2016 Team Preview: Minnetonka Skippers



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By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

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As we prepare for the upcoming 2016 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

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Team: Minnetonka
Nickname: Skippers
Class: AAAA
League: Lakes Conference
Head Coach: Paul Twenge
Years as Head Coach at School: 10
2014 Overall Record: 15-10
2014 League Record: 4-4
2014 League Finish: NA
2014 Post-Season Finish: 4th in Section 2AAA

Returning Starters
: 6
Pitchers with 15+ Innings Returning: 4

Starters Lost: 3
Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 0

2015 GRADS IN COLLEGE
Josh Falk - Gulf Coast CC
Ian Cote - South Dakota State
Bailey Melz - St. Mary's U.
Matt Boyde - U. Wisconsin-Superior
TJ Nicholson - NIACC
Ian Masui - Augsburg

TOP RETURNERS
2016 Fox Leum - 1B/OF/RHP - NIACC Commit
2016 Jack Kuzma - SS
2016 Jake Raether - LHP- Central Michigan Commit
2016 Luke Wade - RHP- DMACC Commit
2016 Pierson Pass - INF
2016 Jack Tully - RHP- Indian Hills CC Commit
2017 Jimmy Ramsey - 1B/RHP - Oregon Commit
2017 Ben Livorsi - C/3B - St. Louis Commit 

UNDERCLASS PLAYERS TO WATCH
2017 Sam Thoresen - RHP/IF/OF
2017 Nate Shoemaker - RHP/OF
2017 Mitch Oehme - RHP
2018 Mason Nadolney - SS/RHP
2018 Nick Lommen - LHP/1B
2018 Jack Berset - RHP/3B

2016 OUTLOOK
The Skippers are one year more mature and ready for the 2016 season. Coach Twenge is confident that Minnetonka will play solid defense and have arm's available that will be able to throw strikes. Minnetonka has 6 college commits (4 seniors & 2 juniors) and boast arguably one of the best left-side combinations in the state with Jack Kuzma at SS and Pierson Pass at 3B.
  

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We appreciate all of the help provided by high school coaches across the state assisting with our preseason coverage. If you have not already done so you can fill out our coaches' preseason questionnaire online by clicking here.

 

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