Prep Baseball Report

2018 UIL Team Preview: Clifton

PBR Texas Staff

The Texas high school season kicks off on February 19, the first day for regular season games. Most teams will begin practicing on January 26, getting their rosters set and finalizing their lineups.

Over the next several weeks, leading up to opening day, we will be rolling out team previews of high school teams all across the state and across all classifications, eventually launching our Preseason Power 25.

We have been sending out our annual Preseason Questionnaire to coaches all across the state and as the responses flood in we will bring you a snapshot of what to expect along with top players and keys to success for that particular team. If you don’t see your team’s season preview make sure your head coach fills out his Preseason Questionnaire.

Team: Clifton
2017 Record:
Conference Finish: 3rd
Conference: 19-3A
THSA Classification: 3A
Head Coach: Brian Slater
Playoff Run: Area Round
Returning Starters: 9
Returning Pitchers: 6


Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Edgar Rodriguez TX Clifton 2018 RHP/2B  
Hutch Kettler TX Clifton 2018 RHP/C  
Carter Guinn TX Clifton 2018 RHP/SS  
Hunter Ringo TX Clifton 2018 OF  
Fisher Pitts TX Clifton 2018 P/1B  
Alfredo Rodriguez TX Clifton 2019 RHP/3B  
Mason Brandenberger TX Clifton 2020 LHP  


Coach Brian Slater and the Clifton Cubs are setup to make some noise this season. Losing zero starters from the 2017 season and bringing back just about every pitcher has got to have Coach Slater feeling good about 2018. The Cubs sport a strong senior class, filled with individual accolades. Headlining this group will be RHP/2B Edgar Rodriguez (Two-time All-State 2B Selection), RHP/C Hutch Kettler (District Offensive MVP), RHP/SS Carter Guinn (First Team All District SS), OF Hunter Ringo (First Team All District), P/1B Fisher Pitts (Second Team All District P), and RHP/3B Alfredo Rodriguez (First Team All District 3B). The Cubs also have a young sophomore left-hander in Mason Brandenberger. This fall, Brandenberger chewed up hitters with his three-pitch mix, and is currently ranked No. 44 in TX.

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