2015 Team Preview: Cincinnati St. Xavier

By Dylan Hefflinger
Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout

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2015 Team Preview: Cincinnati St. Xavier

School Name: Cincinnati St. Xavier
Coaches Name/Record: Bob Sherlock, 72-85 overall; 13-13 at St. Xavier
2014 Record: 13-13
Conference: Greater Catholic League South
Conference Record/Finish: 3-6
Division Level: I

Postseason Accomplishments:

  • Division I State Champions - 2003
  • Division I Regional Runner-up - 2004
  • Division I Regional Runner-up - 2007

Key Players Lost From 2014:

  • Alex Kenner - starting pitcher - ace of staff

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 9/4

Strengths of Team:

  • Better pitching depth than 2014
  • Strong middle defense
  • Good starting catcher (Spencer Helwig)
  • Solid senior leadership
  • Outstanding outfield defense

Weaknesses of Team:

  • Starting pitching lacks depth
  • Large portion of pitching staff has not faced varsity competition
  • Offense is a question mark
  • Young players will have to develop quickly in order for us to succeed
  • Play one of the toughest schedules in the state

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

  • Eric Juan, OF/RHP, 6-foot-1, 185-pounds. 2nd team All-GCL South in 2014; outstanding athlete; will be moved to CF for 2015; could provide much needed relief help on mound; Emory University commit.
  • Spencer Helwig, C, 6-foot-1, 190-pounds. solid starting catcher; has narrowed college choice to Walsh Univerisity and John Carroll; looks to improve offensively from tough 2014 season. Ranked 182nd in Ohio's 2015 class.
  • Simon Schaefer, 5-foot-9, 160-pounds.

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Noah Mehrle, OF, 6-foot-1, 185-pounds. 2nd year varsity starter in left field; Honorable Mention All-GCL South in 2014. Ranked 82nd in Ohio's 2016 class.
  • JP Bitzenhofer, OF, 6-foot-1, 180-pounds. 2nd Team All-GCL South in 2014.Ranked 120th in Ohio's 2016 class.
  • Sam Ankenbauer, 2B, 5-foot-8, 170-pounds. Will compete for starting 2B job in 2015.
  • Clayton Peterson, RHP, 5-foot-10, 170-pounds. Will be counted heavily against tough GCL South opponents.
  • Ben Elsen, RHP, 5-foot-10, 185-pounds. Will provide much needed depth to pitching staff; projected #3 in starting rotation.
  • Brennan Hatten, OF/LHP, 5-foot-7, 145-pounds.
  • Anthony Morgan, OF/MIF, 5-foot-10, 155-pounds.
  • Cameron Stocker, RHP, 6-foot, 165-pounds.

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:  

  • Trevor Kuncl, SS, 5-foot-8, 155-pounds. Will assume starting shortstop duties in 2015.Ranked 38th in Ohio's 2017 class.
  • Jonathan Brus, OF/1B/LHP, 6-foot-1, 175-pounds. Good looking young player.
  • Zach McDonough, C, 5-foot-10, 160-pounds. Good possibility he will be the starting catcher in 2016.
  • Michael Cleary, OF/SS, 5-foot-10, 155-pounds. Ranked 40th in Ohio's 2017 class.
  • Andy Mills, SS/OF, 5-foot-8, 140-pounds.

Notable College/MLB Alumni:

  • Chris Sexton - Cincinnati Reds; Colorado Rockies

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