Prep Baseball Report

Colorado Top 50 Countdown: No. 50 Chaparral Wolverines

John Cackowski
Director of Scouting

By John Cackowski
State Director

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Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the Top 50 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage. 

Like any preseason ranking for any sport, last year our list created a lot of fun conversations, debate, and opinions among players, coaches, and families. To see what we got right, and what we got wrong in 2017 Click Here

What makes our list unique is it combines all classifications (1A through 5A), and leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the Top 50 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage.

Factors that are considered when creating the Top 50 List are the following:

- How many current players are returning that are in PBR Colorado rankings
- How many overall players committed or non-committed are returning
- How many starting pitchers are returning
- Success the previous season
- History of success in the program

* We expect the teams in the Top 50 Countdown will compete for at least a district playoff spot in 2018

Team No. 50: Chaparral

2018 Preseason Rank: 50
2017 Preseason Rank: 30
2017 Record: 6-13
Conference: Continental
CHSAA Class: 5A
Head Coach: Alan DiGosio
2017 Playoff Run: NA
2017 Final Rank: 66
Returning Offensive Starters: 4
Returning Pitchers: 3
Returning Innings on Mound: 45
Returning RBI's returning: 45

The Wolverines lost 4 games by one run in 2017, and lost two games by two runs. 

Having 2019 OF Bryce Matthews return to same production he showed as as freshman when he led the team in RBI's, and was second on the team in hits. Matthews has a ton of left-handed power potential which could carry an offense for an entire spring. Senior RHP Colton Schanuth had a productive junior year logging 30 innings. Look for 2019 LHP Iain Isdale to compete for the No. 2 spot on the mound. Finding a reliable No. 3 will also be key to the Wolverines success. 

The Wolverines are coming off a 2017 campaign in which there were some high expectations, however getting out of the gate with a 0-5 start was too much to overcome. Over the last two years the Wolverines are 15 and 24 overall, however the Wolverines have a strong core of senior and underclass talent returning that could get them back on track to compete in the always tough Continental League. 


Jonah Jenkins C / Chaparral, CO / 2017

Committed to Dartmouth. Fastball reached lower 90's in 2017. 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. Had an impressive senior year on the mound logging 42 innings, only giving up 30 hits to go 2-1 on the season with a 1.50 ERA. Was the Wolverines No. 1 pitcher. 





Bryce Matthews OF / 1B / Chaparral, CO / 2019

6-foot-4, 185 pounds. Bats left, throws right. Tall, athletic frame with long levers. Physical Big bat speed that produced 92 mph exit velocity. Hands work well, but has a tendency to be bottom hand dominant. Swung with wood in live round and ball really carries with gap to gap power right now and an uphill path. Quick hands work to the ball and then get out of the zone just as quick. Looks easy for him. Solid numbers on the day. 92 mph exit velo, 4.22 home to first. Threw 78 mph from OF. Has confidence and swagger. Committed to Arkansas. Led the Wolverines with 2 homeruns, and 7 stolen bases in 2017. 




Nolan Ackerman C / 3B / Chaparrel, CO / 2019

Ackerman, a 5-foot-11, 160-pounder, plays hard behind the plate. He has recorded an in-game pop time of 1.9 seconds and throws 76 from the crouch. At the plate, the has a slightly open stance and is short to the ball. He’s a line-drive hitter with bat speed and runs the 60-yard dash in 7.3 seconds. Had a strong 2017 leading the Wolverines with a .386 batting average, hits (17), and doubles (4)




Luke Bailey OF / 1B / Chaparral, CO / 2018

6-foot-3, 200 pounds. Bats and throws right. Hit .286 last spring with 3 doulbes. Athletic and shows pull-side power, evident with the 3 home runs he hit in live round over left center. Slight open stance at the plate and generates good bat whip through the zone. Registered a 94 mph exit velo off a tee in Senior Games. In the outfield showcased a strong arm throwing 85 mph to 3B. Ran a 6.95 60 time. 




Kellen Peat SS / 2B / Chaparral, CO / 2018

5-foot-10, 155 pounds. Bats and throws right. Recently committed to Minot State University. Versatile infielder that can play SS, 2B, and 3B. Hit .304 in 2017 with a .407 OBA.







Colton Schannuth 3B / 2B / Chaparral , CO / 2018

6-foot, 150 pounds. Bats and throws right. In 2017 Schannuth went 1-3 on the mound with a 3.65 ERA in 30 innings pitched. At 3B has quick feet, fields the ball out front and throws from a high 3/4 arm slot at 75 mph across the diamond. On the mound has lanky projectable frame. Short on back side, hides ball well, stride lands in-line to the plate. Fastball lived at 76-77 but appears faster. 






Iain Isdale LHP / OF / Chaparral, CO / 2019

6-foot-4, 167 pounds. Bats right throws left. Lanky, wiry frame. Could be scary if 25 pounds added. Pitched entirely out of stretch. Hides ball well. Short on back side then comes from over the top. Arm is loose and quick. Good extension to the plate. Inline then spins off a little on land towards 3rd. Fastball sat 81-83. Curveball and change thrown at same arm speed as fastball. Both were 68-69 mph. Curveball was 12/6. Change tailed into left handed hitter. Logged 6 innings on the mound in 2017. 






Riley Langerman C / 2B / Chaparral, CO / 2018

5-foot-9, 125 pounds. Bats and throws right. Lanky and projectable. Gap to gap, line drive hitter. Swing is level through the zone. Hit .333 in 2017 in 18 at-bats. 



Alex Potter OF / RHP / Chaparral, CO / 2018

6-0, 180 pounds. Bats and throws right. Fastball lives in lower 80's on the mound, and logged 8 innings in 2017 going 1 and 2 on the year and has a chance to be one of the Wolverines starting pitchers. Hit .250 for the Wolverines in 24 at-bats in 2017 driving in 9 runs.