2023 Minnesota High School Preview: Willmar Cardinals

Parker Hageman
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota


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As we prepare for the upcoming 2023 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Willmar
Nickname: Cardinals
Class: AAA
League: Central Lakes
Head Coach: Tom DeBoer
Years as Head Coach at School: 8 years (77-79)
2022 Overall Record: 15-7
2022 League Record: 10-4
2022 League Finish: 1st place
2022 Post-Season Finish: 4th in section

# of Returning Starters:
# of Pitchers With 15+ Innings Returning: 0

# of Starters Lost:
# of Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 4

Cullen Gregory, 2024, INF
Dylan Staska, 2024, Util/RHP

Sam Etterman - Gustavus Adolphus College
Cayden Hansen - St. Cloud Technical College
Andrew Baumgart - North Dakota State University
Hunter Magnuson - Valley City State University
Jett Salonek - Valley City State University
Tanner Bauman - St. Mary's University (MN)
Ashton Gregory - St. John's University (MN)
Drey Dirksen - Augustana University
Jayden Dierenfeld - University of Sioux Falls
Caleb Ditmarson - University of Sioux Falls

"The 2023 season has a lot of question marks. We graduated 14 seniors last year, and return only two players that saw extended varsity action. We will need to lean on some underclassmen this year to fill out our roster."
Tom DeBoer, Willmar Head Coach