Preseason Top 25 Preview: No. 21 Westminster Christian

By Doug Freeman
Florida Scouting Director 

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the Top 25 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage:

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Team: Westminster Christian Warriors
Preseason Rank: 21
2016 Record: 21-8-1
FHSAA Class: 4A
Head Coach: Emil Castellanos
Playoff Run: Lost in Regional Semifinal
Returning Starters: 7

Name, Position, Class (College Commitment)
M.J. Melendez, C, 2017 (FIU)
Max Pinto, OF, 2017 (Samford)
Luis Aviles, C/3B, 2017 (Rice)
Tyler Paige, SS, 2017 (Miami)
Alex Ruiz, SS, 2017 (Miami)
Henry Anthony Vilar, SS, 2018 (Miami)
Jamar Fairweather, RHP/3B, 2020

Offensive Firepower. With transfer M.J. Melendez coming into the fold, the Warriors bolster seven Division I commits. Last year, Paige, Pinto and Aviles combined for a total of 9 home runs along with 75 RBI's. With the new additions, Westminster looks to have a very deep and talented lineup that will consistently score runs. 

C Jakob Zarrello (North Florida)
OF Alvaro Valdez (HCC)

Consistently a top team in the state, the Warriors will look to a talented transfer in Melendez as well as a trio of returners in Paige, Pinto and Aviles .  Max Pinto, who led the team in at-bats while batting .353 with 22 RBIs and 3 home runs while Paige led the team with 4 home runs and Aviles led the team with a .363 average. The offense from top to bottom is loaded with talent and should consistently drive in runs. With the loss of Jakob Zarrello  who started 8 games last season, Westminster will look for a new group of arms to step up. The Warriors should play above average on offense and defense and if the pitching can come together they will have a chance to make a deep playoff run. 

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