2016 Season Preview: Monacan Chiefs



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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: Monocan
Nickname: Chiefs
Class: 4A East
Conference: Conference 20
Coach: Gerald Mann
2015 Record: 8-13
2015 Post Season: Conference Tournament
Returning Starters/Position: 5
Returning Pitchers: 5


 

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Josh Barber (LHP, 2016, Hampden-Sydney)
Joseph Crute (LHP, 2017)
R.J. Liverpool (OF, 2017)
Aaron Robinson (C, 2017) Robinson is ranked 35th in the PBR VA/DC Class of 2017 Rankings. He has a power in his bat with the potential for more.



SEASON OUTLOOK
Monacan is coming off of a bit of a rebuilding 2015 season that saw them reach the Conference Tournament and win their first round game before being eliminated. The 2016 Chief lineup will be hurt by the loss of Kevin Granger (OF, Norfolk State), but otherwise brings back a decent group that will be led by Liverpool and Robinson. The defense will be anchored by Robinson by the plate and Barber will lead a deep group of returning pitchers highlighted by Crute. Monacan will be strong defensively and limit opposing offenses in 2016, if the Chiefs can find consistent offense, they will be dangerous in Conference 20 and could return to the Regional Tournament.

 

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