SDSU Defends 2017 Championship With New Lineup

All-MWC David Hensley returns - credit SDSU Athletics

SDSU Defends 2017 Championship With New Lineup

San Diego State

SDSU Defends 2017 Championship With New Lineup

San Diego State Possible Lineup In 2018

Bozar’s Beliefs:
C – Hunter Stratton (SR) – .286 and 2
1B – Jordan Verdon (JR) – .301 and 4
2B – Jacob Maekawa (SO) – .273 in 22 AB’s

SS – ?

3B – David Hensley (SR) – .357 and 3. 2nd team All-MWC
OF – Chase Calabuig (SR) – .305 and 7
OF – Julian Escobedo (SO) – .226
OF – Sean Ross (FR) – MLB draftee in the 40th round
DH – Chad Bible (JR) – JUCO transfer who had 15 home runs
SP – Jorge Fernandez (SR) – 3-1 and 2.79 with 5 starts
SP – Jacob Erickson (SR) – 5-3 and 3.67 with 3 starts
SP – Harrison Pyatt (JR) – 3-2 and 5.23 with 5 starts

RP – ?

Coach’s Comments:
C – Dean Nevarez (JR) – .301 and 9

1B – as above

2B – as above

SS – David Hensley (SR) – moves over from third
3B – Casey Schmitt (FR) – a kid for whom I found no high school stats

OF – as above

OF – as above

OF – as above

DH – as above

SP – Logan Boyer (SO) – 1-0 and 1.46 in 12 IP
SP – Harrison Pyatt (JR) – see above
SP – Garrett Hill (JR) – JUCO transfer
RP – Jorge Fernandez (SR) – no surprise here; see above

The Aztecs had a bunch of All-MWC from last year’s team and only David Hensley returns. That’s a lot of gone talent. They had a good recruiting class so maybe a few of them will fill in the holes.

The rotation loses two top arms but returns some experience with starts under their collective belts. Closer might be a problem as the shutdown guy in Saylor is gone. Jorge Fernandez has some experience there and he might fill it if another arm shows up as a starter. Pitching is in pretty decent shape.

Coach certainly helped out and paid me a big complement. He said I was pretty close. Kinda like that hand grenade thing. But I did get a couple. Chad Bible comes off a year where he had 22 AB’s for the Aztecs but then redshirted as he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma so he’s a survivor. Think he’ll appreciate being in the lineup? The kid can hit the long ball so we’ll see. I’m wondering if a 6’6″ third baseman can make the shift to shortstop.

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