2017 Season Preview

La Mirada, CAThe time has come, the grass is green and the players have arrived; Catch season has officially begun. It’s been 10 long awaited months, nothing but sizzling summer days and the crack of the bat on the ball are ahead of us. Opening Day is looming, Thursday June 1st the Catch will take on the East LA Dodgers at 5:00 PM at Biola University.

The Catch look to build on their 9th place finish from a year ago and hope to climb towards the top of the CCL standings in 2017. The Catch finished with a respectable 27-22 overall record, but look to improve on a mediocre 16-20 record in league play. A new and fully loaded coaching staff, experienced returning players, and a talented core of fresh players give Catch fans a lot of reasons to be excited about this summer.

 

Coaches Corner

Coach Dan Peters is ready to take over the helm and lead the 2017 Catch. This year’s team features a coaching staff loaded with 5 coaches of diverse backgrounds that each add something special to this team. Coach Peters is excited about the energy of this team and the ability of not only the players to bring their all every day, but the coaches as well.

When asked about the season looking ahead, coach Peters said, “this is a great group of guys and they really fit the mold and culture of what we are trying to accomplish here.” Coach was thrilled with their first two workouts and, like most Catch fans, he can’t wait to see how it translates onto the field when the games begin.

 

Power Supply 

In addition to a solid defensive core, this Catch team should produce a well above average offensive lineup. The Catch will be without a few big names from last season, including, the teams leading hitters, Josh Rojas and Austin Bull, but production from talented guys like Jordan Hand (Dallas Baptist University) and returner Nate Pecota (William Jewell College) should help propel this offense.

Though Peters has yet to set the lineup, this year’s offense seems to be fairly balanced. While there are still question marks about who will bat and where, and the starters will likely change over the course of the first few weeks, there are plenty of guys waiting for their opportunity and willing to take advantage of it.

Names to remember:

Jordan Hand - (Dallas Baptist) Previously drafted in the 34th round

Jonathon Ducoff – (Houston Baptist) (.252/.272/.328 – 30 Hits, 6 Stolen Bases)

On the Bump

Any given year a team’s success is predicated on their pitching. This year’s team is not different, the staff will be looked at to lead the charge into the new season. The Catch will feature a deep staff with a lot of different pitchers that have the ability to see a great deal of action on the mound.

Fans should have the opportunity to get familiar with many different names right away as coach Peters stated, “we are going to have the guys on a pitch count for the first couple days, we want to get them comfortable out there and make sure they all get their feet wet before league play begins.”

Names to remember:

Hayden Jorgenson- Azusa Pacific University (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 24 IP, 16 Ks)

Bailey Martin- Miami (Ohio) (2-0, 3.62 ERA, 37.1 IP, 35 Ks)

The Road Ahead

Looking ahead, the Catch take on the East LA Dodgers on Thursday and then hit the road for the first time with three games this weekend in Palm Springs against the Palm Springs Power. Early in the season is a terrific opportunity to get familiar with the team and finally put a face to a name.

CCL action opens Monday June 5th at 4:30PM when the Catch welcome the Ventura Halos and continues Tuesday against the reigning CCL champion Santa Barbara Foresters. This will be your first opportunity to see the Catch in action against some of the league’s premier competition.

Fans can watch some of the best collegiate baseball talent in the country this summer when the Catch begin their 2017 season. Ticket packages and more information can be found at SoCalCatch.com