2017 Spring Team Preview: Pickerington Central Tigers

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By Dylan Hefflinger and PBR Staff
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With the 2017 spring season right around the corner, PBR Ohio is eagerly anticipating bringing the Buckeye state the best high school coverage throughout the entire state.

Starting in Mid-January, we began releasing team previews for teams across the state, leading into the Preseason All-State Teams as well as the Preseason State Rankings.

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2017 Spring Team Preview: Pickerington Central Tigers

Team Name: Pickerington Central
Head Coach: Ray Noe
Division: I
2016 Record: 18-11
Conference Record: OCC Ohio, 9-5
Returning Starters/Pitchers: 6/2

2017 Team Strengths:

  • Potential Offense Output
  • Athleticism

2017 Team Weaknesses:

  • Pitching Depth/Youth

Coach Outlook: "Excited for year 2 with the program. Looking forward to seeing continued progression from last year."

PBR Outlook: 2nd-year head coach Ray Noe and the Tigers are coming off an 18 win campaign a year ago and look to improve on that with athleticism and a potent offense.

Matthew WaltersTop Returning Players:

  • Matt Walters, CF/SS, 5'8 170lbs, 2017, S/R, Ashland commit, 2-year captain, 2nd Team All-Ohio OF, .380 AVG, .505 OBP, 27 hits, 2 2B, 2 3B, 20 R, 13 SB
  • Jacob Lott, SS, 5'9, 165lbs, 2017, R/R, Case Western commit, 2-year captain, .309 AVG, .429 OBP, 21 hits, team record in assists last season (72).
  • Tanner Griggs, P/2B, 6'1 175lbs, 2017, R/R, Wittenberg commit, 2-3 record w/ 2.33 ERA, 39IP, 2 saves.
  • Trent Hager, C, 5'8 180lbs, 2017, R/R, 4-year varsity letter winner (injured last year midway through the season).
  • Trenton Gillison, 1B/DH, 6'4 230lbs, 2018, R/R, 2nd team All-District, .325 AVG, .482 SLG, 27 hits, 13 2B, 13 RBIs.

Trenton GillisonTop Underclassmen:

  • Trenton Gillison, See above.
  • Jordan Fields, SS/C, 6'0 170lbs, 2018, R/R, smooth middle infielder with unteachable instincts. Quick hands and strong arm results in success behind the plate as well.
  • AJ Thomas, 3B/P, 6'2 180lbs, 2018, R/R, fast twitch athlete with raw power. Will contribute on the mound and in the infield/outfield.
  • DeWayne Carter, 1B/DH, 2019, 6'2 260lbs, L/R. Power bat, soft hands defensively, incredibly athletic for his size. D1 football recruit as well.
  • Justin Maynard, P/INF, 2019, 6'4 185lbs, R/R, big frame with projectable power right handed arm.


A Look Back At 2016 Preseason Articles:

To view the 2016 Team Previews, click here.
To view the 2016 Preseason All-State Teams, click below.

A Look Back At 2015 Preseason Articles:

To view the 2015 Team Previews, click here.
To view the 2015 Preseason All-State Teams, click below.