Feb. 12, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine baseball team opens play this week and with the start of the 2014 campaign around the corner, pepperdinesports.com will be giving you an advanced look at this year’s squad as well as sitting down with Head Coach Steve Rodriguez and some key returners.
The Waves open play Friday at Eddy D. Field Stadium, hosting St. John’s for the first of a three game series. Pepperdine was selected second in the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll and was one of just two teams with three players named to the Preseason All-WCC Team.
Rodriguez, who begins his 11th season at the helm for the Waves, enters the year with a strong cast of returning players and an influx of young talent as well.
“It remains to be seen what the identity of this team is, but I really think we have a great group of veteran guys and have brought in some good young players to go with them,” said Rodriguez. “This is one of the more experienced teams I have had and if they do the right things, and play the way they are supposed to, they can be very successful.”
Here’s a look at the 2014 Waves:
Corey Miller, RHP, SR, returner – Led the Waves starters with a 2.71 ERA and was 5-5.
Jackson McClelland, RHP, SO, returner – Had a 1.46 ERA in 18 relief appearances and four starts.
Aaron Brown, LHP, JR, returner – Led the team in wins, going 6-3 in 12 starts.
Matt Maurer, LHP, SR, returner – Struck out 27 batters in 47.0 innings pitcher.
Eric Karch, RHP, SR, returner (closer) – Had a 3.47 ERA, was 5-5 and led all relievers with 31 strikeouts.
Mat Snider, RHP, JR, returner – Posted a 2.60 ERA in 15 appearances.
Jayson Balades, LHP, RS FR, returner – Threw one scoreless inning. Was All-CIF out of high school.
Ivan Dilda, LHP, SO, returner – Made seven relief appearances last year.
Jon Reid, LHP, FR, newcomer – Had a 1.47 ERA and 62 strikeouts as a prep senior.
George Alamillo, RHP, FR, newcomer – Posted a 23-13 career record at John Marshall High School.
Chandler Blanchard, RHP, FR, newcomer – Named Review Journal 2013 Nevada State Player of the Year.
Ian Doughty, RHP, FR, newcomer – Had a 1.86 ERA and 13-4 record on the mound for his prep career.
Evan Dunn, RHP, SO, returner – Made four relief appearances last season.
Jeremy Erisman, RHP, FR, newcomer – Had a 1.61 ERA, going 6-1 with 47 strikeouts as a prep senior.
Monty Plattner, RHP, FR, newcomer – Was 23-6 on the mound for his high school career.
A.J. Puckett, RHP, FR, newcomer – Posted a 19-8 career record with 106 strikeouts in high school.
Brad Anderson, 1B, R/R, SO, returner – Made nine starts and played 17 games, hitting .273.
Aaron Barnett, C, L/R, FR, newcomer – Named OC All-Star and All-League 2nd team senior year.
Kolten Yamaguchi, C, L/R, JR, returner – Led the team hitting .309 and earned All-WCC honors.
Ben Rodriguez, C/1B, R/R, FR, newcomer – Earned All-Arizona, all-region and all-conference honors.
Nick Costello, INF, R/R, FR, newcomer – Batted .429 with 35 RBI as a prep senior.
Austin Davidson, 3B, L/R, JR, returner – Named All-WCC and hit .287 with 25 RBI and six homers.
Chris Fornaci, INF, R/R, SO, returner – Made four starts and appeared in eight games last year.
Mitchell Gallagher, INF, R/R, FR, newcomer – Named to the Florida Coaches Assoc. All-State Team.
Drew Hacker, INF, R/R, JR, returner – Made 34 starts in 40 appearances last year, hitting .246.
Manny Jefferson, SS, R/R, newcomer – Batted .325 with one homer and 42 RBI as a high school senior.
Hutton Moyer, 2B, S/R, SO, returner – Started 38 of the 39 games he appeared in, hitting .258.
Michael Perri, INF, R/R, FR, newcomer – As a senior was League MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.
Connor Garelick, UTL, R/R, RS JR, returner – Appeared in nine games and had seven at-bats last year.
Devin Carter, OF, R/R, SO, returner – Recorded 34 at-bats off the bench and made five starts.
Brandon Caruso, OF, R/R, FR, newcomer – Named to Calif. All-State team and was All-CIF D-I first team.
Ricky Davis, OF, L/R, FR, newcomer – Batted .290 with two homers and 22 RBI for his prep career.
Jeremy Goldenetz, OF, L/L, FR, newcomer - Hit .430 with 15 RBI, 33 runs and a .550 OBP as a prep senior.
Bryan Langlois, OF, R/R, RS JR, returner – Hit .279 and led the team with 15 doubles last year.
Jack Ross, OF, S/R, FR, newcomer – As a prep senior hit .380 with three homers and 18 stolen bases.
Aaron Brown, OF, L/L, JR, returner – Along with pitching, Brown hit .313 while playing centerfield.