hitter, best defensive 1B coach has had-Def MVP his frosh year, Offense MVP and Co-Team MVP as a soph)
  • Cole Maxwell, P, Junior, 6'3, 190, R/R, really starting to mature, put extra work in weight room, has started since frosh year
  • Mitchell Marston, OF, Junior, 6'5, 225, R/R, has started since frosh year- Three-sport athlete
  • Crew Young, C/INF, Junior, 5'11, 165, R/R, transfer student

Top Prospects in Class of 2017: 

  • Brandon Cochran, SS, Soph., 5'11, 175, R/R , started 25/27 games, can pitch
  • Quinn Kegler, P/OF, Soph., 6'0, 165, R/R, spot starter in outfield and P as a Frosh

Top Prospects in Class of 2018: 

  • Tristan Warthman, Utility, Freshman, 6'0, 185, R/R, very athletic player, still growing
  • Jaxson Coad, INF/P, Freshman, 5'8, 145, R/R, hardworking/athletic
  • Jake Heckman, P/INF, Freshman, 5'10, 190, L/L

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