2016 Season Preview: Culpeper Blue Devils





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By John Nolan
Assistant Director of Scouting/Content Management 

As we enter February, the high school season is quickly approaching. As the month progresses and February turns into March, we will take a look at high school programs throughout our coverage area as they prepare for the 2016 season.

Covenant School


Team: Culpeper
Nickname: Blue Devils
Class: 3A East
Conference: 28 and the Evergreen District
Coach: Billy Mitchell
2015 Record: 12-7
2015 Post Season: Regional Quarterfinals
Returning Starters/Position: 3
Returning Pitchers: 2

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Hunter Crim: (1B/P, 2016)
Matt Dietz (OF/LHP, 2017) 
Hunter Elliot (OF, 2016)
Bradley Martin: (MIF/RHP, 2017) 
Matt Shuck (OF, 2016)
Zach Smith: (RHP, 2018)


SEASON OUTLOOK
Culpeper is coming off of a good 2015 season that saw them advance to the 3A East tournament. After losing six starting position players to graduation, the 2016 Blue Devils will need to replace a lot of their lineup some talented youngsters. The rotation has a chance to be very good and the lineup will be built around returning starters Martin, Crim, and Shuck. Culpeper should improve as the season progresses and by the end of the season become a threat to return to the 3A East Regional.