One starter remains from last season and he might just be the best returning position player in STAC. Senior center fielder Chris Pindar will begin his third varsity season after being arguably the Jacktets’ best hitter the past two springs.
“He’s a quality hitter, for sure,” Hughes said of Pindar, who also will see some time on the mound as a reliever. “He certainly ranks as one of the top hitters in our program over the years and I expect another good season from him. He has a lot of tools. He can hit, he has power, he can run, field, has a good break on the ball and a decent arm. That’s what him an all-state player and a college-bound player.”
The other seniors who were around last season are left fielder Jon Vega, catcher/outfielder Zach King and left-handed pitcher Mason Montgomery.
Hughes said Vega and King will hit in the top half of the lineup, and Montgomery will be one of the top pitchers in the starting rotation.
The best of the Yellowjackets’ juniors appears to be first baseman/pitcher Kevin Smith, a right-hander.
“In our scrimmage against Valley Central, he looked as good as anyone (on the mound),” Hughes said. “He throws hard, has a good breaking ball and has been very impressive on the mound.”
Outfielders Mike Wolstenholme and Wilson Wells, catcher Peter Brunetta, infielder Tyler Horne and right-handed pitcher Kragh Delello round out the juniors.
As for those sophomores, Hughes said he’ll entrust them to man both middle infield positions and third base this season.
Though Hughes said he’s not certain who will play where, Conor Tavarone (likely at third base), Josh Garufi (likely shortstop) and Colin Neer (second base or shortstop) will play those positions.