Spring Preview: Purcell High School



 Andy Urban 
Oklahoma State Director
 

In a desire to best cover high school baseball in the state, PBR Oklahoma will be on the road this winter stopping by the practices and gathering information from teams around the state, highlighting top performers and difference makers for each club. Today, PBR Oklahoma will take an in-deep look at the 2017 Purcell Dragons.

Team: Purcell
Nickname: Dragons
Class:
3A
Head Coach:
Robby Carriger
Years as head coach at school:  3
2016 Overall Record:
20-12
2016 Post­ Season Finish:
Lost in Regionals
2017 Preseason Rank:
Will be updated upon release

Players to Watch
Brett Webb, 3B (2017) Murray State (JC)
Jarrett Sweeney, UTIL/RHP (2017)
Fernando Auz, C/RHP (2018)
Waylon Steiner, RHP/OF (2018)
Ethan Wayland, RHP/IF (2018)

Season Outlook
The 2017 Purcell Dragons may well be the most experienced high school team in Oklahoma. They will return eight every-day starters, including the entire pitching staff, from a season ago. Four of these returners, will be seniors who have started for the Dragons in the previous three seasons. Also on the roster will be four more players with varsity starting experience.

On the mound, a talented and uncommitted senior, Jarrett Sweeney, will be the ace of Purcell’s rotation.  Also filling major roles on the staff, likely in the starting rotation, be seniors Dillon Cook and  Dylan Collateta along with junior Ethan Wayland. Waylon Steiner will look to have a break-out  junior year and help on the mound as well.

Offensively, the Dragons will look to Murray State commit Brett Webb to lead the offense from the heart of the order.  Joining Webb in the middle of the lineup will likely be Collateta and Sweeney. Setting the table for Purcell could be junior Fernando Auz.

Defensively, the Dragons will rely on strong corner play, good catching, and some versatility. The corners will be manned by Webb at third and senior Brady Barrett at first base. Auz and fellow junior Cauy Hollis will form a strong catching duo.  Barrett and Hollis also have the ability to help in the outfield.

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