2015 Team Preview: Pickerington Central



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By Dylan Hefflinger and JD Heilmann
Ohio Editor in Chief/NW Scout and Ohio Scouting Director

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2015 Team Preview: Pickerington Central

School Name: Pickerington Central
Coaches Name/Record: Andy Takos, 33-18
2014 Record: 14-12
Conference: Ohio Capital Conference
Conference Record/Finish: 9-5
Division Level: I

Notable Alumni:

  • Zach Beaver - Akron
  • Nick Jensen Clagg - Kent State
  • Kyle Casserly - West Virginia

Number of Returning Starters/Pitchers: 7/6

Strengths of Team:

  • Team speed up and down the lineup
  • Multiple returning position players
  • 6 pitchers with varsity experience

Weakness of Team:

  • Youth due to small senior class 
  • Depth (offensive and pitching)

Key Losses from the Class of 2014:

  • Kyle Casserly - West Virginia
  • Michael Barnabei - Marietta

Top Prospects in Class of 2015:

Top Prospects in Class of 2016:

  • Clay Surrell, IF/RHP, S/R - Upper 80s arm, game changing speed, OSU recruit
  • Brandon Henson, OF, R/R - Led team in HR and slugging %, big time speed and arm strength 
  • Ashton Salyers, IF/RHP, R/R - Returning closer, command of four pitches 

Top Prospects in Class of 2017:

  • Trent Hager, C, R/R - Will be four year varsity letter winner by the time he graduates, started in 15 games as a freshman
  • Matt Walters, IF/OF/RHP, L/R 
  • Tanner Griggs, RHP/IF, R/R
  • Jacob Lott, SS/OF, R/R

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