2023 Team Preview: Orangefield Bobcats

Brandon Gowins
Texas Scouting Director

The 2023 high school baseball season is underway with practice having started 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 Texas

Teams across the state have goals and aspirations to finish their seasons in the Austin at the State Tournament, 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 Texas. We will take you right up to first pitch this season with these team previews and eventually releasing our preseason Top 30 teams in the 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 and updating the Top 30 teams in the state.

*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: Orangefield

Coach’s Name: Tim Erickson

Classification: 3A (District 22)

No. of Returning Positional Starters: 5

No. of Returning Pitchers2

Team Strengths: Team Speed, Starting Pitching and Team Experience


Top Returning Players:

2023 RHP/CF Jason Bodin (Texas A&M)

2023 C Rusten Traxler

2024 1B Kyle Michael

2024 2B Caleb Fregia

2024 RHP Brycen Tait


Top 2023 Prospects:

2023 RHP/CF Jason Bodin (Texas A&M)

2023 C Rusten Traxler


Top 2024 Prospects:

2024 1B Kyle Michael

2024 RHP Brycen Tait


Top 2026 Prospects

2026 SS Matthew Johnson

2026 3B Kyler Green


Team Outlook

Last year, Orangfield had a successful season that saw them go 28-4 overall with a 10-2 district record leading to a regional semifinalist finish. This year the Bobcats return some key upper classmen and look to make a even deeper run in '23.

On the mound there aren't many teams on the 3A level that have an Ace like Jason Bodin. The Texas A&M has a fastball that sit regularly in the low 90's with the secondary stuff to dominate.  Bodin will be joined by Jr. RHP Brycen Tait to start a formidable district duo. 

Offensively, Orangefield will be led by last years District Offensive MVP, Kyle Michael.  The LHH 1st baseman will be joined by Bodin, Jr. Caleb Fregia  and Sr. Rusten Traxler to anchor the lineup. Keep an eye out on Freshmen Matthew Johnson and Kyler Green who could make some noise sometime this year.  

Orangefield has a talented team that is built for the postseason.  After a deep run last year, Orangefield is looking to take it a couple steps farther this year.


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