2015 Team Preview: Staley Falcons



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: Staley
Nickname:
Falcons
Class:
5A
League:
Suburban White
Head Coach:
Dave Wilson
Twitter Handle:
@Staley_Baseball
2014 Overall Record:
28-6
2014 League Record:
9-1, 1st
2014: Post-Season Finish:
Lost to Blue Springs South in Elite 8
2015 MHSBCA Preseason Rank: #4

Number of Position Players Lost: 5
Number of Pitchers Lost: 5
Number of Returning Starters/Position Players: 4
Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 2

TOP RETURNERS (Commit)
Jacob Calvert, 2B, 2015 (Crowder CC)
Sean Cooley, C, 2016
Jack Duffy, OF, 2016 (Missouri State)
Mitchell McCallister, OF, 2016
Levi McLaughlin, 2B/RHP, 2015 (Maple Woods CC)
Conrad McMahon, OF, 2015
Parker Mertz, 1B, 2015 (Missouri Western)
Ross Messina, SS/RHP, 2016 (Arkansas State)
Jacob Miller, RHP, 2015 (Maple Woods CC)
Jacob Pfender, OF, 2015
Jordan Robben, 3B/RHP, 2015 (William Jewell)
Hunter Swift, LHP/OF, 2016

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Sam Baker, 1B/RHP, 2015
Conner Creekmore, LHP, 2016
Wyatt Farkas, OF, 2017
Matthew Ludwig, SS, 2015
Evan Madrid, 2B, 2018
Ward Mershon, 2B, 2016
Hunter McMahon, RHP/2B, 2016
Jason Needham, 1B/RHP, 2016
Matt Russell, RHP, 2017

OUTLOOK
If you are a college coach and you want to see a game this spring, make sure you put Staley down as a must see.  They are as talented as any team in the state in every class.  The Falcons will be an experienced team that returns four everyday starters and seven players with starting experience.  Team speed and defense will be a strength; along with many arms that should transition to the varsity level. Contributing to the team speed will be senior, Conrad McMahon, a 5-foot-9 175-pound OF with a 6.56 60 time.  Senior Levi McLaughlin is a 6-foot-1 175-pound 2B with a lefty bat that will return in the top of the Staley order, while Jordan Robben, a highly athletic 3B/RHP, will add power to the line-up and velo on the mound.  Robben was 86 mph with his fastball last fall and has a 90 mph exit velo.  Staley will feature two physical athletes in the outfield in seniors Parker Mertz and Jacob Pfender.  Senior Jacob Miller, a 6-foot 165-pound RHP, will be called on to throw meaningful innings on the mound. The Falcons also sent four juniors to PBR's Future Games last summer; SS/RHP Ross Messina, LHP/1B/OF Hunter Swift, C Sean Cooley and OF Jack Duffy. Junior OF Mitchel McCallister is among one of the states highest risers in recent rankings, with a 6.8 60 time and an 88 mph arm from the outfield. Staley has more depth in it's underclassmen as well, and should be a strong program for the next several years.  In 2015, the Falcons will be fast, athletic, loaded with lefty bats and productive arms on the mound.  They will have the ability to match-up well with any team in the state and make a run at the state championship.  Coach Wilson should be very excited for the upcoming season. 

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