2015 Team Preview: DeSmet Jesuit Spartans



Shon Plack and Jeff Viles
Prep Baseball Report-Missouri

As we prepare for the upcoming 2015 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: De Smet Jesuit
Nickname: Spartans
Class: 5A
League: Metro Catholic
Head Coach: David Stewart
Twitter Handle: @DeSmet_Baseball
2014 Overall Record: 20-11
2014 League Record:  4-4, 3rd
2014 Post-Season Finish: District Runner-Up

Number of Position Players Lost: 5
Number of Pitchers Lost: 3
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 4
Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 3

TOP RETURNERS (Commit)
Troy Beilsmith, SS, 2015
Mike Berra, OF, 2015
Dan Hornsey, DH, 2015
Kory Kostecki, RHP/3B, 2015
Erik Miller, LHP, 2016 (Stanford)
Mike Plassmeyer, LHP, 2015 (Mizzou)
John Smith, OF, 2015
Clayton Stephens, C, 2017

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Henry Boeckmann, LHP/1B, 2016
Nicholas Chiapel, 3B/RHP, 2016
Nick Claxton, OF, 2016
Adam Gunter, C, 2016
Nick Logusch, RHP/SS, 2016
Carter Martens, RHP, 2017

OUTLOOK
First year head coach David Stewart will will inherit a pair of Division 1 lefty arms in 2015, Mike Plassmeyer and Erik Miller.  Plassmeyer, as senior, has pinpoint control, finishing his junior season with 34 strikeouts to just four walks.  As a junior, he worked 41.3 innings and finished with a 1.86 ERA, allowing just 11 earned runs.  Junior Erik Miller is equally impressive.  The Stanford commit, is a southpaw that stands 6-foot-5 208-pound with a fastball touching 91 mph.  Senior Kory Kostecki will give the Spartans a solid right-handed starter as well.  In 2014, Kostecki went 3-0, working 27.2 innings with a 2.28 ERA.  De Smet will have no shortage of arms to work with in the competitive Metro Catholic Conference.  De Smet will rely on a pair of seniors to provide most of the offense. DH Dan Hornsey batted .309 with two home runs and 23 RBI, while OF John Smith, batted .308 with a pair of home runs and 19 driven in, last season.  Seniors Troy Beilsmith and Mike Berra also have varsity experience and play a key role in the Spartans success.  De Smet will rely on sophomore catcher Clayton Stephens to handle the duities behind the plate.  Stephens saw limited action on varsity as a freshman and will have expanded role this year.  De Smet enters the MHSBCA preseason rankings at #10, and come playoff time, the Spartans pitching staff could carry them a long way.
 

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