Preseason Preview: Pittsburg Pirates


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 Pittsburg Pirates.

TEAM:

Pittsburg Pirates

HEAD COACH (years at school):

Marco Cartagena (7)

OFFICIAL TWITTER:

@PHSPIRATEBASE

CIF SECTION & DIVISION:

North Coast Section

CONFERENCE/LEAGUE NAME:

Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL)

LAST YEAR’S RECORD:

4-3

# OF RETURNING STARTERS:

9

# OF RETURNING PITCHERS:

5

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS:

2021 P/UTL Trevor Munson - Cal State East Bay Commit

2021 P/INF James Murray - Williams College Massachusetts Commit

2021 UTL Matt Quesada

2021 1B Michael Weber

2022 INF Casey Threats III - Grambling State Commit

2022 OF Khamani Blakney

THE FUTURE:

2023 P Enrique Gonzalez

2024 P/INF Adrian Boles

SEASON OUTLOOK

Coach Cartagena is excited about the depth and experience coming back to his 2021 club as he returns 11 seniors this year, 9 returners from last year, and 5 pitchers. That depth and experience will be needed in an always competitive and deep Bay Valley Athletic League. In a year with only 20 games, teams in the BVAL will be slugging it out to see who brings home the crown with the Pirates expecting to be the last man standing. The team’s biggest strengths will be in overall defense, team speed, and baserunning ability that matches well with an experienced group. To meet their goals of the season, the Pirates will be counting on a young pitching staff and will need some of those young arms to become mainstays against the stiff competition. With the amount of depth and strengths this team has, the Pirates are looking for a bright 2021 season. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
San Diego Open CA 03/07 Maranatha Christian
Rising Stars Showcase CA 06/22 Hart Park
Northern California ProCase (INVITE ONLY) CA 07/06 McBean Stadium
SoCal ProCase (INVITE ONLY) CA 07/07 Hart Park
SoCal Academic Games CA 07/13 Hart Park
California State Games CA 07/16 Islanders Field


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