Spring Forward: Two-Way Players to Watch in 2020


Kyle Campbell
Maryland Scouting Director

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Earlier this week we began a series of stories entitled "Spring Forward" where we highlight some of the top players, programs, and conferences across a variety of categories for the upcoming 2020 season. 

Today our Spring Forward series takes a look at some of the top two-way players to watch in 2020. 

 

TWO-WAY PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2020

 

Matt Archibald 3B / John Carroll, MD / 2022

Archibald is one of the top ranked prospects in the 2022 class possessing an outstanding tool-set. On JV a season ago, Archibald struck out 38 in 29 innings of work finishing with a 3.38 ERA and hit .346 at the plate. Expect the hard throwing Archibald to make a splash in the MIAA “A” Conference for John Carroll who return several key players and look to be contenders for the title in 2020.


Blake Badman C / RHP / DeMatha Catholic , MD / 2020

DeMatha returns a loaded roster in 2020 that also includes University of Virginia commit Blake Badman. The senior is expected once again to make an impact at the plate and on the mound for the Stags. Last season, Badman hit .314 with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, and drove in 18 runs. On the mound, he was third on the team with 25 innings pitched, striking out 33 while allowing just 13 hits.


Ryan Calvert RHP / 1B / La Plata, MD / 2020

Calvert led La Plata to the MPSSAA 2A State title in 2019 and is back for an encore. The UNC Wilmington commit was also named our PBR Player of the Year for his efforts both on the mound and at the plate for the Warriors. On the mound, Calvert went 8-1 with a 0.45 ERA striking out 121 batters in 62 innings of work. His offensive numbers were just as impressive hitting .444 with 13 doubles, 5 home runs, and 40 RBI’s. Calvert also scored 24 runs and swiped 10 bags along the way. Calvert will once again look to carry the Warriors in 2020 as they look to repeat.


Magnus Dunn OF / LHP / Mount Hebron, MD / 2020

Dunn was named Howard County Player of the Year in 2019 leading Mount Hebron on the mound and at the plate. The Washington University (MO) commit hit .433 last season with 26 hits (3 doubles, 2 triples, and 1 home run). With an OBP of .547, Dunn also scored 19 runs and stole 8 bases. On the mound, Dunn threw 27 innings striking out 52 batters and finished with a 1.29 ERA. The Vikings will once again lean on Dunn to carry them in 2020 as they look to compete for a county championship and 3A state championship.


Daniel Elliott SS / RHP / Reservoir, MD / 2020

It was an early exit for Reservoir in the playoffs a season ago as they were upset by Centennial at home in the Sectional Semifinals. 2020 presents a new opportunity however and they return arguably one of the best players in Howard County in Daniel Elliott. Elliott had a huge season as a junior hitting .469 with 23 hits (6 doubles, 2 home runs), drove in 18 and scored 17 runs. The uncommitted senior was a workhorse on the mound as well for the Gators throwing 37.2 innings - striking out 52 batters to the tune of a 0.75 ERA.


Alex Greene OF / RHP / DeMatha, MD / 2020

Greene pitched just eight innings in 2019 and had 17 plate appearances before suffering a season ending injury. The University of Virginia commit is our number two ranked player in the 2020 class just behind fellow teammate Jack Bulger (Vanderbilt) and is one of the top draft prospects in the state. Expect a healthy Greene this season to make a major impact in DeMatha’s hopeful run at a WCAC title.


Todd Mozoki RHP / 1B / Dulaney, MD / 2021

Mozoki was a difference maker last season for Dulaney as they finished 21-2 falling just shy of a State Semifinal berth with a heart-breaking 1-0 extra-innings loss to Sherwood in the 4A North Region Championship. The James Madison commit finished the year 6-0 with a 1.76 ERA and had 63 strikeouts in 43.2 innings of work. He was also a staple in the middle of the lineup all year long for the Lions hitting .442 and slugging .818 with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, and drove in 32 RBI’s.


Blake Pesante SS / RHP / St. Mary's Ryken, MD / 2022

St. Mary’s Ryken will lean on the talents of sophomore Blake Pesante even more so this year as they hope to contend for the title in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. As a freshman last season, Pesante went 3-1 on the mound with a 3.04 ERA and struck out 24 in 25.1 innings of work. At the plate he hit .258. Watch for Pesante to really bust on the scene this year with that one season competing in the tough WCAC under his belt.

 

SPRING FORWARD SERIES