The Jarvis Christian College baseball program four weeks into the fall schedule and head coach Michael Holochuck is still learning the ball club. Early predictions indicate an athletic team with what looks to be a very offensive minded ball club. Top returning arms give the Bulldogs a great chance, but Holochuck will need to see what the incoming freshmen can provide out of the bullpen and in the field. Top returnees are starting to provide punch to the lineup in fall ball.
Top Returning players:
Phillip Jones – RHP/1st Base was closer in 2018 looking to earn a weekend starter role this year. Best arm talent in the program.
Wyatt Jones – RHP game three starter in 2018 battled injury at the end of the season, but looks to be healthy early on.
Phillip Griego – RHP bullpen arm and mid-week guy in 2018 really good stuff that has improved each year. If he takes the next step this season, he has chance to be a weekend starter.
Austen Pulcher – Outfielder, all conference player as a sophomore last season has all the tools also battled injuries late last season or numbers would have been even more impressive. Has a chance to be one of the best players in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC).
Alex Garcia – RRAC Gold Glove winner in 2018 as a second basemen. He is as good as they come defensively. Will be a leader of ball club with hustle, desire and will.
Kevin Ciprian – Catcher redshirted in 2018. In 2017 was a middle of lineup bat with very solid defensive skills behind the plate.
Ismael Santos – Utility played all over the field in 2018. Plus plus athlete with speed. Leadoff hitter and a spark plug player.
Top incoming transfers:
Anthony Orta – LHP/OF do it all player will be a legit two way player. Was a JUCO All American at Brookhaven JC. Front end starter and can hit anywhere in a lineup.
Luis Camacho – Outfielder very physical player with tools from Frank Phillips JC. Is a prospect. Looks to be in the middle of lineup.
Abran Luevano – Shortstop from Navarro JC has a high baseball IQ player who will be Gold Glove caliber infielder.
Andy Karlan – Catcher from Monroe JC. Offensive catcher with big pop at the plate. Defensively plus plus arm. Very vocal leader in fall ball.
Phillip Krauss – First base, very physical left handed bat Weatherford JC. Excited to see what he brings to the lineup.
The Bulldogs will have a lot of speed and power at the plate this fall. They will need pitching to perform well to compete in the rugged RRAC and get back to the conference championship.