Prep Baseball Report

Preseason Top 50 Countdown: No 10 Rock Canyon

By John Cackowski

State Director

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: Rock Canyon
Preseason Rank: 10
2015 Record: 23-4
Conference: Continental
CHSAA Class: 5A
Head Coach: Tyler Munro
Playoff Run: Won the 5A State Championship against Chatfield
2015 Final Rank: 2
Returning Starters: 6
Returning Pitchers: 1

Daryl Myers, SS, No. 52 2016 (Benedictine College)
Coby Zimmerman, OF No. 86 2016
Trevor Howard, OF, No. 130 2016
Adam Schiller, OF, No 2016
Ben Sneider, 1B, 2016
Bobby Rexroat, RHP, 2016
Jake Clark, RHP, No. 144 2016
Matt Givin, 3B/RHP, No. 8 2017 (Xavier)
Logan O'Neil, C, No. 39 2017
Nick Merone, INF, No. 10 2018
Cayden Zimmerman, MIF, No. 15 2018

Jake Hammons, MIF, No. 17 2017

The current Jags players have some big shoes to fill. Not only will it be hard to replace D-1 players in Chris Givin and Josh White, but over 3 years pitcher Bryce Dietz went 16-1 with a 2.98 ERA over 122 innings pitched. 

Chris Givin: Xavier
Josh White: Army
Bryce Dietz: Cal Lutheran

Last year the Jags played in 8 games decided by one run and went 6-2 in those games. 

2015 saw the Rock Canyon Jaguars start off hot and stay hot all year on their way to their first ever baseball state championship. Their program has developed into one of the deeper programs in the state seemingly churning out D-1 prospects every year now. Though they lost 3 important players last year, the Jags should not have any problem reloading in 2015 with the talent they have coming back. 2016 SS Daryl Myers  (Benedictine College) is coming off a very solid junior season in which he hit .409 and led the team with 9 doubles. The Jaguars return there entire outfied from 2016  in seniors Adam Schiller, Trevor Howard, and Coby Zimmerman who all had productive offensive seasons hitting .300 as juniors. 3B/RHP Matt Givin (Xavier) is one of the top 2017 prospects in the state. As a sophomore last year he hit .383 and drove in 21 runs. 2016 1B Ben Sneider also hit .300 last season. The Jaguars have some very good young talent who will fill in this year in 2018 Nick Merone, and 2018 MIF Cayden Zimmerman. The Jaguars will compete for the Continental League crown again in 2016. To get back to the 5A Final Four they will need to repeat the pitching production they have gotten in the past. 


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