TN High School Team Preview: Collierville Dragons

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The 2023 high school baseball season is quickly approaching and as usual, excitement abounds throughout the state. Players and coaches have been working in preparation for the upcoming season and, as is the case each year, there are some very talented players and teams across Tennessee.

Teams across the state have goals and aspirations to finish their seasons in Murfreesboro at The Spring Fling as they compete for a state championship, but there is plenty of work to be done before that becomes reality. We hope to familiarize our readers with many of the teams across the state as we preview individual teams across Tennessee. We will take you right up to first pitch this season with these team previews and by continuing other pieces of content covering the Volunteer State.

Please keep checking back throughout the season as we will be your one-stop shop for everything related to high school baseball across the state. Each week we will be releasing our players of the week, updating the Top 10 in each TSSAA classification as well as a Power 25. 

*Please note that all information is based on team preview questionnaires that were sent out and returned by the participating high school coaches.

High School Name: Collierville High School 

Coach’s Name: Jeff Munier 

Team Twitter Handle: @CvilleBaseball_

Classification: AAAA 

2022 Record: 37-11

District + Region Number: District 15 + Region 8 

No. of Returning Positional Starters: 5

No. of Returning Pitchers:

Team Strengths: Solid Team Defense, Strike Throwing Pitching Staff, Scrappy Offense 

Top Returning Players:

Top 2024 Prospects:

Team Outlook:

The Dragons turned in a great season as they captured the district tourney championship and made a strong run down the stretch to return to the state tournament. At the Spring Fling, they played two extra inning games plus one rain game and were eliminated by Riverdale to finish 37-11 on the season. They have one of the deepest rosters in the state from a numbers perspective, which leads to large graduating classes but also the ability to reload on a year to year basis. They expect to lean on solid team defense, strike throwing pitching staff, and a scrappy offense to negate the inexperience with their newcomers. ‘23 RHP/SS Thomas Crabtree (ETSU) returns to lead the pitching staff after a very strong season last year and will play up the middle. ‘23 2B Joey Caruso (UAH) will pair with him up the middle and is a solid lefty bat in the lineup. ‘23 OF/LHP Tyler Johns (Elon) will be a southpaw two way player, who can impac games. ‘23 RHP Keaton Baird (Harding) and ‘23 RHP Scott Wyatt (Union Univ.) can fill up the zone and throw significant innings again this Spring. ‘23 OF Matthew Autry (Union Univ.) and ‘23 OF Austin Smith will roam in the outfield with Johns to provide a veteran group. It’s a thinner junior class with ‘24 INF Mason Eads, ‘24 RHP/UTL Jack Lester, and ‘24 RHP/OF Nathan Myers figuring to play the largest role. The Dragons will have a deep sophomore group that will play bigger roles this season and fill some key spots. ‘25 RHP/OF Ari Bethea got innings as a freshman and looks to take another step forward. ‘25 C/UTL AJ Greene has played all over and figures to split time behind the plate with ‘24 C Tanner Wages. ‘25 RHP/3B Cael Allen moved in from PA and should throw significant innings this Spring as well as ‘25 RHP/OF Ayden Jacobs. ‘25 INF JD Whitworth and ‘25 1B Brody Winemiller expect to slot in at the corner infield spots while ‘25 LHP/OF Ridge Harvey and ‘25 RHP/OF Hayden Short could play two way roles. It will be a solid blend of experience and fresh faces for the Dragons as they’ll most likely battle with Houston at the top of the district as Arlington and Bartlett will look to push into one of those two regional spots for a competitive district. 

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