2023 Team Preview: St. John Bosco Braves

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 St. John Bosco Braves who finished 2022 with a 17-11 overall record while also competing in the talented Trinity League. The 2023 Braves will look to rely on pitching to win games as they return four pitchers with varsity experience while welcoming several of young, newcomers to the team.

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St. John Bosco Braves

Head Coach (years at school):

Don Barbara (9)

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Last Year’s Record:


6-9 (League)�

2022 Playoff Run:


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# of Returning Pitchers:


Team Expectations:

"We will see, very young in the field, pitching staff has 4 returners that have a lot of experience."

Team Strengths:

"Starting pitching, again with a lot of newcomers, we will see how we do offensively"

Areas of Improvement:

"Maturity, it's a young group."

College Commitments:

Hunter Friedberg- OF, ‘23, 5'10, 175, L/L, San Diego commit, “Starting center fielder, hit .330 in 2022”

Sam Hentges- LHP, 6', 190, Air Force commit, “Only threw six innings last year when we brought him up late in the year.”

Top Uncommitted 23s:

Colin Caycedo- RHP, 6'2, 180, “Upper 80's to 90 FB, good command good CH and above avg BB”

Dylan Proost- RHP, 6'4, 220, “Mid to upper 80s FB, plus CB and CH”

Davin Vazquez- 3B, 6'2, 195, “Above avg defender with a good arm. Shows power from the right side. Will hit in the middle of the order.”

Isaiah Rios- RF, 6', 215, L/R, “Very good outfielder with a good arm- needs to do more with the bat but has plus power”

Top Uncommitted 24s:

Julian Villasenor- CF, 5'10, 185, “Out with knee injury”

Zach Woodson- 1B, “Big LH bat. Will hit for some power and drive balls”

Izaiah Olguin- RHP, “4 Pitch Mix- Will sit mid 80's but with different deliveries and arm angles. He is very effective with a great slider from low arm angle to a good curve from high 3/4 angle.”

Top Uncommitted 25s:

Aiden Olguin- C, R/R, “Very good receiver with a good arm”

Micha Taguiam- C, “Big physical catcher that has a very good arm and needs some work on receiving but can really block.”

Trevor Heishman- LHP, 6'2, “84-85 with 74-76 CB and a good CH”

Owen Stelzer- SS/2B, R/R, “Very good defender, hands really work but needs to get the bat going.”

Top Uncommitted 26s:

Moises Razo- LHP/1B, 6'2, 180, L/L, “Will hit in the middle of our lineup and come in relief”

Jaden Jackson- OF, 5'10, 180, L/R, “Will probably start in LF and hit 2nd/physical young man with plus bat speed and run/arm is avg but is getting better.”

Julian Garcia- RHP, 6'2, 170, 84-87, “This fall with a good CH and BB. He can really pitch to both sides of the plate. Will be a monster in a year or two”

Nate Guangorena- C/3B, 5'11, 150, R/R, “Hasn't really filled out yet, but when he does watch out. He can really receive and has a quick release and also will play some 3rd base when needed.”

Jojo Eljiak- 3B, 6', 210, R/R, “Strong as an ox, ball jumps off his bat. Average 3B right now, but I see him as one of our corner guys in the future.”


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