Preseason Preview: Gahr Gladiators


PBR California Staff

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COVID ended the 2020 season early throughout the State but as things progress quickly for the 2021 high school season, it’s time for us to preview teams from around the State in the Yearly Preseason Preview. Schedules are being adapted to fit the ever-changing landscape and though this season may look different than history has shown us, coaches/staff, players, families, and our team are preparing for 2021 to be as successful as possible. 

We’ve submitted the Preseason Questionnaire to high school head coaches across the entire state and their responses have been flooding in. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be using their detailed insight on our team-by-team previews ahead of the 2021 season leading into the California Power 25 Rankings. 

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With all that said let’s take a look at today’s Preseason Preview of the Gahr Gladiators.

TEAM:

Gahr Gladiators 

HEAD COACH (years at school):

Gerardo Perez (15)

OFFICIAL TWITTER:

@GahrBaseballl

CIF SECTION & DIVISION:

Southern Section / Division 2

CONFERENCE/LEAGUE NAME:

San Gabriel Valley

LAST YEAR’S RECORD:

4-6

# OF RETURNING STARTERS:

9

# OF RETURNING PITCHERS:

6

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS:

2021 RHP/OF J'amore Ward - Long Beach State

2021 INF/C Matt Kurata - CSU Bakersfield

2022 LHP Cristien Banda - Long Beach State

2021 C Jorge Renteria

2021 UTL Beau Manuel

2021 RHP/UTL Brian Munoz

2022 RHP/OF Steven Thompson

2022 LHP Andrew Kirchner

THE FUTURE:

2023 INF/C Angel Cortez 

2023 RHP Noah Andrunas

2023 RHP Victor Morales

2023 INF Kyle Panganiban

2024 RHP Noah Magallanes

2024 C/1B Jose Perez Jr

SEASON OUTLOOK: 

Returning a strong group of young players with high-school experience along with veteran seniors, Gahr is set for a strong 2021 season looking to compete with anyone in the Southern Section. This group for Coach Perez has the talent across the board to be a tough matchup for anyone in Division 1 or Division 2 and be atop the San Gabriel Valley League in 2021. Pitching and Offense will be the strengths for the Gladiators and they’ll look to keep improving on the defensive side to support those two strengths. With this much talent and the experience from Coach Perez, expect to hear a lot of noise coming from Cerritos and the Gladiators this season.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Rising Stars Showcase - NorCal  CA 06/08 Islanders Field
State Games ID - NorCal  CA 06/15 Islanders Field
Rising Stars Showcase  CA 06/22 Hart Park
Northern California ProCase  CA 07/06 McBean Stadium - Lincoln, CA
SoCal ProCase  CA 07/07 Hart Park
SoCal Academic Games  CA 07/13 Hart Park
California State Games  CA 07/16-07/18 Islanders Field


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