Prep Baseball Report

2023 Team Preview: Linfield Christian Lions

PBR California Staff

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The Road to the California State Games begins with the 2023 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 prepared for another year of exciting coverage. 

Today we focus on the Linfield Christian Lions who finished with a 20-8 overall record last season. The Lions are returning six starters and will rely on its defensive strength to fuel a run at the Ambassador League title and a competitive run in the postseason. 

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Linfield Christian Lions

Head Coach (years at school):

Kyle Owsley (5)

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Last Year’s Record:


6-6 (League) 

2022 Playoff Run:


# of Returning Starters:


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Team Expectations:

"Compete for a league title and make a competitive run in the playoffs"

Team Strengths:


Areas of Improvement:


College Commitments:

Matthew Rezkalah- C, 2023, 6’0”, 200, R/R, Loyola Marymount (signed)

Gavin Kramer- RHP/OF, 2025, 5’9”, 155, R/R, Cal Berkeley (verbal)

Top Uncommitted 23s:

Jordan Simon- INF, 6’0”, 160, R/R, 5-tool player. 6.6-6.7 60 times. Hits for average and + power. Tremendous range on defense.

Elijah Butler- INF, 5’10”, 165, R/R, high energy and determined player. 7.1-7.2 60 times. Hits for average. 55 hits in 54 varsity games played as a sophomore and junior.

Top Uncommitted 24s:

Gavin Malcomson- LHP/OF, 5’9”, 175, L/L, exceptional defensive CF. + arm and range. 7.1-7.2 60 times. I’m 2022 as a sophomore, 83 PA, lead team with 32 H, only 5 K.

DJ Kerr- RHP/1B, 6’1”, 170, R/R, competes in all aspects of the game. Projects as #1 on the mound this season. Forces a ton of weak contact. Plays a solid 1B and is coming into his own offensively.

Top Uncommitted 25s:

Noah Getz- LHP, 225, 6’1”, 160, L/L, dad and uncle are both 6’5”, uncle played professionally. "Projects as a front end starter. What he currently lacks in velocity he makes up for with command and ability to throw any pitch at any time + confidence and a competitor."

Top Uncommitted 26s:

Drew Taylor- RHP/C/OF, 2026, 6’0”, 160, R/R, can’t miss kid. Already sitting low-80s leading into his freshman campaign. "Hits for average and power, already clearing the fence in BP and games. High baseball IQ. Constant desire to learn more about the game. Above average runner, especially for catcher. Three-sport athlete (football, track [jumps])."


South Bay Preseason ID
CA 01/29 Mission College - San Jose
East Bay Preseason ID CA 2/05 Chabot College - Hayward
Rising Stars ID: Sacramento CA 3/12 McBean Stadium - Lincoln
Rising Stars ID: Bay Area CA 4/23 Chabot College - Hayward