2015 Team Preview: Van Buren

By Dylan Hefflinger
Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout

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2015 Team Preview: Van Buren

School Name: Van Buren
Coaches Name/Record: Brooks Lance, 206-151 overall; 34-18 at Van Buren
2014 Record: 16-10
Conference: Blanchard Valley Conference
Conference Record/Finish: 7-3
Division Level: III

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 7/4

Strengths of Team:

  • Speed
  • Power
  • Ability to put the ball in play consistantly
  • Offense. Averaged 9 runs per game in 2014
  • Hit .334 as a team last year

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Team Defense
  • No dominant pitcher

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Ross Adolph, 6'1", 195, OF, Committed to Toledo. Ranked 48th in 2015 class.
  • Jameson Jacobs, 5'11" 190, RHP/3B, getting looks from DII and DIII schools.
  • Isaac Sexton, RHP/1B/DH, Sr. 6'1, 285. Signed with Dayton for football. 2nd team BVC selection in 2014.
  • Chance Sonnenburg, C/DH, Sr. 5'8, 180. 2nd team BVC in 2014.

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Payten Whitticar, Jr. RHP/ MI. Strong arm. Lots of strength.

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:

  • Brandon Bell, RHP/MI. 6'2, 160. Athletic and quick.

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