Preseason Countdown No. 21 Windsor



By PBR Staff

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. The Top 50 teams are picked from all classifications, and are not divided up by class level. To see the entire list click here   

Team: Windsor
Preseason Rank:  21
2016 Record: 20-5
Conference: Tri Valley
CHSAA Class: 4A
Head Coach: Brad Deal
Playoff Run: Lost to Pueblo West 3-1 in the 4A State Semi-Finals
2016 Final Rank: 17
Returning Starters: 5
Returning Pitchers: 1

TOP PLAYERS:
Mitchell Watson, 1B, No. 175 2017
Braden Peninger, 2018
Zach Watts, 2018
Corte Tapia, RHP, 2017

OTHER PLAYERS WHO MIGHT MAKE AN IMPACT:
Alex Frietek, RHP/3B, No. 115 2018

KEY PLAYERS LOST:
Jake Greenwalt
Colton Vickers
Tyler Shubert

Stat Rat:  
.89 ERA for Jake Greenwalt in 2016.  The Wizards have one arm coming back with experience on the mound in 2017.

Bottom Line:
 The Wizards have enjoyed a nice 4 year run, qualifying for the final 8 three of the last four years including a final four run last year before losing to Pueblo West 3-1.  Replacing Jake Greenwalt with one or several players will be key to the success of the 2017 team.  Look for the Wizards to be strong on offense with Mitchell Watson, .423 with 30 hits and 18 RBI, Braden Peninger, .418 with 28 hits and 16 stolen bases and Zach Watts, .320 with 16 hits and 12 RBI.  On the mound, Corte Tapia comes off a 5-0 2016 campaign as a nice complement to Greenwalt.  This year, Tapia will be called on as the ace of the staff to have the Wizards positioned at the top of the Tri Valley League at the end of April.