Prep Baseball Report

2018 Team Preview: Lee's Summit Tigers

Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

As we prepare for the upcoming 2018 high school season, we will be taking a
preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Lee's Summit HS
Nickname: Tigers
Class: 5A
Conference: Suburban Gold
Head Coach: Jim Mellody
Years as head coach at school: 14
Twitter Handle:
2017 Overall Record: 24-11
2017 Conference Record: 9-3 (1st Place)
2017 Post Season Finish: 4th Place in State
Team Website:

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

Players with 2017 Post Season Honors
Jason Kostelnick, 3B, 2018, All-Conference
Joe Vandenbos
, RHP/INF, 2018, All-Conference, (Rockhurst Univ.)

Players to Watch
Tyler Perry, C, 2019
George Grosvernor
, INF, 2019
Grant Heizer
, RHP, 2019
Grant Baird,
OF, 2018
Spencer Parker
, OF, 2018
Gabe Combs
, RHP, 2018
Cameron Pudenz
, INF/P, 2018
Cody White
, RHP, 2018
Quinton Carlberg
, SS, 2019

Season Outlook

The Tigers look to build on their fourth place finish in Missouri's Class 5 from a season ago, and head coach, Jim Mellody needs just seven wins to reach 200 wins for his career.  In 2018, Lee's Summit will return four starting position players and two starting pitchers from their state qualifying team last year.  Senior 3B, Jason Kostelnick and senior RHP/INF Joe Vanderbos earned all conference honors as juniors and will return to lead the way for the Tigers.  Lee's Summit's roster will be littered with juniors and seniors.  Seniors Gabe Combs and Cody White will have an impact on the mound, while fellow senior Cameron Pudenz will see time on the infield and on the mound.  Juniors Quinton Carlberg, Tyler Perry and Grant Heizer will all see increase rolls this spring.  Senior Grant Baird will solidify the outfield and provide the Tigers with a strong lead off hitter if he returns healthy after being injured during football season.  This spring, the Tigers look get back to the Class 5 Final Four and build upon their 24-11 record in 2017.

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