Spring Preview: Houston Memorial



By Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

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School: Memorial
Head Coach: Jeremy York
Conference: 15-6A
2016 Finish: 20-10-1 (12-0 Conf.) 1st Place
Playoff Run: Lost in Bi-District
Ranking: Will be updated upon release

Players to watch

+ Christian Roa, 2017, RHP (Texas A&M commit)
+ Justin Collins, 2017, C (Rice commit)
+ Eli Reichmann, 2017, LHP
+ Hayden Kerns, 2017, IF
+ Patrick McNulty, 2017, IF/RHP
+ Ben Stubbs, 2018, IF
+ Luke Milstead, 2018, RHP
+ Walker Zander, 2018, RHP
+ Hunter Baldwin, 2018, IF
+ Clark Henry, 2019, IF/OF
+ Colton Rathjen, 2019, OF
+ Payne Trozzo, 2019, OF


season preview

Memorial High School put together a solid 2016 campaign, amassing 20 wins overall and an undefeated (12-0) conference record. The 2017 Mustangs return an experienced pitching staff, which is a big advantage with the new pitch count rules. Christian Roa, a 6-foot-4 Texas A&M commit and 1st Team All-District winner, will lead Memorial on the mound. The Mustangs also return a mix of other players that have logged varsity innings, including Patrick McNulty (1st Team All-District), Eli Reichmann, Walker Zander and Luke Milstead.

The defense will be anchored behind the plate by Justin Collins. Collins, a Rice commit, has a strong arm to go with an advanced frame and has proven that he can shut down the running game with sub-2 pop-times. Also working the middle of the field is senior infielder Hayden Kerns. Kerns is a 6-foot-2, athletic player with fast-twitch tendencies. Patrick McNulty is another 1st Team All-District player from 2016 that will see time at second base and on the mound. Junior infielder Ben Stubbs returns for the Mustangs, rounding out a solid defensive unit. Look for a handful of other juniors and sophomores to make up the rest of Memorial’s line-up as they have to replace some valuable spots in the order.

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