Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 16 Siegel


Colton Provey
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The 2021 high school baseball season is quickly approaching and as usual, excitement abounds throughout the state. That excitement may be at an all-time high entering this high school season as the 2020 high school baseball season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Players and coaches have been working in preparation for the upcoming season during an offseason unlike any other and as always, there are some very talented players and teams across Tennessee.

Teams across the state have goals and aspirations to finish their seasons in Murfreesboro at the TSSAA Spring Fling state championships, but there is plenty of work to be done before that becomes reality. We hope to familiarize our readers with many of the teams across the state as we preview individual teams. 

We start diving into the Preseason Power 25 Rankings, highlighting some of the deepest clubs across the state. Although we could have done 40+ clubs with so many talented teams getting tuned up for the 2021 season, we can only rank 25 and this list will continue to change as the season plays out on the field.  There will be teams not on the list that will be battling for a state championship come late May, so take it for what it's worth, as no championships have ever been won on paper.  

 *Please note that all information is based on team preview questionnaires that were sent out and returned by the participating high school coaches.

 

High School: Siegel High School

Coach: Craig Reavis

Classification: TSSAA AAA-District 7

 

 Top Returning Players:

2021 RHP Jameson Nephew (Tennessee Tech Commit)

2021 RHP Jack Nedrow (Lee Univ. Commit)

2021 C Jackson Cauthron (Motlow St. CC Commit)

2021 SS Braxton Baird (Carson Newman Commit)

 

2021 Prospects:

2021 RHP Jameson Nephew (Tennessee Tech Commit)

2021 RHP Jack Nedrow (Lee Univ. Commit)

2021 C Jackson Cauthron (Motlow St. CC Commit)

2021 SS Braxton Baird (Carson Newman Commit)

2021 C/3B Eli Strayer (Uncommitted)

2021 1B Dylan Taylor (Uncommitted)

2021 2B/RHP Tucker Moss (Uncommitted)

 

2022/Underclass Prospects:

2023 RHP/3B Matt Kirby

2023 OF/RHP Brody Ballou

2023 RHP Ben LaLance


Outlook: 

Year in and year out, the 7-AAA district of surrounding Murfreesboro schools is an absolute dogfight, but they have consistently turned out high caliber clubs that make a short drive to Reese Smith Field for the Spring Fling.  The Siegel Stars looked poised to be in that mix this year, in large part due to a deep senior class that is looking to get back to state for the first time since 2018.  A program that won it all in 2016, the Stars return their full district rotation with Seniors RHP Jameson Nephew (Tennessee Tech), RHP Jack Nedrow (Lee Univ.), and soph. RHP/3B Matt Kirby.  Nephew had a strong summer circuit, in large part to a upper 80s-low 90s cut FB while mixing the occasional CB to keep hitters off balance. Nedrow is a high end two option with a FB in the upper 80s and above average command to navigate through lineups.  Kirby got in the mix as freshman and is a big body righty who can mix multiple pitches w/ FB in low to mid 80s while contributing with the bat as well.  LHH C Jackson Cauthron (Motlow St CC) had an impressive summer and really solidified himself as a top 5 backstop in the class.  He showed much improved receiving and defense while continuing to flash some high end power from left side.  SS Braxton Baird (Carson Newman) is a great athlete and will be a key piece for the Stars defensively up the middle.  The Stars will have three uncommitted seniors which should be solid contributors in C/3B Eli Strayer, 1B Dylan Taylor, and 2B/RHP Tucker Moss. All three showed improvement over the last year and look to make a lasting mark on the program during their final run at it.  The Stars posted a perfect 3-0 mark in 2020, and will look to build upon that start with another stout veteran club that will look to be a hometown participant at the Spring Fling in May.  

 

Best of luck this season!

 

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