OK High School Preseason Spotlight: Arapaho-Butler


Diego Solares
Staff Writer

The Oklahoma high school baseball season kicks off on March 2nd - opening day for regular season action under OSSAA regulations. Over the next several weeks, leading up to opening day, we’ll be publishing our team previews ahead of the 2021 spring season, touching on programs spanning all state classifications, leading into a countdown through the official PBR Oklahoma Preseason Power 25 Rankings.

Perennially, we’ve submitted a Preseason Questionnaire to high school head coaches across the entire state. Their responses have been flooding in and we’re using the detailed insight they’ve provided in our team-by-team preseason analysis.

If you would like your team covered, please have your head coach email us at [email protected]

Our 2021 preseason coverage continues today: 

Team: Arapaho-Butler
OSSAA Class: A
Head Coach: Jared Cudd
Returning Starters: 6
Returning Pitchers: 6

TOP PLAYERS


Brett Griffith, RHP/INF, 2022 

Has started since coming up as a freshman and has had a great career to this point. 6-foot-2, 170-pounds. Middle of the order bat that is also a top weapon on the mound and in the field. 

Ryan Carlisle, RHP/INF, 2022

Has also started since coming up as a freshman, another athlete with a polished high school career. 5-foot-11, 160-pounds. Hits leadoff and is another quality option on the mound. 

Brock Walker, OF, 2021

Starting center fielder that can really go get it in the outfield. 6-foot-1, 180-pounds. Projects to be a middle-of-the-order bat in this lineup. 

Mason Red, RHP/INF, 2021 

Another senior that’s strung together a quality career offensively. 6-foot, 190-pound presence that can hit for power. Typically plays first base when not on the mound. 

Wes Flores, UTL, 2021

Has been a big part of this team’s success over the last few years. 6-foot, 205-pounds. Swiss army type that can play anywhere on the field, brings some power to the plate as well. 

OUTLOOK


STRENGTHS
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“We have a lot of guys that do a good job of pitching. They all take pride in what they do and pitching to contact when they need to. The defense is solid behind our pitching.  We also have great team chemistry. That is a huge part of most successful team's success. Our guys get along well and don't care who gets the credit. They just work together and do whatever needs to be done.”

AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT: “We can be streaky at the plate. Having good pitching and solid defense helps alleviate some of the issues with us not always scoring a lot of runs.”  

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