Preseason Preview: Whitney Wildcats


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 Whitney Wildcats.

TEAM:

Whitney Wildcats

HEAD COACH (years at school):

Jackson Watt (4)

OFFICIAL TWITTER:

@BaseballWhitney

CIF SECTION & DIVISION:

Sac-Joaquin / Division 1

CONFERENCE/LEAGUE NAME:

Sierra Foothill League (SFL)

LAST YEAR’S RECORD:

3-1

# OF RETURNING STARTERS:

4

# OF RETURNING PITCHERS:

3

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS:

2021 C Nate Vargas - Nevada

2021 RHP Lex Dillon - UCSD

2021 INF/OF Chris Wagner 

2021 LHP/OF Carson Szeder

2021 INF Austin Hansen

2021 RHP Ethan Hurtarte

2022 LHP/1B Jake Morell

THE FUTURE:

2023 3B Tyler Allen

2023 LHP/OF Gavin McLendon

2021 C/1B Ben Menard

2023 C/3B Shane Saunders

2023 RHP/OF Tyler Streight

2024 MIF Nathan Erickson

2024 MIF Jax Gimenez

SEASON OUTLOOK: 

Whitney Wildcats have become one of the deeper teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section over the past couple of years and 2021 looks to be a similar situation. Coming in with a deep and talented club, Coach Watt has high expectations for this year’s Wildcats team and expects them to be ready to beat any team in the Sierra Foothill League. The pitching staff and team defense will be the deepest part of this team with a couple of big arms atop the rotation. On Offense, this team will have the opportunity to score runs in multiple ways and Coach Watt wants to see more consistency in the offensive approach knowing that there are some premium arms in the SFL this season. With this much talent and high expectations, the Whitney Wildcats believe they have the roster to have a big 2021 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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