Top Tier Alums set to kick off the start of NCAA D2/D3, NAIA and JUCO seasons

by Matt Plante
Vice President

Top Tier Alums set to kick off the start of NCAA D2/D3, NAIA and JUCO seasons:
There are 80 current Top Tier Alums playing in these Divisions of College Baseball this 2020 season. Here is look at all of them broken down by Divisions.



Division 2 Outlook for 2020 Season:

Bellarmine


Jacob Nagel is a senior RHP this year for the Knights. Last season, Nagel started in eight games striking out 32 batters in his 44 innings pitched. Nagel looks to be a big impact on the mound as a starter for the Knights this season. 

Carson-Newman


Nathan DeLoian is a sophomore LHP for the Eagles this year. Last season as a freshman, DeLoian only made two appearances in limited action. He is looking to get more innings in this year for the Eagles.

Concordia-St. Paul


Eric Lundell is a freshman RHP for the Golden Bears this season. 

Flagler


Bryce Leonhardt is a freshman RHP for the Saints this year. Leonhardt is a projectable RHP with huge upside for them. 

Hillsdale


Kolton Rominski is a junior RHP this year for the Chargers. Rominski was plagued with an arm injury last year that gave him limited action. This year, they have projected Rominski to be a starter for the 2020 season. 

IU-Wesleyan


Max Engstrom is a freshman LHP this year for the Wildcats. Engstrom should get some innings in as a freshman out of the bullpen.

Indianapolis


Michael Schalasky is a red-shirt senior after last season he was sidelined with an injury all last season. At UIndy in 3 years of pitching, Schalasky has pitched 166 innings with 142 strikeouts and a career 6.18 ERA.

Kentucky Wesleyan


Robert Chayka is a junior outfielder for the Panthers this season. This is Chayka’s 1st season at Kentucky Wesleyan as he transferred in from Spoon River CC. 

Lewis


AJ Casmer is a freshman outfielder and RHP for the Flyers. Casmer looks to get some innings in both spots this year. 

Jake Lotz is a junior LHP for the Flyers this season. Lotz was 2-2 last season in 13.1 innings pitched with a 4.72 ERA. They look for Lotz to get even more innings out of the bullpen this year.

Anthony Rios is a senior catcher for the Flyers this season. Rios is coming off his best season last year, as he hit .302 with 15 doubles and 29 RBIs. 

Palm Beach Atlantic


Brad VanAsdlen is a senior RHP for the Sailfish this season. VanAsdlen didn’t pitch a lot this past season and looks to make more of an impact out of the bullpen for the Sailfish.

Saint Leo



Andy Booth is a freshman LHP for the Lions this season. Booth will look to get some innings out of the bullpen this year for the Lions.

Hunter Kiem is a red-shirt sophomore RHP for the Lions this season. This will be Kiem’s 1st season with the Lions after transferring in from Quincy University.

Quincy


Brett Taucher is a junior RHP for the Hawks this season. This will be Taucher’s 1st season with the Hawks after transferring in from Heartland CC. Taucher is a projectable RHP that will look to make a big impact in the Hawks pitching staff. 

Truman State 


Will Wirt is a freshman catcher for the Bulldogs this season. 

Wingate


Mitch Farris is a freshman LHP for the Bulldogs this season. Farris is looking to try to earn some innings out of the bullpen this year. 


Division 3 Outlook for the 2020 season:

Augustana


Timmy Alfonso is a sophomore infielder for the Vikings this season.

Jake Huber is a senior infielder for the Vikings this season. Last season, Huber hit .267 with 25 RBIs. Huber looks to make a big impact as a senior for the Vikings this year. 

Mitch Owens is a junior utility player for the Vikings this season. Last season, Owens hit .340 with 31 RBIs. Owens was the 2nd best hitter on the team last season and is looking to be a staple in the middle of the order for the Vikings again this year. 

Aurora


Nick Baldassano is a sophomore infielder for the Spartans this season. Baldassano got in 5 games as a freshman hitting .200. Baldassano looks to see more action in the infield as a sophomore this year. 

Kevin Larocaisin is a freshman infielder for the Spartans this season. 

Justin Shoefnacker is a sophomore RHP for the Spartans this season. 

Benedictine


Marshall Chapman is a freshman infielder for the Eagles this season. 

Carthage


Brandon Mahoney is a sophomore first baseman for Carthage. Mahoney played in 8 games last season, hitting .273 on the year. 

Jimmy Mundo is a sophomore infielder for Carthage. Mundo played in 15 games last season, hitting .261 on the year. 

Case Western Reserve


Nick Talarico is a freshman infielder for the Spartans this season. 

Concordia-Chicago


Caleb Anderson is a freshman first baseman for the Cougars this season.

 

Cooper Hynes is a junior catcher for the Cougars this season. 

DePauw


Maclain Neal is a senior infielder for the Tigers this season. 

Dominican


Daniel Brannigan is a freshman first baseman and RHP for the Stars this season. 

Edward Kerner is a freshman RHP for the Stars this season. 

Grinnell


Simon Lane is a freshman RHP for the Pioneers this season. 

Franklin & Marshall



Matt Kann is a junior outfielder for the Diplomats this season. In two seasons at Franklin & Marshall, Kann has hit .254 with 10 doubles, 3 triples, 3 homers and 33 RBIs. 

Hendrix


JP Medick is a junior outfielder for the Warriors this season. 

IIT


Brandon Bennitt is a sophomore infielder and RHP for the Scarlet Hawks this season. 

Dave Navarro is a junior catcher for the Scarlet Hawks this season. 

Kenyon


Jack Anderson is a sophomore outfielder for the Lords this season. 

Monmouth


Hunter De La Rosa is a sophomore RHP for the Fighting Scots this season. 

North Central


Jon Keller is a sophomore RHP and infielder for the Cardinals this season. 

Oglethorpe


Ian Wilson is a junior infielder for the Stormy Petrels this season. 

St. Thomas


Will Jackson is a sophomore RHP this season. 

Union


Elias Kuhns is a junior outfielder for Union this season. Last season, Kuhns hit .330 with 12 doubles, 6 homers and 22 RBIs. 

University of Chicago


Ben Rosengard is a sophomore RHP and infielder for the Maroons this season. Last year, as a freshman, Rosengard hit .303 with 5 doubles and 17 RBIs.

Brian Lyle is a junior infielder for the Maroons this season. Last year, Lyle hit .378 with 24 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.

Wash U


Broghan O’Connor is a freshman outfielder for Wash U this season. 

Webster



Tyler Preissing is a freshman RHP for the Gorloks this season. 

Andrew Padilla is a junior RHP for the Gorloks this season. Last year, Padilla made seven appearances with one start. Padilla looks to make a bigger impact for the team this season as they are ranked #1 and #2 in most D3 Nationally polls to start this year.

Wisconsin-LaCrosse


Tommy Nelsen is a sophomore outfielder for the Eagles this season. 

Wisconsin-Oshkosh


Tyler Labedz is a sophomore RHP for the Titans this season. 

Wisconsin-Stevens Point


Tommy Duddleston is a senior infielder for UW-Stevens Point this season. Last year, Duddleston hit .299 with 6 doubles, a triple and 14 RBIs. 


NAIA outlook for the 2020 season:

Bendictine (KS)


Michael Kruse is a senior outfielder and RHP for the Ravens this season. 

Robert Morris



Connor Ceglarz is a junior RHP for the Eagles this season. Ceglarz is in his 1st year at Robert Morris as he transferred in from South Suburban CC. 

Michael Fuentes is a junior RHP for the Eagles this season. Fuentes is his 1st year at Robert Morris as he transferred in from Northern Illinois University. 

Michael Bieterman is a junior catcher for the Eagles this season. This will be Bieterman’s 1st year at Robert Morris as he transferred in from Abilene Christian. 

Marc Zavala is a freshman infielder for the Eagles this season.

Roosevelt 


Jarod Galanos is a sophomore LHP for the Lakers this season. 

St. Francis


Nick Villasenor is a junior LHP for the Fighting Saints this season. This is Villasenor’s first year at St. Francis as he transferred in from Blackhawk CC. 

Angel Sandoval is a junior RHP for the Fighting Saints this season. Last year, Sandoval was named 2nd team All-CCAC posting a 1.66 ERA in league play.

St. Xavier


Ben Zordani is a senior first baseman for the Cougars this season. Last year, Zordani hit .246 with 21 RBIs. 

Mike Farnan is a senior outfielder for the Cougars this season. Last year, Farnan was a 2nd team All-CCAC selection after hitting .361. 

Jake Bergquist is a freshman catcher for the Cougars this season. 

Southeastern 


Brenden Heiss is a senior RHP for the Fire this season. This is Heiss’s 1st year at Southeastern as he transferred in from Florida Gulf Coast. 



JUCO Outlook for the 2020 season:

Blackhawk CC


Sean Hebreard is a sophomore outfielder for Blackhawk CC this season. 

Elgin CC

Logan Riley is a freshman infielder for Elgin CC this season.

Jose Venegas is a sophomore RHP for Elgin CC this season. 

Heartland CC


Jake McKendry is a freshman RHP for the Hawks this season. 

Illinois Central College

Vincent Massaglia is a sophomore outfielder for the Cougars this season. 

Logan Peterson is a sophomore RHP for the Cougars this season. 

John A. Logan CC


Andrew Hoffman is a sophomore RHP for the Vols this season. Hoffman is in his 1st year at John A. Logan after transferring in from Oakland University. Hoffman is committed to go to Illinois for his junior season. Last year at Oakland University, Hoffman was 2-6 with a 6.75 ERA in 56 inning pitched. Hoffman is ranked the 55th best MLB prospect in JUCO baseball this year. 

Ryan Hampe is a sophomore catcher for the Vols this season. Hampe is in his 1st year at John A. Logan after transferring in from UIC. Hampe is committed to go to Illinois for his junior season. Hampe was Freshman Player of the Year in the Horizon League last season and was one of Flames best hitters. Hampe is ranked the 92nd best MLB Draft prospect in JUCO this year.

Tyler Acosta is a sophomore outfielder for the Vols this season. Acosta is in his 1st year at John A. Logan after transferring in from State College of Florida. Acosta is committed to go to Purdue for his junior season. Acosta is the 115th ranked MLB Draft Prospect in JUCO baseball.

Mike Carey is a sophomore infielder for the Vols this season. Carey is in his 1st year at John A. Logan after transferring in from Austin Peay. 

Kankakee CC


Nick Laxner is a sophomore RHP for Kankakee CC this season. Last year, Laxner went 5-2 with a 5.65 ERA for the Cavaliers. 


Clay Thompson is a sophomore outfielder for Kankakee CC this season. This Thompson’s 1st year at Kankakee after transferring in from Oakland University. 

Lincoln Land CC


Ashton Holcomb is a freshman infielder for Lincoln Land CC this season. 

Oakton CC

Ashton Schwab is a freshman LHP for Oakton CC this season. 

Parkland CC


Ari Gordon is a red-shirt freshman RHP for Parkland CC this season. This is Gordon’s 1st year at Parkland after transferring in from Bradley. 

Cam Nisenson is a sophomore outfielder for the Cobras this season. This is Niesenson’s 1st year at Parkland after transferring in from IPFW.

St. Charles CC



Jimmy Carey is a freshman third baseman and outfielder for the Cougars this season. 

Mason Kasprisin is a freshman RHP for the Cougars this season.


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