2022 Season Preview: Kerman Lions


PBR California Staff

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The Road to the California State Games begins with the 2022 California high school baseball season. With the season just around the corner, our Staff has begun putting out team previews from all around the state getting you prepare for another year of exciting coverage.

Today we focus on the Kerman HS Lions who look to continue their 2021 season success into 2022. 

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Team:

Kerman High School Lions

Head Coach (years at school)

Jared Coleman 5 Years as Head Coach

Twitter Handle

@kermanbaseball

CIF Section & Division

Central Section/Division TBD Last year Division 3 Runner Ups

Conference/League Name

North Sequoia League

Last Year’s Record

21-3

2021 Playoff Run

Beat Mission Prep 7-1, Beat Garces (Bakersfield) 2-0, Beat Reedley 4-3, Lost To Ridgeview (Bakersfield),  3-2 In the Division 3 Section Championship

# of Returning Starters

6

# of Returning Pitchers

5, The Lions return their whole pitching staff.

Team Expectations

They expect to ride the success they had last year into this season.  Before the lost to Ridgeview, the Lions had won 20 games in a row.  It was an amazing season and they look to only build upon that this year. This will be the Lions last year in the North Sequoia League where they have won 11 straight championships.  The Lions look to finish their historic run in the league with one more championship.  

Team Strengths

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching! The Lions return their whole pitching staff this year.  Last year the Lions posted a team record low ERA of 0.94.  The Lions are led by 4 year starter and Saint Mary's commit Devon Daniel.  

Areas of Improvement

The Lions look to fill some senior roles last year.  Fortunately the Lions are deep in many positions and they feel like they can do this with pretty solid confidence.  

College Commitments

Devon Daniel- Saint Mary's

Dominic Puentes- Saint Mary's

Top 22s

- Devon Daniel P/OF/1B/, 2022, Devon is the returning MVP of our league and team. His Perfect Game last year was the first in our schools history!  Look for Devon to have a monster year!


- Jayden Gonzalez P/OF, 2022, Jayden was our Pitcher of the League last year and finished the season with a perfect 8-0 record!  Jayden looks to build off of the 2021 campaign. 


- Giovanni Groppetti P/1B/2022, Gio comes in looking to show what he has worked for. This kid is an animal and has built himself into an instant contributor!

Top 23s

- Dominic Puentes/SS/2023, Dominic comes in this year as the premier shortstop in our league, and one of the best in the section.  His defense is smooth and his bat is loud. Dominic looks to have a career year!

Top 24s

- Gilbert Acosta C/INF/2024, Gilbert is a big and strong left handed hitting catcher.  With improvements to his swing and continued work behind the plate, expect big things from this kid. He caught almost every game for the Lions last year and he looks to show that experience this year. 


- Adam Delgado P/INF/2024, Adam had a fantastic freshman year for the Lions going 6-1 on the mound.  Adam is a fantastic infielder, and has surprising pop at the plate.  We look forward to Adam continuing his success on the mound and the field!


- Kevin Chavez P/INF/OF, Kevin comes in not playing much last year, but is looking to be a contributing factor this year.  Kevin may not be a big kid, but he plays twice his size.  His instincts on the bases are the best on the team and he looks to be an instant impact for this team. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Peninsula/South Bay Preseason ID CA 01/30 Canada College - Redwood City, CA
Super 60 Pro Showcase NATIONAL 02/06 The MAX - McCook, Ill.
SoCal Rising Stars: Los Angeles CA 02/27 O'Malley Field
SoCal Rising Stars: Orange County CA 03/20 JSerra High School
SoCal Rising Stars: Inland Empire CA 04/24 Corona High School
SoCal Rising Stars Games CA 06/04 O'Malley Field

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